Pluralsight One + The Refugee Crisis: Building a Solution Together
Feb 23, 2018
Last fall, at our first user conference, I was thrilled to announce our new social impact entity, Pluralsight One. The purpose of Pluralsight One is to use a portion of our product, expertise, time and equity to fulfill our mission of democratizing technology skills, with a special focus on underserved and marginalized communities. Through our efforts, we can magnify the impact of the social sector and connect the individuals and communities they serve with high quality technology education.
Pluralsight One is working to create a product offering for nonprofit organizations around the world. Over the last several months, we’ve conducted needs assessments from more than 20 of the world’s largest NGOs, dozens of social enterprises, and surveyed hundreds of nonprofit leaders. We’ve been testing our findings with a diverse group of organizations, including , UNICEF and MercyCorps, Annie Cannons and many more. Among the many vulnerable populations we are reaching through this discovery process, the needs of refugees and displaced persons stand out because they are particularly complex and the population is particularly large.
Let me give you a little background. Because of the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Syria, millions of children, teenagers and young adults have been forced to flee for their safety, leaving behind loved ones, homes and jobs. Many have lost access to consistent education and dignified employment, creating a bleak future for an entire generation of displaced youth. And while this group is now highly vulnerable, they are also highly capable — and they need access to opportunity and resources. We are committed to collaborating with humanitarian organizations and these conflict-affected youth to explore how Pluralsight’s product and expertise can be a part of this solution.
So we’ve partnered with the NLG Tech Task Force to engage some of their members such as UNICEF and MercyCorps to evaluate Pluralsight as an education and tech skills development tool that, together with a suite of other resources, can create pathways to economic opportunities and sustainable livelihoods. We’ve sent Lindsey Kneuven, Pluralsight’s Head of Social Impact, to the region this week to meet with leaders, humanitarian organizations and youth to further learn about the needs and complexities so that, together, we can build solutions that are relevant and meaningful.
This is much more than a site visit. Our goal for this trip to the Middle East is to get feedback from both the humanitarian workers and the impacted young people, so that we lay the foundation for continuous innovation and problem-solving.
And, we want Lindsey to share her experience with the larger Pluralsight community, to help us build empathy and awareness, so together we can collaborate on many more initiatives that will drive lasting change for vulnerable and underserved communities.
I’m excited about this new opportunity for Pluralsight to make a real difference in the lives of so many — a difference we hope will go well beyond this generation of refugees and empower many more to use technology skills to create a better future for us all.
Pluralsight is the leading technology workforce development company that helps companies and teams build better products by developing critical skills, improving processes and gaining insights through data, and providing strategic skills consulting. Trusted by forward-thinking companies of every size in every industry, Pluralsight helps individuals and businesses transform with technology. Pluralsight Skills helps enterprises build technology skills at scale with expert-authored courses on today’s most important technologies, including cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, and security, among others. Skills also includes tools to align skill development with business objectives, virtual instructor-led training, hands-on labs, skill assessments and one-of-a-kind analytics. Flow complements Skills by providing engineering teams with actionable data and visibility into workflow patterns to accelerate the delivery of products and services. For more information about Pluralsight, visit pluralsight.com.