Justin Kolenc

Field Services Technician, Technology Services, Mesa County Valley School District 51
Clifton, CO, United States

About Justin


B.A. in Political Science, 2013 — American Military University, Charlestown, WV
Concentration: International Relations | GPA: 3.9 | Honors: Cum Laude; Pi Gamma Mu - International Honors Society in Social Sciences, 2012-2013

A.A. in Liberal Arts, 2012 — Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
Emphasis: Social Sciences

Relevant qualifications
2002 Petty Officer Second Class Leadership Training Course, Pearl Harbor
2001 North Korea Tactical Analyst on Air/Ground/WMD, JICPAC Hawaii
Top Secret/SCI clearance, JICPAC Hawaii
2000 Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, USS Reuben James (FFG-57)
1999 Visit, Board, Search & Seizure, Afloat Training Group Hawaii
Master Helmsman
Damage Control Maintenance Man

United states navy, jICPAC
Pearl Harbor, HI 2000-2003
All-source tactical intelligence analyst, E-4 & E-5. Duties consisted of monitoring real-time military developments in North Korea for the areas of Air/Air Defense, Ground/Ground Defense, and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

Twelve-hour, rotating watch schedule.
All source intelligence fusion using data from all available collection platforms.
Timely reporting to Pacific Command decision makers in support of in-theatre assets.
Daily briefing of Pacific Command leadership in Hawaii.
Collateral and concurrent duty with the Auxiliary Security Force, Naval Station Pearl Harbor following 9/11.

United States Navy, USS Reuben James (FFG-57)
Pearl harbor, hi 1998-1999
Undesignated Deck Seaman, E-1, E-2, & E-3. Master Helmsman. Damage Control Maintenance Man. Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) Team member. Duties consisted of ship’s preservation, preventative maintenance on damage control and environmental control systems, at-sea and in-port watch standing, steering the ship during restricted maneuvering, and Maritime Enforcement Operations boarding team activities. In the 18 months aboard USS Reuben James I made two deployments:

Teamwork South ’99, South America
CARAT 2000; Southeast Asia

Familiarity with law enforcement, counter terrorism, and military operations.
Highly skilled with computers in both the PC and Mac realms.
Strong analytical skills.
Proven ability to work independently and on teams.
Focused and industrious worker.
Exceptionally strong written communication skills.
Strong oral communication skills.
Proven ability to excel within a highly structured environment.
Ability to navigate large bureaucracies.



Areas of Expertise

Intelligence and MIlitary, Political Science, Video Production, Gaming, Social Networking and Marketing

An idea worth spreading

"Kainos Demokratia: A Manifesto for Direct Democracy" - only on iBooks!

I'm passionate about

Democracy, Technology, Music, Literature, The Future

Talk to me about

#WormCalc (Squid's Worm Calculator)

People don't know I'm good at

Gardening. Playing the bass, both acoustic and electric. Computers. Video production. App programming.

My TED story

I first discovered TED when I entered Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO as a member of the Political Science program. I had been spending a LOT of time playing video games, and not much time doing homework. In an attempt to include games in one of my papers, I sourced a Jane McGonigal talk about how games will save the world. =-) The rest is history!

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Justin Kolenc
Posted over 1 year ago
Why are we not putting all of our efforts into discovering our universe and our place in it?
@Paul Lillebo For some reason I am not allowed to reply to Paul Lillebo directly, so I'll do it here. Your whole "one angelic party and one party of the devil" is itself an attempt to "delude others." Notice that I never said that, yet you were quick to insert those words into my mouth. There are good people in every party (and far more than just two parties, despite what the RNC and the DNC would like you to believe). There are also criminals in every party. That much is true, and I would not ever deny that. With this said, the two major parties in this country represent a dichotomy in modern politics: inclusion versus exclusion. One party wishes to include as many people as possible in our political process. The other party wishes to "conserve" that status quo, and prevent any new inclusions in our system. One party embraces science, and attempts to adapt to its lessons, while the other party goes out of its way to deny science, and certainly will not ever try to adapt to it. You can try to pave over my observations by saying that I have a short memory, or that I am inexperienced, but you cannot pave over the careful branding of each party. Democrats practice the politics of inclusion, and base their activity on science, something the TED crowd can appreciate. Republicans, on the other hand, practice the politics of exclusion, and are willing to spend millions of dollars in order block and deny science. Sure, G.W. TALKED about a mission to Mars (notice that he did not make it actually happen), and yes, Obama cancelled that plan. Obama also had a MASSIVE financial crisis to deal with, and politically speaking the time was NOT right for a high dollar mission to deep space. Call it pragmatism. Thanks to G.W. we spent SO MUCH of our national treasure on fighting wars that it just was not feasible, or possible, to undertake a Mars mission. I commend Obama for having the bravery to cancel a program that many in his party supported.
Justin Kolenc
Posted over 1 year ago
Why are we not putting all of our efforts into discovering our universe and our place in it?
Well, do you want the long answer or the short answer? Let's start here. Google the following: "Republicans + NASA". Consider that it was Kennedy who pushed us toward the moon. Republicans aren't necessarily against space exploration itself, it's just that they have yet to figure out a way to allow the military industrial complex to latch onto it. Newt Gingrich tried, with his "moon base" nonsense, but that was mostly a way of scoffing at President Obama. Republicans in the House have voted 40 times to repeal a law that they cannot feasibly repeal. The 112th Congress was the most obstructionist Congress in American history, thanks to the Republican party towing their party line, and trying to buck Obama, rather than doing their jobs and governing. The 113th is not any better. They would rather see the country fail than to see Obama succeed. On that same note, they refuse to fund healthcare for 30 million Americans who currently do not have it. They sure as hell aren't going to vote to fund exploration. Not only do they not want to fund new programs, they actually want their tax money back. I could go on and on, but I think that Google search string I opened with will tell you all that you need to know.
Justin Kolenc
Posted over 3 years ago
Harald Haas: Wireless data from every light bulb
I found this video to be very interesting, even persuasive. I have a couple of questions though. Would this technology have any adverse effect on those who suffer from epilepsy? Also, will I be able to receive a call or a text if my phone is in my pocket?