Yesterday I was fortunate to attend day three of the Mashable Social Good Summit in New York City. Those of you who are not familiar with the Summit’s format, it’s a three day conference in New York City hosted on one stage, where speakers are invited onto the stage for a five-to-20 minute talk or a panel. Given the abridged format, the speakers have to get to their main idea right away, making this the most idea-filled and inspirational six hours I’ve had in a very long time. For more information on all of the participants, check out the agenda and the Summit’s twitter stream (#2030NOW).
Here are some overarching ideas that stood out and organizations worth checking out :
– Big Data: How can we use the data we are collecting every second of every day for social good, Can sharing the data help us identify the areas where help is needed most in natural disasters? Can it help change behaviors by making information transparent? Can crowd sourcing harassing data help a community stop physical/sexual harassment and create “Safe Areas” for women and children. Links to check out: Global Pulse, HarassMap
– Corporate Social Responsibility: How can companies “Do Well by Doing Good” in the world? How do for-profit companies structure their business in such a way that not only the business benefits, but the employees and community around them? Neil Blumenthal (Co-Founder and Co-CEO Warby Parker) challenged listeners with the idea why not do good while you are at work, since we spend so much time there anyway, by weaving good business practices into our everyday lives. According to him 80% of Millennials put mission over compensation so how do we harness their need for giving? Links to check out: Sony Ericson SCR initiative, Warby Parker, VisionSpring, Catchafire
– Taking Action: The best line of the day came from Jody Williams Chair of Nobel Women’s Initiative – “Worrying about a problem isn’t going to solve it! Take Action!” The sentiment was shared by other speakers during the day, “Donate $10 dollars toward mosquito nets,” “Speak out to end violence against children,” “Walk a few miles a day to improve your health AND donate to a non-profit of your choice,” “Donate your knowledge/skills for a non-profit who can’t afford great talent” Even a seemingly small action can make big change when multiplied by the 7 billion of us living on this planet. Links to check out: Nothing but Nets, #ENDViolence, Charity Miles, Catchafire, #zerohungerchallenge
For more information visit Mashable Social Good Summit site.