Kevin F. Adler believes everyone is invaluable, regardless of who they know, what they do, or how they look. As the Founder and CEO of NearShot, a media + interaction company based in San Francisco, Kevin and his team are pioneering the use of immersive storytelling and crowd-sourced content to show life as it is rarely seen but often felt.
HomelessPOV, NearShot’s first project, helps homeless volunteers capture and share their stories using wearable cameras, smart phones, and the help of their non-homeless neighbors. Kevin started HomelessPOV in memory of his Uncle Mark, who suffered from schizophrenia and spent 30 years on-and-off the streets. HomelessPOV has been featured in dozens of major media outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, NBC News, Fox Business, Forbes, PRI, CNET, Fusion TV, UpWorthy, AOL, the Bold Italic, the Daily Mail, and Huffington Post.
Previously, Kevin co-founded alumn.us (a fundraising platform for high schools, acquired in 2013), Entangled Ventures (an EdTech incubator), and BetterGrads (an online mentoring nonprofit). He served one year as an ambassador of goodwill in Oaxaca, Mexico, for Rotary International, y él mantiene su lenguaje español. Kevin’s latest book, Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital, will be published by UPA in early 2015. His writing and research has been published widely, including in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, International Educator, and two edited volumes.
Kevin is a founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation-SF, a StartingBloc Fellow, and a Hive Global Leader. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, and was the Culley Award recipient as the top graduate at Occidental College.