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.
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.
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.
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)?
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.
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.
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?
I truly do believe that the significance and benefits of embracing a business culture of inclusion and diversity has been heard loud and clear, and that the reasoning behind the push to diversify the workforce is supported. But somewhere between that realization and making it a reality in our workplaces and in the boardrooms, the dots are not aligning.
Through my work with Citizen Schools, I've seen firsthand the dramatic impact that Citizen Teachers can have on young minds, but as a professor of management in the school of business at the University of Vermont, what I am really fascinated by is research findings showing that many employees respond positively when their employer provides opportunities to serve their communities. I've been conducting studies to understand why.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently recalled sharing a stage with Cisco CEO John Chambers where he mentioned to the audience: "I realized that we [...] have called all of our senior women too aggressive, and I'm standing on this stage, and I'm sorry. And I want you to know we're never going to do it again." I was lucky enough to be in the audience.