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?"
To drive important change will require a new approach and style of leadership, as we move from more autocratic traditional models of authority to more collaborative styles that believes in the power of the collective team.
Apple is innovative, yes. But Kenya has attracted the global spotlight when it comes to the mobile money innovation.
None of these women are fragile. Given what they've been through, that is what is remarkable about them and that is why they are in the artwork.
Now when you're on The Huffington Post and you read a story related to ending extreme poverty that enrages or impassions you, the organizations fighting for those issues are at your fingertips.
With a president too often bold in words but timid in action facing a Congress more Republican and obstructionist than ever, little will get done to fix inequality. Even the Tea Partiers who howled in protest over the bailout of the big banks back in 2008 have been taken to the woodshed by the likes of Karl Rove, and are silent as establishment Republicans complete the return of the GOP as Guardians of the One Percent. For now, don't really expect further taxes on the wealthy that could help those at the bottom. (And did you hear much discussion of America's poor people at the State of the Union?) Funny how trickle-down economics, a concept beloved by the GOP and its plutocratic allies, as well as by corporate Democrats, become an abomination when the galoshes are on the other foot and favor the less well off. Suddenly, trickle-down becomes all wet.
There is a story of catatonic patients who briefly wake up after being injected with a trial drug, before returning to catatonia. The same awakening could be true for the gathering of elite business leaders every year in Davos at the World Economic Forum.
Don't just think of Russian troops in Ukraine. Think also of North Korean hackers pillaging the Sony computer systems. In 2015 conflict can take many forms.
We should begin devising the systems that will support these global shifts and enable them to be a positive improvement for the state of the world.
The aim of Thursday's discussion is to elevate this issue with the world's leadership in attendance at Davos. Our conversation is to shed light on what interventions are necessary to accelerate gender equity at all levels of the professional world.