Danger Brain began in 2010 as an examination of the intersections between urban education and film, television, social networking, and gaming. I started this blog as a collage of sorts, a dumping ground for ideas that my media-obsessed self was storing away in my right cerebral cortex, an exorcism of the thoughts that gripped my brain on public transportation rides to and from my education-related gig. Since then, DB has grown to focus on exploring all things multimedia, the technology that supports it, and its influence on popular culture — with only a pinch of education-related discussion still thrown in.
Regarding my work as an educator, I work primarily with young people ages 15-25 around college preparation and academic development and media and technology. I am especially adept at developing youth programs. To achieve this, I combine design thinking and cultural ethnography to identify hidden genius, talent, desire, motivation and fear. I combine group collaboration (virtually and in person) and one-on-one sessions to create trust, understanding and shared learning. I use play and exploration as a disguise for learning, and I passionately emphasize humor and silliness.