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The Virtual Ride Across Britain: Raising (More!) Funds for Paralympic Athletes

September 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm PST

Today, we’ll tell you how we raised funds for Paralympic athletes through what we call the “Virtual Ride Across Britain” – literally cycling on (stationary) bikes in each of the Cisco offices across the UK and Ireland!

I’m writing this blog in conjunction with 2 of my Cisco colleagues, Stephen Reidy and Nigel Townley.

Stephen Reidy

Stephen Reidy

Last week in another Cisco blog, we introduced Cisco’s participation in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (or ‘RAB’, as we call it) – a 9 day cycle event across the whole of Great Britain.  A number of Cisco colleagues were taking part over one or multiple days to raise funds for ParalympicsGB, in order to help this tremendous charity support more inspirational athletes.   Alongside this, we also run the “Virtual Ride Across Britain” or VRAB, to enable more employees to participate. For the Cisco staff that can’t get out on the road, we compete virtually on gym bikes at each of the UK offices – Bedfont, Galway, Glasgow (Trilogy), Greenpark, Langley, London City, Manchester, Ruscombe – with an objective to collectively ride the length of Britain, equivalent to the 963 miles that the road riders complete in the “actual” RAB.


Nigel Townley

Nigel Townley


Stephen Reidy is a sales account manager in Cisco, and championed our “Virtual Ride Across Britain” across all of Cisco’s UK and Ireland offices, and Nigel Townley is a director of engineering in our “Enhanced Customer Aligned Testing Services” (or eCATS) testing team and press-ganged – sorry encouraged :-) -- tremendous participation in our Greenpark (Reading) office.


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Summary: Multiplying the Impact of Social Innovation on Huffington Post

September 24, 2012 at 7:43 am PST

When private sector, government, social, and philanthropic leaders apply innovative technologies to address social challenges and build sustainable communities, the impact is multiplied.Worldwide, individuals, companies, and organizations are turning their ideas into action – and making a difference on issues like poverty alleviation, education, and healthcare.

The spirit of this model of collaboration is to gather many voices, and it is reflected in the new Huffington Post section Impact X. Impact X aims to amplify real-world stories of sustainable success through the power of human and technology networks.

Please read the full blog post Multiplying the Impact of Social Innovation by Cisco Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs Tae Yoo on the Huffington Post.

Exposing the Best-Kept Secret: Doing Good Behind Closed Doors

Doing good is not that easy, and sustaining good on a grand scale is almost impossible. But once again it is being done at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, Sept 22 to 24. I like to say it’s a place where highly influential people go behind closed doors to do good.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI annual meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and nongovernmental organizations, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries.

As part of our involvement in CGI, Cisco along with several nonprofit, NGO, and government partners, made a 4-year investment to support ICT-driven development strategies in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa — primarily through establishment of locally managed and self-sustaining community knowledge centers (CKCs).

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Cisco TelePresence Powers Global Climate Change Forum

September 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm PST

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Global Climate Change Forum takes place on September 12. Location: virtually, everywhere.

Cisco TelePresence solution will connect influential policy makers, business leaders, and experts from around the world to discuss issues related to energy efficiency and sustainable business practices. TelePresence is one of several Cisco solutions that can help reduce emissions by reducing the need for business travel.

The 90-minute forum will be broadcast live on the CDP and Bloomberg websites; anyone is welcome to attend. Tune in at 6 a.m. Pacific Time/9 a.m. Eastern Time, and join the Twitter discussion at #CDPForum.

You can also read more about the CDP Global Climate Change Forum on the Corporate Sustainability in Context blog.

Deloitte Ride Across Britain – Cisco and Others Raising Funds for Paralympic Athletes

September 11, 2012 at 10:20 am PST

This Friday and Saturday, 14th and 15th September 2012, respectively, will be challenging days for me, and will count among two of the most physically demanding days of my life.  On Thursday evening I will join my Cisco colleagues taking part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (or RAB as we call it), to raise funds for the Paralympics GB team.  I’ll forsake my desk and comfortable chair, and over Friday and Saturday, I will cycle 238 miles (close to 400km!), including over 11,000 feet (over 3,300m) of climbing, from just outside Glasgow, in the west of Scotland, to Fort William, and then on to Kyle of Sutherland, which is around 40 miles north of Inverness.

On Thursday and Friday evening, I will join the camps -- yes, tents in a field, no luxury hotels here!! -- as you can see from my short video from last year’s RAB camp at one of the stages.

Wow, this will be quite a change for me!  Normally I’m part of the Cisco Data Center Services team -- you may have seen my previous blogs on Cisco Data Center Services, including Cloud and Cisco Intelligent Automation.  Let me tell you a bit more about this major Cisco UK and Ireland “Giving Back” initiative, and the role that Cisco technology is playing as we traverse the country.

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