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.