work better.

This is a site about finding the time and energy to do work that radically matters. It's also the home base for The Definite Article.  Plus occasional photos of my life in the District.


I’m Justin Jacoby Smith.

Some people call me "hoosteen."

This is where I think out loud about finding the time and energy to do work that radically matters.

I live at the Lamont Street Collective, a cooperative house of artists & activists working to keep forty years of radical community alive. My creative contribution to the house is poetry--my second book, A Soft Asylum, will be out Winter 2014.

From the basement of the LSC, I'm a host and producer on the Voices of the 99% radio network. Vof99's shows aim to empower activists and organizers through the collective exchange of best practices and ideas.

I also co-host The Definite Article with my friend Robin Babb--it's an irregular independent show about the creative process. Check out my Projects page to find out more about what I've got ongoing.

In the last few years I've spent my spare time doing digital strategyweb analytics and communication optimization for JuBiz ConsultingWake The Beast and The Parley.

My day job, at a big nonprof, involves lots of fiddling with spreadsheets, teamwork, and drawing on whiteboards.

Ultimately all my writing, broadcasting, and analytics work aims to keep me working with others to organize community power.

If you've got ideas, complaints, or drink tickets, find me via e-mail, a tweet, or Facebook.