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…?


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


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


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…?


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?


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.