My name is Gianfranco, or more simply John. I am an information technology architect and manager of multi-£m digital projects for big companies in London. I moved to the UK in 2005 and live with my wife in Berkhamsted, Herts, just outside London.
So far, career progression and security have driven my professional choices. During the last few years though both my wife and I have developed a deeper sense of social responsibility that has become more and more compelling, to the point of influence every aspect of our lives.
Today no job is meaninful to us unless we can connect what we work on to some kind of 'greater good'. My wife's focus is on sustainability and environment. In my case, because of my background in digital communications, I am sensitive and passionate about three closely related areas:
a) the protection of freedom of speech and expression,
b) the promotion of unbiased and independent news and information services, and
c) the diffusion of computer literacy, as a key empowering factor to (a) and (b) above.
I registered to CharityChoice because I want to explore what options are available to me to actively contribute to one or more charities that both share my motivation and can benefit from the specific skills and experience that define me. New to the charity world but from occasional volunteering and pro-bono work, I also expect to learn a lot from joining a non-profit organisation.
As I am getting closer to the completion of my latest large project at work, I am not excluding options in which my job and personal mission converge. If this won't be possible, my contribution to a charity will balance the necessary evil of a day job that is disconnected from my private, personal objectives.
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