Social Good Summit partners launch +SocialGood to connect global communities around technology and social media for social change

27 May 2013

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Social Good Summit partners today launched +SocialGood, a new approach to global engagement that connects innovators around a shared vision: the power of technology and new media to make the world a better place.

Both an online hub and a toolkit for planning year-round events, +SocialGood invites community members around the globe to connect with each other and discuss how technology and social media can positively impact the issues they care about.

This flexible, user-driven platform allows anyone anywhere to collaborate, share best practices, influence local and global agendas, and find new ways to translate their vision into action. +SocialGood was developed and launched by a group of the Social Good Summit partners: Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, the UN Development Programme, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Today, the partners announced the Case Foundation’s support of the +SocialGood initiative, and welcomed its global vision and strategic support.  

+SocialGood was launched at the 2013 Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur to highlight the importance of bringing together voices from around the world to solve common challenges such as improving health and expanding economic opportunities for women.  

Through a dynamic mix of online conversations and face-to-face events, +SocialGood will support the global community of innovators, social entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. Community members can use +SocialGood resources to host events ranging from Meetups in local communities to digital conversations connected with major events such as the World Economic Forum, SXSW, Women Deliver, or the G8.

+SocialGood’s creation was inspired by the Social Good Summit, a unique, three-day conference held annually during United Nations General Assembly Week to open the dialogues taking place around the UN General Assembly to citizens worldwide. As part of last year’s Summit, people gathered in nearly 300 cities and 150 countries to discuss how to make progress on local and global challenges.

As part of the launch +SocialGood unveiled a new website to serve as a hub, harnessing social media networks as channels for dialogue and empowering members of the community to host +SocialGood-themed events that can feed back into the online conversation.

Leading members of the +SocialGood community have already planned a number of events. The ever-growing +SocialGood calendar includes:

G-Everyone: +SocialGood on the G8 - A 24-hour digital convening that will unite local groups around the world to discuss the pressing issues addressed at the G8 Summit.

Global Nutrition +SocialGood: A Google+ Hangout about nutrition, global health and global development on June 3 (the first day of USAID’s Nutrition Week), featuring 1,000 Days and GAIN’s Future Fortified campaign.

Young Genius + Innovation Challenge  +Social Good: Hosted by the Conrad Foundation highlighting students who “design with meaning” and create innovative solutions to social problems.

FHI 360 +Social Good: Thought leadership event giving a 360-degree perspective on connecting the world globally.

Devex +SocialGood: A convening for Barcelona's aid and NGO workers, consultants, techies, and others who want to do good to discuss how the development landscape is changing in the face of decreased funding, and how the Barcelona development community can find new funding solutions.

Digital Diplomacy +SocialGood: The Digital Diplomats, an alliance of digital media strategists from over 100 Embassies gather for a discussion around the role of digital media in taking diplomacy into the 21 century.

Fitness +SocialGood: An afternoon of inspiring presentations exploring the different ways that people use fitness to promote social good, hosted by Charity Miles.

Open Source K12 Education Hackathon +SocialGood: EDesign Lab, New Visions for Public Schools, CodeMontage, Developers for Good, and You (developer, creative technologist, educator) come together to address compelling K12 learning needs with technology.

Diaspora +SocialGood: The U.S. State Department and The International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) create a series of gatherings that explores the power of diaspora leaders to collaborate on solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

Youth+GlobalProsperity +SocialGood: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) brings a conversation on International Youth Day to the world on how engaging youth is the essential ingredient to Global Prosperity.

DC+Youth +SocialGood: Vanguard Communications will host a SocialGood Hack to find out. D.C. youth will be invited to participate in a 24-hour intense brainstorming and creation event to identify their biggest challenges, along with citywide solutions that we can explore collectively.

Quotes from key principals:

“+SocialGood empowers people everywhere to start a global conversation, take action, and create change. This movement isn’t about one organization, one voice or one timeline; this is a way to leverage technology and our voices to shape the world in which we want to live.”
-  Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation

"+SocialGood is the latest step in the evolution of Social Good. +SocialGood is a place where people can come together around local and global issues, start a conversation, and continue that conversation digitally through modern media and technology."
-  Stacy Martinet, Chief Marketing Officer, Mashable

“Our experience with the Social Good Summit has revealed the profound connections between local and international communities, issues, and solutions. With +SocialGood the global community of citizens will harness the power of digital to build connections and support for the ideas and projects that can have the most impact in their own localities and around the world.”  
-   Henry Timms, Deputy Executive Director, 92nd Street Y

 “+SocialGood provides a space to hold these truly global conversations. The platform will highlight concerns; facilitate discussions regarding the economy, environment, poverty, education, women’s rights, and global health with like-minded individuals, NGOs, world leaders and private sector partners.”
-  Sigrid Kaag, UNDP Assistant Secretary General Bureau For External Relations and Advocacy


The 2013 Social Good Summit will take place from 22-24 September.

For more information on +SocialGood please visit http://www.plussocialgood.org/.


Contact Information

Boaz Paldi, UNDP (New York)
boaz.paldi@undp.org
+1 212-991-8910