Now in its sixth year, the 2015 Social Good Summit was held recently held in New York. The annual two-day conference brought together global leaders, innovators, new media and technology experts, entrepreneurs, grassroots activists and decision makers to discuss solutions to some of the biggest challenges and problems the world is facing. Among the summit’s speakers were Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation; Pete Cashmore, founder and CEO of Mashable; Richard Curtis, writer, producer director and founder of Project Everyone, and Julia Gillard, former Australian PM and now a board director with the Global Partnership of Education. (You can watch the Social Good Summit NYC sessions here).
Connectivity helping to combat challenges
The Social Good Summit coincides with the United Nations General Assembly Week, where 193 members of the United Nations committed to adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals to help achieve three things in the next 15 years: to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and fix climate change. The Summit’s goal being to empower people around the world to get involved and have their voices heard during and after the event.
This year’s theme was ‘#2030NOW: New Goals. New Tech. New Power’ and asked the question: What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030? It explored how technology and new media can be leveraged to help address and share awareness around these global issues and challenges.
Australia’s joins Global Social Good Summit Meet Up
Held on October 10 at Sydney University following the main New York event, Australia was among the 65-plus countries that hosted their own Social Good Summit Meet Up. The focus being on how digital tools and collaboration can help individuals, communities and countries help contribute to and achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The Australian summit featured a range of respected speakers from across the business, academic, not-for-profit, media, social enterprise and technology industries. Inspiration was plentiful as captured in this selection of quotes tweeted from the day:
- ‘I have found that money is not the top priority of my participants, but caring for family is’ – Vinita Godinho, managing director of Financial Resilience Australia and RMIT lecturer.
- ‘We need to build a new economy for First Australians, built by First Australians’ – Leah Armstrong, chairperson, Supply Nation.
- ‘You can’t really effect change unless it is part of the real DNA of an organisation’ - Tharani Jegatheeswaran, partner, Social Impact and Not-for-Profit Deloitte.
- ‘ Be part of the movement, take action and push politicians in the right direction’ – Nikola Casule, Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
- ‘The first thing is recognise the power in your business for social good’ – David Faulmann, general manager, Business for Millennium Development.
- ‘The next generation does not have to make a decision between doing good and making money’ - Prashan Paramanathan, CEO at Chuffed.org.
Want to see more? Watch highlights from the Australian Social Good Summit here.
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