A new preliminary report (PDF, 18 pages) on the situation facing Syrian refugee students and scholars, based on fieldwork in Jordan, finds that displaced students are deterred from entering Jordanian universities by higher tuition, fees, and living costs that put the country’s universities “out of reach for all but a small elite of Syrian refugee students,” as well as by a lack of official travel documents or academic transcripts. Syrian academics also find few opportunities in Jordan’s universities. Recommendations outlined in the report include the mobilization of international donors in support of a consortium of Jordanian universities committed to educating Syrian students, the development of a program to support Syrian students continuing their studies in other Arab countries, and the creation of short-term research fellowships for scholars in Jordan and the greater region...
España se alza como el único de los cinco países del euro en el que crecieron las exportaciones en el primer trimestre. Un dato que se ha logrado gracias a un aumento de más de un 40% de las ventas fuera de la Unión Europea.
There are few constants in entrepreneurship—perhaps none. That is why when
something appears to be even semi-stable across meaningful periods, it is
usually worth further investigation.
This short paper investigates just such an apparent constant. Specifically, it is
often claimed that there only are fifteen to twenty information technology
companies created per year in the United States that turn out to “matter,” where
matter is defined as the company (relatively) promptly going from founding to
$100 million in revenues. Further, and of real consequence to cities and regional
economies, is that most such companies founded in any given year are thought
to be in California. This paper tries to find out if the preceding is true.
For our purposes,
companies that matter must meet (at least) the following three criteria:
- They must be scalable. They must, in other words, be able to grow to at
least $100 million in revenues, and ideally, much larger.
- They must be disproportionate creators of jobs. They must be able to
generate jobs quickly and broadly, even if they may not generate jobs in
line with their revenue growth.
- They must be disproportionate creators of wealth. Both directly,
through profits, salaries, and profit-sharing, and indirectly, through equity,
options, and perhaps a public listing, they must put wealth back in the
hands of the company’s ecosystem.
“A public/private initiative to support social enterprises”
The European Investment Fund (EIF), with the collaboration of private sector investors, has launched the Social Impact Accelerator (SIA), the first pan-European public-private partnership for social impact investing.
SIA is a pilot initiative which addresses the growing need for availability of equity finance to support social enterprises, a segment of the business world which is becoming increasingly instrumental in promoting social inclusion, providing alternative sources of employment for marginalised social groups and contributing to growth...
Numerous studies have found
a high correlation between economic growth and a wide variety of social
indicators, yet there is growing awareness that economic measures alone do not
fully capture social progress.
The first major effort of the Social Progress Imperative is the Social
Progress Index, launched April 11, 2013 at the Skoll World Forum in
Oxford, UK.The Social Progress Index is a tool that we hope will be
widely used to inform and influence policies and institutions around the
world. The Index is founded on the principle that what we measure
guides the choices we make. By measuring the things that really matter
to people — their basic needs, their food, shelter and security; their
access to healthcare, education, and a healthy environment; their
opportunity to improve their live — the Social Progress Index is an
attempt to reshape the debate about development.
Palo Alto, CA · benetech.org - Benetech CEO to Receive Highest Honor in Blindness. Field Prestigious "Migel Medal" Awarded by American Foundation for the Blind (AFB); Recognizes Exceptional Career-Long Accomplishments
DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is a technical standard for digital audio books, periodicals and computerized text. DAISY is designed to be a complete audio substitute for print material and is specifically designed for use by people with "print disabilities," including blindness, impaired vision, and dyslexia.
..., the format has advanced features in addition to those of a traditional audio book. Users can search, place bookmarks, precisely navigate line by line, and regulate the speaking speed without distortion. DAISY also provides aurally accessible tables, references and additional information.As a result, DAISY allows visually impaired listeners to navigate something as complex as an encyclopedia or textbook, otherwise impossible using conventional audio recordings.
The DAISY Consortium was founded in 1996...
DAISY books can be heard on standalone DAISY players, computers using DAISY playback software,mobile phones...
Software-based players include, in alphabetical order:
AMIS - Adaptive Multimedia Information System: an open-source self-voicing player for Windows that works with several screen readers; available many languages; developed by the DAISY Consortium
Android Daisy ePub Reader: an opensource project for the Android platform
(Several for Mac OS and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch))