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Embisivle Friend: Where Deals Are Made

hwms.coverartThere’s a deal to be made here. 

If only all the parties would see it. 

One is looking for a crown. 

The other is hoping to find the exit. 

The problems of finding a common ground and a common agreement on the fourth episode of the audio drama “Embisivle Friend”. 


  • Zoe Anastassiou – Maddie, the 8 year old CEO
  • Ron Bianchi – Aziz & Maximillian Becker
  • Anastasia DeLoret – Aravinda the Counselor
  • Josh LaForce – Yermo
  • Tehya Merrit – Teesa
  • Michelle Thomas-Hanson – Stage Manager
  • Skippy – Fury & Himself



Embisivle Influence for an Embisivle Drama

hwms.coverart Influencer A career that inspires the children of our age.  Roughly equal in status to those of astronaut, video game designer, and ballet dancer. Tehya Merrit from our cast visits center stage of influence.  The Twitter headquarters to explain our drama.  A lovely lobby.  A decent café. And a place where influence is born. A frontstage look from the cast of the new Drama Cast:
  • Tehya Merrit – Herself
  • Skippy – Himself.
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Embisivle Friend: Only Hire The Best


Ordinary Day.  Not so ordinary school.

Not much happening.

Though the fifth graders… that’s another story.

And an aspiring CEO decides that Adam Smith might have something useful to say about her arithmetic quiz.

Crowdsourcing an exam on the Third Episode of our series on Maddie, the 8 year old entrepreneur.


  • Sahara Ale – Vice Principal Afra Solario
  • Zoe Anastasiou – Maddie, the CEO
  • Debbon Ayer – Penelope Othmar, Principal
  • Ron Bianchi – Guard Tepper
  • Josh LaForce – Germain Dorfler
  • Michelle Thomas Hanson – Stage Manager
  • Skippy – Himself.



Embisivle Friend: Friends and Family

hwms.coverart Another day. Another chance for a Senior Executive Meeting. Held on the  Playground of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation. Another opportunity to fight over key resources.  And one of those resources is the meeting table itself. Second Episode of our series on Maddie, the 8 year old entrepreneur. Cast:
  • Zoe Anastasiou – Maddie, the CEO
  • Debbon Ayer – Penelope Othmar, Principal
  • Anastasia DeLoret – Aravinda,corporate counsel
  • Kit Kuksenok – Merideth Klempner, Superintendant
  • Josh LaForce – Brent, CFO
  • Tehya Merrit – Caitlin, CMO & Influencer
  • Michelle Thomas Hanson – Stage Manager
  • Skippy – Himself.
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Disrupting the Schumpethon


Skill or Habit? What belongs to the first category and what belongs to the second? And how can technology better promote skill? That is the primary question of this week’s podcast and we take a long time to answer it. Our trip takes us through the writings of Adam Smith, an app that can calculate net wealth from a business card and an eight year old disruptive innovator who will never move to Brooklyn “because everyone knows that the best startups aren’t in Brooklyn.”


  • Maddie Insullie – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny LeGoff- Geoffrey Grier
  • Penelope Othmar – Debbon Ayer


UnknownThe Schumpethon is business pitch contest of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation, the fictional school that is next to our fictional office in Silicon Valley. It is, of course, named for Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1960) the Austrian economist who studied business cycles and argued that recessions helped move capital from less efficient industries to more efficient industries. This episode introduces Maddie, one of the competitors in this year’s contest. This is not her first Schumpethon but as she is only eight, she will have many more opportunities to disrupt.


Holiday Special – Songs of Comfort and Joy

errant.coverart Every community should have tradition for the December Holidays.  Our tradition comes the predecessor to this drama, the podcast “Errant Hashtag.”  This is an adaptation the essay “Songs of Comfort and Joy.” Two notes, while this is dramatic, it is not technically drama.  The event actually occurred at the Computing Center of Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas.  It was documented in the Dallas newspapers.  Second, the Producer’s father is in the center of the back row. [15310]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

The Dramatic Turn

errant.coverart HWMS did not long remain a conventional podcast, if it ever was conventional.  In the summer of 2015, we interrupted an interview by parading a French Army band through the studio. By the fall of 2015, we knew that we wanted to move another direction.  We went looking for dramatic talent, hired actor Sarah Corbyn Woolf, and put her on stage as Anna-the-Intern. Anna believed that technical information was transient, that it could be easily purchased on the open market and that the real guarantors of success were the ability to read a room and to express yourself with confidence. Sadly, she is probably right on all points. The HWMS Drama begins. [15260]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

HWMS: A Conventional Start

errant.coverart HWMS began as conventional podcast. More or less. (Probably less but we wouldn’t admit it.) It followed in the footsteps of three successful podcasts: “Known World” (2007-2009); “Crowdpod” (2010-2012), and “Errant Hashtag” (2013-2015). All three had become books: Too Soon To Tell (Wiley 2009), Crowdsourcing for Dummies (Wiley 2012), and The Company We Keep (IEEE Computer Society 2015). As was common to podcasts that started in the mid-teens, the founders believed that they could recreate the conversations that they had in private. They were probably right but they hadn’t been entirely honest with themselves about the nature of those conversations. They were always a little dramatic. [15100]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail