The third day of the Social Good Summit was in no short supply of amazing moments. History was made when Dr. Ida Betty Odinga (pictured: middle), the wife of the prime minister of Kenya, and Thobeka Madiba Zuma (pictured: right), the first lady of South Africa, sent their first ever Tweets from the 92Y stage with South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka. Watch here.
President Kikwete of Tanzania was the first Head of State to appear at the Social Good Summit and was presented with the Social Good Award for his commitment to further technology and new media solutions in Tanzania. Watch here, beginning at the 10 min mark.
Dr. Muhammad Yunus and Matthew Bishop of The Economist discussed How Micro-Financing is Enabling Social Change. Watch here.
Peter Sims, author and speaker, discussed Inventing the Future with Little Bets: New Ways to Solve Social Problems. Watch here.
Tony Bates, CEO of Skype, talked about the Transformational Power of Skype in the Classroom and did a live demonstration with a 6th grade class at The Oliver Street School in Newark, NJ. Watch here.
José Andrés, Chef/Owner of ThinkFoodGroup and Radha Muthiah, Executive Director of Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves discussed How Clean Cooking Technologies can Change the World. Andrés said, “Food is the most important fuel, not gas. Gas moves my car. It moves cars. But food moves all of us. Food needs to be at the heart of these energy talks.” Watch here.
Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor and Juju Chang, Correspondent for 20/20 and Nightline talked about the launch of the Million Moms Challenge and announced a Facebook game to educate people about maternal health. Watch here.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, and Lisa Witter, Chief Strategy Officer of Fenton discussed The Transformative Power of Human Connection. In a widely shared quote, Tutu said, “Once you have women liberated, it’s amazing how many other problems get resolved. Women are the key in any community.” They stressed the importance of ending child marriage and the Girls Not Brides project. Watch here.
Richard Gere made a surprise appearance and spoke with 92Y’s Henry Timms about how social media is having an impact on the way people relate. Watch here.
Liel Leibovitz of Tablet magazine moderated a discussion with Ronit Avni, filmmaker and founder of Just Vision, and Helga Tawil-Souri, Assistant Professor in Media at NYU, about Digital Technology and Peace-building in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Avni said, “The greatest social movements of our time have come from the bottom up...for rational thought rather than superstition.” Watch here.
Kate James of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave a talk on Social Media for Global Good: It’s Not Just Who You Know. She spoke about building a global constituency of support to create a conversation and solve problems. She noted how we’ve reached 99% in the eradication of polio in the world and we need to support the global conversation through social media to finish the last 1%. Watch here.
Expanding on the theme of vaccinations, UN Foundation announced the launch of the Shot@Life campaign and David Muir of ABC News sat down with Dr. Geeta Rao Gupta of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Chrysula Winegar, mother and entrepreneur, for a powerful talk on Vaccines and a Movement to Save Lives. They noted that we lose a child every 20 seconds who could have been saved by a vaccine. Watch here.
92Y Video: The Jewish Connection: Yom Kippur with Rabbi David Kalb
Rabbi David Kalb is the Director of Jewish Education for the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92nd Street Y. In the video above, he offers a brief introduction to Yom Kippur, as part of his goal to bring Judaism into all aspects of life so that it informs and enhances everyday living.
Learn more about the High Holidays class Rabbi Kalb is teaching on September 13.
92Y Video: Joel Meyerowitz: Remembering 9/11 10 Years Later
Creator of the World Trade Center Archive and internationally renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz was the only photographer to gain unlimited access to Ground Zero after 9/11.
Over a span of eight months, he took more than 8,000 photographs of what he called “the forbidden city,” capturing the monumental scale of the ruin as well as the moments of courage, compassion and solidarity during the recovery and clean-up efforts. He was at 92nd Street Y on September 11, 2011 to present some of those photos and participate in a Q&A moderated by Philip Lopate. Watch a clip above.
Manhattan’s wildly successful High Line Park — an old elevated rail line that was retrofitted into a stunning park — cost about $153 million. At first glance it might seem like a big investment for a park, but consider the benefits.
