Five Things to Help You Think Differently: Issue 3

Posted: Oct 14, 2013

In an effort to help you stay up-to-date on the latest trends in communication, technology, and our dynamic world, we wanted to share some resources to help you think differently about the way your organization is communicating, sharing, and inspiring its constituents.

This week, we’re checking in on the Mashable 2013 Social Good Summit, a three-day conference bringing together big ideas and new media to help inspire innovative solutions for the world’s most pressing issues.

On a personal note, the Social Good Summit gave me an opportunity to look outside my state, region, and even my country to see how we can address problems on a global scale. Hopefully you feel as inspired as I do to take action to create a better world by 2030.

The Opening Day video for the Mashable 2013 Social Good Summit

1. Integrating the Listening Audience into the Conference

In order to make the world a better place by 2030, we first must LISTEN to learn how we can help. The Social Good Summit introduced the concept of keynote listeners to attend presentations and discover new ideas to implement in their daily lives. Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation was a keynote listener at this year’s Summit. Watch as she discusses her key takeaways.


2. Thinking Socially about Philanthropy 

Giving Tuesday has become an amazing example of using social media to engage the public in philanthropy. How can your organization move “from charity to change?” Kathy Calvin, Matthew Bishop, Helen Clark, and Jean Case of the UN Foundation discuss what’s next in charitable giving.


3. Lessons in Engaging Youth

The Millennial generation has an opportunity to be a driving force for social good and social change. Paul Shoemaker of SVP Seattle talks about how we can engage youth by helping them identify their passions.


4. The Price of Energy Poverty

Did you know that there are approximately 1.3 billion people in the world without electricity and 3 billion people in the world are still using traditional fuels (charcoal, wood, animal dung, etc.) for cooking and heating? This has resulted in 3.5 million deaths, mainly women and children, from indoor pollution. On top of that, we release 90 million tons of carbon pollution into the atmosphere every day. Pete Cashmore of Mashable speaks with Florian Juergs of kuuluu Interactive Entertainment AG, Bahareh Seyedi of Environment and Energy of UNDP, and Dave “Phoenix” Farrell and Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park about energy poverty.


5. Using Mobile Tech for Good

With the use of technology at an all-time high, philanthropists are starting to string together new ways to involve people in giving, specifically through the use of outreach with mobile phones. In fact, mobile phones may one day play a large role in eradicating deadly diseases. Barbara Bush of Global Health Corps and Patty Mechael of mHealth Alliance discuss next steps in global health, social change issues, and the power of technology to save more lives.