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Cisco VIDEO | Mobile Surveys Save Millions of Dollars While Saving Lives

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World Food Programme provides food and other assistance to millions of people who are displaced by natural disasters, human conflict, and other crises. Surveying them to find out what assistance they need and for how long can be a cumbersome process, and the collected data gets outdated quickly. Cisco supported the Mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) program, which replaces face-to-face surveys with SMS and voice surveys. The program has saved over $5 million and reduced time spent collecting surveys by 75%.

VIDEO | How Cisco Helps Nonprofits Develop and Scale Tech Solutions

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Cisco’s cash and product grant programs help nonprofits apply digital technology to have the broadest impact in some of the most economically underserved parts of the world. Years of working with nonprofits have taught us how mission-based technology initiatives develop and scale. We’ve distilled this insight into a social investment approach that helps new initiatives progress from an innovative idea to a scalable, financially sustainable operation.

Cisco VIDEO | Meet the Global Problem Solver: Good World Solutions

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Good World Solutions’s mobile technology allows companies — and consumers — to know what life is like for the thousands of factory workers behind the scenes.

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In Their Own Words: Why Storytelling Is a Powerful Tool for Children

In a new short film and in schools across the globe, creative writing lifts students and their communities.
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Paro, the young daydreamer at the center of a new short film by the same name, can’t help but see stories all around her. She’s constantly writing and drawing — during class and under the covers in bed at night. Her creative passion draws her attention away from schoolwork, leading to a confrontation with her parents and her teacher, who confiscates Paro’s beloved journal.

This Woman Is Helping Improve Learning for Children in Tunisia

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This article was developed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and published here with the approval of UNIDO.

Center of Excellence finds creative ways to teach IT, mathematics, and languages.
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This article was developed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and published here with the approval of UNIDO.

HP Education Solutions Increase Access to Quality Learning Around the World

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Around the world, hundreds of millions of people lack access to quality learning opportunities, including 264 million children living in communities where basic educational resources are unavailable. To address this inequity, HP is working with other companies, nonprofit organizations, and governments to create technology solutions that can connect individuals to educational opportunities wherever they live. 

This Woman Is Building Products to Encourage Tunisians to Use Public Spaces

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This article was developed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and published here with the approval of UNIDO.

Entrepreneurial training helps expand business and create new jobs.
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This article was developed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and published here with the approval of UNIDO.

Meet the Academic Explorers Rewriting the Way Colleges Teach

What happens when college students experiment with tech innovation? The future of education is created.
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At university campuses across the U.S., tech innovation is outrunning the classroom. With no existing curriculum to guide them, students and faculty are experimenting with a slew of new 3D printing, virtual reality and augmented reality technologies. As they tinker away in design studios and labs, they aren’t just figuring out new uses for these 21st century tools — they’re also defining how students learn.

How IoT Is Transforming the Energy Industry

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As the cost of sensors, devices, edge networks, machine learning, and analytics decreases, the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a new industrial paradigm that impacts every industry, energy included. Energy has been evolving in terms of generation and distribution, and the IoT stands to be the most transformational aspect of this brave new world. Here’s how we expect it to affect corporate energy users in the next decade.

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Are You Uniquely Better?

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining Stephanie Meeks, the president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in a “fire side” chat at the Participate Social Capital 2018 Conference in Alexandria, Virginia.

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