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2012 Social Good Summit

There were many reasons I enjoyed the 2012 Social Good Summit. One because Forest Whitaker was there. Two because so were Rory Gilmore and Betty Suarez. All kidding aside, it was an uplifting 3-day event, during which I heard a few resounding themes that came up over and over – from both the celebs that took part and the rockstars running non-profits and other such inspiring organisations.

 

Perhaps the most over-riding idea was the one articulated by Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of the Grameen Bank, that, when it comes to the future, there is more to be excited about than to get worried. Those words were echoed in the many initiatives being showcased during the SGS – from Al Gore’s The Dirty Weather Report to the United Nations Foundation’s  Global Entrepreneurs Council Global Good Challenge, which is giving away prizes like meeting Lady Gaga and a trip to Africa (which part of the vast continent, I’d like to know?) in exchange for engaging and sharing in world issues.

Another theme that kept coming up is the idea of serving the world by following your passion. This was particularly true in actress Maria Bello’s story about her work in Haiti with creating a women’s network called We Advance. Angelique Kidjo too, explained her passion for becoming a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador comes from her parents. “The thing that is important for us to understand with social media, is the message we send and how we send it,” she added. As for Rory and Betty, aka America Ferrera and Alexis Bledel, nothing replaces physically going to place to see things for yourself, as they did on their trip to Honduras with ONE.

 

Kudos to the event for taking place throughout the world too. My friend Mariska attended the Social Good Summit in Nairobi, while I was in New York. There were meetups happening on the ground throughout the world where people were watching the live stream and participating.

Ultimately the day was best summed up by one of the speakers, Beth Kanter, who said: “It’s not about the tools, it’s what you do with them.” Simple as that, really. But Mr Whitaker gets the last word here – with so many ideas and initiatives wanting our attention, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stop caring altogether. And all this talk about technology can sometimes be impersonal and too technical. His answer – as sappy as it sounds – is love. Take a look:

I’ll leave you with another highlight – Deepak Chopra – who gives us an idea on how to find the spirituality in technology.

 

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