Social Good Summit: From New York to Beijing

Fillipino journalist Maria Ressa at a Social Good Summit event in the Philippines. Photo by: Franz Lopez / CC BY-NC

You don’t have to be in New York today, Sept. 24, to answer the question: “How can new technology and new media create solutions for the biggest problems facing my community?”

The annual Social Good Summit, which ends today, is launching a new campaign this year that encourages people from more than 300 cities around the world to participate and share their views on the challenges facing the world today  from poverty and malnutrition to food insecurity. This can be done through local meetups, whether you’re in New York, Kenya, Manila or Beijing.

The conversations will be included in one “worldwide paper” by the end of the year.

The three-day event touched on a number of topics, from using mobile phones to fighting pediatric AIDS and solving global problems to using social media in diplomacy and empowering women in Haiti. Other discussions were on global sustainability in the 21st century, tapping technology in disaster relief and using mapping technology to end polio.

On Monday, topics up for discussion include philanthropy through crowdsourcing, games for social good, and the use of technology in addressing malnutrition and food insecurity.

Some personalities to take part in the final discussions are Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann, journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Kristof, U.N. Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin, Gapminder Foundation Chairman Hans Rosling, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria General Manager Gabriel Jaramillo, and Mashable CEO and founder Pete Cashmore.

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About the author

  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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