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    Alcon Cares to donate 100 reprocessed Infiniti® units to clinics in underserved areas with the goal of performing 200,000 phaco cataract surgeries and training 400 doctors by the end of December 2020.

    SOURCE:Novartis

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    Alcon, the global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, today announced Alcon Cares Project 100, which aims to reduce cataract blindness by providing equipment to perform phacoemulsification (or “phaco”), a key step in the cataract surgery procedure. Alcon Cares, a foundation that oversees equipment and product donations to those in need, will give 100 reprocessed Infiniti units to eligible clinics in Asia, Central and South America, and Africa over the next three years, making it one of the largest eye care equipment donations of its kind. 

    “Alcon Cares Project 100 aligns with our global efforts to combat cataract blindness and our mission to enhance sight and improve lives,” said David Endicott, Chairman of Alcon Cares and Chief Operating Officer, Alcon. “Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness and the World Health Organization recognizes cataract surgery as one of the most cost-effective treatments offered in developing countries. With 100 Infiniti units being placed in underserved markets, thousands of patients will receive the gift of sight. Additionally, hundreds of doctors who will be trained in phaco surgery in those clinics will be able to go on to provide quality care to thousands more.”

    Phacoemulsification is a cataract surgery technique that uses an ultrasound probe to fragment the lens and remove the cataract. Phaco is the preferred cataract surgical method in developed countries; however, large-scale implementation of phaco can be challenging in developing countries due to the initial equipment expense and lack of experienced surgeons. 

    Alcon Cares Project 100 will first start impacting lives in Asia this year and then will extend to Central and South America in 2019, and Africa in 2020. Alcon is working with partners to select clinics and hospitals that meet specific criteria, including proficiency in phaco surgeries, an underserved patient population and adequate infrastructure that can sustain an eye care practice.  

    The goals of the project, which is expected to conclude in December 2020, are to perform at least 200,000 phaco cataract surgeries and train at least 400 doctors. Alcon Cares will work with its partners to collect annual reports to measure the impact of this project.

    “Eliminating blindness is one of the most cost-effective ways to fight poverty, as every dollar invested into prevention results in at least a four-dollar economic return,” said Melissa Thompson, President of Alcon Cares and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Alcon. “With the goal of reducing cataract blindness, our program is expected to have a significant social and economic impact in communities, as improved sight empowers individuals to be more productive and reduces assistance needed from their caretakers and family members.”

    Tweet me:Alcon is taking another bold step to reduce #cataract blindness globally with Alcon Cares Project 100 http://bit.ly/2HZT6tq

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:NVS, Novartis


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    SOURCE:Booz Allen Hamilton

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    Booz Allen Hamilton is leading the way in veteran hiring and retention. By recognizing the value that the veteran community brings to the workforce, the firm is committed to providing opportunities to continue a soldier’s mission of serving their country in a new way after they transition back to civilian life.

    For the fourth consecutive year, Booz Allen has been included on Military Times' Best for Vets: Employers List, ranking 8th among 100 organizations recognized for policies that are friendly to service members and veterans. 

    To qualify for the rankings, employers filled out a detailed survey evaluating their culture, policies for military-connected employees and resources they devote to hiring veterans. Only organizations that are the most supportive of military veterans, service members and their families were included on the list.

    This year the firm is also included on the new VETS Index, designed to measure performance of public companies most supportive of military veterans, service members and their families as identified by the Best for Vets rankings. The 37 public companies that appear on the VETS Index are those that have scored highest on the Best for Vets list, carry a market capitalization of $200 million or more, and have been included on the annual list for at least three consecutive years.

    “To be named as a place where veterans want to be is an absolute honor,” said Booz Allen Senior Vice President Andrea Inserra, who serves as chair of the firm’s Veterans’ Agenda.  “Given that our founder was a veteran – it’s in our company DNA, and we look forward to continuing to be the type of employer that focuses on people, problem solving and the spirit of service.”

    Booz Allen empowers people to change the world. Want to work for us? Visit: https://boozallen.com/careers.html

    Tweet me: .@BoozAllen again named to @MilitaryTimes #BestforVets: Employers list! http://bit.ly/2KN1omk

    KEYWORDS: Booz Allen Hamilton, Veterans, Military Times, VETS Index, NYSE:BAH


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    Maximilian Grimm, Beyond Philanthropy

    SOURCE:CECP: The CEO Force for Good

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    Beyond Philanthropy’s benchmarking study on Corporate Citizenship Engagement of the DAX 30 companies shows that German corporations are actively engaged in society beyond their economic activity; nevertheless, they should do more than just reducing their negative impacts on society and environment or contributing cash donations to NGOs. Companies will need to take their social engagement activities to the next level by deploying their core products and services for the good of society. And as a social impact consultancy and founding member of CECP’s Global Exchange, we at Beyond Philanthropy are convinced that companies can be a force to do good.

    In our recently published study Value2: Social Innovation for Companies and Society, we have taken a closer look at the Base of Pyramid concept and explored its feasibility for an industrialized country such as Germany. The result: the 16M people (~20 % of Germany’s population) at risk of poverty and social exclusion spend more about 80 – 120 bn EUR annually on basic needs. This led us to the conclusion that there is ample demand and opportunity for business to develop innovative products and services that simultaneously increase the quality of life for low-income households and generate business value. Now, we are looking forward to working with bold and ambitious companies to develop social innovations with value for society and business.

    Read the rest of the blog: https://cecp.me/2I7SMom

    Tweet me:In the latest blog post from @CECPTweets, Global Exchange member @BePhilanthropy calls on companies in Germany & abroad to do more than just reduce their negative impacts on society & environment or contributing cash donations to NGOs. Read the post here: https://cecp.me/2I7SMom

    KEYWORDS: Global South, Danone, Renault, CECP, Global


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    Key statistics that support an investment in Cause Marketing.

    SOURCE:Blackbaud Corporate Solutions

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    Like other CSR elements, Cause Marketing efforts can directly influence your bottom line. Consumers are asking companies to support social and environmental issues, taking action towards areas that may not be relevant to everyday business operations. The reward? Studies show consumers will alter their buying behavior to favor those socially conscious companies.

