Allan Shore INNOVATION RESUME. View below a few tidbits of my experience, or enjoy the full PDF version: Allan Shore Innovation RESUME 2017
- Freelance Grant / Contract / Project Developer
- Writing and Business Innovations
- Empowerment FICTION, Scripts, Short Stories
My resume contains a good deal of detail that might tell you about what I do. Over the years I’ve made lots of products that center on the written form. Not surprisingly, that means these are the kinds of products approach me about. But I’m open to all kinds of creative possibilities. See, I’m pretty easy going and willing to be helpful. And should you not believe me … here’s someone else’s fairly objective take. I didn’t ask for it and didn’t even see it coming. But it’s pretty cool … and particularly nice. A spontaneous reference one might say: http://www.dailyrepublic.com/projects/the-other-side-of-50/turning-social-media-over-to-professional/
Innovation has returned as a hot commodity. While I like that for many reasons, it validates the concept that I adore that assumes the future will be a place where nonprofit, for-profit and advocacy blend their values into a stirfry that balances profit and purpose. My primary skill sets revolve around writing grant proposals, developing business enterprise packages and enveloping advocacy and communication materials with effective, smart messages of change.
Then again, I’m a freelance consultant writer. Which means that I can do a lot with words. Here are a few summaries of creative adventures I became involved with over the years. They mirror the overall track of my career as the larger resume above suggests.
NOTABLE INNOVATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS
EARLY SOCIAL AND HEALTH ROIs (1989-1992): Early in my career, I helped set the stage for what has become a teeter-totter of the power and potential of fair and balanced financial and investment progress. Early work I did with others led to the idea that now serves as the girding for double or triple bottom line business models; also, the precursor of sorts for what is today called Impact Investing. I wrote one of the first grant requests (to Jed Emerson, of all souls, now known as a shaper of this movement, which can be seen on his site BlendedValue.org. That grant put Rubicon Programs (of Richmond, CA) on the course of using business enterprise approaches to secure money for their forward-looking, nonprofit commercial ventures. The agency built on these early efforts and grew from $600,000 to about $14 million. Wow. Even I was impressed.
IT TOOK VILLAGES BACK THEN (1994-1997): Before there was a World AIDS Day (what some see as corporate-comfortable activism), thousands of people took to their villages, towns, and urban neighborhoods on a given day to march in the light of their candles of justice for loved ones lost to AIDS. For two years I coordinated out of San Francisco the hundreds of events across the planet that were the heart of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorials. At the time, it was a major annual event held its own attention again efforts like the Name’s Project’s AIDS Quilt. It was important enough that it helped give the Bush presidencies some of their conviction at the time to deal with global HIV concerns. (We got them to put candles in the White House windows at a time when so many refused to acknowledge the issue.) As of last year, this project was still occurring in over 1,000 locations, where local leaders harness empowerment to bring about better health outcomes. I am sad that I know little about it any longer but it was important then and I’m pleased to have been involved with it.
TAKE YOUR DAUGHTERS TO EQUALITY (1998-1999): As the first executive director of an Oakland-based gender and racial justice nonprofit, I had the frustrating pleasure of being part of the original team the created the first Take Our Daughters To Work Day events. The Oakland Men’s Project was asked to fulfill one of the underlying advocacy intentions of this event: designing workshops to help men and boys learn how to be champions and allies for gender fairness, respect, and justice in the workplace. Over 40 million people have participated so far. When we put it together, the notion was to use this annual gathering to do miracles against gender injustice, hoping to rebalance wage and vocational fairness. Unfortunately, forces fought against our grander goals but still, some 40 million people have been involved in the project since we founded it.
EARLY CHILDHOOD ENTERPRISES (2002-2004): In the year 2000, regional Bay Area governments were starting to fight for a goal that remains desperate today: having sufficient resources and strategies to ensure Preschool for All. As a consultant for Solano First 5 (a California special funding entity), I helped design and secure funding for an original home-based child care and academic professional development initiative that offered an impressive way for supporting local, usually women-owned childcare businesses that were seeking to sell their models for academic readiness. Some 60% of families prefer these settings though they can be difficult to find. In the years since little progress has happened. Still, our model was impressive and offered hope.
OTHER RECENT CONSULTING PARTNERSHIPS
- Capitol Region Education Council (Hartford, CT): Designed and detailed a complex federal grant application for bringing multi-site advances in physical and nutritional education programs to diverse magnet school campuses. The project’s design sought to integrate quickly advancing personal technologies into elementary and middle/high school physical education activities. Our $750,000 request scored high but was not funded; it was later reformulated and submitted but I do not know the results. The agency liked the project.
- Black Economic Council, Pacific Gas & Electric (Oakland, CA): Created a demand-based service and energy efficiency proposal for bringing minority, women and disadvantaged small contractors and skilled workers of color into California’s mandated energy transformational steps. I wrote a comprehensive operational strategy plan (seeking $500,000) to radically modify the state’s implementation efforts to overcome discriminatory and unfair contracting, project award and consumer use strategies.
- Musical Health Technologies (Santa Barbara, CA): Developed a successful LOI response package to enable this for-profit business to compete for nonprofit funding to develop software adaptations of a lyrical, song and singing therapeutic application for persons and caregivers living with degenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s. The LOI was approved but the final project was not funded.