To solve the world's most pressing challenges, I believe we can start with the question:

How can we use technology to unlock the potential of our communities?

All entrepreneurs must be social entrepreneurs. Join me and let's answer this together.

Upcoming Speaking Appearances & Event

  • (At NASA from June - August 2015 for Singularity University!)

NearShot is a media + interaction company that uses smart phones and social media to help society's most vulnerable individuals capture and share their stories. We are creating a better, crowd-driven alternative to Reality TV.

In our first series, #miraclemessages, homeless people record short video messages to their loved ones. Can the power of social media help them reconnect after years away? The result is profound.

Media & Public Speaking

Live television interview on Money with Melissa Francis on Fox Business.

"How to Design for Human Connectivity in a World of Strangers." Talk at Catalyst Week, an event series with Zappos founder Tony Hsieh and the Downtown Project. Past speakers include Simon Sinek (Start With Why) and Slava Rubin (Indiegogo founder).

Guest lecture on finding your purpose at BUS 110 entrepreneurship class. 2013

Guest lecture on finding your purpose at BUS 110 entrepreneurship class. 2013

Small speaking role as an American College Student in this Sundance-award winning film. My acting claim to fame.

Small speaking role as an American College Student in this Sundance-award winning film. My acting claim to fame.

Numerous talks in the US and Mexico on finding your purpose and leadership. 2010-2015

Numerous talks in the US and Mexico on finding your purpose and leadership. 2010-2015

Talk on HomelessPOV. 2014

Talk on HomelessPOV. 2014

Talk on finding purpose and startups. 2012

Talk on finding purpose and startups. 2012

Talk on "Beyond DBC: Meaningful Development."

Talk on "Beyond DBC: Meaningful Development."

Writing

 

National Student Diplomat Essay Competition win

National Student Diplomat Essay Competition win

Co-authored conclusion chapter with Dr. Maria Gallo: "Facebook Fatigue? A University’s Quest to Build Lifelong Relationships with Students and Alumni."

Co-authored conclusion chapter with Dr. Maria Gallo: "Facebook Fatigue? A University’s Quest to Build Lifelong Relationships with Students and Alumni."

Authored chapter six: "Social capital after a disaster."

Authored chapter six: "Social capital after a disaster."


Official Speaker Bio


Kevin F. Adler is an entrepreneur and sociologist who uses technology to unlock the potential of our communities. As Founder and CEO of NearShot, a media company based in San Francisco, Kevin is using smart phones to humanize society's most vulnerable individuals. In their first series, Miracle Messages, homeless individuals record short video messages to their loved ones. Can the power of social media help them reconnect after all these years? NearShot has been featured in NBC NewsNPRSF ChronicleTechCrunch, and other major media outlets. This fall, Kevin will embark on a 14-city road trip to film season 1 and help homeless volunteers reconnect across the US.

Kevin is the author of the book, Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital (2015), published by Rowman & Littlefield. 500 Year-Flood is a ground-breaking book that reveals the impact of natural disasters on our collective sense of togetherness ("social capital"). His writing has been published in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, TechCrunch, Huffington Post, Cedar Rapids Gazette, and two edited volumes: An Education in Facebook (Routledge 2014) and Community Disaster Recovery and Resiliency (CRC Press 2010).

Kevin has spoken at Microsoft NERD, Stanford, The Downtown Project, Rotary, and Dev Bootcamp. He is a founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation-SF, a New Leaders Council Fellow (SF), a StartingBloc Fellow, and a Hive Global Leader. Previously, Kevin co-founded alumn.us (a fundraising platform for high schools), Entangled Ventures (an EdTech incubator), and BetterGrads (an online mentoring nonprofit). He served one year as an ambassador of goodwill for Rotary International in Oaxaca, Mexico. 

In 2015, Kevin will attend Singularity University's Graduate Studies Program at NASA, one of 80 students selected from 4000 applicants. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, and was the Culley Award recipient as the top graduate at Occidental College. Say hello on Twitter @kevinfadler, email kevin [at] kevinfadler.com, or join him for his monthly Fireside Potlucks.

Random tidbits about Kevin

  • He is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley
  • He had a small speaking role in the Sundance-award winning film, La Nina. (He has still yet to see it.)
  • He was voted "Most Likely to Win an Oscar" by his High School Senior Class. (Baby steps.)
  • He has used his middle initial "F" since middle school to honor his mom for helping to raise him (Farrington = her maiden name).
  • Attention Ladies: he was recently named one of San Francisco's most eligible men. "It's nice to finally be recognized for my work."
  • He has never tried coffee.
  • His great-grandfather arrived at Ellis Island and changed the family last name from Orzeł to Adler: the Polish to German for "eagle."

Recent SPEAKING APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • June 7th, 2015 at 8am & 10:15am: Sermon: Walk with Jesus with your smart phone, at St. Clare's Episcopal Church (Pleasanton, CA)
  • May 28th, 2015 at 7pm: Panel Talk: Climate Reality Leadership Corps, at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (San Francisco, CA)
  • May 20th, 2015 at 4:30pm: Talk: What We Learned From Our Successful Crowdfunding Campaign, at Indiegogo (San Francisco, CA)
  • May 9th, 2015: Talk: Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital, at New Bo Books Library (Cedar Rapids, IA) 
  • May 7th, 2015: Learning Forward: A Community Forum on Social Capital, with The Gazette & KCRG-TV9 (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • May 7th, 2015: Reading: Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital, with The Gazette & KCRG-TV9 (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • May 2nd, 2015: Talk: Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital, at the Cornell College Library (Mt. Vernon, IA)
  • April 30th, 2015: How to use new media to share your stories as nonprofits, with Pathways to Housing PA (Philadelphia, PA)