✌️I'm Spencer

Creative technologist and stubborn optimist in πŸŒ‰
Dreaming, wandering, and laughing
Seeking truth in paradoxes, beauty in the everyday, and connection in the unknown πŸŒ†
Thinking about how we can foster creative agency, encourage soft tech, form societies that put people before systems, scale trust and collaboration in our communities, and express ourselves more authentically and live more fully.
  • How we can give users more agency in the software they use or are used by every day and what does a healthy relationship with technology look like?
  • How do we create software that encourages tinkering and authentic expression, where making crazy connections is necessary rather than a nuisance?
  • What sort of systems do we need to create a society that cares about enabling every person to live with the privilege to pursue their dreams and create something that they can truly own?
  • How do we create environments that provide a low-pressure context for people to fail and learn and scale that trust beyond small local communities?
  • How do we live more fully and intensely and learn to trust ourselves to express ourselves without caveats?
Sometimes reading, sometimes writing, other times taking photos, and often eating. I also enjoy experimenting with fashion, dancing, and being in nature.
Working to empower people to collaborate and create at Coda. I built out our custom templates platform and now work on the Packs platform so that anyone can extend Coda's capabilities.
I'm always looking to learn about different perspectives and jam with curious people. Say hi πŸ‘‹ (Twitter, email)
Recent writing

| Postal Portals: a series of letters with friends to deep-dive into concepts weighing on our minds.

| Mini-essay experiment to publish raw, lightly edited pieces semi-daily towards achieving 100 public pieces.

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You can find my favorite pieces below, or browse all my writing.
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Liminal Illusions

exploring the liminality of vegas and how it exposes the absurdity of our day-to-day
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denim personality

an exploration of how fashion becomes a part of your personality, why it came to matter so much to me, and rejecting the β€œuniform”
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commitment and obligation

I was taught that hard work would bring you riches. That effort was the key to success in whatever you did…
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craft over career

what if we chose to optimize our craft rather than our career? The implication is that everything we do, everything we’re doing right now is the most important thing, not just some stepping stone for some “better” future.
// 556 words //

a twinkle

Recounting a visceral experience. On light, humans, and meaning.

Decoding your Mind

Sharing my method to data-empowered journaling and self-reflection