A recent interview I read with education reformer Betsy DeVos in the PhilanthropyRoundtable publication provided me with an insight into the work this well known education reformer undertakes with her husband, Dick DeVos. The name Dick DeVos is well known to those of us who follow closely the work of the AmWay Group, but also those of us who are concerned about the level and standard of education our children are receiving in the 21st century. The DeVos family has always been well known for playing an important part in the philanthropic community in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, but through the work Dick and Betsy have undertaken for education their role has now become a national one; Betsy DeVos explained the role the couple have taken on in education reform has been in place for over 30 years and dates back to a visit to Potter’s House Christian School in Michigan. Dick DeVos has gone so far as to become elected to the State Board of Education in Michigan despite his busy career and family life, which has allowed the couple a glimpse into the inner workings of education departments and how difficult life can be for these professional educators.
Success for Dick DeVos is no longer simply measured in terms of profit margins, but I believe is now measured in the positive effects he and wife Betsy have on the public around them. Dick DeVos has always looked to aid the people of the Grand Rapids, Michigan region through his work with programs such as the regional Air Alliance of West Michigan;Wikipedia reports Dick DeVos headed this air based program in a bid to make sure local residents had access to air travel options when many airlines severed their links with the Grand Rapids region. The interest in air travel and the possibilities it opens up for young people obviously played a part in the establishment of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which I believe highlights the work Dick and Betsy DeVos have completed in changing the way education is explored and delivered in the U.S.
Eric Pulier is most famous or his use of design and technology to solve and communicate problems. With a unique set of consumer friendly skills, the innovator has made waves with the things he has conquered. By taking practical and relatable steps toward solid solutions, Pulier has made real change.
Starbright World is at the top of Eric Pulier’s philanthropic achievements. By combining a sensory experience with an interactive experience, his designs presented parents, doctors, and children of illness with a new medium of communication that they would never otherwise have had. This project included many moving parts and many talented artists. It linked over 75 centers for treatment with the help of dedicated investors.
The project itself reached completion but inspired Pulier to continue his help with children. The continuation was entitled Starlight Diabetes. In his previous work, he was able to find way to relate with children through technology and education. By creating learning opportunities through characters and cartoons, Pulier designed a fun curriculum surrounding juvenile diabetes.
This hands on and educational solution was the perfect mix of design and communication. The game takes children through their own bodies to help them understand how they can live healthier. It also helps them understand the feelings and fluctuations that come with juvenile diabetes that might otherwise be difficult to communicate.
The philanthropic work seems to be closest to his heart and the experience and expertise in these fields is generously offered to his charity endeavors. As seen in his publications in these areas, Eric Pulier is an authority. Understanding Enterprise SOA is a co-written publication with Hugh Taylor. This provides an insider look into all technology and it’s relationship to a variety of industries.
The Enterprise Industrial Complex provides similar insight with a bit of a historical twist. The parallels draw by Pulier connect the current state of industry with that of the Cold War. If you do not quite see the connection, wait until you read it. The insightful patterns and what we can learn from them take on a whole new meaning for business ventures everywhere.
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