Daniel Hansen (known as Dandan) is a philosopher and an artist. He works to move past being just an artist and become the art that he creates. He is a social philosopher, and has supported his life through helping the casino industry increase their profits. He is a new author (even finishing a first novel) while working as a consultant. He has spent his life helping casinos and other businesses achieve higher revenue by providing experience based insight and informed direction through improved analytics and more efficient operations. Dandan started working in gaming in September of 1997 at a tribal casino. He spent his entire adult life managing people. In that work, he found that true success does not come just with a bigger bottom line, but through Servant Leadership. Only by empowering others will one find success in this life. He is nobody, and nothing. Dandan has worked his way through the industry by being an objective observer, which allowed him to improve inefficient systems and help people.
Dandan is an enrolled member of the Village of Kotzebue and a voting shareholder of the NANA Corporation. He grew up in rural North Idaho on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation. He has lived in many places, though Honolulu Hawai’i was a favorite. He loves to travel the world and find new places and foods. He loves food, and considers himself a foodie, if a drunken version of one. He is highly eclectic and loves to try new experiences. He lives very much by the doctrine of experience. With recent changes in his life, he has decided to create a blog, “Our Orchard.”
Our Orchard will be filled with short stories, book ideas, book promotions, food thoughts, travel enjoyments, and just basic things that come about that Dandan wants to talk about (maybe go over the many ways to make the best cup of coffee, and yes there are many). His goal is not in creating a marketing commercial for his books, but instead to create a journal of his adventures.
Dandan has begun a life of traveling and writing. He has become a leaf upon the wind. He spent time at Standing Rock in protest, visited places in the world that sounded illuminating (only two continents left to visit (Australia and Antarctica)). He has spent a lot of time deciding on what to do next. He has recently decided to live in the enviable (or unenviable as the case maybe) position of being his own master, beholden to none.
In his books and blogs Dandan writes in eclectic and vastly different genres that spiral around each other in a disjointed happiness. He has at times succeeded and others failed in life. Through his failures he will finds his way to success. He works as a consultant, and may work at another Casino someday. But, he lives his life as a libertine, and an artist of experience.
He is the wind and the wind passes through him. As a hobby and a food source Dandan loves to garden. He even attempted to create a gardening app a while back on Kickstarter. He loves the warm sun on his face and the dirt in his hands. Spring in Idaho is the perfect time to live in the now. Dandan has learned through his years of gardening that to expect flowers one must plant seeds.
It is my goal to learn how to best sow the future I wish to have. I seek to learn the best way to live in this world, and I plan on sharing that journey. I invite you to join me on my adventure. The time has come to embrace the next step in life. To find a better way to enjoy my world. Follow me as together we plant seeds and grow our orchard.