Curator Corner: Jon Rose
If you’ve been checking out eBay Today and all the diverse collections created by our eBay curators, then you may have already bumped into globetrotter Jon Rose, founder of Waves for Water. Earlier this month, eBay partnered with W4W to help collect relief funds for his organization in helping Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Because Jon tends to travel the world over and over again, we asked him to create a few collections with his lifestyle in mind. The Inside Source chatted with Jon about his first collection and learned how little one needs to get by on the road.
Jauretsi: Tell us the name of your first collection and how it inspired you?
Jon Rose: For my first collection, I titled it “Adventure in a Bag.” The concept was pretty much what it sounds like — essential items needed for any good adventure, that all fit into… [MORE] a single backpack. The idea is that if you had nothing else but that bag, you’d have pretty much everything you need.
J: Now that eBay will be adding the “follow” button on collections, what types of things would you be interested in following on the site?
JR: I am pretty targeted in my interests, so the things I follow will definitely reflect that — travel, motorcycles, camping, vintage pickup trucks, music, and photography books. Obviously some of these topics are quite broad so I know within them I’ll get some greater diversity.
J: In terms of your own personal work, what projects are you working on now or what can we expect to see coming soon from you?
JR: Well, my organization Waves For Water specializes in comprehensive disaster relief programs and clean water initiatives in developing countries around the world. We have been working tirelessly on a huge Hurricane Sandy relief initiative this past year which we will continue with into 2014. At this point in the project, we are mainly focused on the rebuilding of primary residences and small businesses damaged by the storm in New Jersey and Long Beach, NY. As for upcoming projects, we are launching a clean water project in Sierra Leone (West Africa) next week that will provide 20,000 people with access to clean water when it’s all said and done. For more info on both of these projects visit - wavesforwater.org.
J: What is your favorite eBay find ever?
JR: I love to collect old vintage film cameras and my most prized purchase was a mint condition Leica M3. It’s considered to be the most iconic camera of its time and since I wasn’t around during that era (1950s), it’s awesome to hold something like that in your hand and use it in modern times.
[Note: Since this interview, W4W has recently joined efforts in Philippines]
(Photo: Jon Rose beside his collection, “Adventures in a Bag” by Neil Rasmus and Angela Phan of BFAnyc.com)