    See more statistics on the importance of Cause Marketing in the included infographic, and read more about how CSR is influencing consumer behavior here.

    Tweet me:Are you using cause marketing to improve your bottom line? The numbers show that you should be. See the stats: http://bit.ly/2rpZRKC via @BlackbaudCS

    KEYWORDS: cause marketing, csr, consumer behavior, Brand Marketing, Blackbaud Corporate Solutions


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    By: Kali Hays, WWD

    SOURCE:Bloomberg

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    Like a lot of women, Chelsea Handler is disheartened that sexism and harassment are still such widespread issues, but she thinks the cultural shift toward doing something about it has a specific source.

    "We elected a sexual predator and we all knew about it, and we still did it, but we have to reconcile that with ourselves — 54 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump,” Handler said during the Bloomberg’s first Business of Equality event in New York. “So, this is the morning after, I think. It’s obvious, to me, that this is a referendum.”

    Click here to read the full story. 

    Click here to learn more about the Bloomberg Business of Equality Summit 

    Click here to access Bloomberg's 2017 Impact Report, including more information about Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. 

    Tweet me:Chelsea Handler, Ashley Judd, Chelsea Clinton Talk Cultural Change for Women at the inaugural Bloomberg Business of Equality Summit @bloomberglive #bloombergequality http://bit.ly/2I5n0wF

    KEYWORDS: wwd, Bloomberg, Bloomberg equality, bloomberg live


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    A goal of Elad Sintov, Ph.D., of Harvard University, is to find a way to transplant beta cells without the use of immunosuppressive treatments.

    SOURCE:MilliporeSigma

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    By Alexandra Mulvey

    Over the past 20 years, JDRF has driven amazing progress in beta cell transplantation for type 1 diabetes (T1D). As we have seen, in a small subpopulation of people living with T1D, transplantation of beta cells can be, literally, a life-saver. Unfortunately, though, they require long-term immunosuppressive treatments, and most of those beta cells will be gone at two years, rendering these people insulin-dependent again. One avenue to overcome this is to produce the beta cells from stem cells, which have been modified to be immune to a cellular attack. In other words, making insulin-producing beta cells unrecognizable to the immune system. That’s what Elad Sintov, Ph.D., is trying to do, with a JDRF postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

    “The fact that the human immune system has ‘issues’ with one very important cell type in the body, tells us that there is something very unique in beta cells,” says Dr. Sintov. “This is truly intriguing.”

    His laboratory, headed by Douglas A. Melton, Ph.D., has developed an effective way to transform stem cells into insulin-producing beta cells, providing a virtually unlimited supply for transplantation. But preventing immune rejection, without immunosuppressive drugs, remains a major challenge. Dr. Sintov plans to develop a platform that will allow him to look at the interactions between beta cells derived from modified stem cells and immune cells and use it as a screening strategy to identify gene modifications that protect against immune attack. Finally, he will make additional genetic modifications to the beta cells so that they are not recognized by the immune system.

    “None of it is going to be easy,” says Dr. Sintov. “But thanks to JDRF and its sponsor, MilliporeSigma, this award will keep me in business for the next three years, with full time devoted to the proposed research.”

    MilliporeSigma, the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is a global leader in the life science industry and is supporting two postdoctoral fellowships at JDRF—one to Dr. Sintov and the other to Shugo Sasaki, M.D., Ph.D., of The University of British Columbia, who is studying beta cell replacement, as well. MilliporeSigma is sponsoring these fellowships as part of its corporate responsibility commitment to accelerating access to better health for people around the world. For more information on MilliporeSigma, go to its website here.

    JDRF’s early-career funding enables promising scientists, like Drs. Sintov and Sasaki, to focus their talent, ambition and passion on improving life with T1D. Learn more about the researchers we fund, and learn how you can support their work to prevent, treat and—one day—cure T1D.

    Tweet me:Learn more about @MilliporeSigma’s partnership with @JDRF to advance #type1diabetes research: http://bit.ly/2IrmXdQ #CSR @HarvardResearch

    KEYWORDS: MilliporeSigma, JDRF, Harvard Research, Harvard University, type 1 diabetes, diabetes, Corporate Responsibility, signature partnership, csr


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    SOURCE:World Environment Center

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    May 10, 2018 /3BL Media/ - On Monday, May 14, 2018 at 3:30 PM EST, the US Department of State and the World Environment Center will host a webinar and Q&A on ‘Power to Grow.’  

    Power to Grow is a search to discover and reward non-profit organizations empowering micro-enterprises in Central America. Awardees will receive a prize of up to $43,000 to execute their proposed project, partnership with a member organization of La Red de Innovación e Impacto working towards a shared goal, and a comprehensive training and support package to improve their business skills. Applications are open until 11:59 PM (EST) on May 14, 2018.

    During the webinar, staff from the US Department of State and the World Environment Center will speak to the details of the Challenge and take questions from participants and press. Speakers will include:

    Thomas Jeffery, Foreign Affairs Officer at US Department of State

    Anthony L. Grimaldo, Program Officer at US Department of State

    Pato Breuer Moreno, Network Project Manager at the World Environment Center

    Christian Izquierdo, Technical Director for Latin America at the World Environment Center

    Interested parties are invited to join the webinar on May 14, 2018 at 3:30PM EST here:

    https://zoom.us/j/946393373

    Or iPhone one-tap:US: +16465588665,,946393373#  or +16468769923,,946393373#

    Or Telephone: US: +1 646 558 8665  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 408 638 0986

    Meeting ID: 946 393 373

    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/T765YJU

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    About La Red
    The U.S. Department of State has funded the World Environment Center (WEC) and its partners, Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée (Baastel), and RioSlum Studio, to select organizations who are accelerating business development and promoting sustainable economic growth in Latin America. The Program, La Red de Innovación e Impacto (La Red), was established in 2014 and is a collection of 30 innovative solutions from 11 countries in the region.

