on the shore of the ultimate sea

About me – Contact Nick


Hi! I’m a writer and editor, culturally a Michigander, geographically a Portlander (OR). Should you wish to contact me, or learn about stuff I’ve worked on, you’re in the right place.

Most of my day-to-day work revolves around thinking and writing about how technology impacts culture and the systems we humans build to encourage creative stuff to happen.

I’m interested in design, specifically how systems impact how our culture exists and tells stories about itself. A lot of my work also has had to do with how people who’re communicating on behalf of brands or companies approach creative projects, emerging platforms, new audiences, and, generally, how they can do things with their influence that encourage and glorify human intelligence and creativity.

nickparish.net (since 2005!) is where you can find short observations, links to my work, and small, shiny things that have distracted me. I maintain a much-less-frequently-updated blog about fly fishing at Current Flow State.

If you’re looking for a simple way to stay in touch I periodically send out notices of Parishable Content™ in the form of an email newsletter. Sign up on the right side of the page.

Or you could just send me an email.


Selected Publications

I’ve had my work published in New York magazine, the New York PostAdvertising Age, CreativityComstock’sSlam, Flaunt and many more, and wrote a short ebook in 2014.

I’ve been an expert and source in stories for other media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, Headline News, Inc., Bloomberg NewsMercado (Argentina), Canadian BusinessMaclean’s, and others. Here are a few of my favorite stories and appearances.





  • Contagious 46, part two on writing briefs for creative teams around innovation: “What’s In a Brief?









Talks, appearances, juries, and events

Over the last decade or so I’ve spoken regularly at public and private events and am happy to share my perspective.

Due to other commitments at present I’m limiting my appearances to once a quarter, with several standing events taking precedence.

I’m also committed to only accepting invitations to appear at events that have an equal gender representation on stage and a clearly communicated set of behavior standards for participants.





The Monocle Daily, June, phoning in live from the Cannes Lions (about 39 minutes in)

Contagious Now / Next / Why, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, May & June
Worldwide Partners Global Meeting,
What’s Contagious Now? Cartagena, Colombia, April
U. of Montana
BMGT 403: Principles of Entertainment Management II guest lecture, Missoula, April
SXSW Interactive:
Brands: The Connective Tissue Between People and Technology, March
Brightworks Innovation DayMarch
University of Oregon, J408 Design & Tech, guest lecture, Eugene, January


Most Contagious, London, December
Inter-American Development Bank Demand Solutions, Washington D.C., November
Portland State University, Marketing 435/535 CPG Strategy, guest lecture, Portland, November
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Cannes, June
Boomerang Montreal, May
The Big Shopping Shakeup, “Creating Cults” panel, April
University of Montana, BMGT 403: Principles of Entertainment Management II guest lecture, Missoula, March
NYAMA / Jack Morton, “Marketing in the Age of Experience,” February
Brightworks Innovation Day, February
IAB West speaker series, Vancouver, February
NRF Big Show, “Think Fast: Creating Opportunities for Breakthrough Ideas,” January

Brightworks Innovation Day
, February
ADC Festival, “The Invisible Metric: Finding Beauty in Simple Interaction,” April
BCON Expo, “The Innovators” panel, October
PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Summit, “7 Minute Masterclass: Driving Brand Innovation,” November
Most Contagious, December

Brightworks Innovation Day
, March
Judge, One Show Interactive, March
Horn Group, “The Convergence of Social Marketing and Social Business,” April
4A’s PR Conference panel, “The Creative Conversation,” (audio) April
Institute of Communications Agencies, trend presentation, May
Panel moderator, Barbarian Group / Adv. Week, “Products, Process and Progress,” October
Panel, Adv. Week, “Give to Get: Building Brand through Service Innovation,” October
Contagious Now / Next / Why, October
TBWA, “Dragon Bytes” web series, October
Most Contagious, December

Panel moderator, JWT / Adv. Week, “How Social Dynamics Are Reshaping Games” February
The Hershey Company, Global Marketing Conference, March
SXSW Interactive panel, “Client Knows Best: How To Sell Unsolicited Ideas,” March
ICA, “Engagement in the Social Entertainment Age,” May
Quoted in The Daily Beast’s “Is Osama bin Laden Bad for Business,” May

Cannes Lions seminar with Hewlett-Packard, “The Return of the Physical,” June
Jury member, Yahoo Create for a Cause competition, September
Marketing Agencies Association Worldwide, trends presentation, October


Other stuff
100 Slaps (2006)
Manhattan steam explosion (which got me on the phone with none other than Anderson Cooper in 2007)
Letter from Brooklyn (2009)


Wall of Fame

AlexanderBerners, Chouinard, DrummondJosaitisMathewsMcGoohan, Scully, Wilson