Yancey Strickler

Yancey Strickler is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter, author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World, and the creator of Bentoism. Yancey has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People. He cofounded the artist resource The Creative Independent and the record label eMusic Selects. Yancey grew up in Clover Hollow, Virginia, and began his career as a music critic in New York City. The London Spectator called him "one of the least obnoxious tech evangelists ever."

3 words to describe Nature?

Shhhwwwwwwww (wind through the trees)

tckltckltckltckltckl (leaves on the ground)

grglgrglgrglgrgl (water falling from a rocky cave)

3 things Nature taught you?

How to hide

What it means to be healthy

The upside of death

3 most treasured Nature spots?

Canopied forests with pine needles on the ground

Any beach

The farm where I grew up 

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?

Infinite

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?

Taller

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?

Side-eyed

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?

Like a George Harrison song

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?

Five years old

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

Small

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

E) All of the above

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

10

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

Age twelve waiting for the bus when a deer, wounded by a hunter's bullet, came staggering out of the woods and collapsed across the street from me. I stayed with it and spoke with it until its eyes went blank.

 


Martha Weidmann

Martha Weidmann is the CEO and Co-Founder of NINE dot ARTS. She started her career with Walker Fine Art gallery in Denver, then moved on to the most prestigious art consulting firm (at the time) in the region, McGrath and Braun. She is the Executive Director of Union Hall, an emerging and established artist platform giving Denver’s vibrant arts community a dedicated position in the Union Station neighborhood, and co-founder of dotfolio, an online art selling platform. She is currently serving on the Board of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.

3 words to describe Nature?

Omniscient. Life-giving. Generative

3 things Nature taught you?

Humility

Beautiful decay

Connectedness 

3 most treasured Nature spots?

Dauphin Island, AL, USA 

Blue Lagoon, Capri, IT 

Pawnee Buttes, CO, USA

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?

Small (in a good way)

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?

Alive

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?

Like I should look for water

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?

Humble 

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?

Like I should look for shelter

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

Like it's time to batten down the hatches

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

Ocean 

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

9 

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

As a girl growing up in Georgia, I used to hide in the azalea bushes catching and releasing color-changing green anoles. Sometimes I'd collect them in my lavender purse, but they'd always find their way out and escape. I always wanted to know if they'd eventually turn lavender being surrounded by all that purple. 

A girl in my class used to catch the anoles, pinch their jaws slightly and release the grip near her earlobes so that their mouths would clamp down on gently on her earlobe flesh for a temporary display of "lizard earrings". It was quite a sight, but I thought the lizards didn't like it at all.