My name is Andrew Mackie.
I’m working on an economic justice project. For a few years now I’ve been designing a new way to process offers, which are the invitations we make to interact with each other or our information. That may sound unintersting, but it could mean significant changes to the economy, the way we use the web, how we use social networks and how we search. I’m now working with a handful of people to make this project a reality – follow us on @OfferBots to receive updates.
I’m dyslexic. Recently I learned that I have a dyslexic brain, which makes more sense of the decisions I’ve made (including starting three businesses and quitting four jobs). According to a book called the dyslexic advantage, it means that my brain processes information differently to most people and this has downsides and advantages. On the downside, for instance, it takes a lot of effort to read a book from cover to cover and some things will never hold my attention (such as the four jobs I quit). The upside, however, is that I can see the connections between distantly related concepts, I can prototype designs in my head and I can get the gist of almost any concept or situation quickly (which means I didn’t need to read the whole book anyway). If something holds my attention, I can probably understand how it works and what can be done to improve it.
I’m a Christian. I’ve followed Jesus all my life, except that until about five years ago I was too busy chasing money and status to give God the priority He deserved. That’s where my offer-processing project started, actually – I wanted to make stacks of cash for me and give God some of my leftovers. This was a problem because it became clear to me that my project couldn’t help people if I was chasing stacks of cash. Long story short, I found freedom in Jesus’ promise in Matthew 6:24-34 – that if I serve God and other people (‘seek first His kingdom’) I can trust God to meet my physical needs. This enabled me to make my project not-for-profit and I haven’t worried much about money since.
I’m not blogging much here. For a while I blogged here about business, following Jesus and photography (because I used to be a commercial photographer in the early 90s, back when we used something called ‘film’). My archives on the right hand side of your screen there, but my new writing will be at www.offerbots.org for the foreseeable future. Or you can find me occasionally on Twitter (@Andrew_Mackie for personal / Christian / dyslexia tweets or @OfferBots for project-related updates).
Thanks for stopping by.