YouTube star Christina Grimmie performs at ONE’s #agit8 event at the Mashable Social Good Summit.
What happens when do-gooders and social entrepreneurs get together in one room to talk technology and social good? You get inspiring conversations, several “D’oh!” moments, and the sense that there are a lot of people in the world ready to make things better.
Mashable’s Social Good Summit, a three-day conference “where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions,” kicked off on Sunday featuring a collection of activists and speakers from around the globe discussing topics including energy, water, women’s issues, mobilizing young people and global poverty.
This year’s theme is #2030NOW, which recognizes that we can reach the end of global poverty within the next 15 years. Everyone was ready to bring their ideas to the forefront – here are a few highlights:
- Malaria No More CEO Martin Edlund showed how mobile technology saves lives in the fight against malaria and previewed their new “Power of ONE” campaign.
- UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliason challenged the audience to get over the taboo of talking about toilets in an effort to raise awareness of the global water crisis.
- Tiosson founder Magatte Wade and Project Diaspora’s Teddy Ruge discussed how bringing African-made products to the US is raising awareness for new entrepreneurs and employment opportunities on the continent.
- World Pulse’s Jensine Larsen and Congolese activist Neema Namadamu shared how connecting 600,000 women in virtual discussions can help empower women throughout the developing world.
ONE CEO Michael Elliott summed up the day during his speech with the themes of technology solutions, activating the Millennial generation, and the growing global interconnectedness.
ONE CEO Michael Elliott at the 2013 Mashable Social Good Summit in New York.
He surmised that global issues are not solved automatically and that we have to work together to make sure we’re all on the same time. Solutions, he said, shouldn’t just come from the “Global North” — the whole world, especially Africans, should come up with solutions to these issues.
Michael praised the Millennial generation as gearing up for the fight, saying that they’re not dreamy or “hippie-ish,” but practical and results-driven. He challenged the audience’s thinking on global issues, stating, “The question of justice is always the first question we should address.”
The Social Good Summit closed with our own Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Davidoff speaking about our agit8 campaign in the discussion “The Charity Concert 2.0: No Ticket Required.”
Spotify’s Director of Social Good Kerry Steib and YouTube music sensation and recording artist Christina Grimmie joined the conversation to show how digital distribution of more than 100 songs and performances by musicians around the world is raising awareness in the fight against poverty. Grimmie ended the discussion with a two-song set that energized the crowd.