Change Agents in Our Communities and The World. Paul Allen 1953-2018

In our industry, we all seem to advertise ourselves as “Change Agents”. At HighPoint, we leverage technology to enable the digital transformation that most organizations are facing today to create differentiators, but also need to just compete. We love this aspect of our business as it allows us to impact our customers where it counts, business outcomes. Today with the passing of one of our industry icons, Paul Allen, I’m reminded that we have a far greater opportunity and that is to be change agents of our communities and maybe even our society.

Paul Allen was a pioneer that changed the world by helping create the standard for electronic productivity software that we know as Office, which is still the flagship for the Microsoft software empire. With his success, he changed communities and was a great philanthropist much like his partner Bill Gates, whose mission is to eradicate malaria, Alzheimer’s, and world hunger. Paul Allen had many philanthropic initiatives of his own and recently donated $30M to address homeless families and low-income housing in his own community.

Paul Allen Homelessness
Paul G. Allen pledges $30 million to support homeless families. On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Paul G. Allen and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a partnership to address the region’s homelessness crisis through an innovative, permanent supportive housing and onsite services community that will serve as a resource hub for Seattle-area families with children who are experiencing homelessness.

Recently Chuck Robbins, Cisco’s CEO, also announced that Cisco is committing $50M to a new initiative called Destination: Home, to address homelessness in his community. Furthermore, Cisco has declared a goal to impact one billion people by 2025 via their social responsibility program.

Our Commitment to End Homelessness in Santa Clara County
Two years ago, Cisco made a commitment to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people globally by 2025, and we have made great progress toward that goal. Our efforts have helped people develop digital skills through our Networking Academies around the world, and we have invested in breakthrough, early-stage, technology-based solutions that address social and environmental challenges.

These leaders in our industry are real Change Agents and give me as a leader, my team, and HighPoint incredible inspiration to continue to seek to impact our community and world. It is why our values and culture start with service of others. Thank you, Paul Allen, for all that you have done and the legacy you have created.