March 10, 2009

Intel’s chairman on corporate social responsibility

JD LasicaThe highlight of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for me was the sitdown that the Intel Insiders had with Intel chairman and former CEO Craig Barrett. (Disclosure: I’m a member of the Intel Insiders.)

At CES the next day, Barrett gave a keynote in which he announced a wide-ranging new initiative by Intel to support the philanthropic micro-lending efforts of Kiva.org and the nonprofit charity Save the Children all across the globe.

In the wake of the global financial crisis, Intel has been steadily reaching out across the U.S. border to advance education and literacy around the world. Barrett mentions the Intel Teach program to put technology in the classroom, which is especially popular overseas. He also discusses the larger role that technology companies — Intel, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM (and Google, though he doesn’t name them) — are playing in the evolving field of corporate social responsibility.

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January 18, 2009

Dell features Socialmedia.biz

I've been following the social media work of Bob Pearson, VP of communities and conversations for Dell, for some time (he's @bobpdell on Twitter).

So it came as a surprise when a friend IM'd to say, Hey, did you know Dell is promoting your blog? Well, no. But a look at their lead 58-second introductory video on Facebook about Dell's efforts with social media has Pearson showing off a blog about social media — this one.

Thanks, Bob! I've been aware of Dell's efforts to make social media more accessible to regular folks through its written guides and video screencasts, and I hope to highlight those in a new social media learning center I'm starting to put together.

You can join the Facebook group Social Media for Small Business, powered by Dell, here.