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 & Events

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 + interaction company, Kevin is creating a better alternative to Reality TV that is compelling and socially good. In their first series, #miraclemessages, 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 on NBC, FOX, ABC, NPR, Forbes, and dozens of other outlets. In the Fall of 2015, Kevin will embark on a cross-country road trip to capture #100stories of homelessness across the US, alongside local volunteer storytellers and nonprofits

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 NY 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. 

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 @kevinfad, email kevin [at] kevinfadler.com, or join him for his monthly Fireside Potluck in San Francisco.