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Noa Gafni
Noa Gafni has worked across five continents on the globalization of information. She is currently writing a book on the impact of three mega-trends: social media, social enterprise and social movements. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from London Business School, and is a Plus Social Good Connector, a Global Shaper, and a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow.

Entries by Noa Gafni

The Future of Government: Adapting to Seismic Changes Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 5:38 PM

The World Government Summit, which recently took place in Dubai from February 8-10th, was a unique opportunity to understand, reflect upon and brainstorm solutions regarding the challenges that the public sector faces today. Unsurprisingly, many of these challenges are closely linked to the private sector.

Many believe that we are...

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Engaging Millennials through Movements for Social Impact

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 10:44 AM

Much attention has been paid in recent years to social movements, particularly those led by millennials in response to the 2008 financial crisis. But a new breed of movement has been established in recent years, consciously created by institutions and individuals in power. Conscious movements have adapted the enthusiasm and...

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5 Ways for Brands to Go Global and Resonate with Locals

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 10:21 AM

Brands are more global than ever before. McDonalds has over 31,000 restaurants in 118 countries. Starbucks has more than 1,000 stores in China alone. [Princeton University] Nigeria's film industry is the third biggest in the world and valued at $10 billion. [Wikipedia] And with over 650...

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Welcome to the Values Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 6:29 AM

This post has been adapted from Global Tolerance's Values Revolution report.

Evidence shows that more and more, people expect all aspects of their lives - from their careers to their purchasing decisions and the way they spend their spare time - to have a positive impact on the...

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Is Globalization Making Us More Tolerant?

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 5:17 PM

Growing up in the U.S. with foreign parents was like getting a glimpse into other universes. Each summer, when we would visit Israel, I would marvel at the artists on MTV Europe -- who was Robbie Williams? And why wasn't TLC on? Every four years, my Chilean father would hole...

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Social Good at London Technology Week

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Yesterday, I moderated a panel on the role technology plays in creating social impact. The Tech+SocialGood panel was held at Google Campus and organised as part of London Technology Week and Plus Social Good, a joint initiative of the UN Foundation, Mashable, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other notable...

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Determined to Run

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 12:20 PM

This past weekend, my fiancé Tomer crossed the finish line and completed his fifth marathon. Despite the unseasonably hot weather and a few obstructions along the runners' path, Tomer met his goal to complete the race in under four hours.

In the three years that we've been together, Tomer...

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Investing in Women

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 9:59 AM

With International Women's Day only a few days away, it's important to assess where we stand in terms of gender equality. How are women and girls faring globally? The statistics are striking; whilst the issues themselves vary from the least developed to most developed countries, it is clear that we...

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Social Media for Social Good: Going Beyond Facebook and Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 12:36 PM

International organizations, non-profits and social enterprises are using social media to raise awareness, mobilize volunteers and source donations. But many organizations rely heavily on Facebook and Twitter whilst shying away from newer social media platforms. How can non-profits leverage social media for social good with Instagram, Pinterest and Vine?


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To Fix Our Healthcare System, Let's Look to the Developing World

(5) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 9:26 AM

Healthcare in the United States is a mess. In 2011, US healthcare spending reached $2.7 trillion, more than twice that of other wealthy countries, and with worse outcomes. In the United States, life expectancy is lower, infant deaths are higher, and there are fewer doctors and hospital beds available per...

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3 Ways That Business Can Alleviate Poverty

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 1:32 PM

Business has become a dirty word. Doing business with the poor seems taboo, shocking, unthinkable. But what if business could improve the lives of the world's poorest people?

According to the World Resources Institute, there are 4 billion people worldwide who live below the Western poverty line. 1 billion of...

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