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The 2014 Hult Prize Demonstrates the Power of Innovation to Improve Health

As a visiting lecturer on “Transforming Health and Care” at the Hult International Business School in London, I was invited last March to be a jury panel member for the regional Hult prize competition. Named as one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and Time Magazine, the annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to identify and launch the most compelling social business ideas—start-up enterprises that tackle issues faced by billions of people. Winners receive US$1 million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.

The 2014 Challenge: Solving Non-Communicable Disease in the Urban Slum

HultPrizeBlogThe 2014 Hult Prize “President’s Challenge” was focused on healthcare: Can we build a social healthcare enterprise that serves the need of 25 million urban slum dwellers suffering from chronic diseases by 2019? From a record 10,000 applications, representing more than 150 different countries and over 350 colleges and universities, regional finalists were selected to pitch their new and innovative social ventures in six regions around the world: Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Sao Paulo and Shanghai.

The Hult Prize Global Finals took place last month at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City, an event attended by Cisco CEO John Chambers and Tae Yoo, Cisco’s senior vice president of corporate affairs.

The six finalists pitched their solutions and business models to President Bill Clinton and a panel of distinguished judges, including Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus. The solutions comprised an eclectic collection of innovative and disruptive ideas—from a chewing gum-based solution to prevent tooth decay, to low-cost, locally designed and manufactured eye glasses, to bees that can diagnose diabetics. (This was “Bee Healthy” the European regional finalist from HEC Paris, which I was privileged to help select.)

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The Service Year: Unleashing America’s Potential

This week, I joined Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers, along with heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, nonprofit leaders, and influential CEOs for the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) – whose mission is to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

When leaders and progressive thinkers of this magnitude join together, it’s impossible not to be inspired by the role technology can play in positively impacting lives around the globe. To date, members of the CGI community, including Cisco, have made more than 2800 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

The 2014 Annual Meeting brought CGI members together under the theme “Reimagining Impact,” guiding members in better measuring and assessing the outcomes of their work, and rethinking how we create value through new approaches to address complex global challenges going forward.

Big ideas can change the world, and that’s why I truly believe in the big idea of national service. Young Americans today are facing the crisis of unraveling traditional communities and social structures. In fact, 1 million students drop out of school each year, and 17% of youth aged 16 to 24 are out of school and work. This isn’t just a problem about unemployment or a weak future workforce – it escalates to encompass poverty, illiteracy, food insecurity, homelessness, and a lack of healthcare – leading to a weakened civilization.

Cisco Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Tae Yoo (second from left) joined representatives from the National Service Alliance and Lumina at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting on September 22, 2014 to announce their commitment to promote and support national service opportunities.

Cisco Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Tae Yoo (second from left) joined representatives from the National Service Alliance and Lumina at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting on September 22, 2014 to announce their commitment to promote and support national service opportunities.

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Reimagining Impact at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative

September 18, 2014 at 10:16 am PST

Globally, 13 percent of young people – nearly 75 million people — are unemployed. In the Middle East and North Africa, this number rises to more than 28 percent. The issue is compounded when you factor in the 127 million unemployed adults worldwide. Meanwhile, 40 percent of employers in the United States, 65 percent in Brazil, and 64 percent in India report they are unable to fill job vacancies, potentially causing billions of dollars in losses.

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers will address this issue on September 23 during a plenary session at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting.

Chambers will join moderator and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof for “Putting Education to Work,” a discussion on how CGI members can create real education-to-employment journeys for young people, retrain adults, and eliminate the barriers that prevent those traditionally left behind from gaining meaningful employment opportunities.

You can watch a livestream of this CGI session at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 23.

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Cisco on CNN at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

October 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm PST

Why does Cisco invest hundreds of millions of dollars around the world each year to help improve access to education, healthcare, critical human needs, and disaster relief?  Cisco CEO and Chairman John Chambers said in a recent CNN interview that “corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a must for the future of capitalism.” He shared his insights on a panel interview at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City, which aired on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live show September 26th. Fellow panelists included host Piers Morgan, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, and Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent.

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The Power Of Connections To Change The World

This blog was originally posted on the Huffington Post

This week, heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, nonprofit leaders, and influential CEOs will attend the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) — whose mission is to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

I am excited about the opportunity to discuss with other global leaders how we can work together to address global challenges. In preparing for the event, I sat down with Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers, who is also attending, to talk about the role of technology in driving positive change.

Tae Yoo: This is a busy week for business and political leaders in New York. What is on your mind as you attend this year’s Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting?

John Chambers: Top of mind for me is how we can all come together for a collaborative approach to solving our world’s most pressing issues, such as education, health care, and the global economy. When I think about developing solutions, I think about how we can use technology to make a difference. Let me give you an example. In Jordan we are using Cisco technology to improve health care access in communities with few or no specialists. People who might normally have to travel hours to a distant city to see a cardiologist can now do so virtually, through Cisco technology, at their local hospital or health clinic. Clinicians use technology to share patient reports and diagnostic images and collaborate on cases. As a result, doctors can serve more patients, and more patients can get care.

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