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.