My name is Isaac Holeman; I’m one of many cousins that make up the seventh generation of a great big outdoorsy Oregon family. My life revolves around the wonders of wild places, frontier markets and finding meaning in suffering and the fringes of society. Faith helps me make sense of the absurd beauty and sorrow of our world.

I am fascinated by technologies that enable us to re-imagine the way we deliver healthcare. As a cofounder of Medic Mobile and a graduate student in sociology at the University of Cambridge, I study how people use these technologies and advise a terrific team of makers and global health champions. I care a great deal about social enterprise, human centered design and the unending work of social justice.


Curiosity is the cornerstone of my personality. Tinkering and designing technologies like my dear bicycle or distributed web apps or SIM apps. Social enterprise and the tribulations of teamwork. Writing for National Geographic, or The Oregonian, or the Harvard Global Health Review. Reams of creative writing, which remains hidden but for a few captions. Keeping a dream journal. Magical realism. Making websites,1,2,3 and music,1, 2 and photographs. And editing wikipedia articles about oregon history or indie publishing or social theory or catholic teachings on social justice, higher education and the church hierarchy.

I really want to feel the breeze at the top of that tree, and to know what souls are. I’m also curious about you. Something tells me I could like you just for being you.

Imagining that everyone can hear me is a thought experiment that helps me focus on being authentically, undeniably and always me. Writing for the web is my attempt to make the thought experiment real.

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