I live in Chicago, working remotely for Discovery Networks and RAI public radio. I am focused on creating meaningful, independent content. I'm enrolled in the YCombinator Startup School while I also try to learn some Japanese.
I started interviewing human beings about why they do what they do, not what. Why do we take certain decisions, why do we look at something in a specific way. I want to have real, honest, intimate conversations about our main existential drives. Audio seemed to me the most natural medium, so The Hoomanist is a produced audio program. I apply all the skills that I learned during the past decade working for TV and radio. I do my best to craft a product that I can (sometimes) be proud of.
I am convinced that we can learn a lot from solitude, except from what we can only learn by listening to others. Conversations are my way to exercise the listening muscle, my practice at being human. I do all I can to host them in person because I prefer to look into someone's eyes. Guests from Pixar, The Second City, and Google have been kind enough to share their life and ideas with me. But everyone deserves to tell their story.
The Hoomanist is a solo project. I am the only one taking care of guests, web servers, graphics, audio editing, and publishing. It's fun, it's therapeutic, and it's far from the bullshit of "niches" and "marketing" content. It's also far from the noise of social media and requires strong attention from the listener. I don't try to sell anything, and the purpose is as simple as the design of this website. This exists because it exists.
The Internet is a great source of content but it's becoming harder to find good articles. They're buried under the increasing buzz of click-baiting and social media. At some point, I wished that a good friend would share with me meaningful articles and links on a regular basis. So I created the private mailing list that I wanted. Plain-text, no advertising, delivered weekly. Check the previous digests. Or try it.
Sometimes I host live conversations, with audience, though that is not on a regular basis. There might an upcoming one: check out the events page.
Although I am a native Italian speaker, English is now my everyday language. Once I became confident enough with it (not good, confident), I thought I would start to learn a new one. I began playing around with Japanese. I know that I will likely never reach full professional or human proficiency, but most of the fun is trying. 私の日本語は下手です