Corey Acri

Think. Strategize. Design. Build.

Using strategy, design, and technology to help build teams, partnerships and products that fix problems.  
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What Do You Do?

“What do you do?” I have been asked that question many times.  I used to have a very easy answer: “I’m a government attorney.” However, a career change precipitated by my passion for design and technology has made the answer to that question a bit more complicated.

My legal career coincided with huge advances in science and technology.   2007, the year I started practicing law, saw the first iPhone.  In 2011, before I left the legal practice, scientists were printing human kidneys.

Simultaneously, I was working on some innovative legal assignments - software contracts, intellectual property issues with post-disaster housing designs, and the legality of Verizon’s communications infrastructure in New York City. I even helped organize the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of OEM's parade task force. Driving down the middle of a completely vacant Broadway to inspect the route for obstructions and wind speed meters is an unforgettable memory I will carry with me forever.  Inspired by these assignments, all dealing with the intersection of science and the humanities, I left the profession to explore new ways to make a difference.

Now, one way I am trying to make a difference is by managing the website of a Philadelphia law school in an effort to promote what I believe is a much needed novel approach to legal education.  I also volunteer with an organization that aims to use technology to promote openness, participation and efficiency in municipal governments.

A desire to fulfill civic needs has also driven me to attend business school and seperately  study the principles of user experience (UX) design in my spare time.  I am hoping these pursuits yield one result, to change the way the world works.  To combine the “big-picture” perspective of business organization with UX principles of strategy, empathy, research, synthesis, problem-solving and collaboration. Injecting these values into educational institutions, municipalities, and even corporate entities can, hopefully, effectuate real beneficial change.

We will see. For now, I remain focused on accomplishing this on a smaller scale, both in my current position and one or two projects outside of work.  In the meantime, maybe my answer to “what do you do?” should be: I am trying to do something that I hope will change things for the better.

Build the things that make the world the way you want it to be.