Ian Bryan

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Early On

A pep talk from a college advisor in 1998 spawned the launch of my first webdev company. Our first app was lucky: an encrypted relay for digitally submitting ordinances and agendas. By eliminating costs (ward's averaged of 10 courier runs, per week), we saved the city 1/2 a million dollars in its first year. The next year I launched 2 complimentary startups and opened a coffeehouse. At 24 years old, Siteleader acquired my businesses and clients, and named me Vice President of Support.

Scaling Ideas

Ideas motivate me, managing companies... not so much. So I relocated to Asheville NC and started Sensible City: an experiential marketing firm that converted advertising dollars into a community project bank. The idea was simple: give me 70% of your ad budget and I will give you 1,000% ROI on ad conversions. Over the next 10 years, we launched the lion's share of mainstream educational technology in the United States. Our reputation was in K12, but we also raised progressive brands like West Coast Green, CleanTech Open, Ecobuild, Green Festivals, and Ecocity World Summit.


In 2005, I lobbied for the Black Star Project, which led to my first meeting with future presidential candidate Barak Obama. I started and led the WNC field office. A few months later, film star and classroom teacher John Hunter tapped us to launch "World Peace & Other 4th Grade Achievements". By 2009 the evidence for our work was compounding, but I'd lost interest in making money all-together, and disbanded Sensible City in favor of a more direct humanitarian path.


Working on the ground in the Dominican Republic shattered the glass. In 2019, I took a vow of poverty, then co-founded WorldChanging - a 501c3 organization devoted to reconciling humanity and society. Most of this work is focused on the reconciliation of self and society. My vision is to cultivate a human sanctuary.


Today I am building RuralScout. Thanks for stopping by.