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Pro Bono Perspectives S2E11: Chris Ide, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation

Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19
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In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Chris Ide, Vice President of Corporate & Community Partnerships at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, joins host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly for a candid conversation on mental health during COVID-19. CAMH is Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centers in its field. The Foundation drives change for mental health by inspiring philanthropy that enables leading-edge care, research and education.

The Bridge to Inclusive Technology: Steps We are Taking to Increase Accessibility

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The following is an excerpt from the 2019 CSR report.

Cisco laid the foundation on which the Internet is built. As we enter an era where everything and everyone is connected, we’re once again shaping the network’s future. In the process, we’re applying the lessons we’ve learned over more than 30 years and building technologies that are secure, accessible, and that bring people together.

Cisco Helps Military Veterans Find Paths to Meaningful Employment through Partnership with Onward to Opportunity

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We’re all navigating this fast-changing environment, doing our best to adjust to the rapid shift to remote working and online learning. This can feel even more uncertain for our military and veteran community as they transition to civilian careers. This transition is daunting in any circumstance, but a fragile economy and shifting work dynamics creates even greater barriers for those who are separating from military service. Cisco continues to be committed to helping service members chart a clear path to meaningful employment, especially during these unsettling times.

Reducing Food Waste and Food Insecurity One Meal at a Time

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Based in Oakland, California, Replate is a nonprofit with a mission to reduce food waste and food insecurity through its food recovery system. Replate’s technology platform makes it easy for companies to schedule on-demand pickups for their surplus food. Their food rescuers bring donated food to people of all ages and backgrounds who are experiencing food insecurity.

Using Technology to Protect Vulnerable Communities

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In 2017, Cisco launched a five-year, $10 million partnership with Mercy Corps called “Technology for Impact.” The aim was to combine Cisco’s resources and technology with Mercy Corps’ extensive experience in the humanitarian sector to accelerate scale and social impact. Now in its third year, Tech for Impact has reached nearly seven million people in 29 countries.

Impact-First Microloans with Kiva Support Small Businesses during Economic Downturn

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Cisco has partnered with Kiva on multiple initiatives, as part of our efforts to support entrepreneurs to start small businesses, and bank the unbanked. We have provided cash grant investments for early stage Kiva concepts which now are operating at scale, as well as donations of Cisco technology which Kiva uses to run their operations.  Last year, Kiva facilitated support to nearly 1,000 small business owners across the U.S.

These 3 #WomenInTech are Leading the Way at Cisco Dubai

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The future of engineering is strong at Cisco, and that was especially apparent to me during a recent visit to the Dubai Co-Innovation Centre where this eye-catching facility (like many of its global counterparts) offers an exciting incubation space to a number of emerging technologies.

How MIND Research Institute Moved Quickly to Offer Free Math Education to Students Learning at Home

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MIND Research Institute’s mission is to ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. ST Math is a U.S. based, award-winning visual instructional program that includes more than 35,000 puzzles, with interactive representations of math topics that align to all state standards. With visual learning, there are no language barriers, so the program is accessible to all students, regardless of skill level or language background.

From Diagnostics to Masks: How a Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge Winner Is Helping Front-line Health Workers

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OmniVis developed a handheld, IoT device that detects cholera in water samples within 30 minutes of collection. Until now, that process took over a week. Shorter detection times can reduce illness and death from the disease. The biotechnology company was a second runner-up in the 2017 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge. The challenge recognizes entrepreneurs who are using technology to address a social or environmental problem.

Remote Collaboration Technologies in Action

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The following is an excerpt from the 2019 CSR report.

Remote collaboration technologies help Cisco and our clients reduce emissions from air travel and commuting. These technologies include Webex Teams, Cisco TelePresence, Cisco Webex, Cisco Unified Communications, and Cisco Jabber collaboration solutions. Beyond reducing emissions, these technologies also increase employee productivity, promote work-life balance, and help us build customer relationships.

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