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Last week I had the opportunity to catch up with Aron Cramer, CEO of Business for Social Responsibility following Richard Edelman’s session on the findings of the latest Edelman Trust Barometer.
Aron was kind enough to share his views on the importance of trust for businesses today.
Watch the video and share your thoughts on trust as it relates to business, government, and corporate social responsibility. Feel free to comment below or talk to us @msftcitizenship on Twitter.
Now more than ever, nonprofit leaders must understand the potential technology has to help them meet their missions. They require effective ways to manage technology and lead others to use tools to further their missions and increase the efficacy of their organizations. Microsoft is pleased to be partnering with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) in sponsoring The Technology Leadership Academy, a 9-week online training program designed to help nonprofit leaders do just that.
Applications are due July 30th, so there are only 2 days remaining for nonprofit organizations to apply for participation in the Technology Leadership Academy.
The Academy will bring together 100 participants from 50 nonprofit organizations for a 9-week online training program designed to create nonprofit technology leaders. Qualifying organizations will be able to participate in the Academy at no charge. Participants will be selected based on the application guidelines and their commitment to full and active participation.
If you are interested in participating, apply now for the Technology Leadership Academy.
The Academy is a unique opportunity to learn and interact with nonprofit technology peers while creating a tight network of nonprofit leaders working towards a common mission: to use technology to create more social change.
Nonprofit technology leaders need to understand a few key concepts to make the right decisions for their organizations. To that end, the Academy will bring some of the best minds in nonprofit technology to its participants.
Instructors during the weekly core sessions will include nonprofit leaders like Beth Kanter, Katya Andresen, and Edward Granger-Happ. On a weekly basis, participants will also have the opportunity to interact with field experts like Charlene Li, Founder of Altimeter Group and Author of Open Leadership, in Ask the Expert sessions.
Attendees of the Academy will be able to:
Pass the word along, and we encourage you to apply before July 30th to participate!
In 2005, Microsoft started working with the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) of the George Washington University in Washington, DC on a program supported by the Andean Development Corporation to incorporate an ICT and Governability content module into the school’s special program on Governability and Political Management.
The ICT module, created with help from Microsoft, has been instituted in the school’s various seminar sessions in Washington D.C. and Peru. Its goal is to help close the digital gap in Latin America and the Caribbean by training political leaders to incorporate ICT at the government level and to familiarize their citizens with it.
By the beginning of 2008, approximately thousand students from the region – mostly professionals receiving additional training – had participated in the program and enrollment rates continue to grow. GSPM is in talks for expansion to all Latin American and Caribbean countries, as well as Spain and Russia.
Cross posted from the Microsoft Europe Skills and Education blog
By: Sanda Foamete , Academic Program Manager, Microsoft Romania
In July 2011, Romania’s first Digital Agenda conference highlighted the importance of getting every European citizen online and equipping them with the right digital skills. The conference identified key challenges to internet inclusion covering issues like broadband investment, open data, and e-government.
Commissioner Neelie Kroes discussed ways of implementing the Digital Agenda in Romania. Access to broadband and technology remains problematic in Romania. Connecting people and communities together is still a working progress. Digital development is critical to effective national development, therefore sustained commitment is strongly needed to ensure that people have adequate e-skills to use smart devices and online services.
EOS, IREX and Microsoft have been working together to bring e-skills to Romanian citizens through multiple projects showing outstanding results. Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Program aims to help educators and school leaders connect, collaborate, create and share, so that students can realize their greatest potential. In partnership with EOS, the Partners in Learning Program Romania has provided 42,000 teachers with ICT training and online resources, over the last 8 years.
In addition, Microsoft and EOS ran a program to help rural and disadvantaged communities get the skills they needed to pursue social and economic development. Since 2004, the partnership between Microsoft and EOS has trained over a quarter million Romanians to use the resources, broadband and e-services developed especially for the program.
According to Gabi Barna, EOS Director, “Despite Romania’s less developed infrastructure, our mission is to inspire and enable people use the improved services e-government platforms and other digital services on offer. Together with the 102 e-centres EOS has assisted across Romania, we are both working to reach challenged communities and the geographically isolated to help these people go digital.”
Ms. Barna highlights an example of how e-services have benefited rural communities.“Farmers in rural areas have used telecentres to learn about e-services that would allow them to then apply for specific agriculture government subsidies through the APIA (National Agency for Payments in Agriculture). The usefulness of the support they receive at the telecentre also demonstrate to farmers that ICT is now part of everyday life, that business today is almost impossible to manage without basic ICT skills”
According to Paul André Baran, Director of Biblionet in Romania for IREX who works with EOS on the initiative for farmers, more than 17,000 farmers have benefited from this work.
This collaboration between EOS, IREX and Microsoft highlights the potential of a ‘Digital Alliance’ within Romania. Such alliances facilitate interaction between governments, civil society and businesses by linking efforts and contributions for greatest societal impact.
During our meeting with Commissioner Kroes, we engaged her views on building a ‘Digital Alliance’ in Romania and we are grateful to have her support and endorsement. The Romanian President and Romanian Prime Minister were told by commissioner Kroes about our initiative of building the ‘Digital Alliance for Romania’. Furthermore, associations close to the policy makers, interested to build Romanian digital society, also gave very positive feedback. “We will now find solutions to build this Alliance. Now that it is linked to the Digital Agenda objectives, we have better chances to succeed. I have the vision that the Digital Alliance for Romania to be our national response to the Digital Agenda for Europe – Pillar 6: Enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion. We simply need our figures to get higher on the European digital scoreboard “Gabi Barna says.
Indeed, there will be a follow-up to the Digital Agenda conference in September with a working group on the ‘Digital Alliance’, where EOS, IREX and Microsoft will be participating along with Mr. Emil Zahan, Chief of Staff at the Minister of Communications and Information Society. The next step is to really integrate the work of the ‘Digital Alliance’ within the ‘Improving eSkills’ chapter of the Romanian Digital Agenda and to increase the citizens participation in the next generation of e-government services.
Read the full article reasearching Romania's digital revolution on Commissioner Neelie Kroes blog.
Special thanks to Gabi Barna EOS Director and Paul-André Baran, Director of Biblionet for IREX for their ongoing collaboration and their kind contribution to this post.
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We continue our series of weekly tips and tricks, Fast Five Features, to help educate nonprofits about the features available in the software we provide as a donation to them.
We decided to focus today’s feature on blogging! Hmmm… isn’t that appropriate?
We’re big fans of Windows Live Essentials and in particular, the Live Writer program. It’s free to download and it’s very easy to use.
Here's how to set up your blog, create blog posts, and add photos, videos, and maps to tell your story to the community. Live Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, and TypePad.
1) Download Windows Live Essentials
You will also get some other fantastic tools as well, so we suggest the entire package.
2) It uses the popular Office ribbon for quick access to all the most commonly used functions.
3) Did someone say Plug-Ins??
Oh yes, you can really customize your Live Writer application with some excellent custom features through plug-ins. For example, the very first item in the list allows you to turn your photos into what would look like a Polaroid picture. Fun!
4) One word: EMOTICONS!
Just look at all of these sweet, built-in emoticons.
5) But don’t take our word for it that there’s a lot you can do with this tool. Just a simple Bing search brings back lots of great tips & tricks by people who use this application every single day.
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