Social Innovation and Social Communication
John Kirbow is a Veteran of the US Army Special Operations community, having
served in Nigeria, Baghdad, Basra, Europe, and US Central Command (CENTCOM) Tampa. A devout linguist, John speaks Arabic, Farsi, German, and Spanish as well as near-fluent Russian, and some Pashto, Urdu / Hindi, and Serbo-Croat. He also served in his civilian life as a high-level cultural and language specialist in Afghanistan as a DoD GS-13 with a Brigade Combat Team, which included working with tribal leaders and helping negotiate face-to-face peace offerings with high-profile Taliban. He also did a personal venture to the Andes community of Cusco, Peru, doing sustainable development and sociocultural research with the indigenous Quechua population. As a member of the Special Operations community, some of his main specialties were communications, language, social and cultural terrain mapping, and Information Operations (IO).
After being honorably discharged in 2008 he decided to put his knowledge and experience into a new endeavor to help empower people, families, and neighborhoods in a way that respect and understand culture and human beings, and then find the best ways to help them amidst hardship.