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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Social Good Summit: Recap of Day Three


  • 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.

  • Brandon Litman explained how he leveraged social media to create One Day on Earth – The World’s Story is Yours to Tell, a video project documenting the world in a 24-hour period all over the world. 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.

    Stay tuned to the Livestream for an exciting last day of the Summit with start-ups and social entrepreneurship on Thursday.

    Read a recap of day two here, and day one, here.

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