Meet The Team
Ruth Glendinning is the founder of Future Story Lab. The core of her work is building ecosystems of relationships, connections and creative partnerships in projects that are mapped to real needs in the market, catalyzed by expanding technology and activated by personal relationships.
As a natural product of the ecosystems built, she designs & implements platforms and systems to develop, produce & sustain local wealth.
As part of her work, she has emerged the cultural strategy model which demonstrates the importance of creating a balance between community, culture and commerce for sustainable economy and trademarked the “SLOW Tech® Incubator” (Sustainable Local Organic Work + Technology) concept in which specific technology is added to no- or low-tech community-based human-scale businesses to better equip them to thrive.
For the past 35+ years, Kent has pursued dual career tracks that have ideally positioned him for this project: both high technology, and grassroots community advocacy.
A veteran of Xerox and several venerated information security companies, Kent has designed, managed and introduced various exciting new technologies into the market. In 2017 his technology team was awarded recognition from UNESCO for providing technology benefiting Syrian refugees.
From a commitment to service to the community, Kent has participated in several landmark social experiments, including the Burnside Skatepark, now 30 years into a public/private community policing collaboration.
Kent served as Executive Director for Skaters for Public Skateparks, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to assisting grassroots advocates, and served on the board of the Tony Hawk Foundation.
As CEO of 214 Alpha, Kent provides technology and professional services helping keep money and affairs local so communities can reclaim their dignity on their terms.
Trudy Martinez has always been an avid learner. After graduating high school in only 3 years, she went on to earn two Bachelor’s degrees in Pre-med and Occupational Therapy; and one Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Her career as an Occupational Therapist spanned 35 years and culminated in a specialization in manual therapy for pain management, autism sensory integration treatments, and elder care.
This human-centered work was the precise preparation she needed to be the product designer and COO for 214 Alpha. As a non-technologist, she brings the perspective needed to create products that identify, emerge and strengthen the unique perspectives of the humans who will be using them.
She is the steward and lead guide on the Community Activation and Launch Methodology (C.A.L.M.) model, which guides a community from outrage to stewardship, through service; the essential work needed to prepare individuals and communities to grow a sustainable economy and local governance.