John Zapolski is currently head of innovations at the SCAN Foundation, where he focuses on engaging entrepreneurs and the creative community in support of advancing the foundation's mission to improve the quality of health and life for older adults.
He is a serial entrepreneur who develops businesses to have a positive impact on society and culture. With Two Bit Circus, he created and led STEAM Carnival, a live entertainment brand and traveling spectacle that inspired kids to invent with science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In 2009, he cofounded Fonderie 47, a fine jewelry and timepiece company developed to remove and destroy assault weapons from conflict zones, upcycling the materials and transforming them into meaningful, elegant accessories. While becoming one of the largest private funders of small arms destruction in the world, the company's work was widely recognized for its beauty and impact by media and awards committees including the New York Times and Forbes.
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