Martin Schell

Martin Schell is a native New Yorker who got lost on the subway a quarter of a century ago and ended up in Central Java, where he spends a large part of each year in his wife’s hometown. He fancies himself an independent scholar, having published a handful of articles in fields as diverse as gemology, knowledge management, sociolinguistics, and the endogenous development of Indonesian villages.

Recent Essays

Live Trees and Dead Wood in the Tropics

A tended garden inevitably involves some choices, as well as planning which tree species will fruit better with more sunshine.

An Appeal to Millennials: Don’t Waste your Vote on the Lesser of Two Evils

Supporting a third party is one way of advocating for long-term, structural change.

A Primer on Digital Thinking Part 3: Rise of the Robots?

Using money to measure a person’s worth is a product of an early version of the digital mindset that attempts to quantify all aspects of life.

A Primer on Digital Thinking Part 2: Eliminating the Human Element

In Part 1, I outlined the basic difference between counting and measuring and gave some examples of how data is not always objectively derived....

A Primer on Digital Thinking: Part 1 Counting and Measuring

The basic distinction between digital and analog is that digital means you count something and analog means you measure something. We can easily count...