By Jeannette Weisschuh, Hewlett Packard
At HP, we have a long history of supporting innovation in education. We work with teachers, governments and our partners all over the world to develop ground-breaking solutions that bring classroom and ‘beyond the classroom’ learning to those in the most need, wherever they are in the world.
We know that an educated population is the key to job creation and a prosperous society. But there are still too many people who do not have access to the education they need to lift themselves out of poverty. So, how can we help? What can we do to ensure that some of the world’s poorest people are able to create successful futures for themselves and contribute meaningfully in the 21st century?
As technology partner for the Global Poverty Project (GPP), HP is leveraging its wide portfolio of products, services and solutions, and the skills and talents of more than 330,000 employees, to help mobilize global action to end extreme poverty. Our support of GPP’s 2013 Global Citizen Festival, underpins a shared belief in the power of technology and individuals to affect social change.
Take entrepreneurship specifically. We know that through their enterprises entrepreneurs help lift communities and individuals out of poverty and help address unemployment. Yet too often they lack the IT and business skills needed to truly succeed.
With HP LIFE e-Learning virtually anyone, anywhere can learn the essential business skills needed to start their own business, create jobs and help build a more prosperous society. This free program is completely online and hosted on HP converged cloud technology. It is available in multiple languages and features are being added regularly, expanding the range of available topics and language versions.
In addition to gaining a complete business and IT skillset, HP LIFE e-learners receive valuable e-mentoring support and advice. They also become part of a global, online community of entrepreneurs sharing experiences, creating market opportunity and building partnerships. To date, we have more than 72,000 registered e-learners from over 200 countries around the world taking advantage of this unique program.
As a result of our partnership with GPP, would-be entrepreneurs and supporters of the HP LIFE e-Learning program were able to earn tickets to see their favorite artists perform at the recent Global Citizen Festival, while raising awareness of the potential global impact of even the smallest businesses.
The Festival was a free, ticketed concert which showcased top talent and celebrities including Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, and John Mayer. It was broadcast via live stream around the world to an audience of some 15 million. Supporting artists from all genres donated two tickets to every show across the globe. Socially conscious fans were able to take action to earn their admission to the shows via the innovative Global Citizen online platform and mobile application, which tracked and rewarded activists through a point-scoring system.
If you’re interested in finding out more about HP LIFE e-Learning or joining over 72,000 registered e-learners, take a look around and see how the program is helping entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality.
Jeannette Weisschuh serves as Director of Corporate Affairs Economic Progress Initiatives at HP, leading education and entrepreneurship initiatives.
Before taking her current position, she led corporate affairs for HP in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), focusing on social investments and EU-related projects. In this role, she collaborated closely with key business stakeholders on a regional and country level, and she was responsible for implementing HP’s global citizenship strategy and corporate social responsibility programs in the region.