Next month, from September 22-24, big ideas will meet new media to create innovative solutions at the three-day Social Good Summit (SGS)—you don’t want to miss it!
While many well-known names will be on the agenda for the SGS, the majority of participants will be everyday tech users – parents, gadget lovers, university students. The schedule moves quickly, a nonstop stream of on-stage conversations between those at the top of their fields, driving innovation. The Summit is translated into all five official UN languages, and Hebrew, and then broadcast, in real time, around the world. It makes for a very exciting atmosphere, and years past have shown some very special moments, as noted by attendees:
“Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. Award-winning actor, human rights activist, and longtime friend of Archbishop Tutu, Richard Gere makes a surprise appearance and sneaks up behind Tutu on stage to give him a huge hug. Tutu is elated and the audience is cooing. Gere then stays on stage for a one-on-one conversation in which he declares, “There isn’t a creature on earth that doesn’t respond to love, kindness, and compassion.” That one sentence made me feel like I had just walked out of a yoga class.” – Negin, 2011
“So often during the Summit I’d think to myself, ‘I wish my kids were here to see this!’ There’s an energy buzzing with every presentation that is contagious. I’ve had many favorite moments, but hearing Forest Whitaker talk about the work he does for child justice in Uganda really moved me. That, and seeing Peter Gabriel on stage talking about the tireless work he does. It’s incredible to think that people all over the world are participating in these conversations simultaneously.” –Jenny, 2012
The Social Good Summit is held at the 92Y on New York City’s Upper East Side during UN Week. The Summit is sponsored by Mashable, the United Nations Foundation, 92Y, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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