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Featured Nonprofit Partner: One Global Economy

August 7, 2012 at 11:00 am PST

At Cisco, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy centers on a simple question: How can we use the power of the Internet to benefit individuals and communities? More often than not, the answer involves collaborating with other organizations-- nonprofits, government agencies, or healthcare facilities, for example--to multiply the impact technology can have.

I’d like to introduce you to one of those partners: One Global Economy. This Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit provides people in underserved communities with greater access to technology, Internet connectivity, online content--and the training and support to use it all.

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Olympics Are Starting Point for Cisco’s Commitment to ICT Education, Innovation in the UK

July 31, 2012 at 11:00 am PST

The 2012 Summer Olympics are underway in London, and Cisco is there as the official network infrastructure supporter. But delivering voice, video, and data traffic for London 2012 is only the starting point of our involvement.

By the time we reach the finish line, we hope to foster Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM) skills in young people and cultivate entrepreneurship and innovation in the UK’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

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What Helps Students Love Math?

multiply impact on students math skills

Photo courtesy of MIND Research Institute

Encouraging highly successful nonprofits to collaborate with each other on shared goals can often be a challenge. Part of their success hinges on laser-like execution of their own program and on getting results. But occasionally, two programs are so complementary that the combination greatly magnifies what they could ever achieve on their own. Cisco has been a longtime partner and supporter of both City Year, an education-focused nonprofit working in underserved schools, and MIND Research Institute, provider of innovative math learning software. Both held admirably strong track records with their approaches. City Year places young volunteers in schools to assist with multi-subject tutoring, before, during, and after school, in a Whole School, Whole Child approach. City Year staff measure their results by tracking what they call the ABCs: attendance, behavior, and classroom performance in literacy and math.

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Photo courtesy of City Year

MIND Research provides ST Math, a set of cloud-based learning games for K-12. These games are non-language based, which has helped students succeed in learning math regardless of their language of origin, gender, and even, in some cases, learning disabilities. Two years ago, it occurred to Cisco’s Community Relations lead, Ricardo Benavides, that combining the programs in the same underserved Alum Rock district schools in the San Jose, California area might lead to even better outcomes. Read More »

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Using Human and Technology Networks to Tackle Homelessness

July 17, 2012 at 10:44 am PST

This post was written by Molly Tschang, customer solutions director, advisory services, reflecting the teamwork started by 20+ members of Cisco’s New York City public sector team

Ten to fifteen percent of America’s homeless population is chronically homeless. Yet they utilize more than 50 percent of public resources available to help the homeless.  Housing people permanently reconnects them to society and amounts to annual savings of US$30,000 to US$40,000 per family in New York City, money that could potentially support other city services.

Community Solutions is a leading social enterprise, assessing the roots of homelessness and addressing them with long-term solutions. Partnering with Community Solutions, Cisco’s New York City public sector team is tapping a broad range of Cisco’s assets--human and technology--to help end homelessness. At the same time, they are achieving the business aim of better understanding their customers’ mission and having greater, more meaningful impact as a business partner.

Networks tackle homelessness

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Diversity Makes Our World Bigger and Our Business Better

July 16, 2012 at 9:44 am PST

In my work for Cisco, I speak to people from all over the world. Some of them speak languages I’ve never heard of. Others celebrate holidays I’ve read about in books but not experienced. They live a world away, but they make my world bigger just by telling me a little bit about their lives.

This is just a small part of what it means to work in an inclusive and diverse environment like the one at Cisco.

Using Cisco TelePresence

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