    About The World Environment Center
    WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to promote business and societal value by advancing solutions to sustainable development-related problems.

    About Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée
    Baastel is recognized for its quality services in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Results-based Management (RBM), strategic planning, project and program management, and building individual and institutional capacity in these areas. Baastel’s outstanding reputation in the field is built on a record of international and national successes, and expertise that is backed by attention to detail, quality, transparency and neutrality.

    About RioSlum Studio

    RioSlum Studio offers branding, design, messaging, and strategy services to daring companies with bold vision. We build compelling brands that evoke emotion, demand attention, and attract business. We launched RioSlum Studio to ensure all companies, from one-person startups to global corporations, have access to the high-quality branding and communications services they need to command global attention.

    Tweet me:Join a webinar with @StateDept and the @WorldEnvCenter to learn about “Power to Grow.” May 14th at 3:30pm EST http://bit.ly/2KdfEUl #elpoderdecrecer

    Contact Info:

    Elysa Neumann
    RioSlum Studio
    +1 (502) 574-2512
    press@wec.org

    KEYWORDS: World Environment Center


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    SOURCE:World Environment Center

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    May 10, 2018 /3BL Media/ - El día lunes 14 de mayo del 2018 a las 3:30 PM EST, el Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos hará un webinar con sesión de preguntas y respuestas sobre ‘El Poder de Crecer’.

    El Poder de Crecer busca identificar y premiar a organizaciones sin fines de lucro que están empoderando a micro emprendimientos en Centroamérica. Los ganadores recibirán hasta USD 43,000 para ejecutar su solución propuesta, además de una alianza con una organización miembro de La Red de Innovación e Impacto con el fin de trabajar juntos hacia el mismo objetivo y un paquete completo de asesoría y capacitación para mejorar sus capacidades de negocio. El plazo de las aplicaciones es hasta el 14 de mayo del 2018 a las 11:59 PM (EST).

    Durante el webinar, el personal del Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos y del World Environment Center hablará sobre los detalles del Concurso y estará disponible a contestar preguntas de los participantes. Los ponentes serán:

    Thomas Jeffery, Funcionario de las Relaciones Exteriores del Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos

    Anthony L. Grimaldo, Funcionario de Programas del Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos

    Pato Breuer Moreno, Gerente de los Proyectos de Red del World Environment Center

    Christian Izquierdo, Director Tecnico para America Latina del World Environment Center

     Los interesados pueden participar en el webinar lunes 14 de mayo del 2018 a las 3:30PM EST aquí:

    https://zoom.us/j/946393373

    O iPhone one-tap:US: +16465588665,,946393373# o +16468769923,,946393373#

    O teléfono: US: +1 646 558 8665 o +1 646 876 9923 o +1 669 900 6833 o +1 408 638 0968 o +1 408 638 0986

    ID: 946 393 373

    Números internacionales disponibles: https://zoom.us/u/T765YJU

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    Sobre La Red
    El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos ha estado financiando al World Environment Center (WEC) y sus aliados, Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée (Baastel), y RioSlum Studio, con el  fin de seleccionar organizaciones que están acelerando el desarrollo de negocios sostenibles y promoviendo el crecimiento económico sostenible en América Latina y el Caribe. El Programa, La Red de Innovación e Impacto (La Red), se creó en el 2014 y reúne a 30 soluciones innovadoras de 11 países en la región.

    Sobre el World Environment Center
    WEC es una organización sin fines de lucro neutral, independiente, global, que fomenta el desarrollo sostenible a través de las operaciones de sus empresas miembros y en alianza con gobiernos, organizaciones multilaterales, organizaciones no gubernamentales, universidades y otras partes interesadas. La misión de WEC es promover los negocios y su valor social fomentando soluciones a problemas relacionados con el desarrollo sostenible.

    Sobre Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée
    Baastel está reconocido por sus servicios de calidad en Monitoreo y Evaluación (M&E), Gestión Basada en Resultados (GBR), planificación estratégica, gestión de proyectos y programas y construcción de capacidad individual e institucional en estas áreas. La reputación sobresaliente de Baastel en la industria se ha estado construyendo sobre un historial de éxitos nacionales e internacionales y experiencia respaldada por la atención al detalle, calidad, transparencia y neutralidad.

    Sobre RioSlum Studio
    RioSlum Studio ofrece servicios de desarrollo de marca y mensajes, diseño y estrategia de comunicación para empresas audaces con una visión atrevida. Construimos marcas cautivadoras que evocan emoción, exigen atención y atraen negocio. Lanzamos RioSlum Studio para asegurar que todas las empresas, desde startups de un empleado a corporaciones globales, tengan acceso a los servicios de desarrollo de marca y comunicación de alta calidad que necesitan para llamar la atención a nivel global.

    Tweet me:Unirte a un webinar sobre el concurso “El Poder de Crecer” con @StateDept y el @WorldEnvCenter. 14 de mayo a las 3:30pm EST http://bit.ly/2wrC1Dy #elpoderdecrecer

    Contact Info:

    Lucia Furlan
    RioSlum Studio
    +502-57425129

    KEYWORDS: World Environment Center


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    SOURCE:Sea Change Radio

    DESCRIPTION:

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if the picture is a bar graph with a bunch of statistical notations? It may be worth a thousand words, but only to a handful of people. In the context of climate change, that’s clearly not enough. This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, is Randy Olson, a marine biology professor turned filmmaker and author whose book “Don’t Be Such A Scientist” makes the case that scientists can and should be better communicators, especially to regular (non-scientist) folk. Olson draws what he considers to be an important distinction between narration and storytelling, attempts to explain the mystifying ascendancy of Donald Trump, and gives us examples of what does and does not work in messaging scientific knowledge.

    Tweet me:This wk's @SeaChangeRadio - Randy Olson: “Don’t Be Such A Scientist” http://www.cchange.net/2018/05/08/olson/

    KEYWORDS: Randy Olson, sea change radio, Science, Communication, climate change, marine biology


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    SOURCE:Tetra Tech

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    RICHFIELD, Ohio, May 10, 2018, /3BL Media/ - Tetra Tech AEG, a leading provider of consulting and construction services in solid waste and industrial markets, has become a NEOVETS Certified Military Talent Employer (CMTE). Through the CMTE certification, Tetra Tech is supporting military members who have served the United States’ greater interests and sacrificed for our welfare.

    NEOVETS is a nonprofit organization that assists veterans, guardsmen, reservists, and their spouses in finding civilian employment and transitional support after returning from military service. The organization serves as a point of contact for returning veterans, helping identify the needs of military service members and their spouses and connecting them to appropriate service providers, including employers, recruiters, universities, community colleges, the Veterans Administration, and loan providers.

    “This certification allows us to support our service members and their spouses who have given so selflessly,” said Darwin Nelson, president of Tetra Tech AEG. “The program allows us to give back by helping our veterans fulfill their career aspirations in our community and across the nation, while enabling us to attract and retain the right talent for the challenging work we do here at Tetra Tech. We look forward to this partnership with NEOVETS and the opportunities that lie ahead.”

    NEOVETS holds strict standards for becoming a CMTE, which include complete transparency in sharing best practices, proper training, access to internal company veterans resource groups, tailored outreach and targeted recruitment, and overall internal veteran demographic trends. With certification, NEOVETS recognizes the employer as having genuine interests in attracting, hiring, training, and retaining veterans and being committed to service members’ success, which helps promote overall business success and vitality.

    For more information about Tetra Tech AEG and its CMTE certification, contact NEOVETS@tetratech.com.

    To learn more about NEOVETS, please contact bryanamcgown@neovets.org.

    About Tetra Tech AEG
    Tetra Tech AEG is a leading provider of consulting and construction services in the solid waste and industrial markets. Tetra Tech AEG was established as American Environmental Group, LTD, in 2002 and acquired by Tetra Tech (Nasdaq: TTEK) in 2013. With this acquisition, Tetra Tech AEG joined Tetra Tech’s solid waste service group, which has become an industry leader in solid waste programs and is ranked #1 in Solid Waste by Engineering News-Record. Tetra Tech AEG’s division headquarters is located in Richfield, Ohio, with additional offices in California and Texas. In 2017 Tetra Tech AEG’s more than 350 employees worked on solid waste construction and engineering projects in more than 40 states.

    About NEOVETS
    NEOVETS is a nonprofit organization based in Northeast Ohio. It is comprised of membership from the private and public sectors, other nonprofit organizations, and higher education—all with experience in working with the veteran and military community. The organization serves military families and supports their economic success by connecting them with its Certified Military Talent Employer (CMTE) network, the NEOVETS College Collaborative, and proven, best-in-class community resources and information.

    Tweet me:.@TetraTech AEG Becomes a @neoveterans Certified Military Talent Employer. Read press release: http://bit.ly/2ryz6nC

    KEYWORDS: Tetra Tech, NASDAQ:TTEK


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    Edison International and the nonprofit TreePeople partner for the Green Lynwood project.

    SOURCE:Edison International

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    A group of volunteers recently gathered on a sunny day in Lynwood, all with the same mission: to help beautify and improve the local environment by planting trees.

    Wearing bright yellow volunteer shirts, dozens of Edison International employees, along with their friends and families, partnered with the nonprofit TreePeople to plant 20 trees at Yvonne Burke-John D. Ham Park in Lynwood.

    The work is part of TreePeople’s Green Lynwood project, an effort to add more trees in southeast Los Angeles neighborhoods to help improve the local environment by creating more green canopies and cleaning the air.

    Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison, recently provided a $40,000 grant to TreePeople to help fund the Green Lynwood project that will plant 50 trees over an 18-month period.

    “At SCE, giving back to the community we serve is who we are and what we do,” said Lisa Woon, SCE principal manager of Corporate Philanthropy. “Our partnership with TreePeople is part of our commitment to help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve and create a clean energy future.”

    Tweet me:.@EdisonIntl and the #nonprofit @TreePeople_org partner for the Green Lynwood project http://bit.ly/2KRH2s4 #trees #sustainability #community

    KEYWORDS: Edison International, Tree People, Green Lynwood

         


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    SOURCE:21st Century Fox

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    NEW YORK, May 10, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Malaria No More will present 21st Century Fox, one of the world’s leading portfolios of news, sports, and entertainment brands, and its subsidiary Star India, the largest media company in India, with the Media Leader Award at its 12th Annual International Honors event tonight. The companies will be honored for their remarkable legacy and leadership in raising awareness of the urgent need to end malaria, a preventable disease that kills a child every two minutes. 

    Since 2000, the world has made tremendous progress against malaria, with malaria cases reduced by 62% and seven million lives saved, putting the world on track to end the disease within a generation. Today, however, malaria still infects more than 200 million people across 91 countries, with India accounting for the third-largest malaria burden worldwide. In 2016, for the first time in over a decade, global progress against malaria has stalled as malaria cases are increasing and the decline in deaths from malaria has flat-lined. 
      
     “21st Century Fox has demonstrated the power of media to shape the global agenda and help save lives in the malaria fight. Their ingenuity and longtime commitment to create awareness of malaria’s devastating impact on people’s lives and livelihoods has helped spark and sustain political action and raise hundreds of millions of dollars to end this deadly disease,” said Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More. 

    21st Century Fox has been an influential partner for more than a decade, supporting Malaria No More’s launch at the White House Summit, hosted at the National Geographic Society by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in 2006 – the year after President Bush created the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, the leading government program to fight malaria. From 2007-2010, 21st Century Fox put the issue of malaria on center stage in the United States with its American Idol “Gives Back” platform, and Fox News has regularly covered the effectiveness of U.S. investments in significantly reducing malaria cases and saving millions of lives worldwide. 

    “We’re very proud of 21st Century Fox’s legacy of keeping malaria and its devastating impact front and center for Americans and people worldwide,” said Julie Henderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, 21st Century Fox, and a Malaria No More board member. “As we’ve seen, great storytelling is a powerful tool to educate both political decision makers and the public about the opportunity we have to end this disease once and for all,” Henderson said.

