Scott Townsend

Hamilton, New Zealand

About Scott

Bio

I don't claim to know much, but I know some things.
My outlook on life and sense of humor is kind of like blue cheese, they're awesome but not for everyone.
I'm on a mission to achieve my vision, and to surround myself with people smarter than me to make it happen.

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Scott Townsend
Posted about 2 years ago
Just like an incubator . . . but completely different.
Thanks for your comment. That's an interesting way to look at it and I think that keeping your DNA alive is an instinctive goal of life for everyone. The goal of life to me is whatever you decide to make it, that's why it's called your life. But unfortunately peoples world views are tainted and shaped to think that happiness can be achieved by external things. So they strive for external goals only to realise that it can't make them internally happy. Thanks for your support! My hopes with Tech Hatchery (http://techhatchery.org) is to empower creative people to live their lives on their own terms, doing whatever they're happy doing without the influence of capitalistic entities. Great article there. You've put this together yourself? Thanks for your contribution to the discussion!
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Scott Townsend
Posted about 2 years ago
Just like an incubator . . . but completely different.
Thanks for you comments Greg. I'm not 100% sure about anything and I guess it's all a matter of perspective! But looking at things through my eyes there is a lot of innovation and creativity being wasted due to a lack of direction, resources and space. I've set up a crowdfunding campaign to try and get it off the ground at http://indiegogo.com/techhatchery to see if I can get people like you to fund it from the ground up. The game we play revolves around money so I'm not suggesting rule that out by any means, but I think the focus on the value you can provide for social good is more important.
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Scott Townsend
Posted about 2 years ago
Just like an incubator . . . but completely different.
Thanks for your comment and good points raised all around. I'd just like to throw Wikipedia into the mix of your great examples. ;) I'd agree people contribute to these things for all sorts of reasons, from the sense of belonging and giving back, to personal mastery. I quite like this talk from RSA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc about the surprising truth about what motivates us. I'd agree that there needs to be a paradigm shift in what people value and also in education. I think these shifts are slowly starting to take place, and like anything happen slowly, one step at a time. Thanks for your contribution to the conversation!
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Scott Townsend
Posted about 2 years ago
Just like an incubator . . . but completely different.
Thanks for your comment George, and Feyisayo did make a very good point. I can see things from your perspective, but personally I don't think we're at a time of little creativity in most areas, but rather the opposite. From my POV the challenge is to provide enough support for creativity to thrive in all areas. There are lots of places out there facilitating creativity and positive change which is awesome... But as they say... "the more, the merrier". Also the predominant focus needs to shift to value creation for social good first, and money making second. Which I think there is a conscious shift going on, but like anything it happens one step at a time. My views on taking a step closer to this shift is in mixing up the way creative people come together, in a more holistic sense. Which is expressed through my proposed project http://www.techhatchery.org - I'd be very interested in hearing your thoughts on this if you get a chance to check it out. Thank you.
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Scott Townsend
Posted about 2 years ago
Just like an incubator . . . but completely different.
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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Scott Townsend
Posted about 2 years ago
Just like an incubator . . . but completely different.
Lawren. You make a very good point. I don't know much about history and I'm pretty quick to admit that. What I'm trying to do is frame a discussion starting with my point of view is so I can hear others, and be open to those. It's all a matter of perspective... Of which mine needs to be broadened constantly. Zman. Think creative people + social network + project management tool + a network of co-working spaces = creative playground. People like to play, not work. Finer details of the concept at http://www.techhatchery.org I'd be really interested to hear any and all thoughts. Thank you.