Each year the United Nations General Assembly in September marks an opportunity for global leaders to gather in New York to address and take action against some of the world’s most pressing issues. But for those not attending the conference, it can be difficult to find a meaningful way to participate in U.N. week and offer ideas from our own communities. In an innovation which is truly inclusive, the Social Good Summit offers a global platform that gives anyone, anywhere a seat at the table.
The Summit takes place on 22-24 September 2012 and will bring together social activists, development workers, forward-thinking technologists, young entrepreneurs and the wider public to share ideas on how to the tackle global development problems using technology and social media. In partnership with Mashable, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UN Foundation, 92nd Street Y, the UN Development Programme and Ericsson, the goal is to engage the global community to spur innovative thinking on the toughest issues.
This year the Summit is developing beyond the US to become a truly global conversation. Flagship events are taking place in Beijing, Nairobi and New York, along with more than 250 locally organized meet-ups. People from around the world will be engaged in a 3-day conversation answering the question:
How can new media and technology create solutions in your community?
Watch the introductory video Social Good Summit
IFSW and our global partners will be watching the outcomes from the Social Good Summit to evaluate the implications for the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.