Joshua Ellis is creating Writing, Research And Big Thinking
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I’m a Pulitzer-nominated writer, musician, coder, futurist and tinkerer whose work has appeared in Mondo 2000, NSFWCORP, The Huffington Post, Las Vegas CityLife, Make, Coilhouse and many more. I’ve also been the lead developer and CTO of several startups, the co-founder of early indie online record store Mperia.com, and I’m currently the co-founder of RemecoCare, an online crowdfunding and planning platform for medical tourism that helps uninsured and underinsured Americans organize and raise money for medical care abroad.

As a futurist, I’ve become increasingly convinced over the last few years that our civilization is facing massive, unprecedented and unavoidable change and upheaval, due to a confluence of several large “crisis engines”: climate change, the unsustainability of late-stage corporate consumer capitalism, the friction between nationalism/globalism, the increasing likelihood of pandemics due to overuse of antibiotics... what the author William Gibson called, in his novel The Peripheral, “The Jackpot”. My current focus as a writer, thinker and designer is to think about, research and develop ways for us to survive these crises, as well as use the opportunities they provide to try and come up with better ways to exist as a species and as a global society.

I’m currently working on a book, tentatively entitled Strategies Against Architecture, that will serve as a sort of guidebook for this, combining both practical and philosophical ways for the average person to prepare themselves — physically, mentally and emotionally — for the coming chaos. The book covers both high and low tech tools for survival, from the cutting edge of Silicon Valley to the artisanal marketplaces and tinkerers of the East African marketplace; case studies of how people survive in low-resource and changing environments, from Bedouin nomads to the homeless population of Las Vegas; and practical ways to prepare oneself and one’s community for catastrophe and rapid change, in whatever forms they might arise.

I’ll be posting first draft material from the book on Patreon for patrons to read and comment on, as well as using it as a commonplace book to hold links, articles, and information related to this research, as well as reviews of specific tools and technologies I find useful. I’ll also be posting unrelated and indirectly related longer-form writing on technology, politics and other topics, as well as occasional rich media. In addition, patrons will receive free copies of my previous book and the coming book when it is released.

By pledging, you’ll be helping me to continue in this work, which I believe will be extremely useful in the coming months and years.
Tiers
Access To My Feed
$2 or more per month 10 patrons
Basic access to my links, commentary, posts and longform reviews.
Access To My Feed + Ebook Of SAA
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
Basic access to my links, commentary, posts and longform reviews, plus an ebook copy of Strategies Against Architecture when I release it.
Access + Book + Thanks
$20 or more per month 8 patrons
Basic access to my links, commentary, posts and longform reviews, plus an ebook copy of Strategies Against Architecture when I release it, as well as a thank you in the book’s acknowledgements.
Goals
$243 of $2,000 per month
When I reach $2000 a month, I’ll start a monthly audio podcast where I discuss topics related to my research, as well as doing interviews.
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I’m a Pulitzer-nominated writer, musician, coder, futurist and tinkerer whose work has appeared in Mondo 2000, NSFWCORP, The Huffington Post, Las Vegas CityLife, Make, Coilhouse and many more. I’ve also been the lead developer and CTO of several startups, the co-founder of early indie online record store Mperia.com, and I’m currently the co-founder of RemecoCare, an online crowdfunding and planning platform for medical tourism that helps uninsured and underinsured Americans organize and raise money for medical care abroad.

As a futurist, I’ve become increasingly convinced over the last few years that our civilization is facing massive, unprecedented and unavoidable change and upheaval, due to a confluence of several large “crisis engines”: climate change, the unsustainability of late-stage corporate consumer capitalism, the friction between nationalism/globalism, the increasing likelihood of pandemics due to overuse of antibiotics... what the author William Gibson called, in his novel The Peripheral, “The Jackpot”. My current focus as a writer, thinker and designer is to think about, research and develop ways for us to survive these crises, as well as use the opportunities they provide to try and come up with better ways to exist as a species and as a global society.

I’m currently working on a book, tentatively entitled Strategies Against Architecture, that will serve as a sort of guidebook for this, combining both practical and philosophical ways for the average person to prepare themselves — physically, mentally and emotionally — for the coming chaos. The book covers both high and low tech tools for survival, from the cutting edge of Silicon Valley to the artisanal marketplaces and tinkerers of the East African marketplace; case studies of how people survive in low-resource and changing environments, from Bedouin nomads to the homeless population of Las Vegas; and practical ways to prepare oneself and one’s community for catastrophe and rapid change, in whatever forms they might arise.

I’ll be posting first draft material from the book on Patreon for patrons to read and comment on, as well as using it as a commonplace book to hold links, articles, and information related to this research, as well as reviews of specific tools and technologies I find useful. I’ll also be posting unrelated and indirectly related longer-form writing on technology, politics and other topics, as well as occasional rich media. In addition, patrons will receive free copies of my previous book and the coming book when it is released.

By pledging, you’ll be helping me to continue in this work, which I believe will be extremely useful in the coming months and years.

Recent posts by Joshua Ellis

Tiers
Access To My Feed
$2 or more per month 10 patrons
Basic access to my links, commentary, posts and longform reviews.
Access To My Feed + Ebook Of SAA
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
Basic access to my links, commentary, posts and longform reviews, plus an ebook copy of Strategies Against Architecture when I release it.
Access + Book + Thanks
$20 or more per month 8 patrons
Basic access to my links, commentary, posts and longform reviews, plus an ebook copy of Strategies Against Architecture when I release it, as well as a thank you in the book’s acknowledgements.