YouthSpark Ambassadors Share Social Entrepreneurship Lessons From Kenya

By Elisa Willman, Senior Marketing Communications Manager, Microsoft Citizenship Last month, we announced the winners of Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest and our new YouthSpark Ambassadors: Adam Dunn, Brian Hickey, Sneha Jayaprakash, Christina Ong and Meghan Shea. They are wrapping up their three-week volunteer trip in Kenya (part of the grand prize package), where they’ve participated in…


YouthSpark Challenge for Change Winners Announced! Five Brilliant Sparks of Social Good

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs This past year has been about sparking change through Microsoft YouthSpark, so it’s fitting that we’re announcing the five grand prize winners of the YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest just days before the fireworks-filled U.S. Fourth of July celebration. If you’ve been following the contest,…


Guest Post: Microsoft and British Council – the odd couple

By: Simon Gammell, Director West Coast, British Council, Los Angeles The closing keynote of the Microsoft PiL Global Forum, delivered Saturday night in Prague by Microsoft’s Vice President of World Wide Public Sector, Laura Ipsen, featured strongly Microsoft’s burgeoning partnership with the British Council. Since announcing our Education Alliance Agreement at last year’s forum in…


Developing IT Pros of the Future in Rwanda

By Peter Njagi, Microsoft Certified Trainer I have worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 2004. In March 2012, I heard about a program called the NetHope Academy that was going to be launched in Rwanda. After doing some research, I learned that the NetHope Academy provides internships and training to promising youth in the…


In Africa, linking technology and health

Guest post from Emeline Cokelet Meneken, a writer and editor at PATH Kenyan Janet Karani got her first email address a decade ago. It was a way to stay in touch with friends who had moved from Kenya to the United States and was far easier than waiting for the public telephone in a local…


Volunteers create a circle of giving back in Kenya

One of the things we regularly see through employee giving at Microsoft is the passion people have for making a positive difference. Several employees are utilizing their volunteer hours here to support the Global Give Back Circle (GGBC), a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged girls in Kenya to overcome extraordinary odds to complete their university…


Helping to respond to the Horn of Africa Crisis

Editor’s note: Cross-posted from the Microsoft on the Issues blog. Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft It has been more than two months since famine was declared in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, leaving 12.4 million people in need of emergency aid. Every day, more than 1,500 famine-stricken…


A Helping Hand in Malawi

John Nielsen, General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa Customer Service and Support at Microsoft and Paul Norris, General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa Premier Field Engineering at Microsoft Have you ever welcomed an open window on a warm summer night? Unfortunately, the seemingly simple pleasure of an open window to feel the night’s…


Corporate Citizenship is a critical component in developing future leaders

By Shannon Banks, Worldwide Leadership Development Consultant, Microsoft I still remember the day, two years ago, when I hit send on the email. As a leadership development consultant at Microsoft, I was responsible for designing the appropriate experience for 30 of our most talented senior leaders worldwide. What I was proposing was an immersive, unique…


Dispatch from Cape Town: Exceptional teachers step on the global stage

Greetings from South Africa! This week I have the privilege of being in Cape Town, South Africa among more than 500 educators, school leaders and government officials who have gathered from around the world to attend the Sixth Annual Partners in Learning (PIL) Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (IEF). South Africa, with its vibrant economy and…