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“No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution… revolution is but thought carried into action.”  Emma Goldman

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Collage of Guest Speakers

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First off, I’d like to say a big Thank You to the 2012 Summit sponsors: Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, Ericsson, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for inviting and welcoming bloggers from around the world to the three day event. It was a generous gesture and we were fed and given access to the full program.

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3…Dr Gro Bundtland with Sigrid Kaag (Photo credit: Mashable)

Watch the Video here: Global Sustainabilty in the 21st Century: Dr. Gro Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway with Sigrid Kaag, Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Maria Bello (Photo credit: Mashable)

Watch the Video here: Going Digital with Activism: Maria Bello, Actor and Women’s Rights Activist and Brian Sirgutz, Co-Founder and Editor of Impact, The Huffington Post

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3…Susan Rice with Peter Cashmore (Photo credit: Mashable)

Watch the Video here: A Conversation with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Pete Cashmore, CEO, Mashable

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Janet Napolitano, Secretary Homeland Security

Watch the Video here: Commit To ACT: Achieving Cyber-security Together – Janet Napolitano, Secretary, United States Department of Homeland Security with Moira Forbes, President & Publisher, ForbesWoman

On Sunday and Monday, the Social Good Summit continued to “explore how communities and audiences are connecting with each other through social and digital innovations to solve global problems. This {came} in the form of keynote speeches, Q&As, conversations, case studies and networking sessions.” I’ve added some links above to videos from some of our key guest speakers and I’ve added footage of some videos I took below.

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3…Jane Goodall

Jane GoodallTeaches Us the Chimp Call

Jane Goodall Conversation with Matt Bishop

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Alyson Felix, Olympic Gold Medalist

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… America Ferrera

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Melinda Gates

Both Summit days were packed choc-a-bloc with an impressive list of speakers. For this recap on the Summit, I’ve put together a selection of photos, videos, and a slideshow from the event for your perusal. You might recognize some celebrity faces; Mira Sorvina, Forest Whitaker, Jane Goodall, Alyson Felix, America Ferrera and a few others. Jane Goodall was sensational and her chimp call, which she tried to teach us on the video above, was hilarious. I’ll add some names where feasible or do ask me in the comments section and I’ll respond. TY!

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3…Angelique Kidjo

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Angelique Kidjo Sings

I hope you enjoy the clip above titled Angelique Kidjo Sings. I’ve listened to Angelique’s African/Euro pop sound for years. I remember the first time I saw her perform at Central Park, her energy level was incredible; she pranced and danced and sang with all her might. She is quite the stage act and entertainer, and remains one of my favorite singers.

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Mira Sorvino and Laura Bolthouse

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Forest Whitaker

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Jeffrey Sacks, Hans Vestberg, Forest Whitaker, Heather Grady

What to Expect from the 2012 Social Good Summit

The Summit brought home the fact that there is still so much we can all do to create and share good in the world. It does begin at home. Our global conversations must begin with local ones and then expand beyond our local communities to embrace others globally…. This reminds me of the adage: charity begins at home. I invite you to scroll down and watch Andy Borowitz‘s and Dr Chopra’s videos. Andy is hysterical and Dr. Chopra gives us food for thought; they are excellent. More Below!

“Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual.” Nelson Mandela

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Author/NY Times columnist, Nick Kristof

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Jimmy Wales, Founder Wikipedia

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Comedian Andy Borowitz

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Andy Borowitz and Wrap Up!

Andy Borowitz’s Wrap Up video is hysterical! I’m surprised I held the camera steady enough to capture his words. I’d recommend watching it for some rib tickling laughs. He was the final performer of the Summit and put a big smile on all of our faces. another great one was Dr. Chopra who got us thinking about how we use our minds… His video is below.  More below!

“We do not have to improve ourselves; we just have to let go of what blocks our heart.” Jack Kornfield

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Dr. Deepak Chopra

Highlights: Social Good Summit 2012 Day 2-3… Dr. Deepak Chopra

Dr. Deepak Chopra’s presentation was fascinating and I’d encourage you to watch it too. Pardon any glitches, they are all mine. I enjoyed the summit and found it both exhilarating and overwhelming. Developing a cold knocked me out and I apologize for my absence. Will be catching up soon. For more video footage, visit Mashable’s Livestream of the summit.  I hope you enjoyed this post. You are already a light on the path. What are your thoughts? Do you have socially responsible organizations you support? Where does your information come from? What expectations do they hold for you? What insights could you share with others? Do share! Thank you.

*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track with reading and responding to your blogs; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience!

For More: Women’s Lives & Issues 

Positive Motivation Tip: Social good is critical in our world as many continue to struggle to feed and care for their families. Even as we connect and share ideas globally, we can start our conversations where we are, with the tools we have. The goal is to Do Good Anyway! Connect! Share!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: via my personal collection. Others identified.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

15 Comments leave one →
  1. 28/09/2012 4:29 pm

    Very intersting post… 🙂

  2. 28/09/2012 5:26 pm

    All I can say is WOW, what a great two days that must have been.

    • 29/09/2012 10:12 pm

      TY! It was exhilarating and exhausting and then I picked up another cold to do battle with at home. 😆

  3. 28/09/2012 6:19 pm

    What an amazing conference! The Deepak Chopra speech was inspirational…thanks for embedding it in your post…and the others, too!

    • 29/09/2012 10:13 pm

      TY for taking a moment to watch them… I enjoyed the summit and will always cherish the memories. 🙂

  4. 28/09/2012 8:53 pm

    Thank you very much for putting this together.

  5. 29/09/2012 4:26 am

    What a wise man MLK was.

  6. 29/09/2012 8:08 am

    I wish I could have gone. Keep me apprised of ticket info next time around, please.

    • 29/09/2012 10:57 pm

      Sure thing Barb! I will make sure to let you know

  7. 29/09/2012 2:40 pm

    Wow Elizabeth! Your posts on the Social Good Summit are fantastic!!!! I was still hoping to finish mine but have been so busy. Excellent summary!

    • 29/09/2012 10:58 pm

      TY for adding your joyful presence to the summit. I read your post and enjoyed it too. 🙂

  8. 04/10/2012 4:01 am

    A very interesting and informative post, Elizabeth. I love Angelique Kidjo too.

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