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BSA Goes A-Volunteering

Every year, BSA hosts a Global Day of Service, where we encourage our team members around the world to give back to their communities. This year, seven BSA offices participated, and I’ve enjoyed seeing all of their creative volunteer activities.

Every year, BSA hosts a Global Day of Service, where we encourage our team members around the world to give back to their communities. This year, seven BSA offices participated, and I’ve enjoyed seeing all of their creative volunteer activities.

BSA headquarters in Washington, DC spent the morning helping the National Park Service pick up trash around the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.

DC Global Day of Service

DC Global Day of Service

The Brazil team volunteered at Unibes, an institution that helps the elderly living in situations of social vulnerability. They spent the day painting, crafting accessories, playing games, and singing in the choir, as well as helping with donations.

Brazil 2018 Day of Service

Our team in Japan decided to volunteer at Setagaya Kashinokikai, a vocational aid center that hires people with disabilities and teaches them how to make, package, and sell baked goods. BSA helped them by making cookies and assorted dried fruits, and selling the products at a nearby office building. Tomoko Naoe, our Japan Country Manager, said it was a great opportunity to learn more about how disabled people find ways to communicate. Plus, the cookies were delicious!

Japan 2018 Day of Service

Japan 2018 Day of Service

BSA’s China office spent their day picking up cigarette butts and plastic bottles around Qing Feng Park, a beautiful, peaceful area in Xi’an.

China 2018 Day of Service

Angel Wu, our Country Manager in Taiwan, gave her time to the Taipei Parents’ Association for the Visually Impaired. She scanned books into their e-book platform, which helps visually impaired kids gain more access to literature.

Taiwan 2018 Day of Service

The Korea team spent the day at their public library helping people borrow and return books, assisting with office tasks, and cleaning up.

Korea 2018 Day of Service

Lastly, our coworkers in Singapore helped clean up the Gardens by the Bay, one of Asia’s foremost garden destinations, for the second year in a row.

Singapore 2018 Day of Service

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Victoria Espinel

Author:

Victoria Espinel is a respected authority on the intersection of technology innovation, global markets and public policy. She leads strategic efforts that help shape the technology landscape in 60 countries through work in BSA’s 10 global offices.

Espinel also serves as the President of Software.org: the BSA Foundation. Software.org is an independent and nonpartisan international research organization created to help policymakers and the broader public better understand the impact that software has on our lives, our economy, and our society.

Espinel served for a decade in the White House, for both Republican and Democratic Administrations as President Obama’s advisor on intellectual property and, before that, as the first ever chief US trade negotiator for intellectual property and innovation at USTR. She was also a professor of international trade and intellectual property at the George Mason School of Law.

Espinel is a founding and ongoing co-sponsor of Girls Who Code’s Washington, DC, summer immersion program, which empowers young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. She speaks before audiences around the world to build visibility for the amazing things people can do with software, and encourages businesses, governments, and the public to support a policy environment that will enable even more software breakthroughs.

Espinel chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Digital Economy and Society. She was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), the principal advisory group for the US government on international trade. She holds an LLM from the London School of Economics, a JD from Georgetown University Law School, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Follow her on Twitter: @victoriaespinel.

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