How Taking a Chance at 28 Got Me a Decade-Long Teaching Gig at Harvard With My Hero

The best decisions in life come with a high element of risk

Most of us have dreams we don’t tell others about, much less dare to pursue. As a 28-year-old closeted intellectual, my secret dream was to go to Harvard someday, which was laughable considering I was an unpolished redneck…



Our attention used to be something that our physical environment influenced, but our focus has shifted from places to screens. While we can get ruthless efficiency and convenience online, there’s something primal about coming together around a physical place and experience.

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Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA

I’m a retail architect that studies human behavior, perception, and decision-making. I’m fascinated with the intersection of where commerce and community meet.