What is Your Adventure?


My Adventures: I help connect people and ideas together. Most of my work and energy has been spent speaking, researching, teaching, and connecting around how we grow our lives despite the defaults and perceived limits in this tech-framed world.

At a CES 2019 side event on automotive artificial intelligence (!!), we could have had a drinking game around the word “Frictionless” as a goal. That goal for frictionless decision-making creates a foggy mist around how instead we can take positive, intentional action.

With my work, I invest in shining lights into that mist of tech-connected phones and tools that impact how we work, live, create, share, and collaborate.  I mix those ideas with insights from 9 careers, including corporate banking, media distribution, music performance and marketing, higher education, and teaching technology.  I also have raised three young adults who are making their way in this digital world.  My powers are fueled by diverse credential backgrounds, mixing an EdD in educational change/media studies, an MBA, and a USC film production degree.

My Work

I love to help people break out of the default space of their lives. I bring insights, advise, and humor to help groups and individuals thrive in digital water.

We are digital fish, swimming in a big tank that we cannot see well. . . or at all.  The world and the way we engage in it is dramatically shifting with embedded, perpetual connected technologies. How can we swim differently?  How does our digital water affect how we live, work, share, love, create, collaborate, and plan our lives together?

My Three Energy Focuses

I love to work across spaces, so am working in several ventures/adventures. I co-created Maremel in 2001 to have a great place to research, publish, create events, speak, teach, and produce projects with partners.  I designed and launched the Center for Music Innovation in 2014 within the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as a conversation about the dramatic changes in what technology is doing to creation and connected communities that celebrate music and life. Most recently, I launched Rethink Next, a 501c3 corporation, to create new learning programs around helping you and your groups become better futurists and future builders.


Thank you for making me think.

Server, Old Town Bistro

Maremel Institute

Maremel has been a joy — a place to piece together all my adventures in tech, media, learning, teaching, travel, speaking, and exploring.  We consult, research, help with organizational transformation, and work in “new” spaces of AI and Mixed Reality with “old” spaces like narrative analysis and action learning in the community.  

Center for Music Innovation

CMI grew out of my own curiosity in 2014 as to where the heck music and tech are going, and how they are impacting how we create and collaborate.  I’m still wondering in year 4 of the Center.  

Rethink Next

Rethink Next launched in August 2018 as a new 501c3 to work with community groups, universities, and other organizations to help us explore both the future of our own organizations but also the future of work and creativity.  We’ve been piloting programs with partners and are glad to expand those conversations.