    Malaria No More recently expanded its work to India, in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of eliminating malaria in India by 2030. This includes elevating the issue of malaria in India and amongst the global Indian diaspora to promote the political leadership, funding and momentum required to follow through on India’s malaria-free target. With 1.2 billion Indians at risk of the disease, according to the World Health Organization, the support of India’s media leader will be critical to achieving such an ambitious aim.

    “Star India, and its Chairman and CEO Uday Shankar, have no equal when it comes to championing issues that affect hundreds of millions of Indians in their daily lives,” said Edlund. “Ending the disease in India will improve millions of lives, unlock billions of dollars in economic potential, and stem the spread of drug-resistant malaria around the world,” he continued.

    Since its founding in 1991, Star has played a major role in driving social change in India. Under the leadership of honoree Uday Shankar - President, 21st Century Fox, Asia and Chairman & CEO, Star India - the company has become India’s leading media business by using its programming as a catalyst for social change. Star has helped address many societal issues through television to fuel women’s empowerment, promote progressive mindsets, and spark a sporting revolution creating the next generation of heroes. 

    “We believe in the power of media as a catalyst of social change and are honored by this recognition. I have always believed that no matter what part of media you are in, if you are not using it to create a better society, you are missing an opportunity,” said Shankar, a member of Malaria No More’s India Advisory Committee.

    Malaria No More’s 12th International Honors event was emceed by comedian Tushar Singh. Mr. Singh is an Indian American comedian who has performed at top comedy clubs in New York and Los Angeles.

    The annual International Honors event brings together global leaders, media, and many public and private sector partners, while generating crucial support for the mission. Past event honorees include President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, former U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, businessman and philanthropist Aliko Dangote, former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and senior executives from partners including Alere, ExxonMobil, Kimberly-Clark, and Sumitomo Chemical.

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    For more information or interview requests, contact Michal Fishman at +1 504-220-2792 or Michal.Fishman@MalariaNoMore.org

    About Malaria No More

    Malaria No More envisions a world where no one dies from a mosquito bite. More than a decade into our mission, our work has contributed to historic progress toward this goal. Now, we’re mobilizing the political commitment, funding, and innovation required to achieve what would be one of the greatest humanitarian accomplishments – ending malaria within our generation. For more information, visit www.malarianomore.org

    Tweet me:21CF to receive the Media Leader Award from @MalariaNoMore at tonight’s #MNMHonors event, alongside @starindia. #EndMalaria http://bit.ly/2I5gJAR @21CF_Impact

    KEYWORDS: 21st century fox, star india, Malaria No MOre, disease, hollywood, Entertainment, american idol, NYSE:FOX


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    SOURCE:America's Charities

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    For over 35 years, First Candle, has been working to educate parents, caregivers, professionals and community members on ways to reduce the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths while supporting families who have lost a baby through these tragedies as well as stillbirth and miscarriage.

    In 2012, First Candle was one of only six prestigious organizations formally invited to collaborate with the NICHD to expand upon the Back to Sleep campaign to emphasize its continued focus on safe sleep environments and back sleeping as ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. The expanded campaign, called Safe to Sleep®, goes beyond Back to Sleep in providing risk reduction strategies to parents and caregivers on ways to prevent SIDS, suffocation and other sleep-related causes of death. It continues to incorporate new and evolved science-based information on key issues of safe infant sleep into easy-to-understand outreach messages, materials, and activities.

    SIDS, however, remains the leading cause of death for babies one month to one year of ageAdditionally, the rate of accidental suffocation and strangulation is rising at alarming rates with an increase of 184% in the last 15 years.

    Every year in this country 27,000 babies die due to SIDS, accidental suffocation or stillbirth.

    The rate among lower socio-economic populations is 2.5 times greater than the general population. Experts attribute this disparity to the lack of resources and education available to these parents. Past efforts around pre- and post-natal health, safe sleep and breastfeeding have been simply presented as instructions without discussion with a “one size fits all” mentality. There has been a lack of recognition on the part of health care providers and educators that cultural, economic and societal factors impede the adoption of the recommendations.

    However, SIDS and accidental suffocation can happen to any baby. Too often parents and other caregivers are not provided with sufficient information on the new safe sleep guidelines adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics which include room sharing with your baby for up to a year but never bed sharing and only placing baby on a firm mattress with nothing else in the crib including a blanket or stuff animal. “No one ever told us” is often the comment we hear after a tragedy has occurred.

    Simply by educating new and expectant parents on Safe Sleep guidelines and increasing adherence experts state that the rate of these deaths could be reduced by 50%. 

    First Candle has developed the Straight Talk for Infant Safe Sleep program that trains and fosters a collaboration between community leaders, social workers, public health providers and hospitals to educate new and expectant parents and caregivers on how and why to create a safe sleep environment for their baby. Trainees also learn how to help parents create a plan about how they can implement safe sleep, reduce exposure to second hand smoke and encourage breastfeeding that considers their beliefs, values, and living and working situations, so they feel equipped to be successful.

    Unfortunately, there will still be families who face the devastation of a baby’s death. For them, we provide a grief support line, peer support volunteers and online support groups. The impact of these deaths not only effects the parents but grandparents, siblings, daycare providers and others in the community. We offer bereavement support materials to hospitals, funeral homes and online.

    Your donations help us save babies’ lives and support families who have experienced a loss.  

    Here’s how your dollars make a difference:

    • $50:  helps us create bereavement materials for funeral homes and hospitals
    • $100: allows us to deliver safe sleep information to child care centers
    • $500:  provides for online bereavement training of 75 peer support volunteers
    • $1,000: covers the costs for safe sleep materials and swaddles for 200 new moms.

    Support First Candle through your employee giving program:

    As a donor, you can support First Candle by donating to them through your employer’s workplace giving programPayroll pledges made through employer-sponsored charitable giving programs represent a cost effective and near effortless way to support your favorite charities.

