Name: Duncan Epping
Role: Chief Technologist
Office Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Years at VMware: 6
What does paying it forward mean to you?
To me it means giving back in any shape or form. Whether that is through a donation or volunteering. Personally I feel that everyone should experience the act of volunteering at some point in his or her lives, even though I realize that it is not for everyone. Than again, I always felt that it wasnrsquo;t really something for me, but I did really enjoy it when I had the opportunity to join the Good Gigs Trek to Vietnam with the VMware Foundation. In Vietnam I directly experienced what a huge impact you can have by volunteering or how much can be done with relatively small donations. For those who did not follow my articles on this subject, we went to Vietnam to support an Orphan Impact with Team4Tech, which provides computer classes in orphanages. Not only does this help the kids increase the chances of finding a job at an older age, but it also allows them to connect with the outside world via things like Facebook or Google. On top of that, there is of course the whole personal touch… the attention they get from the teachers, etc. It definitely opened up my eyes!
What does the quote, rsquo;The brain is a muscle that can move the world.rdquo; From the VMware Foundationrsquo;s Service Learning campaign mean to you?
To me it means that if you put your mind to it than there is nothing that you cannot achieve, whether that is something in sports (like the poster shows for my daughter), at work, or within the community. A lot of people tend to underestimate the difference that they can make and the impact they can halve on other peoplersquo;s lives. You just need to be open for it.
How do you instill this value in your children?
We do a couple of things. First and foremost we try to make them aware of what is going on in the rest of the world. We want to make it obvious that not everyone is as fortunate as they are in life. Secondly, we explain to them why we give back, how we have contributed, and how it has impacted the people we are serving. Thirdly, we try to have them help as well whenever they can. That can be something small from donating a couple of dollars from their savings, or asking them to donate some of their toys to less fortunate kids. Those little things actually go a long way!
Please reflect on having your child featured in the campaign. What does it mean to you and your family?
The whole family was very proud to see the picture used, especially my daughter. We were actually all together in the VMware office recently and saw the campaign poster featuring my daughter hanging in the pantry. It was definitely special and something that my daughter will never forget.
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