Sustainable SoundBytes and Technology for Good took the world stage on Sunday from the Social Good Summit. World leaders in the arts, activism, entertainment and technology convened together for thought-provoking discussions on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Their messages resonated loud and clear in New York City and across the globe via livestreaming.
The Social Good Summit kicks-off UN Week and UN General Assembly Sessions, where diplomats from around the globe assemble in NYC to address the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (a/k/a Global Goals). Mashable, 92nd Street Y (92Y), the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme partner to host the annual Social Good Summit.
The 2017 Theme: Future in Focus
The Setting: 92nd Street Y, NYC
The Charge: What Kind of World Do You Want to Live In?
How we can live today in a way that will positively impact future generations, and what available technologies can make the world better by the year 2030.
The Goal: 17 Goals to be Exact!
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are 17 societal issues that through cooperation and partnering between private and public entities, they aim to resolve by the year 2030.
Powerful Key Sustainable SoundBytes & Technological Innovations
Those were Daniela Ligiero’s final comments as Moderator of the panel Shattering The Silence: Gender-Based Violence Solutions.
“When sleeping women wake, mountains move” – Daniela Ligiero, PHD.
THE TECHNOLOGY: Elsa D’Silva, a panelist and social entrepreuner spoke of her hopes of making cities safer for women. D’Silva and a group of friends developed Safecity — an app that crowdsources and documents incidents of sexual harassment and assault that occur in public spaces. To date, they have collected over 10,000 stories from over 50 cities in India, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal.
“…the secret of being happy is doing things for other people”– the late Dick Gregory — as cited by Lawrence O’Donnell, news anchor MSNBC’s ‘The Last Word’ at The Social Good Summit, “Little By Little: Making a Difference in Malawi”
“If it feels good, do it!” — Bob Weir, Founder, Grateful Dead
New UNDP Goodwill Ambassader Bob Weir speaking at the “Clickability” Session at the Social Good Summit in response to a query on how he became involved with sustainable activism. He went on to say that “your actions amount to your worth,” referring to a technology that will hold accountable corporations that committed to the SDGS. A ‘proof of analytics’ so to speak. Stay tuned for more during November’s Giving Tuesday.
“Education is the key to the Aids Epidemic…We’re not cured yet” — Whoopi Goldberg, award-winning actress, TV host and activist
Words spoken by Whoopi Goldberg during the session Behind the Curtain of a Movement: How the AIDS Epidemic Put a Spotlight on Barriers that Hinder Equality. The award-winning actress is a Goodwill Ambassader to the UN and a Goodwill Ambassader to the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.
These are just a few of the many powerful soundbytes heard on Sunday at The Social Good Summit. Stay tuned for more news during UN Week and the General Assembly Sessions. — Abbe is SOCIALLY SPARKED! Tweet @sosparkednews & @asparks01