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Posts tagged ‘International development’

Featured October Events

What are you doing this month? We wanted to highlight a few of the events happening in October to help you get out there and discuss, debate, engage!

Please see our Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events across the Bay Area.

If you’re hosting events or know of any that we’ve missed, please submit them to our calendar (there’s a form just to the right of the calendar itself). You can also contact us if you have questions or difficulty submitting.

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Do you know what time it is?

Cool! And probably the best visualization of time zones for your non-international friends…

All credit to the awesome and creative xkcd

Do-Gooders and Data

Author: Brian Pascal

Silicon Valley’s extraordinary economic success within the technology industry was built in large part by relying upon the power of numbers — especially the power of enormous piles of numbers collected from impossibly large groups of people. These days, there’s a faith bordering on the religious among the tech-minded that numbers can solve all of our problems.

This approach has crystallized into the polyglot field generally referred to as big data. Among other things, big data is the attempt to employ technology to extract deep and useful truths from very large databases. Read more

Reflecting on EMERGENCY USA

Author: Eric Talbert

I began working with EMERGENCY USA in 2011 and when we first opened our office in San Francisco I was very excited. As a member of the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in the Presidio of San Francisco, we were part of an intentional community of over 60 organizations working to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. EMERGENCY USA is the San Francisco-based office of the international humanitarian organization EMERGENCY, which was founded in 1994 in Milan, Italy.

Being based in the Bay Area has been great for EMERGENCY USA as we continue to build and grow here in the Unites States. Doing the work we do, being located in an old military hospital that is now a part of a national park, feels fitting. Over 6 million people worldwide have received high-quality free-of-charge Emergency staff at workmedical and surgical care provided by EMERGENCY. This work is carried out in war-zones and post-conflicts areas, with the majority of people being treated in Afghanistan.

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Online Work: The Game-Changer for Asia’s Entrepreneurs

Author: Nicolas Picard

An exciting tech trend is reshaping Asian workforces. In countries like Bangladesh where the economy is expanding alongside faster broadband speeds and mobile penetration, entrepreneurs and skilled workers looking for employment are turning to online work, or eWork. A 2014 report on global online work by Bay Area-based Elance-oDesk (a merger of two eWork “freelance” platforms) measured more than 8 million registered online freelancers and 2 million registered business clients on its two platforms combined. It is predicted that in 2014, $930 million worth of work will be completed on the platform.

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