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What Do Wichita and San Francisco Have In Common?

Blair Christie | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Blair Christie

No, it's not a trick question, and the answer has nothing to do with politics or ideology or geography or weather.

Why Mentoring Is About Being Real, Not Being Perfect

Annie Mais | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Annie Mais

Spend a minute thinking about the people who helped you get to where you are today--either in your career or life in general. Maybe it was that 8th grade history teacher who showed you pictures of exotic hummingbirds from her summer trip to Asia who made you believe you could travel the world just like her.

Why Early Exposure To Technology Is The Key To Job Creation And Economic Growth

Cristina McGlew | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Cristina McGlew

Today, we live in a world where networked-based technologies transform the way we live, work and play. I have had the opportunity to witness firsthand how these same technologies are also transforming the way we learn.

1 in 6 Americans Face Hunger, And It's Happening In Your Hometown

Colleen Callahan | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Colleen Callahan

When I speak with first-time visitors, a common theme seems to arise: our clients are often surprised by the people they run into who are also in need of help.

Five Ways To Bring Technology into the Classroom Without the Gadgets

Alisa Berger | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
Alisa Berger

Technology was originally idealized as the panacea for our nation's "failing schools" and is now vilified as an expensive way of making antiquated practices and content "cooler." The reality is in the middle.

How Learning To Use An ATM is Changing Lives in India

Heather Franzese | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Do you remember the first time you used an ATM? Probably not. It's one of those everyday conveniences we take for granted.

Volunteers Across The World CAN Save You During A Disaster. Here's How.

Jana Sweeny | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Jana Sweeny

As Ebola began its march through West Africa earlier this year, health officials didn't have many tools at their disposal to fight it. But it didn't take long for us to realize something extraordinary: one of the best defenses for a disease with no known treatment may actually be technology.

One Simple Tool That Can Help With The World's Water Crisis

Jenna Sauber | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Jenna Sauber

Most of us have probably never questioned that clean water will come out the faucet when we want it. In the United States, homeowners and renters pay the monthly water bill without giving it a second thought.

Why I Traded Textbooks and Chalk For The Silicon Valley Hustle

Quim Sabrià | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Quim Sabrià

In five months, my life shifted drastically. I exchanged my beloved students, the chalk and the noisy halls of a public school in Barcelona for elevator pitches with business angels in Palo Alto.

Can Big Data and Broadband Improve Health Care?

Tae Yoo | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Tae Yoo

Last week, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its annual flagship report on IT, the Global Information Technology Report (GITR). This year's report focuses on the risks and rewards of big data. An astounding number of technology transitions in the past 20 years have enabled millions of connections. The world wide web was just taking off in 1993.

Is Your Country Ready For The Internet Of Everything?

Robert Pepper | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Robert Pepper

The World Economic Forum launched the 2014 Global Information Technology Report (GITR) today, and the annual assessment provides insight into two questions: where will see the next evolution of the Internet take hold, and how can we as a society improve on Big Data?

Why Leading Philanthropists Are Banking On A Penguin Named JiJi

Janine Ingram | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Janine Ingram

Despite their deep attachment to and lightning-speed use of technology on a daily basis, U.S. students, as a whole, perform dismally in STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math.

How The Red Cross Is Saving Lives Through Social Data

Laura Howe | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Laura Howe

Nearly four years ago, as Haiti struggled to overcome an earthquake that killed tens of thousands, humanitarian response agencies -- the Red Cross among them -- swung into action.

10 Big Lessons We Learned In The Business of Intelligent International Development

Mark Charmer | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Mark Charmer

Akvo means "water" in Esperanto, the international language. It felt like a good name. Seven of us started Akvo as a tech foundation that summer and returned to Stockholm World Water Week to tell the world we were something new -- an internet startup that could transform international development and help fix global poverty.

How Video Conferencing Delivers Education And Mental Health Care To The Arctic Circle

Willa Black | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Willa Black

The territory of Nunavut, Canada is incredibly cold and remote. It's roughly a four-hour plane ride north of Toronto, with temperatures well below the freezing mark for eight months of the year, dark in the winter months and light all summer long. The communities in the north face unprecedented challenges.

The Secret To Startup Success? Fail Fast -- And Often.

Quim Sabrià | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Quim Sabrià

Teaching at a public high school in Barcelona, I witnessed daily, and sometimes hourly, failure: students struggling through exams despite hours of preparation, missing days of school, threatening teachers and losing their motivation.

How The REDD+ Community Leverages Online Learning To Protect Our Forests And Reduce Carbon Emissions

Breen Byrnes | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Breen Byrnes

Forests have a critical role to play in the fight against global climate change. Forest loss accounts for up to 20 percent of global carbon emissions -- more than all the cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships in the world. By reducing forest loss, we can reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. It's that simple.

How The New York Hall Of Science Is Building Learning Networks Worldwide

Stephen Miles Uzzo, PhD. | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Stephen Miles Uzzo, PhD.

What quickly became evident as I walked through the doors of the Science Centre World Summit near Brussels last week was the diversity of cultures and perspectives that had converged on this one spot for just a few days. So how do we weave diversity into how we communicate vital STEM ideas at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)?

Fighting Diabetes With Feeding America: One Woman's Story

Colleen Callahan | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Colleen Callahan

Research strongly suggests a connection between food insecurity and diet-related disease. The connection makes sense: after all, milk often costs more than soda, and candy less than fruit. People facing hunger are not able to afford the healthy food they need.

How Women's World Banking Has Designed A Community With Purpose

Sarah Buitoni | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Sarah Buitoni

How do you bring people working in geographies as far-flung as the Dominican Republic, Bosnia, Uganda, Mongolia and Tonga together? The simple answer is: technology. But if you want these people to achieve a specific goal, you'll need more than technology, you'll need a community designed with purpose.

How to Make Sanitation Sexy

Sherina Munyana | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Sherina Munyana

An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world lack access to working sanitation facilities and the statistics continue to soar every day. The knee-jerk reaction by humanitarian organizations has been to build free toilets for households and communities, and while this may offer some reprieve, it's a little like trying to drain the ocean with a teaspoon.

How To Create Social Impact Through Thoughtful Networks

Katrina Pugh | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Katrina Pugh

Many nonprofits have been surprised that genuine collaboration rarely endures when the community or network is left to its own devices. Members lose interest, content becomes stale, someone goes on a rant. In the end, everyone wonders why they started in the first place.

How Can We Encourage Students Of All Backgrounds To Go Into STEM?

Blair Christie | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Blair Christie

Three things are true in STEM: There are a lot of job openings. These jobs pay well. And there are not enough qualified people to fill these jobs.

How Your Phone Can Actually Save Your Life

Dom Tolli | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Dom Tolli

As smartphones become ubiquitous in society, so does their use in emergency situations.

Why Saying "Yes" To Mentors Can Help Women In IT Climb The Ladder

Shae Howard | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Shae Howard

Early in my career, I had loads of excuses for not getting a mentor. Only people who want to be CEOs have mentors, right? Doesn't your mentor have to be some old wizened, eccentric dude who takes you under his wing after a chance meeting, sits on a dozen boards and runs his own wildly successful company from the back of a chauffeured limousine?