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Kevin F. Adler
Kevin F. Adler is the co-founder of NearShot media + interaction, makers of the Homeless GoPro Project. HGP dispels myths around homelessness by outfitting homeless volunteers with high-definition personal cameras, which they use to capture the world as they see it.

Kevin’s groundbreaking first book, Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital, will be published by UPA in early 2015. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, NPR, PRI, NBC News, Fox Business, Daily Mail, International Educator, and Huffington Post.

Previously, Kevin was the co-founder of (a fundraising platform for high schools that was acquired in 2013), Entangled Ventures (an EdTech incubator), and BetterGrads (an e-mentoring nonprofit). He also served for a year as an ambassador of goodwill in Mexico for Rotary International.

Kevin is a founding trustee of the Awesome Foundation-SF, a StartingBloc Fellow, and an advisor to a number of technology-enabled, socially-driven startups. He completed his graduate studies at Cambridge University, and was the Culley Award recipient as the top graduate at Occidental College.

Say hello @kevinfad, or join him for his next monthly fireside potluck.

Entries by Kevin F. Adler

3 Solid Ways to Create Content in the Age of YouTube

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 2:25 PM

This post was co-authored with Kevin Longa, creator of TASTE.

Rarely do viral videos build a loyal following. As founders of two new media startups, we have put together this list of three methods that have helped us build our audiences.

1. Tell stories


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Dear Ray Kurzweil

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 7:26 PM


[Author's Note: As a participant in Singularity University's Graduate Studies Program this summer, I have decided to further engage the material by writing a letter to some of our speakers, drawing on the lectures as well as the personal context in which I...

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The Singularity (University) Is Here

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 6:05 PM


My first words on Singularity University

When I first heard about Singularity University's Graduate Studies Program, I formed two theories about the near-future:

1.) if I got in, I would love it;
2.) it would be a long shot...

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How Has the Face of Homelessness Changed Since the Global Financial Crisis?

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Foreclosures, lay-offs, medical bills, and perpetual unemployment have left millions of Americans particularly vulnerable since the great recession.

More than ever, their stories are our stories.


With a decline in public assistance, fewer work opportunities, and a diminishing number of affordable housing units...

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Happy Birthday, Mark: The Homeless GoPro Project, by NearShot

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 2:05 PM

My Uncle, Mark Adler, who lived on and off the streets for 30 years and was the inspiration behind the Homeless GoPro Project, would have been 61-years-old today. He passed away in 2004.

Since the first moment HGP began -- as an idea last November, as a single...

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Stray Cats and Dogs in Peru

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 1:00 PM

I grew up with animals and love them. I speak Spanish and have travelled in the developing world. And my housemate's cat, Jack, is sleeping on my bed right now.

And that is just about the extent that I can personally speak to the issue of animal welfare in Peru....

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How to Celebrate the Perfect Birthday (9 Ideas)

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:53 PM

I love birthdays.

For my 13th birthday, a dozen friends and I piled into the back of my 1984 Ford F-150 pickup. We went to Scandia for a day of mini golf and laser tag.


For my 20th birthday, my mom came...

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Our Bear Humanity: The Backstory on ChamPa

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 6:56 PM

Even our smallest actions can have profound reverberations.

During my 10 weeks backpacking in Southeast Asia in 2010, I met a lovely Swedish woman in Laos named Frida Blom who quickly became a dear friend.

For a few days, we enjoyed traipsing through the old city of Luang Prabang...

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The Food Hackathon

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 7:32 AM

Three years ago, Philippe Furlan was diabetic, severely overweight, and going blind. "I didn't know how to eat," said the 50-year-old.

His diabetes medications were not helping, and his health was deteriorating rapidly: his feet were getting huge, he could no longer drive and his doctors warned him that...

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My Successful Letter of Appeal to UC Berkeley

(41) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 3:00 PM

UC Berkeley was my dream school.

In fact, as a student at a large public high school in the East Bay, as the son and grandson of alumni, and as a young person interested in politics, the University of California, Berkeley, was one of the few schools I knew.

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