Aaron Salmon, Wednesday February 18, 2015
Get to know us a little better! Meet our Design Lead, Aaron Salmon.
I want to be integral to my community – and improve the world for my son, Aleister. I’ve learned that being an active participant in my community brings me happiness on many different levels. I’ve also witnessed first-hand the difference one person can make. My mom once braved a snow storm to cast the last vote in a local election where her candidate ended up winning by just one vote; arguably, hers. Years ago I approached my neighbor about a vacant lot in our neighborhood; and from that sprung The George and Seeley Community Garden; and from that, a reformed neighborhood association; and from that, a campaign to renovate our local playground as well as successful crime reduction efforts. For years I picked up trash along Damen Avenue in Chicago between Diversey and Belmont and for the following weeks after each collection I would walk my dog enjoying the clean curbage. People would see me and smile, thanking me. I imagine some might even think twice before littering in the future.
I’ve been involved with so many people working to improve their communities and I want to amplify and multiply actions like these… spread the word that it only takes one spark to start a fire – to make a difference. What we are doing with PublicGood is creating an ecosystem to do just that. Shining a spotlight on people, organizations and actions that create sparks.
How do you fit into the Public Good team?
I try and make our platform a joy to use through a mix of visual design work, experience design and front-end development. I help navigate the product roadmap and support our amazing team with any and all needed design assets. I conduct UX Research, working with our partners to identify and map out features that help them accomplish their mission. I also serve as our team’s primary Photoshop gremlin.
What’s a great piece of advice you have been given in your life, and who gave it to you?
My Dad once told me: “You’ve got to put your order in.” You need to put in your order with the universe if you’re going to get what you want out of this life. What are you intentions and what do you want to happen next? If you put thought into it, your order will start to cook. Think hard enough about a quarter and you’ll find one on the sidewalk or in the couch. It all comes down to awareness and being opportunistic. Eh, I’ll leave it there for now… any attempt to go deeper will require longer chats at an all-night coffee shop.
How you are involved in your community
In 2014, after calling Chicago home for over a decade, my family and I moved to my hometown in Wisconsin. Here in Eau Claire I try and be as engaged in my community as my free time allows. I am on the board of the Chippewa Valley Transit Alliance. I serve on Eau Claire’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Commission and am on the steering committee of our neighborhood association. I’m also in the process of forming a local Code for America brigade. Stay tuned.
"Professionalism begets colleaguery, that spirit of mutual support and collective identity that contributes so potently to creative exchange and the sense of progress. It’s my responsibility to engender this spirit by setting an amiable, stimulating, creative and professional example." - Yuri Rasovsky
"Allow events to change you. - You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them." - From Bruce Mau’s “Incomplete Manifesto”
"Citizenship – a word at the very heart of our founding, at the very essence of our democracy; the idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another, and to future generations." - Barack Obama
"To clarify add detail. Clutter and overload are not an attribute of information. They are failures of design…" - Edward Tufte
"The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value." - Theodore Roosevelt
"Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it." - Mark Twain
"Go forth under the open sky, and list to nature’s teachings." - William Cullen Bryant
In such hard times I heard the gentle but strong whisper of the Sequoia gigantea: “Hear me, you poor man. I’ve stood here more than three thousand years in rain, snow, storm, and even mountain fire still keeping my thankful attitude strongly with nature-do not cry, do not spend your time and energy worrying. You have children following. Keep up your unity; come with me.” - Chiura Obata
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