We are one year on from the announcement by Prime Minister David Cameron and Cisco CEO John Chambers of the Cisco-led British Innovation Gateway (BIG) programme.
Since then we’ve been busy setting the foundations for our five year commitment to supporting innovation and economic growth in the UK. We now have this new website and BIG is beginning to come to fruition.
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Tags: British Innovation Gateway, economic development, National Virtual Incubator, UK
As I listened to the State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening, my ears perked up when I heard these words “Growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job”. While I agree that this is” inexcusable”, I couldn’t help but feel gratified that President Obama called attention to our deficiency in 21st century skills-based education.
Although unemployment continues to be a challenge in this country, the demand for technology specialists is on the rise. Projected to grow by 10, 20 and in some cases 50 percent in coming years, jobs like Computer Support Specialist, Analysts and Systems Administrators are in high demand. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cisco live, cisco networking academy, ciscocsr, corporatesocialresponsibility, CSR, economic development, economic empowerment, education, ICT, impactmultiplied, netacad, networking academy, networkingacad, Obama, sotu, state of the union, stem
By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist
While the European and United States economies struggle with mounting debt, there’s an encouraging success story south of the equator; one that combines infrastructure improvement, broadband deployment, and thriving commerce.
According to the findings in a white paper entitled Latin American Economic Outlook 2012 — jointly produced by the Economic Commission for Latin America and The Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) — between 2000 and 2007, public debt in Latin America
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Tags: broadband, economic development, global networked economy, latin america
Forbes Magazine is famous for its lists — think “The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities” or “America’s Best Small Companies.”
Recently, the magazine issued a new list that is particularly relevant to Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts: “The Impact 30,” a list of the world’s top social entrepreneurs.
Forbes defines a social entrepreneur as “a person who uses business to solve social issues.” Here in Cisco CSR, we encounter social entrepreneurs every day. In fact, a few people on the Impact 30 list work for educational organizations we’ve partnered with over the years. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, ciscocsr, corporatesocialresponsibility, CSR, economic development, economicempowerment, Forbes, impact30, impactmultiplied, New Leaders, NGO, nonprofits, Samasource, society, teach for america
By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist
A while back, I wrote about the potential for mobile banking to create new opportunity and economic growth in developing countries. Now, I’d like to look at how a related application, mobile agriculture (m-agriculture), is transforming rural villages.
M-agriculture is about bringing mobile information access to rural communities and small-hold farmers. While the concept is still in its infancy, early implementations suggest it can make a big difference.
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Tags: africa, cloud services, economic development, farmers, india, M-agriculture, rural