Lily Cole on politics, philanthropy and whether literacy is a feminist issue

Cole attends Project Literacy Lab London event

Lily Cole keynote during Project Literacy Lab

What connects cheap solar lighting, machine learning and an African children’s cartoon series? The perhaps surprising answer is that each is a potential solution in helping end the global illiteracy crisis. Earlier this month Pearson hosted the Project Literacy Lab Summit, a three-day event as part of a partnership with the Unreasonable Group to accelerate high-growth businesses dedicated to close the global literacy gap by 2030.

Ten ventures that are doing groundbreaking work in the space gathered in London to showcase their innovative solutions and to be coached by Pearson employees. They then presented their solutions in a ‘TED-style’ event where they shared the stage with actress, entrepreneur and Project Literacy ambassador Lily Cole. Watch Lily’s interview here and learn more about Project Literacy Lab and why literacy is a feminist issue.

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Last year, the inaugural Project Literacy Lab program brought together for-profit ventures, headquartered across 5 continents, in a private venue just outside of San Francisco. Over the course of this two week program, Pearson and the Unreasonable Group, as part of the Project Literacy campaign, aligned these entrepreneurs with the resources, mentorship, access to financing, and the global network of support needed to help them scale faster.


19 Jun 2017 - 13:28