    As First Candle's workplace giving partner, America’s Charities can help your company design and implement a program centered on supporting their work - through workplace giving campaigns, employee fundraising, cause-focused signature programs, volunteerism, donation drives, matching gifts, Dollars-for-Doers, In-Kind Giving and other employee engagement and philanthropic initiatives. Click here to request a demo and learn how we can help you do this.

    Tweet me:.@AmerCharities: How @First_Candle is Working to Reduce the Rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-related Infant Deaths https://impact.ac/2wzbEvq #EmployeeGiving #SIDS #SafeSleep

    KEYWORDS: America’s Charities, workplace giving, employee giving, Corporate Social Responsibility, csr, charity vetting, payroll deduction giving, Fundraising, First Candle, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)


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    SOURCE:3BL Media, LLC

    DESCRIPTION:

    Join 3BL Media on May 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET for a free webcast detailing research on the ESG reporting preferences of fund managers and analysts at firms managing trillions in assets.

    Jane Madden, U.S. managing director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Burson-Marsteller and Daniel Nielsen, managing director of Great Lakes Advisors, will present the findings in this free event.

    REGISTER HERE

    About 3BL Media
    3BL Media is the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. Through content distribution, multi-media promotion and hands-on learning experiences, we connect organizations to an unrivaled network of sustainability professionals, journalists, bloggers, investors, academics, policymakers and influencers who are passionate about engaging on topics like education, environment, community involvement, supply chain and circular economy, volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Tweet me:Learn the #ESG reporting preferences of fund managers & analysts at firms managing trillions in assets from @B_M's @janepmadden & Daniel Nielson of Great Lakes Advisors 5/16 at 12:30pm ET ‏http://bit.ly/2wxgrNQ7 via @3BLMedia #webinar #sustainability #corporateresponsibility

    KEYWORDS: webinar, ESG Reporting, Burson-marsteller, Great Lakes Advisors


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    SOURCE:World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

    DESCRIPTION:

    As the world becomes more urban, our cities are under increasing pressure to take the lead on sustainability. How have cities responded to this challenge? And what action is business taking? To answer these questions, and many more, we speak with Bianca Nijhof, Global Sustainability Program Manager at Arcadis and Simon Hansen, Director of Regions at C40.

    Don’t miss an episode! Subscribe, rate and share WBCSD’s new Panorama Podcast on iTunes. 

    Follow WBCSD on Twitter and LinkedIn.

    Tweet me:Don't miss the latest Panorama #Podcast: @WBCSD, @c40cities & @arcadisglobal discuss how cities’ response to #ClimateChange http://apple.co/2A3tgNz #ClimateAction #SDGs

    KEYWORDS: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Arcadis, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, sustainability podcasts, climate change


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    Rapid expansion of registered and accredited WELL Professional community adds to the market significant expertise in building practices that address human health and wellness

    SOURCE:International WELL Building Institute

    DESCRIPTION:

    The International WELL Building InstituteTM (IWBITM) announced a milestone achievement in the growth of its WELL APTM program as it surpassed 5,000 registrants. The WELL AP credential denotes expertise in the WELL Building StandardTM (WELLTM) and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities.

    Architects, designers, business leaders and wellness advocates across the globe have been convening and mobilizing through the WELL AP program. In its expansion, the WELL AP community has transformed into a support network for project teams and industry professionals creating localized and issue-specific forums and communication channels. The WELL AP community has spurred healthy building design innovations and has played an instrumental role in the evolution of WELL. 

    “What interests us in the WELL Building Standard is the potential for conspicuous, qualitative benefits to our residents and end users,” says Andrew Browning, Development Associate at Forum Real Estate Group and the 5,000th person to pursue the WELL AP. “I’ve begun the journey towards becoming a WELL AP to optimize those benefits and differentiate our development projects moving forward in a way that is meaningful.”

    Employees, clients and the broader community recognize the WELL AP credential as an indication that their health is a priority. The success of the WELL AP program is a result of the accredited individuals in 71 countries who are initiating conversations and effectively creating spaces that help people thrive.

    “The WELL AP community is on the frontlines of the ‘second wave’ of sustainability, one that puts people at the center of decisions about building design, construction and operations,” says IWBI Chairman and CEO Rick Fedrizzi. “Empowered with the tools and resources IWBI has created to advance this movement, we’re excited to see the impact of each and every WELL AP as we build a healthier and more sustainable future, together.” 

    The WELL AP exam was developed by a diverse network of subject matter experts dedicated to advancing health and well-being in buildings and communities across the world. Encompassing human health impacts, healthy building strategies and the business case for WELL, the WELL AP program helps prepare, differentiate and continuously educate the community to advance healthy building.

    About the International WELL Building Institute

    The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive. IWBI delivers the cutting-edge WELL Building Standard, the first building rating system to be focused exclusively on the ways that buildings, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. Its work extends to advancing health through design for entire neighborhoods through the WELL Community StandardTM Pilot, and convening and mobilizing the wellness community through management of the WELL AP credential.

    Tweet me:.@WELLcertified has announced the WELL AP Community has surpassed the 5K mark http://bit.ly/2rF8XTt #WellBuildingStandard #builtenvironment #realestate

    KEYWORDS: International Well Building Institute (IWBI), WELL AP, WELL Certified, built environment, Real Estate


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    SOURCE:Consumers Energy

    DESCRIPTION:

    In this brief video, Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe discusses the company's commitment to its triple bottom line of people, planet and prosperity.

    To learn more about the company's Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, read Consumers Energy's 2018 Sustainability Report.

    Tweet me:.@ConsumersEnergy #CEO Patti Poppe discusses the company's commitment to people, planet and prosperity: http://bit.ly/2rym20O #Sustainability #CorporateSocialResponsibility

    KEYWORDS: Consumers Energy, NYSE:CMS


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    Community Benefits Plan exceeds expectations in first year; $2.8 billion invested in communities during 2017

    SOURCE:KeyBank

    DESCRIPTION:

    CLEVELAND, May 11, 2018 /3BL Media/ - KeyBank has released its 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report, highlighting progress in the areas of responsible banking, responsible citizenship and responsible operations. Included in the report are the first year results of the five-year National Community Benefits Plan, under which KeyBank invested $2.8 billion in communities. KeyBank executives said the investment exceeded the goals for 2017 by 21% and represents a strong start for the five-year plan.

