Measuring Intensity

As far as I can tell, at least from the pop culture perspective, the quantified self movement has lost steam. Or, more to the point, it’s become more embedded into our machine lives and less a conscious element of our own idiosyncratic expression. They quantify us and make billions by doing calculations. I think that is a loss.

I value contemplation & thoughtfulness about what I do and how I do it, so I make the hand-entered calculations of key data into Google spreadsheets daily. These are some of my churches. It’s impossible for me to be an ethical person unless I have a fact-based view of myself— unless I have the data, and consider it fully.

In my consulting practice, which I call Civic Operator, I do “ethnographic management consulting”. I think I coined the term. Here’s what I say about it on my website: