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Gifting and Giving Made Easy With AmazonSmile: Support Connected Nation
By Rachel O'Morrow
It’s the holiday season and Christmas is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get started shopping for gifts. Shopping on Amazon is a simple and convenient way to purchase gifts for your family and friends without leaving the comfort of your home.Make an impact during this season of giving by purchasing your Amazon orders with AmazonSmile. It’s a simple way to support Connected Nation with each purchase—at no additional cost to you.   To shop using AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device, sign in with your Amazon account information, and select Connected Nation from the drop-down charity menu. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.   Thanks for your support to Connected Nation, and get started on that holiday shopping!
It’s Time to Buck Tradition: How Digital Works Can Revitalize Communities
By Jessica Denson
The traditional 9-to-5 job still exists, but it’s becoming less and less common. According to recent research from economists from Harvard and Princeton, 94% of net job growth in the United States over the last decade has been from “alternative work.” The only problem—few groups are training people for it. “Ninety percent of jobs created since 2010 are nontraditional jobs. These are freelance or what they call gig-type positions. Many are online and require specific skill sets that companies need,” said Stu Johnson, Vice President of Digital Works (pictured right). “But yet our educational and workforce systems are not agile and adaptive enough to train people for the needs that are specific to today’s job market. Digital Works fills that role. Historically, we invested in education that we could amortize over the length of a lifetime career. The workforce of today requires a lifetime of learning, realizing that the career you have today...
A Technology Action Plan for South Carolina’s Promise Zone
By Jessica Denson
The Lowcountry Promise Zone Broadband Team has plotted a path that can bring high-speed internet access, adoption, and use to more families, businesses, and communities in the six-county region.  “This team spent months completing a comprehensive community assessment to identify ways to improve access to broadband and other technologies,” said Jim Stritzinger, Director of Connect South Carolina, a local subsidiary of Connected Nation (pictured right with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn). “The Technology Action Plan we developed from that work is a blueprint for how to improve the quality of life for all and how to restart the economic engine of the Promise Zone.” “With an estimated poverty rate of about 28%, and an unemployment rate of just under 15%, there is no question that the Lowcountry Promise Zone deserves sustained, visionary, and focused leadership,” said Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Federal Communications Commission, who attended a...
Are You Tough Enough to Weather the Storm?
By Jessica Denson
Nonprofit work can be tough. From finding funding to making sure the world understands why your mission matters—it can mean long hours, getting told ‘no’ a lot, and making tough decisions. But, recently, Connected Nation’s staff got a reminder of why toughing it out is worth it from Tori Murden McClure—arguably one of the toughest people in the world. “It’s nice to be in front of a group of people who are working hard trying to change things and make people’s lives better,” said McClure (pictured right), who spoke to CN’s staff and Board of Directors in November. She understands what it takes to achieve difficult goals. McClure was the first woman and first American to ski to the geographic South Pole, and she was the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean, but only after failing in her first attempt. “I was working for Muhammad Ali and he told me ‘you don’t want to go through life being the one who...