Visit my blog: Just Think of It
When people ask what I do, I usually say I'm an "Internet Consultant." The long-winded version is that I'm president of Thinkofit, a consulting firm working mainly in the area of online conferencing. I'm also chief software architect for Celebrations of Life. More generally, I'm a Tool Builder, Software Designer, Writer, Conceptual Thinker, and Creative Problem Solver. I'm pretty good at all those things*.
During the 1990's I was Executive Director of the Twin Cities Free-Net, an online community designed to support the neighborhoods of the Minneapolis - St. Paul metro area. From 1994 to 2010 I was a founding board member, and sometime board chair, of E-Democracy.org, a nonprofit organization that uses internet technology to engage citizens in local political discussions.
In more distant past lives, I co-founded a couple of small companies that no longer exist and which I'm sure you've never heard of. Before that, I was a PLATO software developer, first at the Computer-based Education Research Lab at the University of Illinois in Urbana (1972-77), then at Control Data Corp. in Minneapolis (1977-82).
If you want more, there's always my resume.
* There are plenty of other things I wish I were better at. See my list under "Everything Else."
The Search for Non-Human Intelligence
The Wylde Q. Chicken Spontaneous Generation Award
for Coloring Outside the Lines
My life partner, Cyndie, is a clinical social worker and personal coach, and a Certified PetStorian. My son Ben is an active, sunny guy, studying graphic design and making art and hiphop beats. My stepdaughter Emery is a creative whirlwind and a maker of unique clothing and jewelry.
I have a rather useless degree in psychology (University of Illinois, 1977). I've also studied sound technology & composition, jazz piano, and Aikido, produced a few radio shows for KFAI, and performed magic and Monty Python skits. (Not that I'm particularly good at any of those things.)
I'm a founding member of the Noodleman Book Club.
Here's a list of good stuff I've been reading lately.
I'm a member of Minneapolis Friends Meeting
and have held various leadership positions there.
I recently ended a 4-year term as treasurer and board
member of Friends for a Non-Violent World.
Now and then I do some art
or some photography
In the spring of 2011 I initiated a project to make September 11, 2011 a National Day of Reconciliation, hoping to counter rampant Islamophobia.
Other interests and occupations: music, humor, theater, dance, film, photography, language, consciousness, perception, animal intelligence and communication, architecture, economics, media, education, human relationships, conflict resolution, community, history, human evolution, the origin and fate of the universe, and such like. Many of these subjects come up repeatedly in my blog.
Did I mention that I once wrote a computer game for dolphins?
3144 10th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Skype: drwool • AIM: drwool
Updated Nov 20,2012
P.S. People often misspell my name as David Wooley, David Woolly, David Wooly, or David Wolley, which doesn't really bother me, but since it makes it hard to find me in Google, I thought I'd mention it.