by Erin Connor, Portfolio Manager for Critical Human Needs, Cisco Corporate Affairs and Cisco Foundation
Today, an unprecedented 63.9 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced, and 21.3 million of those are refugees. From Syria to Afghanistan to Somalia, millions of men, women, and children are being forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution.
Billions of devices, tablets, cars, and most importantly, people, are on the brink of being connected in the next decade. As more people and things connect in the years ahead, we will have even more opportunities to leverage innovation to change the world for good.
We all care about certain issues. What are yours? Poverty, inequality, climate change? Today more than ever, we have the power to overcome these challenges. When we combine tech know-how, ingenuity, and social consciousness, we can help people thrive, build new commerce, and become guardians of our planet. Here are six top qualities of a Global Problem Solver.
by Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Veterans like Stan Roberts have served our country in a myriad of ways. As a United States Marine, Stan served three tours in Iraq. He received many combat-related awards before he lost his leg and was medically retired.
After 11 years with the military, Stan had to reset his plans of entering law enforcement, where he had hoped to continue to serve others. At 30, he decided to go back to school to study cyber security and information systems.
When Conrad Clemson, senior vice president of strategy for the Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group, was looking for unique ways to maximize and make his philanthropic dollars go further, he did not have to look far.
Cisco Live is Cisco’s largest customer event, and at this year’s conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility had its largest showing ever. More than 28,000 customers, partners, press, and analysts learned of our goal to positively impact 1 billion people by 2025.
The world faces a confluence of grand problems, digital transformation, and rapid changes within the workforce. We need individuals who have the desire, knowledge, and skills to help people thrive, build new commerce, and become guardians of our planet. There has never been a better time to be a global problem solver.
by Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs, Cisco
Imagine a world where… A generation with digital skills is thriving. A refugee becomes a sought-after employee. Military veterans excel in their second careers. Students create a sensor-enabled early warning system for earthquakes. All communities have access to clean water. A game warden can use data to protect endangered rhinos. Drones can replant a rainforest.
That world is here, that time is now. Welcome to the digital revolution.