tiffany peil

i am curious about something.

the obsessionalist, a podcast by a human with obsessions

Ep.01

Introducing: The Obsessionalist

Hello everyone, my name is Tiffany and I am the human behind the obsessions.

Introducing: The Obsessionalist

Hello everyone, my name is Tiffany and I am the human behind the obsessions.

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I’ve been grappling with the following concept and possibility (whether it’s viable and reasonable in the current environment, climate, and landscape). Can ethical, intentional design and human-centered product development succeed (be accepted and adopted) and sustainably survive (even thrive) in a traditional business model and within the current, existing paradigm? Especially when so many are power thirsty and money hungry?
Is it naive and obtuse to be driven and fueled purely by different motivations, namely to serve the greater good, dismantle the patriarchy, root out misogyny, destigmatize mental illness, establish justice, cultivate emotional intelligence, normalize humanness, and reprogram outdated learned patterns of thinking and behaving? Essentially, is it foolish, delusional, fantastical, and unrealistic to believe we could actualize a world outside the realm of anything we've known before to create a more equitable society? Or with the resilience and relentlessness (and hopefully collective conscious) to back it up, is it possible to fashion and architect an alternative approach challenging the status quo while simultaneously accommodating capitalism but without compromising the intention, purpose, and ultimate result and impact on future generations of consumers? Can one oppose and combat the system while forced to operate within it (especially without having the network or resources with which to work around it)?

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Is it naive and obtuse to be driven and fueled purely by different motivations, namely to serve the greater good, dismantle the patriarchy, root out misogyny, destigmatize mental illness, establish justice, cultivate emotional intelligence, normalize humanness, and reprogram outdated learned patterns of thinking and behaving? Essentially, is it foolish, delusional, fantastical, and unrealistic to believe we could actualize a world outside the realm of anything we've known before to create a more equitable society? Or with the resilience and relentlessness (and hopefully collective conscious) to back it up, is it possible to fashion and architect an alternative approach challenging the status quo while simultaneously accommodating capitalism but without compromising the intention, purpose, and ultimate result and impact on future generations of consumers? Can one oppose and combat the system while forced to operate within it (especially without having the network or resources with which to work around it)?

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What are media and technology doing to us? Who are we because of them? I'm not arguing for their elimination or asking that we envision a world without them. I’m not asking how we've changed or who we were before. I’m speaking to the present and what lives and operates within it. How will today’s creations and developments shape and impact the generations of tomorrow (and the environment and world they will reside in and be left with)? Just like we should ask ourselves who we are outside of other human beings and the roles we play for them, outside of our social conditioning, contracts, and constructs, we should ask ourselves who we are outside of the influence of media and technology. What have we normalized and what are our learned patterns of thinking and behaving? Are we on autopilot when we make visceral, knee-jerk reactions (and decisions)?

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I don’t believe emotional intelligence and artificial intelligence have to be mutually exclusive. Rather, I believe the intentional integration and application of daring leadership, design thinking, ethical and human-centered design and engineering, and emotional intelligence in AI and robotics has the potential to powerfully disrupt the industry. The successful introduction and adoption of this paradigm shift could reshape how organizations (and the cultures they foster and products they produce) are designed, function and operate, and ultimately impact consumers, society, the environment, and future generations.
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Ep.02: This May Be Controversial But...

I was taught to raise my hand, own my truth, and speak up. But not just to be seen and heard but because I had something valuable to say. What can I add here that hasn’t already been covered and in a much more informed, educated, insightful way? But I don’t want to remain silent. So instead of me adding any noise, here are some voices who are bringing valuable conversations and arguments to the table. I’ve signed petitions, I’ve donated, I’ve read and tried to inform and educate myself. Let me know what more I can do. Keep me and other white people accountable. I don’t want to be in the dark. I don’t want to be ignorant, oblivious, blind, or complacent. I don’t want to settle for a system that isn’t broken but wasn’t right to begin with.

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