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Connecting People and Planet through Design

This post originally appeared on Impact Design Hub and is reposted with permission. 

An exclusive interview with Lynelle Cameron on her path into impact design, the Autodesk Foundation’s first year learnings, and opportunities for more people to become involved in the field.

By: Katie Crepeau

LynelleCameron_interviewThe intersection of people and the planet threads through Lynelle Cameron’s storied career in conservation, community development, technology, and design. As the Autodesk Foundation’s President and CEO, Cameron was first inspired by the people-planet relationship when reading the UN definition of sustainable development in the 1987 publication, Our Common Future. Building off her undergraduate studies in cultural anthropology and environmental management, she spent the first ten years of her career at the intersection of conservation and economic development.

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Featured April Events

Free Movie Screening: Girl Rising
Wednesday, April 8
5:00pm – 8:00pm

PG&E’s Women’s Network and W-STEM network, and their community sponsor Spark, are honored to be screening Girl Rising From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. This event also includes time for networking and a post-film discussion. Read more

The Future of Human Rights Technology: The Role of Silicon Valley

This post originally appeared on Benetech’s blog and has been re-posted with permission.

By: Enrique Piracés

How can we create more opportunities for technology companies to support human rights organizations? What will help ensure that the support given to them truly strengthens their capacity to implement the tools, principles, and methods that are required to protect and advance global human rights? Will the interests of the human rights movement and of technology corporations ever be aligned, and should they align? Read more

It’s not too late (checking out events you’ve missed)

We all get a little busy. Too much work, too little sleep, not enough time to attend all the events we’d like to in the Bay Area. Whether it’s because they’re too far, not at a convenient time or you just got lazy, there are still ways to catch the events you missed attending live.

Here are a few recent events you can check out now — though no chance for questions or networking! Each of these groups, and many others, posts the video or audio from many of their events online, so in addition to these you can look up other events you’ve missed.  Have other resources with archived events you find valuable? Please share! Leave us a note in the comments with your recommendations.



The Power of Words: Global Illiteracy and the Campaign to End It


This panel discussion on the scale of global illiteracy, the dimensions of the crisis as it breaks down along gender and class lines and the opportunities for intervention was hosted by the World Affairs Council of Northern California and featured:

  • Erin Ganju, CEO and Co-Founder, Room to Read
  • Kate James, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Pearson
  • Michael Lombardo, CEO, Reading Partners


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International Women’s Day: Making It Happen for Girls and Women in Tech

This post originally appeared on the IIE blog and is re-posted with permission. 

By: Beth Garriott

Today, women make up 12 percent of all computer science grads. Just three decades ago, they represented 37 percent. They’re half the workforce, but hold only a quarter of technical or computing jobs.

If current trends continue, the Department of Labor estimates half of the 1.4 million new STEM-related jobs in this country will go unfilled.

This reality is of course not confined to the United States — it’s even more pronounced in other countries, especially in the developing world.

March 8th was International Women’s Day. And internationally, women and men should be outraged by this. When we close the door to opportunity — especially opportunity in the sector that is the engine of modern economic growth — we all suffer. Our tech companies and our society are worse off. Read more