The most striking aspect of working with impoverished women is how much they can teach you. Listen to them carefully and they will show you how to take uneducated, illiterate women and create entrepreneurs.
The current model for educating and preparing our workforce is broken. Today's rapidly changing economies require something different.
Oxfam International released a report this week, just as the World Economic Forum opens in Davos Switzerland, which projects that by 2016, 1 percent of the population will control more than 50 percent of the wealth.
The new campaign, IMPACT 10X10X10, is a one-year pilot effort that aims to engage governments, corporations and universities to make concrete commitments to women's empowerment and gender equality.
What we expect and what we need from Davos and from a gathering of such pre-eminent leaders is visible proof of their collective intelligence, of their capacity to innovative and proactive cooperation.
An important nuance in the jobs-higher education link is the impact on young people. In today's America, twice as many youth are unemployed than adults. The number is even higher for young men and women of color.
This week, the Global Opportunity Report proves that we have readily available solutions to some of the biggest risks, and that a new breed of change-makers might take the lead. Risk managers are old school.
If we do not deal with this problem, the risks are enormous. First businesses and then the public will lose faith in everything they see on their screens, and the Internet will cease to function as perhaps the most useful tool ever created.
For one week a year, the biggest rock stars are not rock stars. During the World Economic Forum under way at the Swiss ski resort of Davos, the stars of the show are, perhaps unsurprisingly, economists.
In recent years, huge progress has been made in improving the odds for these children, with child mortality halving from 12.6 million deaths a year in 1990 to 6.3 million today. Much of this has been achieved through improved access to vaccines.
We planned to find work for our students. Work found us. Small township businesses and NGOs quickly began approaching us, asking our motley bunch of students to build them websites.
Software is already leveling the playing field. If we work together, there's no limit to what we can accomplish in a software-driven world.
The question is: what future economic context do we desire? Grappling with the diverse questions raised by these pieces -- from the status of the economics profession to how we govern space -- will help shape how we get there.
We should aim to build a government that understands that it cannot work if it's either isolated from its citizens or simply running in parallel to them.
While the world waits for the results of the next global climate change meeting in Paris, let's encourage other companies to stand with these "tree hugging CEO's" as our unlikely environmental champions.
Do you agree or disagree that in the future we will think "inserting radio-frequency identification in our babies' bodies is as normal as vaccination"? This is just one of many provocative questions put to the participants in a spirited Davos session entitled "What Future Do You Want?"