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Scott Townsend

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Just like an incubator . . . but completely different.

There’s a big question that should be burning a hole in everyone’s head. Never before in history have so many people had so much knowledge and so much technology to make things happen. Yet never in history has the gap rich and poor been so vast and so vicious or the world so chaotic. What’s going on? With all we have, with all we know and with all we can do, why is the world in such a bad way?

I've been thinking that the answer is in how we harness, channel and direct creative energy. Think about this: the traditional structures for putting creativity to work - innovation centres, think tanks, creative agencies . . . are all built on structures designed primarily to generate revenue. Now that’s fine, we love money just as much as anyone else. But the problem is that you end up with a structure designed to do one thing (make money) and use it for something different (build creative change for good).

Now think back to the old artists collective or the studio model. A co-operative model where a group of highly passionate, highly skilled individuals would share a physical space and resources and feed off each others talents, abilities and “networks” to push the creative envelope to place nobody had ever thought of. These were the most creative places in the history of our species. They changed the world. For good.

A Tech Hatchery would use that model to bring creativity into the world of technology and business to change things for good. It’s different to an incubator. It's a way of tapping into an ocean of gifted, talented individuals who are out there beavering away in obscurity, waiting (or not) to be discovered. They’re passionate, they’re unique and they’re amazing. A T.H. would connect these people through an online framework, bringing them together in true communities, sharing physical work / learning / creating spaces, resources and infrastructures. Network? Perhaps. Playground? Absolutely. Think about it.

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    Nov 23 2012: Good idea.
    But as far as the world is concerned, we may know a lot, plan a lot, think a lot and earn a lot. It all comes to nothing if we dont care enough about our fellow human beings and our environment.
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      Nov 23 2012: Thanks for your comment and positive feedback Feyisayo. Was there anything in particular about the idea that you liked, agreed or disagreed with?

      I strongly agree with your last comment. We're all in this together and on the same planet.

      Along those lines and... I'm quite passionate about real food and educating children about the natural ecosystem. It's quite scary that a lot of the Western world thinks that food comes from a box or from isle nine at the supermarket (http://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html) ... which I believe limits people to think outside the box.

      Change start with the real basics, such as our bodys fuel... Throw away the box all together, eat real food to expand palates, in turn expanding minds.

      There's a lot of truth in the statements "you are what you eat, and you become what you think". Simple concepts yet common sense doesn't seem so common sometimes...

      Well that response went a little wayward... Awesome!

      Look forward to hearing your thoughts!
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        Nov 23 2012: I think the idea will be even more appealing if a team of passionate creatives implement it, and then come up with laudable results. Success stories are better models for new ideas.
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        Nov 23 2012: I think the idea will be even more appealing if a team of passionate creatives implement it, and then come up with laudable results. Success stories are better models for new ideas.
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          Nov 25 2012: Thanks Feyisayo and I'd agree with that comment too. Hence why we're currently running a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo to try and make things happen. :)

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