Ministry of Youth and Sports & Microsoft Malaysia Partner to Nurture Future of Malaysia’s Youth

By Kari Sherrodd, senior PR manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs At the 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Microsoft Malaysia and the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced an intent to partner through Microsoft YouthSpark to address the opportunity divide facing young people in Malaysia — a gap between those who have the access, skills, and opportunities…


“Ask Me Anything” with Senior Director Akhtar Badshah

Our Senior Director of Citizenship Akhtar Badshah, who leads Microsoft’s global corporate philanthropy and community initiatives, recently traveled to India to accept an award for Global CSR Excellence and Leadership at the World CSR Congress, where he spoke about Microsoft YouthSpark as an example of a global CSR program. Akhtar travels a lot, so we…


What is CSR and Citizenship at Microsoft?

Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft recently spoke at the Boston College for Corporate Citizenship 2012 International Corporate Citizenship Conference about what CSR and Citizenship means at Microsoft. He covered a range of areas from the importance of picking a passion, to addressing problems quickly and above…


Use your job to change the world

By Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft Corporation   Here’s a question: The greatest way to change the world is… ? Last evening here in Portland, Oregon, KPMG’s Global Head of Citizenship and Diversity posed that question to more than 2,600 of the next generation of leaders attending Net Impact’s 19th annual conference….


Tell Your Story with Free Tools in Windows Live Essentials

Yesterday, Microsoft Community Affairs hosted a webinar for nonprofits to showcase how nonprofits can use the free Windows Live applications and services to tell their stories and engage their supporters. Windows Live Essentials 2011 was launched in September 2010, it’s a suite of free consumer applications that brings Windows to the cloud by helping people…


Role models help create the faces of the future

By Andrea Taylor, director of North America community affairs The New York Times ran an article today on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and their Faces of the Future campaign. The campaign showcases how the Club Tech program gives kids across America access to technology and helps them to develop the technology…


“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 learning.  Above are just three recent examples of the…


Survey finds that consumers expect public-private partnership

Things are underway here in Davos at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum and an interesting theme seems to be emerging. That theme is trust – trust in institutions – government, business, the media and NGOs. PR firm Edelman has been measuring trust for 11 years and earlier this week I attended…

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Top five Microsoft Citizenship posts of 2010

As the year comes to an end it’s a great opportunity to both look forward to the coming year and review what’s happened over the past twelve months. We thought it would be interesting to highlight the top stories on the blog for 2010 as voted by our readers through their visits. It presents an…


A Tale of Two Cities: Prepare, Respond, Rebuild

Originally Posted on the Microsoft on the issues blog by Orlando AyalaCorporate Vice President, Chairman Emerging Markets From the National Security Leaders Forum in Cartagena, Colombia.  The event brings together leaders in the public and private sector to discuss helping transform multi-agency operational effectiveness, reduce costs, and improve collaboration and information-sharing to tackle the threats…