    “I’m pleased that in 2017 we surpassed our expectations for the community benefits plan,” said Beth Mooney, Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY). “Thriving communities have stable neighborhoods with affordable housing, growing small businesses, and jobs. The community benefits plan is designed to help provide support in all of those areas.”

    Highlights from the first year of the community benefits plan include:

    • KeyBank invested more than $1.9 billion in community development projects including developments that will provide affordable housing, revitalize and stabilize neighborhoods, and support vital community service initiatives.
    • KeyBank originated $390 million in small business loans to low-to-moderate income borrowers and/or in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.
    • KeyBank provided $443 million in mortgage lending to low-to-moderate income communities.
    • KeyBank made $38 million in philanthropic investments in neighbors and neighborhoods across KeyBank’s 15-state footprint in 2017. These included significant grants to organizations such as JumpStart, Inc., Local Initiatives Support (LISC), Say Yes to Education and Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon. Philanthropic investments included KeyBank Foundation grants supporting thriving students, a thriving workforce, and thriving neighborhoods. Additionally, the First Niagara Foundation, an independent foundation that works in collaboration with KeyBank, invested $6.7 million in education, mentoring, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization.

    KeyBank’s 2017 report describes the bank’s commitment to its Corporate Responsibility priorities: operating with integrity; driving performance; growing talent; and, strengthening community. These priorities are demonstrated throughout the report in KeyBank’s approach to diversity and inclusion, financial wellness for clients and communities, transformative philanthropy and sustainable operations. To view the full Key Corporate Responsibility Report, visit: www.key.com/crreport 

    “Consistency and commitment are the cornerstones of KeyBank’s corporate responsibility efforts,” said Bruce Murphy, executive vice president and head of Corporate Responsibility. “What is exciting to me is the depth and breadth of investments in communities stretches from Maine to Alaska, from our workforce to the marketplace. The community benefits plan is an important part of our approach but, as the 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report details, the commitment runs even deeper.”

    About KeyCorp

    KeyCorp's roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $137.0 billion at March 31, 2018.  Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of approximately 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.

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    Tweet me:KeyBank releases Corporate Responsibility Report and 2017 Community Benefits Plan results http://bit.ly/2rzaoCK

    KEYWORDS: NYSE:KEY, keybank


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  • 05/11/18--06:25: Hacking for a Better Commute
  • How open data can help with mobility challenges

    SOURCE:Dell

    DESCRIPTION:

    On March 10, Dell and Forum for the Future, sponsored a hackathon as part of New York City’s Open Data Week. The Open Data L-train Innovation Challenge asked participants to create ideas that focused on using open data to help mitigate and manage the effects of the planned shutdown of the Canarsie Tunnel in April 2019. This will be a major disruption to NYC’s transit systems: more than 225,000 commuters use the L-train and the Canarsie Tunnel to travel from Manhattan to Brooklyn every day.

    In 2012, Superstorm Sandy inundated that tunnel with more than seven million gallons of salt water. This led to significant corrosion of cabling, power infrastructure and track equipment. Post-Sandy, the tunnel and L-train were brought back online quickly, but the damage meant repairs would eventually be required.

    At first glance, Dell’s engagement in this exercise may seem accidental and random. Why is Dell involved in a hackathon focusing on commuters in NYC? Yes, it’s important, but it seems to be a little out of our swim lane.

    I’d like to share how this work is a natural extension of our Legacy of Good program.

    First, we need to understand the relationship between technology and social good

    When we announced our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan in October of 2013, we committed to understanding and measuring the outcomes from the use of our technology as a key priority.  We named this commitment our 10×20 goal, and it’s rooted in our ambition to be Net Positive, which means we’ll put more back into society, the environment and the global economy than we take out. What we take out is otherwise known as “our footprint.”

    By 2020, the good that will come from our technology will be 10x what it takes to create and use it.

    Footprint? We’re talking about the impact our products and actions have on the world – both socially and environmentally – what is left behind. You may have heard about a carbon footprint, or a water footprint. Generally speaking, we have a good idea how to measure the environmental side of a footprint and we’re learning quite a bit more about the social side.

    Outcomes, however, are a different story. The effect that our technology can create – the positive social and environmental good that various solutions can produce – that can be harder to understand and measure. But if we’re to truly understand the relationship between our technology and the social and environmental good they can do, we have to be able to measure outcomes. We also must understand the causal links between our technology, our solutions and these outcomes.

    So, in 2014, we started studying outcomes from the use of our tech. We started with online education. Then, we looked at the connections between our work-from-home programs and our employees’ carbon emissions. We talk more about these studies here. Later, we started a piece of work with Forum for the Future to look for other areas where our technology and sustainability intersect.

    We chose to focus on open data and mobility systems. Our key question:

    When transit authorities and operators make data about their systems public, do they create an environment where entrepreneurs and developers can build socially and environmentally positive solutions off their data?

    Bridging the gulf between data communities and sustainability-related communities

    As with all our studies, we went in somewhat naïve, but with an open mind and a willingness to dig into a problem. We thought we would find clear, quantitative evidence of value-added solutions driving reductions in carbon emissions. What we found was somewhat different. The anecdotal evidence is substantial, but very little of it is quantitative. In fact, while there’s a lot of data about open data – number of data portals, number of datasets, number of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), frequency of access – there’s very little data on what happens as a result of making data publicly available.

    We found a gap. While in the real world, digital transformation and sustainability frequently converge, the data community and sustainability-related communities are mostly separate. Our data analysts and visualization scientists are smart, but spend little direct time on social or environmental issues. Our sustainability professionals are also smart, but the world of data science is a different place with its own language and tools.

    The result of this gap: open data initiatives are almost certainly under-valued and under-leveraged. They’re under-valued because we can’t concisely communicate the full benefits they provide. They’re under-leveraged because, without a stronger understanding of the links between open data and positive outcomes, we do not know how to best use these tools to drive outcomes.

