Upward Mobility

Closing the digital divide: Public housing goes gigabit

Fri, 2016-03-18 06:00 -- Compassionate C...
03/17/2016

The Salford Council in Greater Manchester, UK is rolling out gigabit broadband service across its social housing units. Resident "digital champions" will help train neighbors not yet Internet savvy. Gigabit services are also showing up in subsidized housing complexes in the U.S. Is your city keeping up?

A workforce training strategy that helps economic development and the disadvantaged

Wed, 2016-03-16 06:00 -- Doug Peeples
03/16/2016

The technologies smart cities depend on require well-trained professionals capable of maintaining and managing them. It's the same for electric utilities. Read the story to learn how Schneider Electric is ensuring a continuous supply of high-tech talent for the energy industry -- and helping disadvantaged students. You may get some ideas about collaboration strategies your city can use.

African leader: Ending extreme poverty isn't enough; we must embrace technology

Thu, 2016-03-10 14:00 -- Compassionate C...
03/09/2016

Rwandan President Paul Kagame told the Next Einstein Forum in Senegal that being consumers of technology developed elsewhere won't create wealth in Africa. The continent, he said, must look beyond just ending extreme poverty and embrace technological advancement. Read how he thinks that can happen.

How the Poverty Stoplight assessment tool empowers the poor

Fri, 2016-03-04 06:00 -- Compassionate C...
03/04/2016

In a 30-minute online assessment, poor people visualize the dimensions of their poverty and map a way out. Developed by a microfinance organization in Paraguay, the Poverty Stoplight tool is now being used in 18 countries. Would it work in your community? Click to find out.

Survey spotlights families often left behind as technology advances

Fri, 2016-03-04 06:00 -- Compassionate C...
03/03/2016

How real is the digital divide in the U.S.? A survey of 1,191 low- and moderate-income households with school-age children found that nine in 10 do have some form of Internet connection. But the quality of those connections is putting many children at risk. Find out why.

Want jobs for the chronically under-employed? Try this technique from Veolia

Fri, 2016-02-19 06:00 -- Doug Peeples
02/19/2016

When Council Associate Partner Veolia needed employees for its street cleaning operations in the UK, it collaborated with a government agency and a college to set up a training academy -- and offered the training opportunity to local people who had been struggling to find a job for a very long time, many of them for years.

Rural Zambian schools powered by S&C Electric solar plus energy storage solution

Fri, 2015-05-22 06:00 -- SCC Staff
05/21/2015

With electricity scarce in sub-Saharan Africa, it takes innovative solutions for schools to offer classes students elsewhere take for granted. Learn how S&C Electric developed a combined solar and energy storage power supply that allows two Zambian schools to offer computer science courses.

Ooredoo subsidiary joins with Facebook to provide free Internet in Indonesia

Fri, 2015-04-24 06:00 -- SCC Staff
04/24/2015

Ooredoo subsidiary Indosat has joined with Facebook to bring Internet connections to the many Indonesians who have never had them. It's part of a Facebook-led initiative, Internet.org, to provide service to the roughly two-thirds of the world's population that don't have it now.

Melinda Gates: Mobile phones connect women in developing nations to opportunity

Fri, 2015-04-10 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi
04/10/2015

In a New York Times editorial, Melinda Gates writes about the need to equip women in developing countries with mobile phones so they have access to financial services. Learn how Ooredoo, Qualcomm and others are answering that call, helping women raise the living standards in their communities.

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