Digital Dads Exposed is a monthly interview series that highlights the unique perspectives on manhood and fatherhood held by those we at Digital Dads have come across in our travels. This month, we feature Benjamin Ferencz—designer, and co-founder of Freeman Transport.
Photo by Chris Milliman
Ben is unique among most of the men and fathers that we know. He is a talented designer and creative director for The Design Coop, a studio that emphasizes thinking differently. His wife is an organic farmer who lives on a bonafide farm in Montana, and Ben is also the co-founder of Freeman Transport—a custom hand-built bicycle company. All of which he views as secondary to being a loving father to his four year old little girl.
Digital Dads is pleased to feature Ben and expose his thoughts and ideas on what it means to be a man and father living in todays world.
What is your perspective on what it means to be a man living in todays world?
Todays world is a total shit show. Environmental disaster, war, poverty, unsafe food, media sensationalism and the disappearance of farms. I think you need to ask yourself, what am I doing to make the world a better place because it’s up to us. No one is going to do it for us. We need to lead by example.
Growing up, what has influenced you the most and shaped the man that you are today?
Parents, wife, city, the farm and my daughter. Always growing up.
In the moments you are able to pause and reflect, what activity do you normally gravitate towards?
Cycling, hiking, fishing, skiing.
What is your parental philosophy?
What do you appreciate the most about being a father?
The opportunity to raise the next person to change the world we live in.
What is your favorite activity (or activities) to do with your children?
Playing. Cooking. Biking. Skiing.
What is the best way for a man and father to impart wisdom to his children?
Lead by example.
What piece of technology impacts you most during the day (and is that impact positive or negative)?
How does technology shape the way you raise and influence your children?
It forces you to unplug and be present.
How do you think men’s roles will change in the future?
I have no idea.
‘Preciate it, Ben!
/// Digital Dads Exposed returns next month with more unique and interesting perspectives on manhood and fatherhood. Is there someone you would like to see featured? send us an email.