Citizens worldwide take on digital solutions to tackle global challenges

Aug 9, 2012

New York  — Thousands of innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will debate solutions to global challenges at the Social Good Summit 22-24 September — an in-person and online gathering to discuss the power of digital media and technology to change our world.  

This year the Social Good Summit will hold its first ever ‘Global Conversation’ — a historic worldwide event with 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.  

“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 .

This year, the Social Good Summit’s new partners 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.

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark who will be participating in the summit.  Other Speakers include:

  • Forest Whitaker, Artist & UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
  • Nicholas Kristof, NY Times columnist & Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO, Mashable
  • Todd Park, United States Chief Technology Officer
  • Ramy Raoof, Egyptian blogger and activist
  • Deepak Chopra, NY Times bestselling Author and Founder, The Chopra Foundation

“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.”

By using social media and technology, the Social Good Summit has become the go-to place for conversations during the high level segments of the UN General Assembly session. The Summit’s debates range from how to use mobile phone technology for development to women leading the digital world and social movements for global health.

Using #SGSGlobal, Twitter and Facebook, anyone, anywhere can contribute their own stories and suggestions. The ideas collected on this historic day will be shared globally, laying the groundwork for ongoing dialogue throughout the coming year.

“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.”

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