I firmly believe that our employees are a powerful force for creating change in our communities. From creating digital art installations to mentoring young artists, they continue to inspire me each year.
Erik Espera, a video production specialist in our San Francisco office is one example. Over the past year, Erik has spent time with Adobe’s partner non-profit, the Inneract Project (IP), and its executive director, Maurice Woods, on a special project. The Inneract Project educates inner-city youth about design and teaches them creative and media skills to address issues and solve real-world problems. Erik volunteered to work with IP on Designed, a video series that interviews innovators, creators, and designers about how they got to be where they are today and how they experience the value of design in everyday life. The videos will help bring real world design-oriented careers to life for the program’s youth. Together, Erik and Maurice interviewed Robert Brunner, who designed the Beats by Dre Headphones, Dwayne Edwards, the former design director at Nike, and many others as they talked about history, advice and their personal stories as inspiration for youth looking to explore careers in design.
We can’t wait to share the Designed series with you once it’s released. Until then, hear more about the project and our partnership with the Inneract Project straight from Erik and Maurice:
We are thrilled to see our employees applying their skills to help make a difference – with 700+ hours of skilled volunteer time in 2012 and even more in 2013, we look forward to what 2014 will bring.
Julia Love is a Senior Program Manager who drives the corporate responsibility initiatives at Adobe that give our employees the opportunities to support the causes they care about all over the world.