    So, our study changed. Originally an exercise in measurement, it became a deep-dive into this gulf between worlds. If we’re to learn how to focus on technology on doing good, we’re going to have to build bridges between these worlds. And, in this case, to build those bridges, we’re using a tunnel.

    Get the experts on board

    We were fortunate in this work to have a great team of experts with which to work. Our friends at Forum are masters at understanding what it means to be a change agent, and how to facilitate progress. Our friends at LERO, the Irish Software Research Centre, understand Smart Cities from an IT point-of-view. They also understand why cities want to be ‘smart’ and what many of them are trying to achieve. We worked with the Sustainability office of the City of Palo Alto to ensure that our technical explorations were grounded in the context of real-world, on-the-ground problems and perspective. Last, we worked with OpenDataSoft, to understand the state of open data today and how we can move from having ‘just data’ to having ‘useful data.’

    Together, we identified three key ideas that will help connect data and sustainability:

    • First, we must find the right metrics or indicators that reflect our outcomes of interest, and are measurable or calculatable through available data and data analysis. We think a good place to start are the WBCSD’s Sustainable Mobility Indicators.
       
    • Second, our public organizations either need to ensure they have access to data analysis and visualization skills, or build those skills in house. In fact, we’re inspired by NYC – their Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics is a case study in how to create and leverage these skills.
       
    • Last, we need our public organizations and communities to create engagements with the open data ecosystem that provide guidance and direction. There’s ample evidence that the ecosystem wants to help, wants to drive positive change. If we don’t tell them how, though, they’ll be limited in what they can achieve.

    You can dig deeper into the study and these three topics in our summary report: Driving Positive Outcomes through Open Data Solutions for Mobility

    A hackathon: could it be NYC’s ticket to helping alleviate transit challenges?

    So, how did we get from a year-long effort to study open data to a day-long hackathon in a building located next to Grand Central Station?

    As we were finishing our study, our friends at Forum were busy engaging with various groups in New York City. The Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics was suitably impressed, and invited Forum to run an event during Open Data Week. Our opportunistic streak came out – not only were we being offered a chance to talk about our work, we could test some of the recommendations in our study, as well as help NYC address some of the issues surrounding the closure of the Canarsie Tunnel.

    Several people from NYC’s transit community were in attendance. This is, after all, an issue that’s close to their heart. They understand the importance of effecting repairs to the tunnel, but also understand the magnitude of the disruption that will cause. Other than contractors, I suspect there are few who are thrilled with the shutdown. Nevertheless, it’s necessary and must be managed.

    Seventy people on ten teams listened to our dignitaries from NYC’s transit community describe the issues, and discuss various datasets that were available to the teams. They listened to me and Rodrigo Bautista of Forum describe what we were looking for and provide the larger context for the effort. Then, they went to work.

    At the end of the day, the teams presented. All the ideas were interesting, but three, in particular showed real promise. It’s our hope that the work started in this session continues, that the teams and groups engaged in the work explore these ideas in more detail. We’re working to drive that, but this will take some time to play out.

    The bigger picture and how building a bridge means fixing a tunnel

    The shutdown of the tunnel is huge for the affected commuters and communities. The issues leading up to that shutdown, however, are larger still. The flood was unprecedented, but the unprecedented seems to be more and more common these days. While no single weather event can be attributed to an increase in carbon emissions, both sea-level rise and increasing sea-surface temperaturessuggest that the magnitude of Sandy’s impacts were amplified by climate change.

    The MTA prepared for the storm and had most of its subway service restored within a week. Despite the precautions, however, the damage cause by the event was significant. Post-storm estimates were that it would take $4.8 Billion to restore the MTA to its pre-storm condition.

    Please excuse the pun, but, to be a trusted partner of our customers, we need to understand the environment in which they work and how what we do can help them meet their goals. In this case, we help our customers be successful by taking a deeper look into the problems they’re facing and the challenges they must tackle. When we uncover the connections between our world of technology and the world of outcomes, we make both ourselves and our customers successful.

    Our work revolves around 1s and 0s. We convert them into each other. We store some; we delete others. We use our 1s and 0s to build bigger constructs, to represent the world. Then, we analyze our patterns of 1s and 0s to understand the way things are, to learn something new, or to develop insights that help guide decisions.

    But our world of data, computation and connectivity is not the only world out there. Others focus on impacts and outcomes, the well-being of our society, the health of our ecosystems. In this world, our 1s and 0s may seem intriguing and magical, but possibly also arcane and uninterpretable – raw material without a guidebook or owner’s manual as to how to use.

    Being a true partner to our customers is more than being just a provider of technology. It means building bridges between our technology, our customers and their needs. And in this case, building a bridge means fixing a tunnel.

    Learn how smart cities can drive positive social outcomes; click here to download.

    Tweet me:.@Dell and @Forum4theFuture held a #hackathon in #NYC to test their findings on how #opendata can help with #mobility challenges https://dell.to/2Ickrom #smartcities #sustainability #canarsietunnel

    KEYWORDS: NYC, FORUM FOR THE FUTURE, Dell, hackathon, Open Data Week, canarsie tunnel


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    Emotional support robot duck helping children going through chemo

    SOURCE:Aflac

    DESCRIPTION:

    Aflac has teamed up with robotics toy company Sproutel to create My Special Aflac Duck, a technology that offers emotional support to kids with cancer.

    Kids can feed, bathe and even administer chemotherapy to the ducks that can respond to touch.

    “Medical play can be really therapeutic,” Sproutel CEO Aaron Horowitz told FOX Business on “Mornings with Maria.” “It gives them this feeling of control. They have this friend that’s going through this treatment right alongside me.”

    Read the full article and watch the video on FoxBusiness.com

    Tweet me:.@FoxBusiness Video: @Aflac and @Sproutel create emotional support robot duck to help kids going through chemo http://bit.ly/2KfA7I8 #MySpecialAflacDuck #ChildhoodCancer

    KEYWORDS: My Special Aflac Duck, Sproutel, Aflac Childhood Cancer Campaign


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