#CiscoChat Recap: Leveraging Technology to Accelerate Social Entrepreneurship
Last week, Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) hosted a #CiscoChat on its Twitter page around social entrepreneurship; specifically, we looked at how organizations, companies, and individuals can leverage technology to accelerate social change.
As a strategist on CSR’s Strategy and Global Problem Solving, 1B team, I joined three featured participants during the hour-long discussion:
- Heather Franzese (@LaborlinkTech ): Vice President, Worker Engagement, Laborlink
- Mary Elizabeth McCulloch (@Project_Vive): Social Entrepreneur, Founder, Project Vive
- Teresa Cauvel (@Neopenda_Health): Co-Founder and CTO, Neopenda
Mary Elizabeth’s team, Project Vive, was the grand prize winner of our first annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge. Teresa, co-founder of Neopenda, was part of a team to take home the Cisco prize in the 2016 Rice Business Plan Competition. And as the founder of Good World Solutions, an organization to which Cisco CSR provided early stage funding, Heather’s experience in social entrepreneurship is extensive.
Our responses show how digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting more devices and data than ever before, with good ideas now having the ability to make a difference more quickly than ever, leading to positive change and financial success.
Whether you’re a student with an idea for the “next big thing” or an organization looking to scale, technology is playing a huge part in making those innovations possible.
Visit the Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility blog to see a few of my favorite responses from last week’s #CiscoChat.
Follow @CiscoCSR on Twitter for future #CiscoChats and updates on accelerating global problem solving.
If you have solutions that solve societal problems, apply for Cisco’s Global Problem Solver Challenge!