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Cisco gives back the Manufacturing Way

September 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm PST

For those of you who may not be aware, we at Cisco take our commitment to our communities very seriously, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun when we volunteer!

Left to right: Andrew Lach, Peter Granger, Kevin Davenport at InnVision

On August 17th, over 20 volunteers from the Cisco Enterprise and Mid-market Marketing group gave their time to support InnVision, Silicon Valley’s leading provider of housing and services for homeless families and individuals:

InnVision is a primary gateway for homeless families and individuals seeking shelter and resources that lead to self-sufficiency. Our comprehensive system of care promotes self-worth and dignity at multiple facilities throughout Silicon Valley, including shelters, longer- term housing options and service centers, each equipped to meet emergency and transitional needs of diverse, at-risk people. InnVision is…the Way Home!

 

Volunteers spent the day sorting clothing for InnVision’s store, prepping food for daily meals, and reading stories to children.

Kevin, Peter and I were tasked with sorting clothing. Being from the Manufacturing team, we couldn’t resist applying the lessons learned from the Manufacturing industry towards our volunteer duties. Recalling Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations“, we quickly broke into teams for a proper division of labor. Safety is a top priority, so latex gloves were distributed to the sorting teams to follow OSHA guidelines. We carefully optimized our WIP to ensure that Bottlenecks --which threatened to shut down our line via the Bullwhip effect — were not created. Additionally, we applied classical queueing theory using exponential distribution to carefully model our Poisson processes. Read More »

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Social Good and the Networked Platform

December 2, 2010 at 9:56 am PST

The long tail and how it has affected philanthropy.

On December 1st, I wrote a post about Networked Philanthropy.  I received some great feedback in a short period of time, including a link to data that backed up a theory I had.

One Bill Gates can give a million bucks, and have a big impact, but 10 million regular Joe’s can give $1 and have 10X the impact. Read More »

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Networked Philanthropy [Updated]

December 1, 2010 at 9:44 am PST

How the networked platform is changing the face of philanthropy.

Many social media professionals are already familiar with Chris Anderson’s Long Tail, but if you’re not, here’s the concept in a nutshell. Traditional markets have tended to follow an 80/20 distribution, e.g. 80% of the populations are going to love 20% of the available bands (think the Beatles). That’s your macro market. The introduction of e-marketplaces has added infinite shelf space to many industries, the most obvious being the music industry. Enter the age of Indie bands, and infinite Micro markets. The interesting thing about the 80/20 rule is when the networked platform is introduced is that 80% of the potential market rests on lower end of the individual market size, i.e. the success of Rhapsody and iTunes.

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Cisco Participates in Partners for a New Beginning CGI Commitment

During the 6th annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting in New York, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other global leaders gathered to identify and create solutions to address the world’s most pressing problems.   One such solution or “CGI commitment” includes the Partners for a New Beginning--a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to broadening and deepening engagement between the United States and international Muslim communities by building public-private partnerships that advance economic opportunity, science and technology, education, and exchange.

 

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers (far right) joins former US President Bill Clinton, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and PNB leaders on stage at CGI 2010.

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