Why Microsoft and The Markle Foundation Are Working Together to Connect Workers with New Opportunities in the Digital Economy

by Brad Smith and Zoë Baird, CEO & President at Markle Foundation

Today we announced a three-year partnership between The Markle Foundation and Microsoft Philanthropies. Microsoft is investing more than $25 million over three years in Markle and the expansion of its successful Skillful initiative, first across Colorado and then to other states. This is one of the single biggest philanthropic investments Microsoft Philanthropies has made, reflecting the importance of the work involved.

The Markle Foundation and Microsoft Partner to Accelerate a Skills-based Labor Market for the Digital Economy

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NEW YORK and REDMOND, Wash., June 28, 2017 /3BL Media/ — On Wednesday, the Markle Foundation and Microsoft Corp. announced a three-year partnership to expand Markle’s Skillful initiative, a data-driven approach to connecting American workers and businesses in a rapidly evolving labor market. While advances in technology have helped the economy overall, some American workers are being displaced.

Second Year of Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative Grants Awarded

Meet some of the entrepreneurs bringing internet connectivity, access to energy and economic opportunity where they're needed most

He made a vow. When his 16-year-old daughter died from an illness doctors could not diagnose, Allen Bailochan Tuladhar promised he would carry out her dream to help young people in Nepal obtain better access to technology and computer science education.

Ecolab, Trucost and Microsoft Collaborate to Help Businesses Address Water Risks

Expanded Water Risk Monetizer helps business respond to water availability and quality challenges
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St. Paul, Minn., March 21, 2017 /3BL Media/ – The Water Risk Monetizer, industry’s first publicly available financial modeling tool that enables businesses to factor current and future water risks into decision making, now incorporates water quality into its site-specific risk analysis to provide a more comprehensive risk assessment. The enhanced tool helps businesses understand the impact of water quantity and quality on their operations, and gives them the insights they need to make more sustainable business decisions.

Bringing Virtual and Augmented Reality to the Forefront of Mining


As part of our series on #DisruptMining Innovation, in today’s post we share how virtual and augmented reality technology can improve efficiency and increase productivity at Goldcorp.

Virtual and augmented reality (VAR) use to be the exclusive domain of science fiction, but it’s now making inroads in the resource sector, bringing with it the potential to change the face of the mining industry.

Over the last few months, Goldcorp has been working to evaluate possible applications of VAR technology at our mine sites.

Benevity’s User-centric Technology Helps Microsoft Increase Employee Giving by 14 Percent

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Calgary, AB, March 3, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Benevity announces that Spark, its market-leading cloud solution for workplace giving and volunteering, was used to help Microsoft achieve record participation and donation volume in their employee giving program.

Technology as a Force for Inclusion

Progress on the first year of Microsoft Philanthropies

A recent trip to visit my family in Kansas offered an unexpected example of how quickly the nature of work is changing. While I was there, we stopped in at a restaurant near the edge of our small town. In the past, it was the kind of place where you’d be greeted and served by eager young people—mostly local high school students or recent graduates getting their first work experience. This time, however, a computer screen at the entrance assigned us to a table. We ordered by browsing through a digital menu at our table and tapping a touch screen.

Facebook, Microsoft Philanthropies, Google and Qualcomm Wireless Reach Featured at Annual Global Digital Health Forum Closing Plenary

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ARLINGTON, Va., December 14, 2016 /3BL Media/ -- Thought leaders from Facebook, Google, Microsoft Philanthropies and Qualcomm Wireless Reach will be featured at the closing plenary of the 3rd annual Global Digital Health Forum (formerly the Global mHealth Forum), on December 14. These highly-recognized corporate partners will discuss how they are providing far-reaching technical capability for last-mile connectivity in support of health in low- and middle-income countries.


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