Nathaniel Williams is from the Southeastern US. Between 1999 and 2004 he lived in Europe where he studied visual art at the neueKUNSTschule in Basel, Switzerland and worked in puppet theater. He returned to the USA and worked as an artist and educator. In 2008 he helped start an arts and education initiative in Columbia County, New York called Free Columbia. Besides the instruction and performances this entailed Free Columbia was also an innovation in form, foregoing fees and relying on fundraising to cover all expenses. During these years he participated in Think OutWord, a peer-led training in Social Threefolding. He began working toward a PhD in Political Theory at the University at Albany in 2015, a process that is nearing its end. This year he will be focusing on research into the relationship between aesthetic experience and democracy.