Through its new Health Corps program, IBM plans to dispatch interdisciplinary teams to six destinations around the world starting in 2016 -- and more in subsequent years. Health Corps is modeled on the company’s Corporate Service Corps and Smarter Cities Challenge, pro bono programs that send teams of IBMers to help communities solve problems that they choose.
IBM and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization that produces Sesame Street, formed a collaboration to use IBM Watson's cognitive computing technology and Sesame’s early childhood expertise to help advance preschool education around the world. As part of a three-year agreement, Sesame Workshop and IBM will collaborate to develop educational platforms and products that will be designed to adapt to the learning preferences and aptitude levels of individual preschoolers.
Those new to IBM may be (pleasantly) surprised by IBM’s and IBMers’ commitment to service, but current and retired IBMers have engaged in skills-based volunteering through IBM’s On Demand Community for more than 10 years. On Citizen's IBM, Global Services North America Managing Partner Ismail Amla shares his observations on the “awe inspiring” contributions made by IBM consultants to their communities – including a timely On Demand Community for Refugees and Civilians in Conflict (RCC) that was designed to expand into a long-term, robust volunteerism effort to leverage support from IBMers
July 19, 2016 /3BL Media/ - If you know IBM, the scope and depth of the initiatives detailed in our 2015 Corporate Responsibility Reportwill not surprise you. IBM undertakes actions at scale, and because corporate responsibility is fully integrated with our overall business strategy, our CSR programs are global in reach as they seek to enable fundamental transformations of societal challenges into meaningful solutions.
Pro Bono Pioneers Talk About Experiential Learning with The Conference Board
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2016 /3BL Media/ - After attending the session, Learning and Leading By Doing Real Work in the Field at The Conference Board’s 22nd Annual Leadership Development Conference, HR professionals will have new ways to retain talent longer and increase employee engagement.
“Rather than marketing solutions to build the coolest and newest applications, we need to help the telecommunications providers build and manage reliable networks.” In 2013, Matt Berry spent three weeks in Nigeria as part of IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge. For Berry, who was Director of Marketing for IBM Mobile First at the time, he experienced a number of light bulb moments over the course of his assignment.
“I achieved so much because most of the people who came to speak to us were ladies and that also means that ladies can also do something,” said a high school student from the eastern region of Ghana about a recent project with the Peace Corps and IBM.
Today’s learners must be able to think critically, recognize patterns, solve problems and communicate effectively in the workforce and society to be successful. Sixty-three percent of education leaders state job placement as the leading success factor for higher education, though only 43% of industry leaders indicate higher education is preparing learners with the needed workforce skills.
With the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in place, the call to action is to harness the collective action of the public and private sector to fully realize this potential.
Few groups are as well positioned to get busy on meaningful social projects than a consortium of big multinational corporations dubbed Impact 2030. The nonprofit, which formed in 2014 in anticipation of the SDGs, strives to put company-sponsored volunteering front and center.
There has never been a better time for women and girls to set their sights of careers in STEM. In the Huffington Post, IBM Corporate Citizenship executive and 2016 Global Marathon Chair Diane Melley writes about women’s progress in STEM industries, the challenges that remain, and how this year’s Global Marathon will help enable faster change: