#SGS: Why tune in, reasons 1-3

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1. The Speakers:
Turning the public onto the world’s forward-thinking leaders is part of SGS’ job, so if perusing the #2030NOW speaker list leaves you feeling a little under-informed, rest assured that you’re not the only one. There are certainly enough recognizable names that the wow-factor won’t be lost on you, but for those that you’re unfamiliar with, a handful of BING searches will quickly bring you up to speed. (Yes, that was a shameless plug for a few of the speakers.) The easier route is to click here.

2. The Mission:
What’s not to love about a group of very talented, motivated, well-connected, tech-savvy people trying to make the world a better place, all while building a global, inclusive social good community that understands the value of collaborative thought and action? The big question: How can new technology and new media create solutions for the biggest problems facing my community and create a better future by the year 2030?

3. The Conversation:
With three-days’ worth of panel discussions ranging from how technology, data and digital media will shape our world; to knocking out malaria via mobile technology; to improving healthcare, empowering women as global leaders and youth as peacemakers, #SGS is the ultimate think tank and destination for anyone who truly believes that we all have the ability to make a difference in managing world issues—individually and collectively. Read the agenda and get ready to join the online dialogue.

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Social Good Summit 2013

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In just a few days, I will be making my way up to New York City to immerse myself in the fourth annual Social Good Summit 2013—a truly awesome (as in the real definition of the word) gathering that has one major, collaborative goal: to meet global challenges (aka make the world a better place) using new media.

As a newcomer to the event, I have been binge reading my way across the web, cataloging links and notes, preparing my ears, eyes and typing fingers for the virtual reams of information that will surely pour out of this mass think (out loud) tank. 

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing a handful of details that I am most excited about, along with ways for you to keep pace with the conversation during the event (Meetups are planned around the world).

You can get a feel for at least one of the speakers, Matt Wallaert (BING/Microsoft), right here, as I recently interviewed him regarding Bing for Schools. Increasing digital literacy across technology-deficient schools across the country, is just one way this social do-gooder is trying to make a positive impact. I am eager to hear what he has to say about “The Struggle for the Future of Attention.” 

There is plenty of scoop online, so I don’t expect to outshine the savvy writers already “expert” on the Summit. However, for the green peeps in the (cyber) house, I hope to pique and satisfy your curiosity.

If you’re into making the world a better place, you’ll want to pull up a seat to the Internet Sept. 22-24. Together we can be the #2030NOW change.