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Beck Tench


| bek tenCH |   (Brit. also bec)

n.

1 designer, technologist, illustrator, and writer.
experimentor, creative, and change-agent.
speaker, facilitator, teammate.
home cook, athlete, partner, and friend.

PHRASES

let's collaborate see beck@becktench.com
follow me on twitter see @10ch
read about my work see LinkedIn

ORIGIN

North Carolina, United States of America

 

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Beck Tench


| bek tenCH |   (Brit. also bec)

n.

1 designer, technologist, illustrator, and writer.
experimentor, creative, and change-agent.
speaker, facilitator, teammate.
home cook, athlete, partner, and friend.

PHRASES

let's collaborate see beck@becktench.com
follow me on twitter see @10ch
read about my work see LinkedIn

ORIGIN

North Carolina, United States of America

 

designer 

dəˈzīnər |
n.

I design experiences — multi-way interactions that require participation in order to be fully realized.  Sometimes this happens in digital space, sometimes in physical space.  Most of the time, I'm attempting to use design in digital space to affect something in physical space. I'm also into using time as an element of design (bounding an experience in time, for example).

technologist 

tekˈnäləjist |
n.

I have never been afraid of technology and have played, broken and invented things with it for the past 24 years. At the same time, much of my everyday habits are quite analog. I draw on paper, write by hand, have a real alarm clock, and automatically turn the Internet off in my home every evening at 6pm. Technology is a means, not an end, and I work to keep it in the service of connection and creation. 

illustrator 

 | ˈiləˌstrātər |
n.

Drawing is a tool we can use to communicate things words cannot. More importantly, it allows us a safe space to try new things. The canvas of a cocktail napkin, the margin of a page, or a fresh sheet in a shiny new sketch pad are all safe places for us to take private risks. Canvas teaches us how to practice failure — to see it's okay and we're okay. I draw because I can, because it helps me understand myself, because it helps me show that understanding to others.

writer 

ˈrītər |
n.

One of the most beautiful things about being human is ability to translate thought into something tangible through language. We can take the invisible and make it real. We can create life by doing that. We can travel through time. Writing is my favorite way to experience language. 

 

 

e.g. Participatory Science

e.g. Participatory Science

Experimonth

Monthlong experiments that collect data for scientists and teach you about yourself.

e.g. Learning to Draw Birds

e.g. Learning to Draw Birds

FeederSketch

Teaching a group of 9-63 year olds how to draw and identify birds over eight weeks.

e.g. Writing About Change

e.g. Writing About Change

Why the Y?

A piece written about my weight loss journey and making peace with the old me.

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Beck Tench


| bek tenCH |   (Brit. also bec)

n.

1 designer, technologist, illustrator, and writer.
2 experimentor, creative, and change-agent.
speaker, facilitator, teammate.
home cook, athlete, partner, and friend.

PHRASES

let's collaborate see beck@becktench.com
follow me on twitter see @10ch
read about my work see LinkedIn

ORIGIN

North Carolina, United States of America

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Beck Tench


| bek tenCH |   (Brit. also bec)

n.

1 designer, technologist, illustrator, and writer.
2 experimentor, creative, and change-agent.
speaker, facilitator, teammate.
home cook, athlete, partner, and friend.

PHRASES

let's collaborate see beck@becktench.com
follow me on twitter see @10ch
read about my work see LinkedIn

ORIGIN

North Carolina, United States of America

experimentor 

ikˈsperəmənˌtôr |
n.

If I have learning anything at all from working at a science museum, it is that science is slowing down and noticing the world around you and that failure is part of that process. I look at all things in life as an experiment, where I can test things and pay attention to what happens. I spell this word as "mentor" because I believe it is a great offering to allow others to look at their work and life in this way.

creative 

 | krēˈātiv |
n.    informal

I believe that everyone needs space in their work and personal lives for creative practice. This allows us a safe space to take risks and fail and this is important as we grow and change in our own lives and as a society. I also believe in the power of ritual to make creative practice possible and fulfilling. 

change-agent

 | CHānj  ˈājənt |
n.

Quite possibly the best thing a person can tell me is this: "If Beck can do it, I can." I consider myself an artist of allowance.  I allow you to see yourself as powerful and capable of making your life and work what you want it to be.  Fear, yours and mine both, doesn't stop me (that is not to say it doesn't scare me).  I see struggle and beauty in everyone.  My favorite moments are ones where I connect with others over these things — fear, courage, struggle, beauty, failure, recovery, redemption — and we brainstorm how to take small steps towards living the lives we want to live.

 

 

e.g. every surface is a canvas

e.g. every surface is a canvas

The Big Lebowski on a Bowling Pin 

Ninety-five one inch-sized sketches from scenes in the movie The Big Lebowski sketched on a bowling pin.

e.g. an experiment

e.g. an experiment

Red Shoes on Primrose Hill

Size 42 red Fluevog shoes left on top of Primrose Hill in London to practice letting go of knowledge.

e.g. a video manifesto

e.g. a video manifesto

Swimming with Sharks

What I learned at the Museum of Life and Science after being told to fail.

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Beck Tench


| bek tenCH |   (Brit. also bec)

n.

1 designer, technologist, illustrator, and writer.
experimentor, creative, and change-agent.
3 speaker, facilitator, teammate.
home cook, athlete, partner, and friend.

