Biography: Philip Winton Townsend

"I look for what needs to be done. After all, that's how the universe designs itself." --R. Buckminster Fuller

Current:

Philip Winton Townsend currently works as an Information Technology Consultant for Primary Global Research and Townsend Consulting. He is also a member of The Society of Industry Leaders and the Global Advisory Team of Experts (GATE) based in Mountain View, and San Francisco, California, USA.

Mr. Townsend is also a writer. His work has been published in the The Nervous Breakdown, Elephant, and The Boulder Planet. Mr. Townsend is also a contributing member of the Boulder Writers Group. Some of Philip's creative non-fiction, micro-fiction, commentaries, and notes are available on his blog.

Other areas of inspiration are: web development, copyright law, Linux/UNIX augmentation and advancement, electronic design and ergonomics, teaching, songwriting, guitar, photography, philosophy, biological psychology, physics, Systems Theory, and championing the Oxford comma.

Philip, his wife, son, and cat Lulu reside at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

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Past:

In 1995 Philip's working career started as an Intern at Steelcase's flagship office in New York City. He maintained and improved a marketing database of local architectural and design firms in the Manhattan area.

His second gig as an Intern was in 1996-97 at a newspaper called the Boulder Planet. As an assistant to the Business editor he wrote a feature article, and many news briefs. He also maintained a weekly section of the newspaper.

After college graduation in 1997, Philip began work at a division of Afilliated Computer Services (ACS) called ACS Merchant Services (ACS MS). While there, he coordinated client conversions from competing payment platforms to the ACS MS payment platform. He also created the company's intranet site and newsletter. In addition, he researched, recommended, and designed computer- and Internet-based point of sale solutions. And, he organized mass mailings to ACS MS conversion merchants. 

In 1999, Philip and his wife took a sabbatical to Europe. They enjoyed adventures in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and Greece.

Upon his return to Boulder, Colorado in 2000, Philip worked at a division of General Electric (GE) as a Design Engineer. In that role, he designed enterprise computer systems for large accounts including Wal-mart and Apple, taught technical classes for his colleagues and the company's sales force, improved his department's intranet, created and edited technical educational literature, designed and tested multi-media tools which improved the efficiency of his team, and contributed editing and writing to the company newsletter.

In September of 2006, Philip left GE to explore consulting opportunities. That winter he also fulfilled a lifelong dream -- teaching kids and adults how to ski as a certified Ski Instructor. He found the teaching experience challenging, enlightening, and fun.

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