Over a 16 year sprint, I developed and/or launched over 100 products, platforms, courses, systems and services in K12 education. While that might sound good, it left me with profound ethical debt.
Recognizing the limits of education, in 2006 I branched out into politics, climate, community development and sustainable industries.
In 1998, a pep talk from a college advisor 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 (an average of 10 courier runs, per ward, per day), 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.
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. I lost interest in making money all-together, and disbanded Sensible City in favor of a more direct humanitarian path.
In 2018, I took a vow of poverty, then co-founded WorldChanging - a 501c3 organization that uses content and curriculum to solve problems. Most of my work today is focused on the self-deceptive system that shapes children first into students, then into managed consumers or commodities. I also work internationally to raise awareness about child slavery and exploitation in mining operations worldwide.
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