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Posted: Sep 17, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Every year, some 78 million children, teens and young adults prepare for that annual pilgrimage of back-to-school activities. As an empty nester, this time of year is special to me as I join in that emotional ritual of anticipation and excitement for all that a new school year brings.
Posted: Sep 16, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
How can we invest in education to ensure future generations of life-long learners? Cognizant’s Making the Future education initiative, launched in 2011, is making great strides in accomplishing that goal. Inspired by the Maker Movement, the initiative emphasizes the “doing” of projects, encouraging collaboration, interdisciplinary problem-solving, and risk-taking by grade school through high school age learners across socio-economic backgrounds.
Posted: Sep 15, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Climate change is an enormous challenge, and solving it will take unprecedented collaboration across many sectors. Fortunately, a growing global coalition is coming together to promote practical, innovative solutions to move the world toward a low-carbon future that is cleaner, healthier and more secure.
Posted: Sep 14, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Parents raising children in rural areas across the United States do not need a study of job opportunities close to home to tell them that employment prospects for their children are bleak. Unless systematic changes in rural economic development take place, the next generation will be forced to move away or face little chance of finding jobs that provide wages high enough to sustain a comfortable lifestyle.
Posted: Sep 11, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
The world is changing rapidly and new demands face business leaders to deal with the planet and environment more sustainably, to deal with the numerous societies their organisations operate in more equitably and with greater cultural understanding, and to be more open, transparent and responsible with respect to their stakeholders. Recent events such as the credit and banking crisis alongside a seemingly regular stream of corporate scandals have led to renewed debate as to the legitimate nature and purpose of business in society. However It is also important to recognise that business represents the predominant productive resource of the economy providing financial and human resources, infrastructure, innovation and technology: thus sustainable development cannot be achieved without the support of business.
Posted: Sep 10, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
As parents send their children off to school this September, they should not forget the 59 million children across the globe who only dream of making it to the classroom. Despite prioritizing increasing access to free, basic education across the globe fifteen years ago as Goal 2 of the Millennium Development Goals, enrollment numbers have sputtered, stalled, and abruptly declined, in large part from emergencies and crises.
Posted: Sep 09, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
A good idea might seem like a good place to start. But an innovation is an opportunity to change lives for the better. Now, one might say, an innovation starts with a good idea. But the point to be made here, is that a true innovation, something that is both new and now, possessing novelty and originality, can only arise from a space where there is first no idea.
Posted: Sep 08, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
While the agricultural community faces significant risks due to climate change, there are also major opportunities to embrace practices that make our farming system more resilient while also reducing greenhouse gases and impacts on the climate.
Posted: Sep 07, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Many companies today yearn for more than the traditional charitable donations throughout the year, instead, they want to actively engage their employees in the community. They also want to engage their employees in volunteering that matches their skills. These are all good trends, and it makes business sense too.
Posted: Sep 04, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Business school graduates who understand the concepts of sustainability and demonstrate practical knowledge, stand a better chance at landing positions with today’s leading companies.
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