UN on Smart Inclusion

UN on Smart Inclusion

Twelve years ago to the exact day tomorrow, I was invited to attend and speak at the UN 2006 IDPD (International Day of People with Disabilities). The theme of that year was E-Accessibility. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General at the time, said in a statement, “ Access to...
Diversity Drives Disruptive Innovation

Diversity Drives Disruptive Innovation

G3ict made an announcement today regarding FrancesWestCo’s collaboration with World Enabled and AT&T on the Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities project. Together, we will work to ensure each smart city strategy embraces diversity and inclusion in their urban...
Priceless Reward 无价之宝

Priceless Reward 无价之宝

In 2004 I went to China as the newly appointed IBM Accessibility Center Director. At the time, the word “accessibility” had no Chinese translation. I, with the help of the IBM Research Director, worked on the Chinese translation myself. My goal was to start...
Values Matter 以德在先

Values Matter 以德在先

“Uber Fail” is the title of June 26th’s Time magazine cover article. In it author Katy Steinmetz and Matt Vella described the catastrophic fall of Uber, “the world’s most valuable startup” and commented that “future startups are going to make decisions that will...
THINK Thanks 知恩圖報

THINK Thanks 知恩圖報

Right about this time a year ago, I was on my way to IBM Headquarters in Armonk for a meeting. It was a routine drive from Boston which I had done hundreds of times over the past 30+ years. That day was a beautiful Spring day with trees just budding along Interstate...
A UN Related Reflection 饮水思源

A UN Related Reflection 饮水思源

Last Friday, December 2nd, The United Nations celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  I was very honored to be there and felt strong gratitude both professionally and personally, as I have...