Tory Gattis

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About me

Gender Male
Industry Technology
Occupation Social Systems Architect
Location Houston, Texas, United States
Introduction Social Systems Architect and entrepreneur with a genuine love of my hometown. I cover a wide range of topics in this blog - including transportation, transit, economic development, quality-of-life, city identity, and development and land-use regulations - and have published numerous Houston Chronicle op-eds on these topics. I'm a Founding Senior Fellow with the Urban Reform Institute - A Center for Opportunity Urbanism and co-authored the original study with noted urbanist Joel Kotkin and others, creating a city philosophy around upward social mobility for all citizens as an alternative to the popular smart growth, new urbanism, and creative class movements. I am a native Houstonian, 6th-generation Texan, attended Rice University for my BSEE and MBA, and a former McKinsey consultant and adjunct faculty member with Leadership Houston. CONTACT EMAIL: tgattis (at) - send me an email if you would like to receive these posts via email, or see the Google Groups signup box below.
Interests Houston, urban policy and strategy, transportation issues, improving local education, travel, airline industry, Continental Airlines, Team Texas and the World Community Grid, OpenTeams and the open model entrepreneurial organization
Favorite Movies Mindwalk, Lone Star, Zero Effect, Real Genius, Matrix Trilogy, Batman Begins, The Incredibles, Good Will Hunting, Apollo 13
Favorite Music I'm gonna use this field instead for places I've visited:, 45 US places, Calgary, Canberra, Cancun, Cozumel, Florence, London, Melbourne, Milan, Munich, Niagara, Nice, Ottawa, Paris, Rome, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, Venice, Victoria
Favorite Books A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram, Good to Great by Jim Collins, The Future and Its Enemies by Virgina Postrel, The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki, The Future of Management by Gary Hamel