Five Failures that Helped Bring a Quarter Of A Million Refugees Onto Refunite.org

REFUNITE, an online family reconnection platform, is a clear example of how Ericsson uses technology as a force for good. Ericsson provides REFUNITE with technical expertise and engages with mobile network operators and employees for on-the-ground support. By the end of September 2014, more than 350,000 forcibly displaced people had register on the family reconnection platform. Today in New York at the Clinton Global Initiative, chaired by President Clinton, Ericsson President & CEO Hans Vestberg will join Christopher and David Mikkelsen, co-founders of REFUNITE to talk about how failure can be essential to innovation. Here’s a sneak preview, written by Christopher and David Mikkelsen: Continue reading

Why girls matter to the ICT industry

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This Saturday I attended the UN Broadband Commission’s Working Group on Broadband and Gender in New York. You might wonder how this fits into the Ericsson strategy of growing our business in targeted and new areas. Well, to answer that question with a couple of words, I would say “competence pipeline.”
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The role of the private sector in addressing sustainable development challenges

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At Ericsson, we have been a leading voice from the private sector for many years on the power of public-private partnerships in advocating for a more sustainable future. Partnerships take many shapes but fill critical roles in driving sustainability advocacy. Continue reading

Society is the new dimension for growth

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In my previous post, I discussed the rise of the Millennial Generation as a driver for change: a change towards positive impacts and societal development. Millennials believe that corporations should create economic value for society and shareholders simultaneously. They’re more likely to purchase from a company that supports a social cause they care about because they think more highly of them. Millennials are also willing to show their leadership skills. They fully embrace the movement for redefining capitalism, initiated by leading thinkers and economists all over the world. Continue reading

High expectations for better mobile communications in Myanmar

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For the past three months I’ve been based in Yangon, Myanmar where Ericsson is working with operators to bring connectivity to the country. This assignment has been a great opportunity to meet firsthand the challenges of working in the field but above all, it has provided me with the amazing pleasure of truly understanding, and foreseeing, the potential positive impact Ericsson and the ICT industry could have on Myanmar’s society. Continue reading

TV for Good at Ericsson’s Executive Media Summit

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Ericsson’s Executive Media Summit took place this past weekend in Båstad, Sweden, in conjunction with the Swedish Open Tennis tournament. Executives from the media and broadcast industry gathered for 2 days to discuss the latest trends and industry developments, as well as business opportunities and challenges. Speakers and thought leaders included Martin Lorentzon, Co-Founder of Spotify, Robert Blair, Warner Bros, and Ralph Rivera, BBC, Peter Bale, CNN. Continue reading

Tapping into Smart Water Management

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Smartphones, smart watches, smart cars, smart grids – everything is smart nowadays, even water! Continue reading

Week of politics shows what’s possible when we talk

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Almedalen Week is one of Sweden’s most important political gatherings, a week filled with more than 3500 events and seminars. Sustainability was is one of the main focus areas for this year’s Almedalen.

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Youth and technology: a recipe for building peace in South Sudan

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Late 2012, the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) founded the Youth Peacemaker Network (YPN) project in South Sudan. At the time, the country was in great need of community-building activities – a need that I would say is even greater today.
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Millennials want Technology for Good

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Technology has helped to empower and inform a generation of millennials. As a result, they are in a unique position to help meet some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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