In my recent interview for “Charting the Future of International Service“, a monograph published by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University Michigan to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps, I discuss the role of the private sector in public service. This is a role that IBM has embraced for decades, and one that many other corporations could get involved in by doing more than simply writing checks to charity. Corporations need to roll up their sleeves and become full partners in service to carry on the great legacy of President Kennedy’s Peace Corps.
For example, IBM’s Corporate Service Corps – launched in 2008 — selects IBM’s emerging corporate leaders to work in teams solving problems in countries around the world. As a business strategy, encouraging employees to devote time to community service benefits companies because it attracts, motivates, and retains great leaders.
Download the complete “Charting the Future of International Service” monograph here.
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P-TECH is a partnership among the Department of Education, The City University of New York, the New York City College of Technology, and IBM — which provides volunteer mentors for students and faculty. The THINK! exhibit interaction is one of several learning experiences that IBM is making possible as part of the work-based curriculum the company helped create for the school.