Director of Operations Delivers Speech on Connectivity at Conference in Washington
Updated: Jan 23, 2018
It comes as no surprise to the Floating Foundation crew that Director of Operations Gary Paul was invited by the founders of Geeks Without Frontiers, Michael Potter and Chris Stott, to deliver the opening speech for their 2017 conference. Geeks Without Frontiers supports innovative projects focused on connectivity and sustainability through technology with an aim to positively impact the lives of a billion people in the next 10 years. Throughout his life and during his time in Tonga, Gary has dedicated his time to fostering lasting connections between humans from varying cultures, backgrounds, and nations.
Before joining the Floating Foundation for their 2017 expedition, Gary worked for a non-profit in Tanzania, where he worked as major gift fundraiser. He has previously worked for non-profits in Peru, Ecuador, France, and Australia. He has built an impressive network of do-gooders and thrill-seekers, whom he continues to weave into his story as it unfolds.
The Geeks Without Frontiers conference, “Connectivity is the Revolution”, was designed around their announcement of “Community Connect,” a set of regulatory guidelines for future satellite operators and regulators. Aside from their teams from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Denmark, GwF invited a host of satellite experts and technology superstars. As a representative of the Floating Foundation, Gary provided a human face to the need for connectivity, an "on-the-ground" look at the realities of communication in difficult environments.
The theme of Gary’s speech was connectivity creates community. “I made the critical point that we will go to extreme lengths to remain connected, as being connected, and thus creating community, is an intrinsic part of humanity,” Gary explains. “I also emphasized the need of education about the use of technology - a recurring theme in the conference.”
“It was an absolute pleasure to meet Michael and Chris from the GwF team again, and the enthusiasm showed by the conference members about Tonga and the Floating Foundation was well worth having to leave the tail-end of the fantastic 2017 Expedition!”
Gary’s ability to connect to and communicate with volunteers, sponsors, and colleagues has brought together a strong team of more than 70 people, who came together and exceeded many of the goals set out for the 2017 expedition. We couldn’t be luckier to have him on board the FF team!