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  • Blog Post: Effective Community Investments Require Strong Local Partners and Leaders

    A lot of factors determine whether a community technology skills program is successful. One of the most important is identifying strong community leaders with a deep understanding of community needs, a vision for how those needs can be met, and a willingness to take risks and innovate. Whether it’s...
  • Blog Post: Meet Benedict and Ken – two generations buzzed about technology in Hong Kong

    I am just back from Hong Kong where I attended one of our NGO Connection Days. The connection days are held around the world and provide nonprofits with the opportunity to come together, network and find out about how they can use technology to support their organizations. The event in Hong Kong was...
  • Blog Post: Community technology centers can provide critical emergency infrastructure

    Guest post by Maria Garrido, Research Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington The two-year anniversary of the devastating, magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile offers a unique vantage for grasping the value of investing in community technology. The earthquake revealed that community...
  • Blog Post: Back-to-school with centers of technology excellence

    It’s back-to-school this month for nearly 56 million K-12 students in the U.S. Many will participate in afterschool programs that offer supervised activities for children of working parents or caregivers and providing developmental opportunities to urban and rural youth. Boys & Girls Clubs...
  • Blog Post: The Mary M. Gates Learning Center at United Way

    Yesterday in Alexandria Virginia, United Way Worldwide officially opened the Mary M. Gates Learning Center overlooking the Potomac River. The center, which was made possible by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation , includes technology provided by Microsoft and gifts from Deloitte ,...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft Elevate America nonprofits grant program

    Today we are launching the Elevate America community initiative , a new grant program that will support nonprofit organizations offering employment services, including technology skills training and job placement, in local communities across the United States. To support this initiative, we are committing...
  • Blog Post: Getting Europe online

    Guest post by Sylvie Laffarge, Director Community Affairs, Europe Get Online Week starts today across Europe, running from the 28 th February – 5 th March 2011. As the name suggests, the awareness week aims to get people using the Internet and gaining the skills needed to participate in the...
  • Blog Post: New program to develop IT skills in Haiti

    Frank Schott , the global program director for NetHope has written a blog post over on Wired’s Haiti ReWired site about the chronic shortage of local information and communication technology (ICT) professionals in the country. Frank writes: ICT can be used to support health, education...
  • Blog Post: CGI: Guest Post - Helping Girls in Kenya to Give Back

    Linda Lockhart, Managing Director, Global Give Back Circle Imagine you are a disadvantaged girl in Kenya, categorized as coming from the bottom of the economic pyramid. Imagine you grew up sleeping in a hut made from mud and dung, and next to you, in another hut your grandparents kept a cow, some...
  • Blog Post: Reflecting on Eight Years of Community Investment Worldwide

    As Microsoft approaches the eighth anniversary of its Community Technology Skills Program (CTSP), I have been taking some time to reflect on the opportunities imagined and realized, the amazing things we’ve learned about running a global community investment program, and how all of that will guide...
  • Blog Post: Just four of 170 million stories

    Microsoft's Community Technology Skills Program began in 2003. Since then, 170 million individuals have been touched by the program around the world - individuals who used the Community Technology Centers to brush up on their skills; others who took a more intensive training course and ultimately received...
  • Blog Post: ‘Tech Talent 4 Good’ brings students and nonprofits together

    Wouldn’t it be amazing to combine a passion for technology with a unique opportunity to do something worthwhile for a charitable organization? This week we are celebrating the launch of the “ Tech Talent 4 Good ” initiative in Europe that aims to accomplish just that. For many years...
  • Blog Post: Meeting Local Needs is Key to Success of Community Investment Programs

    When Microsoft first began working on strategies to increase access to technology in underserved communities, we assumed that the most successful programs would be those run by nonprofits with a track record of success operating community technology centers and ICT skills training programs. It was...
  • Blog Post: Consistency and Flexibility are the Foundation of Microsoft’s Community Investments

    Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of blog posts reflecting on the evolution and impact of Microsoft’s Community Technology Skills Program you can find links to the previous entries at the end of this post. If I had to summarize in a few words the most important thing Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Partner NGOs Building Community Technology Centers across Mexico

    2011 will mark an important year for the Microsoft Community Technology Skills Program (CTSP) in Mexico. In collaboration with several local NGOs, the country’s team is busy creating nine Community Technology Centers (CTCs) to help improve job opportunities and increase productivity for more than...
  • Blog Post: Elevating America through technology training and skills

    Today marks a significant milestone for our Elevate America program with Louisiana and Ohio becoming the last states to join the program, which is part of Microsoft’s overall Unlimited Potential efforts to improve social and economic opportunities for people. Since we launched Elevate America in...
  • Blog Post: Sichuan two years on

    Who could forget more than 68,000 people killed, countless homes destroyed and lives shattered in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008? Yet even as many of the rebuilding projects are moving well and many of the people have been re housed attention now turns to the economic sustainability of the region. ...
  • Blog Post: A Mouse, 500 Employees, and the Commitment to Build a Strong Community

    Jon Fine, CEO, United Way of King County In 1983, Microsoft introduced the first version of Microsoft Word, a product that would go on to revolutionize word processing and software interface. The same year, came the Microsoft Mouse, a device we all take for granted now, that changed the...
  • Blog Post: Startup Businesses Get a Helping Hand

    Microsoft Malaysia aims to reach 500 successful Malaysian companies within three years with its recently launched Microsoft BizSpark program. The BizSpark program gives startups access to Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, as well as other products to bring to new, innovative solutions...
  • Blog Post: “Tvoy Kurs” Gives the People What They Want!

    Guest post by Melissa Pailthorp, Senior Manager Community Affairs, Central and Eastern Europe Tvoy Kurs (“Your Course”) celebrated its first year in Moscow last week, convening project coordinators from the  140+ centers in 82 cities across all of Russia’s 20 regions to discuss progress and share...
  • Blog Post: CGI: Supporting skills, content and context in local communities

    A major focus of our global programs is about providing individuals around the world with access to information and communications technology (ICT) – what some still call digital inclusion or “closing the digital divide.” We aren’t a hardware infrastructure provider, so achieving...
  • Blog Post: The women of Taiwan remind me of the magic of technology

    I had many truly wonderful experiences in Taiwan, the team there; Hope Ong and Angela Yao; have done an amazing job pioneering the Women Unlimited Potential (UP) program. They have chosen to focus their work on women, an underserved community in Taiwan in terms of training and access to technology. Over...
  • Blog Post: Partners with Deep Local Roots Can Make the Difference

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of blog posts reflecting on the evolution and impact of Microsoft’s Community Technology Skills Program you can find links to the previous entries at the end of this post. When I think of Ren Xuping, I think about rabbits, and the importance...
  • Blog Post: Addressing social and economic issues in Asia

    There are three fairly standard reactions I receive when I am telling people about the work Microsoft is undertaking with Governments and community partners to improve lives and drive national competitiveness and first up is usually surprise! I find people are generally unaware of the breadth and depth...
  • Blog Post: Trip Report: South East Asia - Community First and Technology Second

    Without doubt one of the best aspects of my job is getting to visit our partners and see firsthand their communities and the incredible work they are doing on the ground to address real social and economic issues. Most recently I was in Philippines and Indonesia and had the privilege visiting with...

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