This long weekend was out of control good! Social good. World Moms Blog planned to be at the Social Good Summit in NYC, but we also received press credentials for the Clinton Global Initiative meeting, too. Both conferences overlapped, and we found ourselves back and forth between uptown and midtown Manhattan and listening live to the likes of Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Former US President Bill Clinton, Republican US Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, author Nicolas Kristof and US President Barack Obama! Yes. Wow!
DAY 1 Social Good Summit:
The editors of our World Voice column, Nicole Melancon and Elizabeth Atalay, were part of the World Moms Blog delegation to the Social Good Summit! The Social Good Summit is sponsored by Mashable, the UN Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNDP and the 92nd Y. The theme this year was Digital.Global.Action. The purpose of the conference was “to explore how communities and audiences are connecting with each other through social and digital innovations to solve global problems.”
On Saturday the session on “Maintaining the Momentum: Delivering Solutions for Girls and Women” was my favorite on that day because it related to the problems facing women and girls in the world. It included speakers, Jill Sheffiield President of Women Deliver and Chrysula Winegar, Community Manager of the Million Moms Challenge. Sheffield explained, “If women can’t plan their fertility, they really can’t plan their lives.” She also explained that unintended births increase the amount of unintended complications, and she put out the call for less unintended births and less unintended complications in the developing world.
Also here’s a Social Good Summit fact on women’s health: According to Dr. Jennie Francis, the US has the most teenage pregnancies in the developed world.
Now to change the subject back over to technology’s role in social good…I had no idea how much could be done with Google Earth. Rebecca Moore, Engineering Manager, Google Earth Outreach and Earth Engine Google, Inc., gave a jaw dropping presentation on how she used Google Maps to protect schools and forests and how the maps have also been used to save a coral reef from oil drilling. Three-dimensional is where it’s at!
Also, Devi Thomas, the Director of the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign announced the release of the campaign’s new app for new moms! I had a chance to review the app ahead of time, and my favorite part is the ability to “shotatlifeify” your pics with really cool Shot@Life themes! The app also makes catching up on documenting your child’s milestones a breeze and keeps you in the know of what to expect for each pediatrician’s appointment from newborn to age 5 years.Nicole and I wrapped up Saturday with dinner with our fellow Shot@Life Champions, Holly Pavlika of MOMentum and Myrdin Thompson of the National Family Engagement Alliance, and a new friend, Meghan Johnson of Soulshine Traveler.
Day 1 Clinton Global Initiative:
Sunday, we picked up our press passes, and headed to the Clinton Global Initiative to hear Former President Bill Clinton speak and introduce this year’s meeting. The theme of the conference was “Designing for Impact.” President Clinton stated, “Today we want to talk about how you can design your actions in advance to make it more likely they will succeed.” President Clinton spoke of how the CGI has been bringing corporations and nonprofits together for social good since 2005. In 2012 at CGI over 150 new commitments were made, valued at $2 billion, expected to impact nearly 22 million people. Formidable.
President Clinton also brought many people up on stage who are doing exactly that to help solve the world’s problems. An example was how Tom Golisano, founder and Chairman of the Board of Paychex, Inc., made a $12 million commitment for the “Healthy People, Health Community” campaign to provide healthcare to participants of the Special Olympics. This was just one of many examples of businesses funding important global programs, such as programs to end human trafficking, to empower women and increase food supplies.
The opening plenary panel included Queen Rania of Jordan; Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon; President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim; Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO; and Kiran Sethi, Founder and Director, The Riverside School, Ahmedabad-India, along with President Clinton, on Designing for Impact. Tim Brown said, “If we don’t deeply understand the communities we’re serving, we can’t design for impact.” This is important because how can we help people if we don’t understand their lives first?
Queen Rania spoke of the current demographics in the Arab world — a large, young population with access to cell phones that are helping receive, provide and share information. She also stated, “We haven’t harnessed the potential of technology to save lives.” My favorite quote of the Queen’s, “We need to have the intellectual courage to do what’s right even if it isn’t popular.”
Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, encouraged everyone to play a part in the world. He said, “We have to put this world on the right track for humanity. I need all of you to get involved with the United Nations.” Although Ki-Moon’s address was to a room of many business men and women and heads of state, his message was relevant to everyone. How can you get involved with the United Nations? Take a look at the UN Foundation website, a nonprofit that helps carry out the work of the United Nations. There are many grassroots initiatives you can participate in, for example, the work World Moms Blog does with the Shot@Life campaign. Ban Ki-Moon also announced the launch of a new global education initiative with UNESCO and the former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
My takeaway from CGI is that a lot of great work is being done in the world, but there is still so much more to do — more women to empower, more people to be fed, more jobs to be created, more global health care needed. This event is an example of a successful exchange between businesses and foundations to increase funding and create solutions for the world’s problems that need solving, as well as great inspiration for more businesses to want to get involved.
We have more to report, so tune into World Moms Blog this week for the continuation of our special report on the Social Good Summit and the Clinton Global Initiative!
Photo credits to the author.
What an amazing weekend, Jen and so proud of you that you were part of the conversation.
Hi there over in Malaysia! Alison, the conferences were packed full of interesting information. I hope by being there, I will come back with more ways in which World Moms Blog can make the world a better place! Thanks for being a rockstar part of us!
Jen, this is super. What an amazing opportunity and I am sure you are going to bring in all those ideas and WMB is going to rocket up!
You rock, Jen and we are so happy and proud to be a part of this wonderful team!
Hello there, in India! I’m thrilled that World Moms Blog is being included in these important global conversations at the Social Good Summit and the Clinton Global Initiative. It is our great contributors and editors that have worked hard and have come together to make these opportunities possible!
I totally agree with what Purnima & Alison have already said. Onward & upward, Fearless Leader! Thank you for everything you do to help make this world a better place for all our children & grandchildren to inherit! 🙂
Hello in South Africa, Simona!
Thank you, and thank you for being a part of World Moms Blog! That’s part of our mission — understanding and tolerance to make the world a better place now and in the future!
Jen: What a fabulous summary of our first day! You perfectly highlighted all the wonderful things being done and all the excitement of the event. I’m going to reblog this post on my blog to share with my readers as well. