Mashable’s Social Good Summit.

I love being involved in the technology world – in part b/c of the great opportunities it provides to be involved in movements for the social good. Technology has made it possible for anyone to get involved in meaningful projects that enhance humanities’ common good. Mashable is currently holding a neat conference on this subject called The Social Good Summit. Here are links to their daily summaries / highlights of the conference:

And here are the items which stood out to me from each day:

Day 1:

  • “Even if we don’t know if we’re going to make it, what else can men of good consciousness do but fight into the bitter end… I’ve got a lot of flags on my boat, but I don’t have a white flag.” – Jacque Cousteau (as quoted by Ted Turner).
  • Suicide is the number one cause of death in the United States, Australia, and Japan amongst teenagers.

Day 2:

  • More than one million children die of malaria every year.

Day 3:

  • “Best-selling author Peter Sims took the stage to talk about how great ideas are developed from small gambles. He said ideas are not developed instantaneously but require little mistakes and modification before they take off.”
  • “Ms. James spoke about how organizations and non-profits need to think of the people they help as partners. She pushed entrepreneurs and activists to not just to help those in need across the world, but to engage them in dialogue and bring them into the solution as well.”
  • “Exposure to indoor smoke pollution from coal stoves is the fifth largest killer in the developing world.
  • “Robinson said 10 million women worldwide are forcibly married before they’re 18. She added that 64% of illiterate adults are women and that girls under 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth.”

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