World Water Week 2015 – information technologies for a smarter water future

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World Water Week is an annual event in Stockholm that serves as a focal point for discussions around global water issues. This year is the jubilee year for both Water Week and the Stockholm Water Prize, and the theme was Water for Development. Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Week brings together around 2,500 experts, practitioners, decision makers and business innovators from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions. Continue reading

A second youth retreat with WPDI – Chiapas in our hearts!

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Editor’s note: Today we are happy to feature a guest post by Paola Ponce. She is Manager for External Communications at Ericsson Mexico, as well as a Brand Ambassador for Region Latin America and Caribbean. She writes today about our partnership with the Whitaker Peace Development Initiative in Chiapas, Mexico.

From August 21 to 23, Ericsson participated in a retreat held by the Harmonizer Group in Chiapas, led by the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI). This meeting built on another meeting in May that my colleague Dodi Axelson wrote about here as well. This meeting was as amazing as the first; in only one weekend, 32 young people infected us with not just their enthusiasm, creativity and commitment but their immense love for Mexico and their communities. Continue reading

How Technology for Good creates sustainable competitive advantage

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In recent years, the work of some industries has negatively impacted society, from environmental damage to lack of access or inclusion. There is an increasingly widespread belief that many companies are profiting and prospering at the expense of broader communities, despite an increasing global focus on CSR activities.

“Thin” value, as described by economist Umair Haque in his book The New Capitalist Manifesto, is when companies create value for the business by taking it from consumers without considering the externalities caused by their products. On the other hand, “thick” value is when companies create value for society as well as for shareholders. Continue reading

World Humanitarian Day – why does it matter and what can we do?

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August 19 marks World Humanitarian Day, and according to the UN, this year, more than 100 million women, men and children need life-saving humanitarian assistance. We are working to transform humanitarian response with technology and to support partners in the field every day to help create a positive change. Continue reading

Aligning profit with public good, and vice versa

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Last week I represented Ericsson at the UN’s Financing for Development (FfD) conference in Addis Ababa. Among other things, I was able to participate in the African Development Bank’s Financial Inclusion event, be one of six business representatives at one of the official UN Round Tables, and be a panelist at the Business Forum session on market innovation.

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Strategies to expand digital financial inclusion for the poor in focus at FFD Addis Ababa

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Editor’s note: Elaine Weidman-Grunewald is attending the UN’s Financing for Development (FFD) conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa. Today she writes from an official side event, Advancing Financial Inclusion in Africa through Digital Financial Services.

Yesterday I participated in a super interesting panel organized by the African Development Bank about mobile financial services for the poor. In this group at least, there was broad recognition of how technology can be a game changer when it comes to advancing financial inclusion. Continue reading

Using Ericsson expertise to develop one special Polish school

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Editor’s note: Today we feature a guest post from Katarzyna Pąk, Head of Public and Media Relations in Central Europe:

Our story with the in-hospital school at Children’s Memorial Health Institute in Warsaw started back in 2012 with an email from Monika Wójtowicz, who is responsible for fundraising for the school. But she didn’t actually ask us for funds. Instead she invited Ericsson to come and see how the school was running. Continue reading

Solve climate challenges and create business opportunities

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From 30 November to 11 December 2015, around 40,000 delegates will converge on the largest diplomatic event ever hosted by France and one of the largest climate conferences ever organized – the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or COP21.

The stakes are high. The aim is to reach, for the first time, a universal, legally binding agreement that will enable us to combat climate change effectively and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies. Continue reading

Ericsson Response and the hard work of connecting Nepal after disaster

Editor’s note: Today we feature a guest post from Alberto Juárez Casado, Services Engineer in Competence Domain Radio Access Network:

First of all, I want to start with an example of a normal day on a mission:

Call to register a new user, visit a new camp [a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital] and consider how we can provide connectivity with not so much equipment, unload cement bags from a MSF truck, help to build a tent, revive a computer, install two new printers in the OCHA office, pointing a C band VSAT in the WFP logistics base, visit the Red Cross guest house to see if everyone is connected, wash clothes in the bathtub, shower, eat dinner and at 21:00 go to bed (remember that I am Spanish, and usually at 21:00 we are starting to think what to have for dinner). Continue reading

Using ICT to overcome the challenge of clean water

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Editor’s note: Today we feature a guest post from Ken Durand, the Head of Innovation at Ericsson’s Atlanta Idea Factory:

In today’s world, we often take for granted having clean water and basic sanitation. However, one of every six people on planet Earth do not have daily access to clean drinking water, and one in every three people do not have the water required for basic sanitation needs. Each year, this lack of clean water (and the diseases this situation creates) is responsible for more deaths than all global wars. Continue reading