Growing up, I grew up in scenes.
Scenes that revolved around expression, communication and forming
tribes of like-minded peers.
These scenes have been key to engineering my own serendipity,
unlocking opportunities and instrumental in wiring my brain for
design, business and life.
The skateboarding, independent music and now location
independent entrepreneurial movement form the backbone, the
spine of my outlook.
Skateboarding teaches one to deal with risk, falling down and getting
back up. To creatively look at one’s environment and interpret it for
Sounds like business, right?
The independent music scene challenges one to consider what are
their negotiables and non-negotiables, to form a values system and to
hold those values as you might communicate ideas that are
Communicating unpopular ideas forms the basis of entrpreneurship,
and is a predictor of success in life. As is dealing with risk. Assessing
what are appropriate levels of risk and executing, doing things based
on your interpretation of that risk.
The location independent entrepreneur movement.
The scripts of “what we’re supposed to be doing” are changing,
fading away. You know the script of go to school, get a job, get a
house and so on. In their place is the opportunity to write one’s own
script. An evolution of the concept of leveraging the forces of
globalization ﬁrst described in Thomas Friedman’s book The World is
Flat, and beyond what Tim Ferris polished for the masses in the Four
Hour Work Week.
There’s an evolution.
People ranging from designers at Apple to A-List post-college grads
are ditching the old scripts and are writing their own scripts. They’re
showing up in location independent entrepreneur hubs like Chiang
Mai, Saigon, Medellin and Berlin to work on their startups to connect
with others in the movement and to scale their creations.
This story needs to get out there.
Earth on Fire
I’m on the front-lines and a member of this movement. I see this
movement as The Earth on Fire where those old scripts of what we’re
supposed to be doing burning away and the opportunity to write our
own script taking its place. This - is the Earth on Fire. Renewal of the
scripts around us.
We’re working on a total refresh of this site and will be launching with
an epic long-form story that tells the story of this movement, The
Earth on Fire. The story will launch complete with video interviews, a
podcast, images, and details of members who are writing their own