I started this initiative after Amy, my wife, died from cancer in 2011 just after our daughter’s first birthday. After a while (a few years really) I found myself thinking about what made the experience so tough and the ways in which we always felt lucky. Maybe that’s a weird thing to say under the circumstances but we had great health insurance, I worked for a very supportive organization that allowed me all the time off I needed, Amy’s colleagues donated their vacation so she could maintain her salary, and we had an amazing community around us. It all made me think: we can’t stop bad things from happening, but we can work together to end a lot of the pain that comes with the experience.
I’ve spent the last dozen years or so working with nonprofits and mission driven organizations, after spending the first half of my career in the technology sector. I’ve studied psychology, helped develop software, worked in startups, built education programs to help adults learn from each other and experts, and facilitated lots of complex conversations. I Know Something is my way of putting all that experience to work to help people facing life’s biggest challenges.
You can learn all the nitty gritty professional stuff about me on my LinkedIn profile and connect with me there. You can also join our IKS Project Facebook Group and be part of all the development conversation.