the emerging possible

After working on separate paths exploring the questions brought forward from their own life experiences, David & Ruth arrived at a point of convergence and discovered they had reached similar conclusions about what is necessary to move the world forward. As they explored the stories, they were able to describe the requirements of the emerging new system and necessary steps to get there. This created a clear path forward for local community development mapped to shared wellbeing and a thriving system of commerce. 



David is a consultant to businesses and communities seeking to thrive in the emerging new global economy, and a consultant and coach to community building leaders and entrepreneurs committed to creating paths of livelihood that produce wellbeing. He is best known for his work in the following areas:

  • Designing to thrive in the New Economic Pattern: re-imagining wealth, capital, coordination and organization in New Economic Pattern terms

  • Developing leaders for New Economic Pattern operations: leading toward thriving and maximizing full spectrum capital returns

  • Thriving organization development: utilizing continuous coordination and developing self-organizing work teams and workflows

  • Thriving community development: using local self-reliance based growth strategies to fuel area wealth creation, cultivating local business ecosystems that provision the community to produce self-reliance.

A writer and presenter who frequently addresses business and community leaders on New Economic Pattern issues, he is also known for coining New Economic Pattern related terms and concepts including community making entrepreneur and full spectrum capital.

In addition to his role as Principal of Thriving Community Solutions, David is a Principal at Thriving Business Solutions, and is a community shamanic wisdom leader training individuals & teams in the new pattern of complex commerce. His work on New Economic Pattern and thriving organizations and communities began in 2000 and continues. He previously worked as a business consultant at Coopers & Lybrand and then Laventhol & Horwath, performed contract international financial investigations for various government agencies and major banks, was a founder and startup VP of Business Development for Alchemy Systems, and served as President and Executive Director of Hands of the Community (non-profit).


Ruth Glendinning was born in London UK, grew up in Texas, lived in the Caribbean, California and Oklahoma where she worked with Native American tribes, before firmly planting her roots in Austin, Texas. She is a social entrepreneur and innovator with a history of working with clients in the local, national and global arenas focusing on grassroots entrepreneurship with a special emphasis on women’s work, including food and craft accelerators. 

Her entrepreneurial path began in Los Angeles and continued in Austin, Texas where she discovered her true passion lay in the social impact entrepreneurship sector of the market. It was here that Ruth developed the model of cultural strategy which demonstrates the importance of creating a balance between community, culture and commerce for sustainable economy which was most notably demonstrated with the creation of the Community Renaissance Market (CRM), a 60,000 square foot grocery store repurposed into a microbusiness incubator containing 40+ microbusinesses. To better reflect the purpose of CRM to incubate businesses which meet the criteria of sustainable, local, organic work, she 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. Ultimately SLOW Tech is about using technology to improve the human experience, rather than distract from it. 

In her role as a Partner in Thriving Community Solutions, she researches trends and identifies economic patterns. She is the relationship builder/connector/creative partner on projects that are mapped to real needs in the market, catalyzed by expanding technology and activated by personal relationships. Ruth is also an Associate with Thriving Business Solutions, focusing on developing relationship capital and stakeholder tools.  

Michael Gatto

Michael Gatto is a registered architect and LEEDÔ Accredited Professional who specializes in regenerative development and design. Michael is the co-founder of the Austin Community Design and Development Center (ACDDC), a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all by providing sustainable design, planning, and development services to low and moderate income individuals, families, and neighborhoods, which he directed from 2006 - 2016. Prior to co-founding ACDDC, Michael was intern architect and project manager at Foundation Communities, a regional affordable housing provider, where he was a Rose Architectural Fellow. Previously Michael served as a LEEDÔ sustainable design consultant on several municipal buildings at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin. Michael earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, where he has also served as adjunct faculty in the School of Architecture. In his prior career, Michael worked for 15 years at Advanced Micro Devices as an engineer and engineering section manager.