The Idealect

A project featuring interviews, profiles and wonderings about the "why?" It's a journey of exploration about the values, principles and stories that compose the human condition.

Latest bits of curiosity cultivation:


Attempting to grapple with the Rohingya migrant crisis from the Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s perspective.

curiosity... a privilege?

Responding to the idea that exercising curiosity is a privilege some can’t afford…

reframing our story

The absence of hope is the absence of life. Donte’s fond of the saying, “the death of hope is a hope for death.” 


A description of what I'd like to do with The Idealect in regards to reporting on the news.

My description of the mission of The Idealect. It's an exploration of why we do what we do and the values that inform our actions.


Sitting down

*Exploring values and principles*

We talk a great deal about what we do but less often about why we do it. What are the values that inform our actions? Where do our beliefs and convictions come from and how do they shape our actions? Exploring these questions is vital to understanding ourselves and the world around us. Shifting the conversation from the “what?” to the “why?” is an opportunity to take a deeper look into what it means to live in the current day.

Here I sit down for conversations with people about why they do what they do.


The Big Picture

*Exploring the individual in context*

Exploring the "why" behind what we do is the first step toward anything good. But how does this understanding relate to the bigger picture- the world around us?

Here I'll look at the happenings in the world, the ideas and beliefs behind those events, and what they say about us as people.



*Seeing people (and the world)*

Part of any thorough exploration involves looking. With so many interesting people and places in the world, there's something about seeing that empowers us to remain curious. Seeing reminds us of experiences we've had and people we've met, but also shows us those we haven't yet encountered.

Here you'll find portraits of the individuals I've interviewed and the world they (and we) live in.


Through different lenses

*Exploring through creative fictional storytelling*

We're so quick to label people, ideas, events...: Good. Bad. What about grey? What happened to nuance? If you've ever read a book or watched a movie where you found yourself rooting for an unlikely person, perhaps an unsavory one, you've embraced the grey. We can root for these characters because we see them as complex, as neither simply good or bad. But we often fail to realize that real people are like this. In fact, we're all like this.

Here you'll find experimental fictional stories from the perspective of a wide range of individuals. These stories and individuals are in part based on real situations and real people. The hope is to, if only briefly, view the world in a different way than we normally do. What does the world look like with a different set of values?

The creator: Nick Theisen

I'm a Minneapolis-based storyteller, photographer, people-meeter, question-asker, and curious inquirer who loves exploring the depth and complexities of the world. Reading's my favorite. Traveling, my other favorite. Tasting good beer's up there too. Thinking, wondering, discussing, listening, biking... I'll call those favorites as well.

I'd love to hear from you so drop me a line!