You’ve arrived at my blog and website, and if you’re wondering about the person behind the blog, I’m Harold Shinsato, a software developer, coach, open space facilitator, founder of Montana Agile Culture House (formerly Missoula BarCamp), and board member of the Stevensville Playhouse and the Open Space Institute of the U.S.
My last name means new hometown, or new milestone in Japanese. It reflects the feeling of Hawaiian Ohana that I hope to help spread, to help realize a healthy global village that has a feeling of home. Both my parents were born in Hawaii, and the word Ohana is Hawaiian for a spirit of family, immediate and extended, biological and intentional.
Computers can be devastatingly frustrating and alienating, but they also have the power to help extend the global nervous system and bring us closer together as the family of humankind. Having been educated at MIT with a computer science degree in the 1980’s, and then having had that education continued in Silicon Valley and the Palo Alto Research Center, I also have been trained as an improvisational actor at San Francisco’s Bay Area Theater Sports. And I’ve been on the stage several times in California and Montana. I’m also an International Coaching Federation certified coach through the Coaches Training Institute. See my coaching page to learn more.