Hacking the Diversity Gap, with Kristen Womack, Hack the Gap

Hack the Gap is a weekend event where women come together to build a project as a team. Kristen Womack is a bona fide techy. She worked as a product manager for some well-known tech companies. She runs Night Sky Web Co. And she has been involved in the local tech scene from Geekettes to Mpls MadWomen. And yet, as she attended hackathons, she couldn’t help but notice the lack of women. “When I went to the bathroom, there was no line,” she told me. The diversity gap in tech has been widely reported. The problem starts early in life. In a recent survey, only 0.4% of teenage girls plan…

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No Poverty, Sustainable Development Goal 1

Sustainable Development Goal 1 is to end poverty in all its forms, everywhere. Disrupt Poverty from Tony Loyd on Vimeo. On the podcast Social Entrepreneur, you meet changemakers who are ending poverty in all its forms, everywhere. These social entrepreneurs are facing difficult circumstances. And yet, they’re having a massive impact. In January, we will be highlighting some of these changemakers. To set the context, here are a few facts about poverty: The international poverty line is defined at $1.90 or less per person per day. Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia account for about 80% of the extremely poor. Poverty is relative to one’s context. Because the cost of living…

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Sustainable Development Goals Stories

Which Sustainable Development Goals stir your heart? These social entrepreneurs are making an impact. Do you remember the year 2000? Anything seemed possible as we started a new millennium. The dot-com bubble was still rising. Prince won Artist of the Decade at the Soul Train Music Awards. Tiger Woods became the first golfer since Ben Hogan to win three majors in a calendar year. In that heady climate, the largest gathering of world leaders in history took place. At this meeting, they agreed to a set of Millennium Development Goals, committing their nations to reduce extreme poverty. They set a deadline of 2015. It was a grand experiment. Of course we know that the economy did not…

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