The previously untold story of how an unprecedented network of high-achieving women from the world's largest companies, innovative startups, philanthropic organizations, government, and the arts combined forces to change the lives of girls and women everywhere.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's $100 million NFL contract demonstrates the concept of variable compensation, a model where an employee receives a low base and dramatically higher performance bonuses, and how risk-sharing can be applied to encourage more hiring by employers at a time when job creation is arguably our biggest economic challenge.
In America's rural areas, the internet barely exists as you and I know it: People can't get broadband in their house; they use dial-up modems at home; and the only place they can hope to watch a YouTube video is the local library.
The Obama administration has dedicated $7.2 billion in stimulus money to fix the problem. And today brings a rash of tools to publicize it, including the first-ever National Broadband Map, created with the help of Stamen, a 2011 Most Innovative Company, which shows just how widespread (or not) high-speed access is across the U.S.
Here's a company whose business enables migrants to send money back home just about anywhere in the world--385,000 locations in 200 countries and territories (up from 120,000 locations in 100 countries just 5 years ago), while the company's philanthropic foundation helps migrants and their families to get an education, get jobs, and build small businesses.
I ask Xiao Ye, an Africa statistical researcher for the World Bank, whether a clear chart or table exists laying out the full extent of China's economic involvement in Africa. "I don't know anyone who has done such a thing," he responds. "As far as I know, China no longer releases [its] foreign direct investment to Africa country by country." Or as Lucy Corkin, the China-Africa think-tank expert, explains, "You've got Africa, the big black hole of data, and China, the big black hole of data -- put the two of them together and it's a disaster."
When my plane smacks down in Equatorial Guinea -- where if the captain misses the runway, you could end up in Cameroon -- I become the first American journalist to visit this pint-sized republic (population: 550,000) in nearly three years. That was when Equatoguinean officials forced two American reporters to leave after they'd spent just a few days in Malabo, the capital, asking questions. One of them, Peter Maass, was booted for "spying" simply for walking down a street chatting with a European ambassador.
A simple stroll down the streets of Kinshasa reveals how precarious life has become in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This city of ugly half-finished buildings radiates both the optimism and the paranoia of a gold-rush town. Government banners strung across main avenues urge the citizens to stay cool: no more violence, no more hatred, no more manipulation and change your mentality.