Intel Creates ’Inspire’ Community to Raise Awareness of Education Worldwide
New Web Site Fosters Sharing of Experiences, Involvement in Education
o raise awareness and support for improving education around the world, Intel Corporation launched the Inspire Community today.
Designed to engage people in discussions about education on a global, national and local level, the community encourages people to share experiences and offers opportunities for involvement in educational programs. The community highlights the elements of education, learning and mentorship that people find inspirational, focusing on personal stories to motivate people to act to improve education.
“This community will engage a diverse group of people who truly care about education and want to exchange ideas that inspire the next generation of innovators,” said Shelly Esque, Intel’s director of Global Corporate Citizenship. “The future of our increasingly connected world depends on our ability to innovate and deliver the next breakthrough in medicine, business, renewable energy, mobility and entertainment. Clearly, education is very important to us.”
A key component of the community is a Web site that establishes a forum where open conversations among people who care about education can take place. The Inspire Community is located at www.inspiredbyeducation.com. Additionally, the community has a presence on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Intel-Inspire/32855637280 and Twitter: www.twitter.com/intelinspire.
The community site includes a series of videos featuring people sharing their stories about education and the people, places and moments that changed their lives. Among these individuals are familiar faces from such arenas as entertainment, journalism and education advocacy. Intel invites users to post their own videos of inspirational stories.
“One of the most inspiring things to see is how hungry kids around the world are to get an education,” said Lisa Ling, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” correspondent. “It’s something that we so frequently take for granted. Their desire and hunger is something I’ll never forget.”
Sir Ken Robinson, author and creativity expert, said in his vignette, “I believe it’s important that we don’t just recognize our own talents, but we acknowledge the role other people have in helping us discover them for ourselves. My dad taught me that it was important to have the courage to be yourself no matter what.”
“There are no kids that shouldn’t have someone saying to them, like my teacher said to me, ’I believe in you,’” said Giselle Fernandez, Emmy Award-winning television journalist. “Inspiration, belief in yourself, someone believing in you – it all makes the biggest difference.”
The Inspire Community site also features an online bulletin board where people can express their opinions and thoughts on education. The site also provides the opportunity for visitors to learn about innovative programs, organizations and activities focused on quality education.
Intel believes volunteers play critical roles in educational programs. In fact, the company made a commitment to honor its 40th anniversary this year by volunteering 1 million hours. By making time to help provide quality education experiences, individuals have the power to help young people learn and grow. To support this effort, the site lists opportunities to get directly involved in educational programs to inspire the next generation of innovators.
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