[C7G] Jackson’s Quest

Posted on March 31, 2014


This will be Jackson’s final question for the shareholders and while seemingly a modest question it may well lay the seeds for Jackson’s future growth. We’ll let Jackson Gariety explain this one on his own:

At this point in my life I’m trying to figure out what slice of the world will give me the most meaning, or, "Raison d'être.” A large part of that is the country I choose to live in. For the moment I imagine the most ideal place is an urban area with beautiful nature nearby, a place with a strong academic influence from one or many colleges that focus on both art and technology. Ideally, the place is one where people have struggled through economic and political revolution recently, as that has a serious impact on the depth of culture and its openness to idealism. I’d like to live in a place where young people are freely expressing themselves, and the culture has a sense of its own uniqueness. Portland embodies many of these aspects, but it has no major college, and too many highways for easy access to natural beauty. I imagine this ideal place is outside of the United States. My goals for traveling are to find a culture I can return to over the course of my life and where I can grow a network of creative and technologist peers.

This proposal is for Jackson to go off and leave Portland for no less than a month’s time to live and work in a new place.

If this proposal passes Jackson will spend a month in the setting that receives the most votes in the subsequent six proposals (San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, Reykjavik, Iceland, Berlin, Germany, Paris, France, London, England).

Yes - 1142.0

aaronpk 537.0
Douglas Dollars 320.0
Ryan Feigh 77.0
brendanjones 50.0
Anjou Wu 22.0
abodens3 20.0
ALH 18.0
smtlaissezfaire 14.0
Gabriel 11.0
Xavier 8.0
rbbash 7.0
senorprogrammer 5.0
molly 5.0
beernerd 5.0
gwguffey 5.0
highrez2 5.0
Daniel O'Toole 4.0
citricsquid 4.0
kbakermemphis 3.0
jaydeer 3.0
wwwhitney 3.0
E*Rock 2.0
huntbk 2.0
Adam Shand 1.0
jabruder 1.0
amcdonald 1.0
GregWick 1.0
brennannovak 1.0
pdc 1.0
reifi 1.0
Gary Pratt 1.0
pvong 1.0
johnzeiger 1.0
robby 1.0
JDutil 1.0
csdavis08 0.0
nickdouglas 0.0
egli 0.0

No - 23.0

mozhu888 20.0
Lisa 2.0
hotmansam 1.0

Past Discussion

huntbk (2.0 shares, voted yes)
I was hoping for more eclectic choices. What about Vancouver? Geneva? Pamplona? Also, visit Portland. You'll be surprised.
Mike Merrill
Jackson grew up and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Josh Berezin (635.0 shares)
What does "too many highways for easy access to natural beauty" mean, Jackson? In contrast to what?
brendanjones (50.0 shares, voted yes)
How can Vancouver not appear on the list of proposed locations? It certainly meets Jackson's requirements.
Mike Merrill
When we discussed the possible locations with Jackson the list was created from a history of conversations he's had that have sparked his interest about various places. The list represents simply the cities that Jackson is considering.
gariety (1.0 shares)
In contrast to a place where you can hike directly from the city into natural beauty without owning a car. Amsterdam, Reykjavik, seem to be such places, but it's only a guess.
gariety (1.0 shares)
I travelled to Vancouver, B.C over christmas last year with some friends and stayed the the American Backpackers Hostle. It was interesting, but the vibe of the city seemed very luxurious to me. Lots of people live there only in the summer or around Christmas. I'd call it an edge city for that reason. I'm also not 21, and lots of people move there for the clubbing scene. Vancouver has tons of natural beauty for sure, more than most places, but the culture isn't really my thing.
Adam Shand (1.0 shares, voted yes)
When I was your age and left New Zealand to "experience the world" I spent three years in Alaska and then three years in Portland. When I did the same thing 10 years later I spent a year and a half living in SE Asia (mostly Thailand). If I was going to do it again my advice to younger Adam would be: * Visit places which challenge you. Which are different from what you think you want but intrigue in some way. * Don't move too quickly or stay too long (3-12 months per place). You can always come back but spending a year or two grazing provides a lot of prospective for the rest of your life. * When in new places it's easy to be shy and fall back on old habits. Make a promise to your self that you will engage in hobbies, work, etc that force you to engage with the new place and meet people. A few years ago I was reading a lot of early 20th century literature and Paris was the place where all the interesting people use to meet. I started wondering if there was an equivalent was these days or if the internet had (tragically) supplanted such a meeting place. The whole time I was traveling around Asia I would talk to people about where that place was. Basically everyone said ... Berlin. So if I was going to choose one place to go ... it would be Berlin. Good luck!