Not only does the city take care of a eyesore, but the popularity of High Line has brought in an estimated $2 billion in new developments, the New York Times reports.
On October 28, the two men responsible for this innovative urban reclamation project, Joshua David and Robert Hammond, are coming to 92YTribeca to share their story of reclamation on the High Line. More info and tickets, here.
The second day of the Social Good Summit started with a much anticipated conversation between Mashable founder/CEO Pete Cashmore and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel who has been giving talks at 92Y for the last 40 years. They discussed Ancient Values and New Media: the Future of Ethics in a Connected World which you can view above, starting around the 4:00 min mark. Wiesel bridged the old and new by saying, “If Moses had technology, the world would be a better place today.” Other notable Wiesel quotes: “Parents must be honest. Nothing is worse for a child than to have hypocritical parents.” and “The world would be a very boring place if it was full of I’s, appreciate humanity and the otherness of others.”
Geena Davis, Founder, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Brian Gott, Publisher, Variety discussed Empowering Women and Girls: Hollywood, the United Nations and the Influence of Media. Davis noted that 80% of media comes from the U.S. and we are the ones exporting the negative images of women. One of the most viral quotes of the day came from Davis, according to studies, “We know, for instance, that the more hours of TV a girl watches, the less options she thinks she has.” Watch here.
Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, made a major announcement by naming tennis superstar Serena Williams as UNICEF’S newest international Goodwill Ambassador. The two sat down with Mashable SVP Content & Executive Editor Adam Ostrow to talk about championing for children. Watch here.
Cycling legend Lance Armstrong talked about The Original Social Network: LIVESTRONG Wristbands and Global Good with Doug Ulman, President/CEO of LIVESTRONG and Lance Ulanoff, Mashable Editor in Chief. On fighting cancer through the power of social media, Armstrong said, “Cancer is apolitical, we can do much more outside of politics than in it.” Watch here.
Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia professor and director of The Earth Institute and Hans Vestberg, President/CEO of Ericsson discussed 21st Century Education for All in a Networked Society with Stéphane Dujarric, UN Director of News and Media. Sachs offered an astonishing statistic: 100 million primary school age children worldwide are not in school due to poverty. To break the vicious cycle of poverty, they discussed mobile technologies to bridge the gaps in unconnected communities. Watch here.
Hans Vestberg was joined by António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Christopher Mikkelsen, Co-founder of Refugees United to continue the conversation on Connecting the Most Unconnected: 43 Million Displaced People Around the World. Watch here.
Geena Davis returned to the stage to talk about Women and Girls Lead: Where Storytelling, Gaming and Public Media Converge with Paula Kerger, President/CEO of PBS; Abigail Disney, Executive Producer of Women, War, War & Peace; Asi Burak, Co-president of Games of Change; and Aaron Sherinian, VP of Communications and PR for the UN Foundation. Kerger stated that too few women were in influential positions in media companies to ensure gender equality in media and added, “I would like to hear a man’s voice in indignation about violence against women.” Watch here.
Randi Zuckerberg, founder/CEO of R to Z Media and actress/singer Mandy Moore, Ambassador for PSI held an Interactive Facebook Town Hall on Spreading the Buzz to Stop the Spread of Malaria. Wearing shirts that said “Buzzkill,” they note that malaria kills one million children a year, more than AIDS, and urge you to find more info about the Nothing But Nets campaign. Watch here.
Senator Timothy Wirth made closing remarks with Mashable’s Pete Cashmore on how the UN is embracing social media to tackle key issues facing the world. Watch here.
The Social Good Summit continues on Wednesday with a lineup including President Kikwete of Tanzania, Muhammad Yunnus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Matthew Bishop and many more. Tune into the Livestream here.
Sol Adler, Executive Director of 92nd Street Y, delivered the opening remarks and introduced Ted Turner and Mashable’s SVP Content & Executive Editor Adam Ostrow at the second annual Social Good Summit with our partners, Mashable and UN Foundation, at 92Y today. Held during UN week, the Summit brings together global leaders where big ideas meet new media and technology to create innovative solutions.
