Creator Q&A : Daniel Collins

May 4, 2020

 

Daniel Collins

Advocate, Writer, Designer and Photographer

 

@wisefool

wisefool.com

 

In a few words state who you are, your occupation and what it is that you create.

I'm an advocate, writer, designer, photographer, people gatherer, and Buffalo native who just moved back home after 12 years out west. My current project consists of a digital platform, community, and corresponding collection of sustainable products + apparel. It's called WiseFool, and it lives primarily on instagram (@wisefool) / wisefool.com.

 

Describe what you see when you look out your window.

I somehow managed to pick the weirdest time possible to leave behind my life in California and move back home. Consequently, I'm currently hiding out in a basement in Orchard Park until the world either ends or doesn't. There's no windows in this basement, and that's not even meant as a metaphor. 


What is a podcast, book, or song that is keeping you sane?

I'm listening to the newly released Dead Ghosts album "Automatic Changer" and reading "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari, preferably at the same time. 


What is a word that makes you laugh?

Smorgasbord.

What is the color of your current mood?

I'm almost always green.

What is something that brings you joy?

Driving across the country, stopping in small forgotten towns, and experiencing what it feels like to live there before leaving and probably never coming back.

COVID-19 aside, what frustrates you?

Violence, and the greed that fuels it.

What do you feel most hopeful about?

Artificial super-intelligence. 

How do you define your creative process - what makes you tick, what is your practice?

Inspiration tends to strike unexpectedly. I try to maintain a healthy diet of the sources that feed it.

 

What is something challenging you’ve accomplished as a creator?

 Organizing my creative vision into something that can coexist alongside a coherent business model is always a challenge.

Name an artist or creator you draw influence from?

My friends The Captain's Son and Kenny Galbraith for their music, Cait Deibel for her all around artistry and style, Benita Robledo for her advocacy in sustainable fashion,  Kamea Chayne for her vision in creating an effective platform for sustainability advocacy, PangeaSeed Foundation for their environmental art-ivism, all the young climate activists leading organizations like Zero HourEarth Guardians, Youth Climate Strike, Extinction Rebellion, and Sunrise Movement for their energy, Rob Greenfield for his inspiring way of living, Madison Stewart and her Project HIU for bringing about real change for real people through shark conservation, all the fearless and visionary indigenous activists I've crossed paths with through the Standing Rock movement, and of course every member of the WiseFool family for turning our community into something more meaningful than I ever could on my own.

 

How has COVID-19 affected you? Have you changed your process during quarantine?

I've interacted with only a handful of humans over the past couple months, so that's left me feeling slightly out of sorts. At the same time, it's a good opportunity to find focus and venture inward.

In your opinion what do you think the “new normal” should look like for our global society?

 

Global society needs a complete overhaul aligned with sustainable living, green technology, environmental and social justice, an end to unhinged corporate capitalism and the violence it causes, a healthy relationship with artificial intelligence, and a better understanding of what it means to be human in the 21st century. Otherwise, we're primed to be left behind as a species.

What do you look forward to most once quarantine restrictions are lessened?

Beer on tap, dancing to live music, and hugs.

In closing, describe or reflect on an aspect of nature that inspires you.

I'm yet to experience anything in this world that feels as good as finding an unspoiled space to stop and soak in the natural splendor.

 

 

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