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Steph is the founder of anankelogy, the disciplined study of need. After earning degrees in sociology, anthropology, counseling and public administration, Steph realized these fields exist to find answers to our many needs. Anankelogy studies the needs themselves.

Anankelogy recognizes the objective fact of needs. Our actions, beliefs, and thinking all occur after our factual needs. No one can choose to not need what their life requires in that moment. This factoid can settle many unnecessary conflicts, and make more room for peace and love.

Anankelogy's first paradigm is grounded upon Steph's own Native American heritage. This nature-centric lens inspires us to realize how we all exist in many intersecting cycles.

After coming out as transgender in 1993, Steph learned firsthand about needs when falsely accused and wrongly convicted of a sex crime that never occurred. People make mistakes, and so do the institutions led by them when not accountable to the needs they negatively impact. These institutions too easily divide us.

Steph identifies as a "transspirit" compelled to transcend institutional divisiveness to connect deeply with all sides to address and hopefully resolve all impacted needs. This continues to spark a wealth of wisdom to address unresolved needs in our institutions of politics and the judiciary.


NEEDS in politics

Harmony Politics: Identifies the pressing needs on both political sides of each politicized issue. Currently available as an interactive spreadsheet.

Defusing Polarization: Udemy course taken by 125 students that unpacks political differences in 3 hours of accessible content. Ask for free coupon.

Unifying Politics: 21-minute video summarizing how ideological differences begin with a clashing priority of needs. See both sides to 8 key political issues.

NEEDS in justice

The Unexonerated: Lists available research estimating rate of wrongful convictions in the US. From less than a percent to 15.4% of all prisoners.

Estimated Innocence: Wrongful convictions vastly outpace exonerations. This form estimates innocence by matching cases to known exonerations.

Informed Decisions Act: Drafted bill to require public listing of convictions to include info for the public to recognize viable cases of innocence.

Politics and the judiciary fail to resolve needs. Anankelogy explains why. Not much traction will likely occur until its radical basis can be widely found by readers of You NEED This, the first in this anankelogy series. Two more are set to be published in 2022: We NEED This and We NEED You.

  • Value Relating

Value Relating

  • Depolarizing Politics with Love

Depolarizing Politics

  • The Unexonerated

The Unexonerated

  • You NEED This

You NEED This

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1.  You NEED This, Introducing Anankelogy, the study of need

2.  We NEED This, Introducing Anankelogical Principles and Wisdom

3.  We NEED You, Introducing Anankelogical Defunctions & Refunctions

Image by Sharon McCutcheon
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  1. Simply use my name, Steph. I steer clear of gendered pronouns since my Oneida ancestors did not have gendered names.

  2. Or refer to me as "they" for the gender neutral/uncertain pronoun.

  3. Or "she" if I'm presenting as such in public, as a confirming courtesy.

  4. Or "he" when I'm presenting my feminine side, to out yourself as some kind of insensitive jerk, so I can know to keep my distance.

You can refer to me in a hierarchy of identifiers
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