Webinar tomorrow (June 1 at 2:00-3:00 EST)
Featuring Minnesota’s own Bernadine Joselyn from the Blandin Foundation
Topic: White House ConnectALL Initiative: Philanthropy’s Role in Increasing Digital Inclusion
Connectivity is a path to greater opportunity. In today’s world, having access to broadband and fluency with technology fuel economic growth, provides access to the better paying jobs, promotes skill development, and builds stronger and more connected communities. In March, President Obama unveiled ConnectALL, an initiative to help Americans from across the country, at every income level, get online and have the tools to take full advantage of the Internet.
Join a conference call between the Council on Foundations and the White House to learn about the ConnectALL Initiative and the role philanthropy can play to advance the importance of broadband access for millions of Americans currently without.
Our call will include representatives from the White House as well as field perspective on this issue shared by Foundations with extensive experience impacting the ability for people to access greater connectivity and leverage technology to benefit their communities.
Bernadine Joselyn, Director, Public Policy and Engagement with the Blandin Foundation, will explore the connections between both humans and the kinds of connections technology makes possible. In her experience, she will demonstrate how their Foundation’s work has assisted communities achieve high touch and high tech to ensure they thrive and adapt. Ms. Joseyln has perspectives on the hard truths of many rural Minnesotans without computer access, either because they cannot afford them, lack access, or basic digital literacy.
Tom Pittman, President and CEO of the Community Foundation Northwest Mississippi, provides over fifteen years of funding and supporting work in the digital divide experienced throughout Mississippi. Exploring what it means to be engaged in this work and where they will go from here, Mr. Pittman shares insights to how they engaged donor efforts to lead these community projects and investments.
Joining us from the White House includes R. David Edelman, who is Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Technology at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC). Over five years at the White House and prior roles as a career official in the federal government, Dr. Edelman has been at the forefront of technology policy. September Hargrove is a White House Fellow at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC). As a Fellow, September serves on the NEC Technology Policy Team, where she leads the President’s ConnectHome and ConnectALL initiatives.
Walk away from this call with a deeper understanding of the ConnectALL Initiative launched by the White House and the opportunities for philanthropy to increase digital inclusion for millions of American without.