Social Literacy

Tracy Ann Essoglou is a thinking-architect. She investigates, teaches and designs thinking, specifically, around social sets, culture and communication. Her design and fabrication background pushed her to see concepts as building materials, ideas as built environments that build other environments.

As a philosopher and semiotician, she examines how we receive and structure our ideas, scaping the particles and particulars of knowledge, meaning and power.  She unpacks social complexity using structural analogies in order to help others develop their own sense(s)--literacies--and sense-making--competencies.


Tracy Ann Essoglou is a thinking-architect, with over 30 years of experience as a social-justice activist. She's an independent scholar, author, professor, cultural mediator, translator, information and art curator, and exhibiting conceptual/installation artist. As a creative, she has worked in film, fashion, fine arts, design, design/build construction and as a truck-driver and fabricator... all the while being a global change-agent for human rights and expanded social consciousness.

Dr. Essoglou received her PhD in Philosophy of Communications, from The European Graduate School -- which she also helped to design. Her dissertation entitled "Rendering Dimensions, Surrendering Dominion: An Epistemology of Being-Grounded" was awarded magna cum laude for "thinking … 20 years ahead of its time." She received her M.A. in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research, and her B.A. from Hampshire College in cultural studies and semiotics, creating her own major entitled, "Anthropology of Power."

One the founding members of Women's Action Coalition (W.A.C.), she appeared on the Jane Pratt show with Gloria Steinem and Rebecca Walker, and numerous other TV, radio and print interviews.* Her 1995 article "Louder Than Words," has appeared in university course syllabi teaching activism around the world. Other engagements include appearances and production for Croatian television, working with the UN's World Trade Organization, teaching at Mexico's ITAM and consulting to Globalvision's groundbreaking series: "Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television, hosted by Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

An idea alchemist, interdisciplinary social architect and innovator, her action philosophy defines a new continuum juxtaposing Identity Politics with "Ethical Frequencies" in what she calls, "Continuum Politics."
She theorizes a new philosophical Subject, a code-switching 'cultural hybrid' whose 'situation-design' methodology includes 'extreme-thinking', 'cognitive rupture and passage.'

Recently returning from seven years restoring a 300 year-old stone farmhouse alone, has led to her current modeling of an eco-methodology called, "Sustainable-Being: Thinking & Self-Design."

Her maxim is: We can do more than we think; we can think more than we do.