At its core, The Hoomanist is a series of genuine conversations between human beings. It's about taking the time to talk and reflect on stories and ideas far from the noise of social media. It's self-produced, self-hosted, and it takes me lots of time but I am really happy to be able to do it. The first person I ever recorded a chat with is the amazing Mr. David Pasquesi.
I started interviewing human beings about why they do what they do, not simply what. Why do we take certain decisions, why do we look at something in a specific way. I want to have real, honest, intimate conversations about our existential drives. Audio (voice) seemed to be the most natural medium, so The Hoomanist was born as a produced audio program. I apply all the skills that I learned during the past decade working for TV and radio, doing my best to craft a product that I can (sometimes) be proud of.
I am convinced that we can learn a lot about ourselves from solitude, but another way to learn about ourselves is to learn by listening to others. I do all I can to have these conversations in person because I prefer to look into someone's eyes. Guests from Pixar, The Second City, and Google have been kind enough to share their story with me. But everyone deserves to tell theirs.
The Hoomanist is a solo project. I am the only one taking care of guests, web servers, graphics, audio editing, and publishing. It's fun, it's therapeutic, and it's far from the bullshit of "niches" and "marketing" content. It's also far from the noise of social media and requires strong attention from the listeners. I don't try to sell anything, this is my exercise in listening. The Hoomanist is the name that I gave to sharing this process with you.
I see a lot of material published with the intent to provoke a clash of extreme views. While I love discussion, we should always keep in mind that we are more similar than different. The Hoomanist is my active contribution to bridge different views through conversation. To remind myself that tough arguments are a great tool to grow if accompanied by reciprocal respect.
Why "Hoomanist" and Not "Humanist"?
I sit and chat with a person for a certain amount of time (say, 60 minutes, or 180). Before our meeting, I research and learn about them as much as I can. When we sit, I do my best to listen their story. After talking, I take their photo for their cover picture. Sometimes neonavocado takes one.
During the following weeks, I edit the audio to create a radio program. Every episode features on average 1100 cuts of pauses and silences. That's a lot, what's my reason? To improve the listening experience while keeping the guest's intentions almost intact. When it's time for publishing, I share it on this website and on all the major podcast platforms.
I upload backups of masters and unedited versions on many remote servers. I am a host in two ways: for the show and of this website, interacting both with guests and web servers. I manage the Linux server, code, audio editing, graphic design, writing, and distribution.
I'm not trying to steal your attention by implementing dark patterns. Like Prof. Linnea Gandhi explained to me: "attention is the most valuable currency of our times". I want my attention to be respected, so I do my best to respect yours. I prefer to ask you to stop, take some time, and choose to listen to whatever words a guest might have to share with us.
No promo codes for mattresses or toothbrushes. Want a new mattress, or a semi-okay toothbrush? Great. I hope you sleep better and that your teeth get cleaner and cleaner, but that's not my responsibility. I'm asking other people about their lives, not trying to make a living by making you use promotional codes. But to find guests, record, edit, publish, over and over, still costs money. That's why this project and I need your support.
With your help, I can keep doing this indefinitely.
I need to sustain the basic infrastructure for the show, and I want to add more features in the future. One of them is human-curated transcripts, to make the archive accessible to everyone. That's possible because of a handful of supporting members (thank you). Want to see new episodes released regularly? If you have enough resources available, please support my work now by becoming a patron. Otherwise, you can help by letting a friend know about The Hoomanist. This is the one important thing I am asking your help with.