A few months ago whilst catching up on the latest social media news I came across the “Social Good Summit” – an annual conference hosted by Mashable, 92nd Street Y, and the United Nations Foundation aimed at bringing together technologists, thought leaders and passionate activists to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place.
Since I was heading back to North America for a few months, and seeing that Ted Turner, Lance Armstrong and Doug Ulman were going to be amongst some of the notable speakers, I thought to myself, “Why not grab a couple of tickets and use this as a reason to visit New York?”.
Afterall, it’s an opportunity to connect with some amazing people and organizations involved in social good.
At first I thought it was just going to be a small event, however as the weeks rolled by more and more amazing speakers kept getting added to the lineup:
• Nany Lublin (CEO Do Something),
• Randi Zuckerberg (former CMO of Facebook/ founder R to Z Media),
• Dr. Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize Winner),
• Scott Harrison (Founder charity:water),
• Ami Dar (Founder idealist.org)
And many more social good leaders.
If that’s not impressive enough, check out the full list of speakers below (click here for details on each)
We’ll have an opportunity to ignite a live conversation with a (livestreamed) world-wide audience, connect & collaborate with leaders working in the social good space to spark important discussions, raise awareness for global challenges, along with discover and showcase new and innovative solutions to these challenges.
Leading up to the event, I feel as though the Social Good Summmit 2011 is not just bringing together community leaders, technologists, social entrepreneurs, bloggers, and innovators, but this is the first time I’m seeing such a rich and balanced group of individuals – who together, have the tools to bring tangible change.
I’m not the only one excited.
Here’s Pete Cashmore (Mashable Founder & CEO), Henry Timms (Director, 92Y), Kathy Calvin (UN Foundation CEO), Randi Zuckerberg (R to Z Media Founder) during our Social Good Summit conference call, answering the question:
“What aspects are each of you are most excited for at the upcoming #SocialGood Summit?”
Startups for Good
Along with the phenomenal list of speakers, the Social Good Summit will be hosting a “Startups for Good Challenge” – Startups who are building or using the web to make a positive impact on the world will compete for a chance to win a $10,000, and perhaps more importantly – show our leaders what digital technology is capable of.
Here’s the list of the eight finalists who will be pitching their ideas at the Social Good Summit:
• Awaaz.De: provides hosted and open source voice solutions that help organizations engage communities in any language.
• Catchafire: connects professionals who want to apply their on-the-job skills to non-profits and social enterprises that need their help.
• Kopernik: connects technology providers, seekers and investors to provide local products that reduce poverty and disease the people who need them most.
• Em[POWER]: seeks to revitalize waste scavenging communities by improving the sorting efficiency of recyclables, turning organic waste and waste water into electricity.
• Prove My Concept: online enterprise platform allowing young people to create, develop and test their business ideas.
• Sparked: convenient online volunteering for busy professionals.
• Simple Energy: combines energy industry experience, behavioral science, game mechanics and social networks to change how people save energy.
• Sun Saluter: an inexpensive solar panel rotator, designed to push solar technology to the forefront of the alternative energy in the developing world.
Unfortunately the event is sold out, however since Mashable is running the media coverage, there are plenty of ways to get involved or stay connected.
Livestream: You can watch the event coverage via Livestream. Register via the Social Good Summit website to receive your passcode.
Facebook: There will be a live even page hosted on Mashable’s Social Good fan page
As bloggers, we’ve been awarded access to the Digital Media Lounge. So from September 19th – 22nd, armed with a mic and an iPhone, I’ll be reporting live from the conference.
Feel free to send me any questions you’d like me to ask, any of the speakers or startups from the event.
TSCB: We will be live tweeting and aggregating everything via the Cover it Live section on our Facebook page.
UPDATE: The Social Good Summit began with a very candid conversation between Ted Turner and Adam Ostro started things off and was followed by amazing talks from social leaders. Also a couple social media success stories from Charity:Water and Do Something.
One Young World presented three young inspiring leaders making a scalable impact using social media. Lastly, One Laptop per Child gave us an eye-opening presentation into how they are changing children’s lives in remote villages.
It was great to see social good celebs – Mandy Moore, Lance Armstrong and Mandy Moore joining in the action and inspiring to hear from thought leaders Muhammad Yunus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Elie Wiesel.
Overall it was a successful balance of technologists, social good activists, though leaders and corporate responsibility leaders. The entire atmosphere felt like a “Digital Davos”
Special kudos to 19year old social good inventor of Sun-Saluter – Eden Full – who won the Startups for Good challenge.
Covering it Live:
Press play, for a collation of tweets from the #SocialGood Summit 2011
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