Hi. I’m Davis and I’m from Lebanon.
No, not the country. Lebanon, Pa. It’s where I grew up. See that handsome guy up there? That’s my grandpa. He lived and grew up in Lebanon, too. I learned a lot from him while he was still around. (This photo is from a bear hunt he undertook in Kodiak, Ak.)
Walking around Lebanon with my grandpa, I thought he knew everyone. And as one of the town’s few practicing obstetricians, he just might have. No matter where he went, he was able to strike up a conversation and stay interested by whatever he found. My own father (my grandfather’s son-in-law) is a physician, too, and their so-called bedside manner was a manner of relating to people in a way that put them at ease and let them know that you understood where they were coming from. In a word, empathy.
Whether through writing or empathic design, the ability to imagine oneself as a reader, user, or consumer gives the opportunity for realizations and ideas that would never have otherwise been generated. I view the liberal arts as a vital element in the process of innovation. At Penn State University, I graduated from the Schreyer Honors College with interdisciplinary honors in history and science, technology, and society. My professional background is on LinkedIn and I tweet at @davisshaver.
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Digital First Media’s head editor in northern California, David Little, appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources yesterday to talk with host Brian Stelter about the paper’s efforts covering (and recovering from) the Camp Fire disaster.
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