This is an brief overview of the history of Rand and PeopleCount, and a table of contents.
The beginning of history
I grew up in Seattle, very bright but very shy. Unknown to me, I had suffered a traumatic rejection one day when I was 4, soon after the birth of my younger brother. My young mind decided I was unwanted. My brain quickly repressed the hurt into a secret embarrassment that outwardly looked like shyness. I focused on school. Good grades came easily.
Eventually I stumbled into Stanford. In 1980 I finished most of a math degree. In 1982 I finished most of a Masters in Computer Science and joined the working world in Silicon Valley. A couple of years later, I found a fascinating 4-day course that opened up the world of inner assumptions. When I saw how I had lived a life built on a 4-year-old’s mistake, the world opened up.
After shyness, adult life began
I worked at a number of interesting jobs. Computer science is a heady world, full of difficult thought problems. A lot of it I loved. In 1988 I met a cute young woman and fell in love. In 1990 we married and bought a condo. Two years later we had our first son. Three years later we bought a house with a second kid on the way.
Raising them was an adventure, but took a toll on my marriage. It soured. After about 15 years, I remembered that course from 1985. The company had flourished. I took another. Life brightened. I continued to take courses. Some were intensive weekends. One was 4 weekends in a month. Most were ten 3-hour evening sessions over the course of 13-18 weeks. Life grew rosy, except for work, which soured. I wanted more from life.
A new look at life
About 4 years later, in 2011 I took a big course with the intention of finding a new career. It was four 3-day weekends over the course of a year, looking at human life in a whole new way. It included meeting with other students every week and creating an autobiography to see how I had put myself together. And out of that, a question emerged. I investigated. Out of that, PeopleCount emerged.
If you just want the story of PeopleCount, it starts in article #3.
1- My youth, up until about age 30. I was lonely and miserable, but bright. After college, I began to escape the limits of my personality in Landmark courses, and achieved enlightenment through Siddha Yoga.
2- My adulthood, until about age 54. Marriage, job, two sons, returning to Landmark.
3- Tackling politics, in 2011 at age 54.
4- Looking for a solution, in 2011
5- Finding a solution, in 2011
6- Trying to build it, in 2012- TBD
7- Failing, in 2012-2015- TBD
8- Trying again, and failing again, in 2015- TBD
9- Committing to build it, in 2015.- TBD
10- Building PeopleCount, in 2016…- TBD
Note: In late 2012, when PeopleCount was incorporated and the website was built, I engaged with a marketing firm to help. With them, I began blogging a few of times per week. In 2015, when I tried again, a marketing coach convinced me to keep blogging, a lot. So I’ve been writing a lot, often struggling to come up with things to write about!