The fifth annual Social Good Summit – a unique convening of world leaders, new media and technology experts, grassroots activists, and voices from around the world will convene next month to help create a better world by 2030. The Social Good Summit 2014 will take place to coincide with United Nations Week on September 21 and 22 at 92nd Street Y in New York City. The theme of this year’s Summit – Connecting for Good, Connecting for All – will explore how technology and new media can be leveraged to benefit people everywhere and impact social good initiatives, as well as helping to create a better world by the year 2030.
The Social Good Summit is a platform for an open and global conversation on issues that are important to people in achieving the future we all want. Our ‘connected generation’ will come together at the Summit – face-to-face and virtually through the use of new and social media – and people will also take part in local meetup events around the world (which happen in parallel to the Social Good Summit) – all connecting, disucssing and sharing ideas and innovative solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. In so doing, the Summit also hopes to raise awareness for these global issues, and to transform awareness to action for social good.
Among the high level speakers at the event who will share their visions for the future, will be Helen Clark (UNDP’s Administrator), Kumi Naidoo (Executive Director of Greenpeace), Kathy Calvin (CEO of the United Nations Foundation), Professor Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Laureate and Founder of the Grameen Bank) and Pete Cashmore (Founder and CEO of Mashable).
The 2014 Social Good Summit is presented by Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Largest Gathering of Global Citizens During UN Week
Each September, world leaders come together at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss global issues and how to tackle them. The Social Good Summit was created to expand these conversations to include innovators, activists, and entrepreneurs around the world — acknowledging that the voices and ideas of concerned global citizens, connected by social media and technology, can be a powerful force for change.
Last year, the Social Good Summit was translated in seven different languages and people in more than 60 countries joined in by organizing in-person or online meetings in their own communities and connecting back to the Summit in New York City through video and social media on MeetUp.com. With the reach of the UN Development Programme’s country offices, citizens from countries as far-flung as Albania, El Salvador, South Sudan Lebanon, Zimbabwe and more joined the Social Good Summit to share their innovative ideas for the future of our world.
Join the +SocialGood community and take action to create the future we want
This year, the Summit plans to expand the conversation to even more countries, relying in part on the +SocialGood platform. The +SocialGood platform uses new technology to give people around the world a venue to share ideas and plans for changing the world. The +SocialGood community has grown to nearly 30,000 people online, and this year it will be integrated with the program in New York. Join the +SocialGood community and be part of this important global event.