Guest Contributors

El éxito de la cultura colaborativa

Si lo haces acompañado,  el camino será más llevadero. Es el lema que nos mueve en  las Lanzaderas de Empleo; por eso creamos el programa en el 2013, para ayudar a personas desempleadas a emprender un nuevo rumbo hacia el mercado laboral. El paro es la mayor lacra social que arrastra nuestro país; no podemos […]

IBM P-TECH: Redefining Possibilities for a New Generation

Last June, we were proud to welcome our first six early P-TECH graduates to the ranks of educated men and women prepared for success in both the workplace and in higher education. Today, we are proud to announce that 32 more have joined their ranks – bringing to 38 the number of P-TECH scholars who […]

Help an International Research Team Fight the Zika Virus

(Brazilian Portuguese Version Below) Few people had heard of the Zika virus before 2015, when it began rapidly spreading in the Americas, particularly in Brazil. The virus is mostly spread by mosquitoes, although sexual and blood transmission are also possible. Some pregnant women who have contracted the Zika virus have given birth to infants with […]

IBM Impact Grant Helps Strengthen Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide is a significant cause of death in many OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries and Belgium is among the most affected European nations. A key strategy in the prevention of suicide in the Flanders Region is the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, coordinated and operated by the Flemish Suicide Prevention Center. Here, skilled and trained […]

World Community Grid Volunteers Help Power New Tuberculosis Research

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global killer. More than 1.5 million people, including 140,000 children, died from the disease in 2014 – a year in which 9.6 million new cases (more than 1 million of them children) were diagnosed. The World Health Organization has declared TB to be the world’s deadliest infectious disease, along with […]

Why America Needs P-TECH to Succeed

by Rashid Ferrod Davis and Stanley S. Litow However successful, innovative models in education can become subject to critiques – especially if the model has received national and international acclaim. IBM P-TECH was launched with ambitious goals in 2011. At stake was the future of an underserved generation of young people, the yawning gap between […]

Supporting Quality Education in Turkey

(Turkish version below) Education is the best legacy that a nation can give to its citizens. A robust education system in a country reflects and strengthens the social, cultural and moral values of the people. In addition, education is a vital investment for human and economic development. That’s why the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey […]

Supporting Chronically Ill and Rehabilitating Children

Chronically ill and rehabilitating children face quite a number of psychosocial challenges. Disruption of school and social activities during treatment and recovery are particularly troublesome, leading to isolation and a downfall in school performance which could ultimately result in a lack of motivation to get better. Plugging the educational gap in Belgium, Bednet enables long-term […]

Supporting Persons with Disabilities in India

In India – where the population of persons with disabilities is estimated to be greater than the overall population of the UK – people with disabilities (PwD) often are considered liabilities. Despite the 1995 Persons with Disabilities Act, which was revised in 2015 to guarantee jobs to persons with disabilities, more than two-thirds of that […]

Engaging Children from Low-Income Families in Belgium

At Teach for Belgium, we believe that a child’s success in life should not be limited by the socioeconomic background of his or her family. That’s why we recruit and train inspirational leaders from all academic disciplines to serve for two years as teachers in low-income communities. Supported by the Teach for All international network, […]

IBM Employees Help to Save and Improve Lives

In 2015, contributions through the IBM’s U.S. Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign (ECCC) surpassed the $1 billion mark. Though primarily a fundraising campaign, ECCC also encourages volunteerism through the IBM On Demand Community. Active and retired IBMers contribute money and expertise to a growing list of nonprofit beneficiaries in just one example of IBM’s Culture of […]

Celebrating P-TECH’s Scholar-Athletes

On November 23rd, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels and IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Vice President Stanley Litow announced Maryland’s commitment to open as many as four IBM P-TECH grade 9 – 14 schools in the City […]

From Seoul to Kathmandu: The Power of Volunteers for Development

On the heels of the U.N.’s adoption in late September of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, an Asia Pacific volunteering alliance recently convened a forum for hundreds of youth and development partners from northeast Asia at the Korea Council on Foreign Relations in Seoul. In his keynote address highlighting the role of volunteers in […]

Tracing the Spirit of Innovation

The New-York Historical Society’s latest exhibition, Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York begins with an event that was an unforgettable part of my life – the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Taking my first excursion on public transportation without parents or older siblings, I ventured with my friends to the Fair grounds in […]

Driving Economic Development in Portugal’s Algarve Region

(Versão em português abaixo) We are still living in difficult times. Governments, municipalities, businesses and families have been going through strong financial constraints, causing development delays in the so called “intelligent territories” — areas using ICT (information and communications technology) to help drive economic development. But we have capitalized on these circumstances to create opportunities […]