Curious and always asking questions, Marcia McGuire takes advantage of every opportunity to explore and engage with the world around her – how it connects, its dynamic, its nature. Her unconventional approach has led to often paradoxical experiences that have served to provide her rare inside perspectives. She learned the trade of welding after graduating from an Ivy League, and even got herself a brief gig in a hotrod shop in part to learn more about the industry. On another occasion, with only a handful of hours before a friend’s wedding, she looked up the highest crime neighborhoods of Detroit and went to them, documented what she saw and interviewed residents. After only two years of riding a motorcycle, Marcia rode 23 days solo through the Canadian Rockies and Northwest United States, camped, and used the trip to research, document, and explore the complex reality of the relationships of humans with nature, from recreating in mountains’ glaciers to touring mountain top removal’s open pit coal mines in the same general region. True to the organizational behavior PhD route she began and decided to no longer pursue through traditional academia, Marcia also studies organizations’ approaches, decisions and dynamics, doing both interviews and tours with organizations to understand the complexities and variables of their environment, the processes they engage in, and the thinking and influences behind decisions.
Facilitator | Writer | Photographer
Marcia McGuire’s writing and photography work explores the depth, breadth and paradox of current social, environmental and organizational issues, and the context in which they are embedded. It investigates, considers and analyzes diverse factors and interactions. It seeks to highlight the tensions at the root of issues, challenge traditional assumptions and approaches, and articulate impact.
Writing + Photography: Contributor
BMW ON/Owners News. Feature: Biography of a BMW Motorcycle: Sustainable Life Cycle. BMW MOA (Motorcycle Owners of America). 2017 December: 64-67.
BMW ON/Owners News. Member Tested, Product Review: SHOEI RF-SR Helmet with Transitions Shield. BMW MOA (Motorcycle Owners of America). 2017 October: 18-19.
Adventure Motorcycle Magazine (ADVMoto). Feature: Lessons from a Solo Trip: Anything is Possible (Even for a Petite Female Rider). 2016 November/December: 32-36.
BMW ON/Owners News. Member Tested, Product Review: REV’IT Ladies Airwave 2. BMW MOA (Motorcycle Owners of America). 2016 September: 30-31.
BMW ON/Owners News. Feature: It Took a Community to Get Me Up to Speed. BMW MOA (Motorcycle Owners of America). 2016 June: 66-71.
South Sound Motorcycles: BMW and Ducati, Tacoma, WA – Motorbike Road Trip: Making It Happen – As a Solo Female, published October 30, 2015 on South Sound Motorcycle’s website and blog
Northwest Motorcycling: Sound Rider! – Motorbike Road Trip: Making It Happen – As a Solo Female, republished April 2018, from the Puget Sound Rider archives
Writing + Photography: InPursuitofQuestions.com, Website and Blog
Environmental Issues: Logging in the Pacific Northwest; in particular, Logging: Conversations and Considerations | Hanford Nuclear Production Site: DOE Clean Up Tour
Motorcycle Diaries; in particular,
Gear Review: Motorcycle Camping Road Trip: Gear Review