Jonathan Carlsmith

Country representing

United States

Languages

English

Education

  • University of Arkansas
  • Bachelor of Arts, Journalism (Advertising & PR) and Communication

Current organisation

Apple

Current role

Product Manager, Digital Experiences

Skills and Expertise

Branding
Information technology
Public relations
Strategic planning

Areas of interest

Business
Education
Health
Leadership

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I'm most passionate about ending poverty by shaping a future where education & healthcare are guaranteed for all and distributed equitably around the world so that every person has the ability to achieve their full potential for good. I believe that global equity in education and health will be the strongest contributor to the elimination of poverty and a harbinger of peace and justice for the world.Equity in education and health requires universal access to information everywhere in the world and I believe that today's largest technology companies must lead the way toward a future where every human has access to the internet. And I believe that in a world where information is accessible to everyone, representative democracy can thrive. I believe that these three elements - education, healthcare, and representative democracy - are the foundational elements of enduring social change and the primary means through which we can guarantee a sustainable future for our world. On a personal note, my journey includes a childhood spent in deep poverty in rural Arkansas where I experienced food insecurity and the near constant threat of homelessness. My mother, sister, and I endured the pains of substance addiction, mental illness, and physical/sexual abuse. Despite my circumstances, I became the first person in my family to get a college degree. I attended graduate school for Social Work as part of my mission to help young people break cycles of poverty through education only to live the irony of dropping out because I couldn't afford to finish. Getting through the first years of my career left me without confidence and feeling as though I'd lost sight of my purpose in life. Six years later, all the dots have somehow managed to connect and I have purpose again. I owe today to a heaping handful of caring mentors, bosses, friends, & family members who believed in me and my potential, even when I didn't. I'm repaying them by leaving this world better than I found it.

Actions

I've always worked to improve the communities in which I've lived by working to advance initiatives that improve the lives of others. I've spent much of my time over the last 8 years working with young people in summer camps and serving on the board of a small non-profit dedicated to youth development in Arkansas. I moved to California 3 years ago and found the opportunity to raise funds to support an organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers. I raise funds by completing long-distance endurance events such as triathlons and marathons. To date, I've raised or helped to raise more than $25,000 USD to fund cancer research while completing several triathlons, including two Ironman-distances. I volunteer with this organization as a training leader to inspire participants to meet their fundraising goals and achieve athletic goals that they themselves once viewed as impossible. My goal for 2018 is to do all that I can to support the One Young World platform and help Ambassadors everywhere achieve their own "impossible" goals.