Social Good Summit: Inspiring for all ages
Inspiration comes in very different forms: your mentor, your idol, your hero, a message, a blog, a video, a story, and much more. This weekend I attended the Social Good Summit, in the shadow of the UN General Assembly meeting and the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. It was three days of inspiration in the form of new media and technology for social good with live streaming from Beijing, Mogadishu, and Nairobi, just to name a few cities. The Social Good Summit had the ability to shine a light on all the amazing work that’s being accomplished using new forms of communication and technology to spread the message of social good as well as improve the lives and well-being of many people throughout the globe.
Celebrities, Ambassadors, Executive Directors, CEOs, and other leaders around the world came together for one goal: social good. Highlights from the weekend included learning how to make a chimpanzee call with Jane Goodall; watching 8-year-old JD, a Youtube sensation, play a cover of a song by OneRepublic; a teenage girl named Adora Svitak blowing my mind with her concise and accurate description of how Millennials are an untapped resource; World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s speech about ending poverty and boosting prosperity throughout the world; and many more.
We heard about new campaigns to donate money for all different sorts of causes, African singer Angelique Kidjo sang a beautiful song, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah expressed his continued passion for reducing child mortality, and overall I’m exhausted, motivated, excited, and overwhelmed. The summit was a three-day jumble of information, broken into 15-minute segments with little to no breaks, filled with passionate speakers and amazing sound bites. It’s hard to know where to go from here, it’s impossible to think about going back to work instead of getting on a plane to save the world.
After taking some time to digest, I discerned some main themes that were prevalent throughout the summit:
- Social media is a tool, not the solution; people are the agents of change.
- The global community needs to invest in women and girls and include men in the conversation.
- The conversation about social good needs to continue long after the summit ends.
Other basic ideas that ran throughout much of the conference include: Continue to make a difference, ask questions, have an impact, and use the great technology we have at our disposal. Amazing advancements are continuously being created to help those in the most marginalized and voiceless societies. Give a voice to the voiceless.
I look forward to seeing where the conversation goes and what outcomes we can hope to see from this inspirational summit.
The Social Good Summit was put together by Mashable, 92Y, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ericsson, and UNDP. For more information, follow #SGSGlobal on Twitter or visit the website http://mashable.com/sgs/.