PHRASES

let's collaborate see beck@becktench.com
follow me on twitter see @10ch
read about my work see LinkedIn

ORIGIN

North Carolina, United States of America

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Beck Tench


| bek tenCH |   (Brit. also bec)

n.

1 designer, technologist, illustrator, and writer.
experimentor, creative, and change-agent.
3 speaker, facilitator, teammate.
home cook, athlete, partner, and friend.

PHRASES

let's collaborate see beck@becktench.com
follow me on twitter see @10ch
read about my work see LinkedIn

ORIGIN

North Carolina, United States of America

speaker

 |ˈspēkər |
n.

When I was first learning to play the guitar, my mom taught me how to tune it visually because I didn't have an ear for pitch. She showed me that when you play one chord on the guitar in the key of another, the strings will buzz in recognition. I have traveled all over speaking about change, learning, design and technology. I hand draw all of my slides and speak from the heart.  My goals as a speaker are almost always to find resonance with the audience — that buzz of recognition. 

facilitator 

 | fəˈsiliˌtātər|
n.    informal

If I have any super powers it all, they would be this: I can hold ambiguity for a group; and I am a non-threatening presence. These two together, along with a lot of practice and comfortability thinking on my feet make me a gifted facilitator.  Besides cooking, it's probably the thing I enjoy doing most in the world. I facilitate small groups discussions, larger group convenings, and online spaces. I also advise groups and individuals on how to facilitate in the settings.

coach

kōCH |
n.

I serve a limited number of organizations and individuals as a creative coach/brain-for-hire. These relationships are generally goal-oriented and time-bounded as that allows for a natural renewal of effort and intention. I serve in this capacity for local and remote clients and on occasion, I will join organizations for time-limited residencies.

 

 

e.g. a presentation

e.g. a presentation

Becoming an Agent of Change in your Organization

I give an hour-long talk about my experience of being hired as a change agent at the Museum of Life and Science and being told on day one that if I didn't fail, they'd be disappointed in me. 

e.g. the team in Cleveland

e.g. the team in Cleveland

The Online Facilitator's Toolbox

I have been extremely fortunate to work with Michigan State University's Writing In Digital Environments group, led by Jeff Grabill.  In our work, we studied how learning happens online and what sorts of facilitation techniques work best. 

e.g. awesome librarians 

e.g. awesome librarians 

I LEAD USA

For the last five years, I've attended events at the University of Illinois, Springfield to discuss risk-taking and change with librarians across the state.  Each year we work together to build projects that serve their communities in important ways. This is one of the most rewarding things I do.

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Beck Tench


| bek tenCH |    (Brit. also bec)

n.

1 designer, technologist, illustrator, and writer.
experimentor, creative, and change-agent.
speaker, facilitator, teammate.
4 home cook, athlete, partner, and friend.

PHRASES

let's collaborate see beck@becktench.com
follow me on twitter see @10ch
read about my work see LinkedIn

ORIGIN

North Carolina, United States of America

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Beck Tench


| bek tenCH |    (Brit. also bec)

n.

1 designer, technologist, illustrator, and writer.
experimentor, creative, and change-agent.
speaker, facilitator, teammate.
4 home cook, athlete, partner, and friend.

PHRASES

let's collaborate see beck@becktench.com
follow me on twitter see @10ch
read about my work see LinkedIn

ORIGIN

North Carolina, United States of America

home cook

hōm ko͝ok |
n.

There is nothing I enjoy doing more than cooking. I never tire of it. If I am tired after a long day, it gives me energy. The act of cooking is always an act of creativity for me. I do not follow recipes (though I do research them as guides). I enjoy all parts: growing food in my garden, shopping at the market, putting up, putting by, chopping, cooking, tasting, eating, and even cleaning up. 

athlete 

ˈrənər |
n.

I have adult-onset athleticism — the longer I live, the more my body wants to move. I enjoy running, walking the dog after supper, biking, swimming, and especially hiking in the woods carrying all I need to shelter and feed myself for days.  I play a fairly mediocre game of racquetball and sometimes get into weight lifting. My days of impromptu arm wrestling challenges are over as I have quite the record and suspect it's only downhill from here.

partner

 | ˈpärtnər |
n.

"When the ocean comes to you as a lover, marry, at once, quickly, for God's sake. Don't postpone it! Existence has no better gift. No amount of searching will find this. A perfect falcon, for no reason, has landed on your shoulder, and become yours." — Rumi

friend

frend |
n.

I am socially introverted and intellectually extroverted. As such, I generally nurture friendships one-on-one and only really prefer group-sized hangouts when they are focused on some sort of intellectual or creative pursuit. I am almost always game to have you over for supper or brunch and would prefer to share a drink at your place or mine. My door welcomes pop-ins.

 

 

e.g. like a work-related sleepover

Workovers

I currently have a large table in my office so that others can come over and work with me on the occasional Friday. 

e.g. in St. Louis

Dancing

The first time Jen and I danced together, we cut the rug all night. This photo of that  experience is a reminder of what exists between us — we are life playmates. 

e.g. family and friends

Thanksgiving

I cooked so much last Thanksgiving that I broke the stove — with stocks before and after and all the dishes in between, the stove ran almost constantly for 36 hours.