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Fifteen Minutes with Rachel Hatch

08/25/2016 11:00AM ● Published by Kendra Kaiserman

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September 2016
By Kendra Kaiserman
Photo: Erin Claassen

Personal: I’ve been together with my hubby, Aaron Hatch, for 14 years, and married for eight. We have one toddler, Isaac.

Professional: For eight years now, I’ve been a research director at Institute for the Future. I am also a co-founder of Woven Capital.

Tell us about the Institute for the Future. Institute for the Future is an independent, non-profit research organization with a 48-year track record of helping all kinds of organizations make the futures they want. We’re based in the Silicon Valley so we study tech futures but also health futures, education futures, governance futures and more.

How would you define a futurist? The measure of foresight is whether it leads you to ask the right questions, and to make a better decision today. At Institute for the Future we don’t believe anyone can predict the future. The world is simply too complex, emergent and combinatorial to have that kind of certainty. Our goal is to create provocative views of plausible futures, and use that to make a more resilient path forward.

What inspired you to become a futurist? With each wave of change that comes along, you can either choose to ride it or get hit by it. I have always strived for the former. Since change is inevitable, I am interested in trying to help organizations and communities of people anticipate the waves of change that are coming their way.

What do you see in Redding’s future? This community has a lot of assets, and if we are going to be smart about leveraging them, we will need to attract and retain talented people. We must turn our area’s brain drain into brain gain. It is one of the most pressing challenges for our collective future, and will supercharge our efforts in other areas.

Tell us about the business you co-founded, Woven Capital. As we all know from personal experience, your relationship with money is about more than just your account balance. It’s about security, about leaving a legacy, about your dreams for the future. Woven Capital is a financial planning business that helps people make better decisions with money. It’s financial planning for the modern age. To learn more, visit www.wovencapital.net.

What has been the most challenging part about working for two companies? Self-care is a challenge and something that I take seriously. I like to practice yoga at Balance Yoga Center. Jana Parker is a skilled and inspiring teacher.

What has been the most rewarding part about working for two companies? Since my husband and I first met in 2002, we’ve always looked for ways to meld our intellectual and creative worlds. Perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised that dinner conversations as of late have been about the future of financial planning. We just launched a blog to track these conversations: www.inancialplannermeetsfuturist.wordpress.com.

Who has influenced you the most? I have learned first-hand the power of mentorship through my mentors: Kathi Vian and Bob Johansen at Institute for the Future, Pam Wesley of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Ed Santurri from St. Olaf College, family friend Liane Nichols who was a deacon at my church and who led the community theatre in my Iowa hometown and from my parents, who are both educators.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Birthing my son.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I grew up in community theatre, so I spent a lot of time immersed in the arts and wanted to be a dancer, singer or actor when I was younger.

Favorite movie? With a toddler I don’t watch many movies these days, but I love to take in a TED talk on TED.com whenever I can. I am always excited to check out a new talk and see if our TEDxRedding team decides to show it at our upcoming event on October 15.

Favorite book? “Community: the Structure of Belonging” by Peter Block. In it,  he says “To belong is to act as an investor, owner and creator of this place.”

Favorite place to escape from reality? Redding has proximity to so much natural beauty. My favorites are Clover Creek Preserve, Whiskeytown Lake and Lassen National Park. 

What do you love most about the North State? It’s a small enough community that one person can make a difference here.

Name three things on your bucket list. 1. To lead a parkour play day in downtown Redding. Three times!

What is the mantra you live by? By an Irish proverb: “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.”

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