Hi. My name is Ramon Gil.
My favorite foods are Mexican, Vietnamese and Thai.
My favorite movies are Groundhog's Day, Independence Day, The Natural, Shaolin Soccer, Shall We Dance (Japanese version) and Star Trek (2009)
I have a two adorable little kids and a usually adorable wife.
I was trained as an illustrator (http://www.ramongil.com) and came to NY to be a comic book artist but ended up not liking it.
I now run a small graphic design company specializing in multicultural design called Fresh Concentrate. http://www.freshc.com
In college I worked as a narc for the university library and memorized classic American poetry (mostly ones that rhymed)
I've taught graphic design at Parsons and FIT.
I write a blog on being an entrepreneur (http://ramongil.typepad.com) and have been featured and written for several magazines here and abroad.
For 9 years, I was on the committee that puts together the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival in NYC's Union Square and was president my last two years.
I wanted to play volleyball for fun and found local leagues too intense so I rent my own court and get people from meetup.com to participate and pay admission.
In 2006, I noticed there was no Asian American Chamber of Commerce in NYC when there is one everywhere else so I started http://www.aen-nyc.com. In June 2012, we are hosting a conference at CUNY.
I give lectures and put together panels on marketing and entrepreneurship for various non-profits and have given workshops at Columbia and NYU.
Every summer I shoot a short film as part of a 72hour film shootout. Got into top 10 in 2009.
I didn't have money or time to attend a film workshop so I hired a Pratt film instructor to give a 2 day intensive and charged other people to attend.
I'm in the habit of trying out new business ideas at least once a year.
I've illustrated a storybook for children with Autism and have a written a book about starting a career in graphic design.
I have some pretty strange ideas about other things as well.
I thought a traditional bio or resume would have been too mundane.
An idea worth spreading
The Public Service Corps - When most kids graduate HS, they have no inkling as to what they really want to be as adults. I would suggest that there be a mandatory 2 years of service in a public service organization that works with worthy causes and non-profits and is modeled after a military structure if only to help develop discipline and leadership, but unlike the military, also have an emphasis on critical and creative thinking. During their tours, corps members may try different career paths and industries. The hope is that it will help them see what they really want out of life, earn tuition to a (public?) university, similar to the GI Bill and as anyone who's attended classes as an adult knows, be more mature and focused in their studies.
I'm passionate about
Diversity, Education, Critical Thinking, Intellectual Curiosity, Entrepreneurship, Great Conversation and Good Food.
Talk to me about
The importance of creativity, imagination, individualism and innovative thinking. Plus I think we coddle our children too much. Sheltering them instead of challenging them. (Yes I have kids)
People don't know I'm good at
Being resourceful and decisive under pressure.
My TED story
When Milton Glaser interviewed me to be a tenant in his beautiful townhouse (he only rents to creatives), I decided to read (and listen to) everything I could find about him. I came across his talk on TED and the rest is history. And yes, I did become his tenant.