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Cisco CEO Discusses Global Challenges and Opportunities and What’s Possible on CNN

October 3, 2012 at 11:16 am PST

Last week at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers participated in a panel discussion moderated by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on “Business by Design: Growth and Opportunity.”

An edited portion of the panel will air this Sunday, October 7 on Fareed’s CNN show, Global Public Square, at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT and 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. 

Fareed Zakaria, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris and Cisco CEO John Chambers at CGI 2012

Other panelists were Goldman Sachs CEO and Chairman Lloyd Blankfein and Dow Chemical Company President, Chairman, and CEO Andrew Liveris. While a broad range of topics were discussed, all of the speakers agreed that in order to fully utilize our nation’s resources, government and business must partner to help solve the key challenges we face.

Zakaria ended the discussion quoting Chambers: “‘You haven’t seen anything yet’…that’s a good optimistic note to end on.”

Watch the panel discussion this Sunday on CNN. Please check the CNN listings for your local viewing time.

Cisco Mudders Give Back Military-Style

October 2, 2012 at 11:42 am PST

“This isn’t about charity—it’s about giving back to the military.”

These were the words of the DJ as participants knelt down on one knee at the starting line of Tough Mudder, an 11+ mile course with 20+ military style obstacles. I took this challenge last weekend at Northstar Ski Resort by Lake Tahoe with four other Cisco employees, plus three friends.

Cisco employees raise money for wounded veteransCisco employee John Milo on the Log Jammin’ Obstacle at the Tough Mudder Norcal 2012

Tough Mudder benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps empower and support post-9/11 veterans as they heal their physical wounds (such as lost limbs) and emotional wounds (such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and re-assimilate into society. Many Wounded Warriors completed the course alongside us.

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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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