While such social innovation ventures are still being developed and tested, they are beginning to prove effective. In an article in the Huffington Post, Auren Kaplan says it best: “Business is the most powerful force on the planet, in terms of its capability to move resources, money, and people.” By harnessing the power that business, and the job opportunities aligned with business have, we can help alleviate the burden that poverty has on individuals globally. Based on these case studies and a host of research that is currently being conducting, we conclude that the key to breaking the poverty cycle isn’t just monetary, but in fact, it is an opportunity that will help people transform their lives and their communities.
FOR a company that is already the subject of intense scrutiny by antitrust authorities on both sides of the Atlantic, Google seems surprisingly willing to provoke further debate about its dominance of the online-search business. On January 10th the internet giant announced a series of changes to the way its search engine operates that have incensed rivals. The general counsel of Twitter, a micro-blogging service, went so far as to claim in a tweet that search was being “warped” by Google, whose moves represented “a bad day for the internet”.
Google says its new initiative, dubbed “Search, plus Your World”, is designed to help users get even better results from its search engine. But its critics say it should really be called “Search, plus Google+” as the changes seem primarily designed to promote the firm’s fledgling social network. One tweak will mean that people who are signed in to Google will now be able to see information gleaned from their Google+ accounts in their private search results. Another means that profiles and Google+ pages of well-known people relevant to search topics will start to appear in results pages. Users may then be able to follow them online. These new social features will initially be available to people searching in English and logged into Google.
The firm’s desire to give search a more social flavour is a response to the rise of Facebook, which is encouraging people to find information via their network of online friends. Many people expect the giant social network, which has some 800m active users compared with Google+’s 65m, to push even further into Google’s search stronghold in future. By integrating Google+ more closely with its search function, Google is shoring up its defences against such an assault.
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