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I study performance and technology.

By focusing on technology as it develops from techné, technology, technical, technique and into information technology, I explore how we do, what we do, when we do, what we do. I work with performing artists, athletes, leaders, governments, companies, and anyone interested in improving performance. I am often asked how I got into this type of work. It took a lot of time and training, but it seems like one path to me.

I am interested in one question.

How do we live a good life?

Good life in the philosophical sense means trying to find what we are most capable of doing, then developing that area, and attempting to use our skills and training to serve. By focussing on the question of how to live a good life, I began to be known as someone who could help people with their work. It started by solving problems, but grew into an emphasis on improved performance.

My PhD was a study of the ways meaning has changed over time. I looked at the transformation from manuscript to book culture, then compared it with the changes moving from book-based to digital information. The project required a lot of extra work, and a larger than normal doctoral committee, but it was a wonderful experience.  For me, it was a study of how we know, and how we share knowledge.  

I love learning.

I love taking courses and continuing to learn. Once I had my PhD and was working as an English professor, I kept studying. I started taking courses in Drama, and some people at The University of Calgary convinced me I should do an MFA. MFA’s are terminal degrees the way MBAs are, so it was challenging, but thrilling. My MFA is in directing, but I think of it as the study of human technology.

I maintain an active artistic and professional practice following the same approach as in my scholarship. Some of my best teachers have been in business and the arts. Combining all these approaches adds up to what I call performance technology. Performance technology is: how we do, what we do, when we do, what we do.

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