This year the third annual Social Good Summit will unite a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve the greatest challenges facing the world today. In its first ever ‘Global Conversation’ which will feature a series of live-streamed discussions with key leaders and thousands of citizens of all regions — scheduled to take place on Monday, 24 September in Beijing, Nairobi and New York with real time debate on social media – the Social Good Summit 2012 promises to be an historic global event.
“With social media comes the promise and responsibility of social good. As a bottom up medium, social media empowers people to share and act together on the issues that matter most to their communities,” said Pete Cashmore, CEO & Founder of Mashable, one of the Summit’s key organizers since 2010, along with 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation .
New partners for this year’s Social Good Summit’s are the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ericsson, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Summit’s Global Conversation will be made possible using UNDP’s network of over 160 offices worldwide, Ericsson’s global telecom infrastructure, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s worldwide network and Mashable’s online events platform, the Meetups Everywhere community.
“New technology allows us to share ideas and information in ways which were unthinkable just a few short years ago,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “The Social Good Summit enables a global conversation on how to create a better world, providing a unique opportunity to discuss how to eradicate extreme poverty.”
“Each of us realizes that there are more than enough development challenges to address,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. “By participating in this year’s Social Good Summit, you are joining a movement of people whose commitment to a better world grows stronger by the minute.”
Some of speakers lined up for this year’s Summit include:
- Pete Cashmore, CEO & Founder, Mashable
- Forest Whitaker, Artist & UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
- Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
- Kathy Calvin, CEO, United Nations Foundation
- Ramy Raoof, Egyptian Blogger & Human Rights Defender, Egyptian Blog for Human Rights
- Deepak Chopra, NY Times bestselling Author and Founder, The Chopra Foundation
- Larry Irving, Co-Founder, Mobile Alliance for Global Good
- David Kobia, Director of Technology Development, Ushahidi
- TMS “Teddy” Ruge, Co-Founder, Project Diaspora
- Fabien Cousteau, Ocean Producer, Founder & Executive Director, Plant-A-Fish
- Sylvia Earle, Explorer-In-Residence, National Geographic
- Jeffrey D Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University & Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon
Above: Video from last year’s Social Good Summit
How you can participate in the Social Good Summit 2012
Using Meetup Everywhere, you can organize or attend a Mashable Meetup in your own hometown or anywhere in the world. Mashable Meetups have already been created in Cape Town, Cairo, Nairobi, Accra, Johannesburg, Lagos, Durban and Windhoek and its possible to start your own community. Watch this video on how to organise a Mashable Meetup.
The Social Good Summit wants to create one of the biggest and most powerful global conversations the world has ever seen – to connect with people around the biggest challenges facing our planet. So sign up for a Meetup now and get engaged, express your thoughts and help to improve your local community and in turn, the world around you.
Using #SGSGlobal, Twitter and Facebook, anyone, anywhere can contribute their own stories and suggestions. The Social Good Summit plans to collect and bring together all local discussions and ideas at the end of the year in the form of “worldwide paper” – a crowdsourced global action plan that highlights the opportunities and challenges we all face.