Charity:Water, the water-focused non-profit that has raised $43 million dollars to date for clean water projects around the world, launched Dollars to Projects. Through the use of Google Maps and photo galleries, it allows donors to track their donations to specific projects and receive reports of where that money goes and how it has been used.
David Armano, Edelman Digital’s EVP of Global Innovation and Integration talked about digital innovation’s impact on global health and presented the Edelman Health Barometer 2011 report.
Howard W. Buffett announced the launch of LearnedByGiving.org, a website and education program to teach youths how to better invest and become the world’s next leaders.
Nicholas Negroponte of One Laptop per Child gave an update on their progress, revealed new designs for a tablet with solar-powered cover, and provided shocking statistics like 25% of the teachers in Afghanistan are technically illiterate.
Ami Dar launched a new platform to help imagine, connect and act on global problems at IdealistNYC.org.
Raj Shah of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of a new initative, FWD: Famine, War, Drought relief, and new website.
Christy Turlington, model and founder of Every Mother Counts, and parenting blogger Heather Armstrong of dooce.com discussed international maternal health issues and note that one-half of African women give birth alone.
What Men Say, What Women Hear: In an engaging and enlightening new workshop, Janis Spindel will help bridge the well-known gap of communication between the sexes, helping men and women overcome common misunderstandings.
FREE: Andy Warhol Children’s Fest. Come to 92Y and join our Warhol Festival of art workshops for children, including silk-screen printing, rubber stamping, creating ceramic shoes and metallic fish, and more.
On October 6, Spiegleman will read from MetaMaus at 92nd Street Y, part of the Unterberg Poetry Center’s Main Reading Series. More info, and tickets, here. Tickets are just $10 for those aged 35 and under.
I love my mom with all my heart, she is so strong and has made life amazing for me! She has just been diagnosed with liver disease and needs a transplant. Yet she still acts like everythings ok.
Why is your world extraordinary? Tell us here. Give your submission a headline, then submit. Deadline for submissions is September 30, at which point you can get your friends to vote for your submission. Prizes, including a 92Y iPad loaded with 92Y archival programs from Kurt Vonnegut to Mos Def, two pairs of tickets to a 92Y event with the possibility to meet and get a photo with one of our famous guests, and three 92Y Gift Certificates valued at $50, will be awarded.
Did you know the classical music piece entitled 4’33” is actually 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence? Watch here.
Want to really hear something? Check out our concerts at 92Y.org/Concerts. As seen in the photo at top, you can attend very special concerts at 92nd Street Y. On two nights this week, The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and special guest Sting commemorated the 10th anniversary of September 11 with a world premiere by Stanley Silverman dedicated to to Herman Sandler, one of the great people who was lost to terror that day. Read more at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and see some photos from Wednesday evening’s show on the 92Y Facebook page.
Canadian Michael Crummey’s newest novel, Galore, returns readers to the place of his birth – Newfoundland and Labrador and spans a century in the folkloric life of a hardscrabble fishing community. Read a review at The Washington Post.
His previous book, River Thieves, became a Canadian bestseller and also garnered numerous awards and short-list honors for Canada’s prestigious Giller Prize. On September 19 at 92YTribeca, Crummey will help us celebrate the Upper North Side, a “Little Canada” of sorts that highlights the artistic innovation of our neighbors to the north.
Today, we learn about Crummey’s media and culture diet by way of the 92Y Culture Klastch Q&A. His favorite piece of art in his home? “A portrait of my wife at the age of eighteen, face and eyes into a chunk of watermelon...”
Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I usually start my day with an hour or so of Sports Centre on TSN (the Canadian equivalent of ESPN). That’s as much “news” as I can handle first thing in the morning.
What are your favorite websites?
Big fan of Bookninja.com although it’s on hiatus at the moment. And spend an inordinate amount of time listening to new music on cbcradio3.ca.
How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I creep on my wife’s Facebook account occasionally. But so far have kept my hands clean of both.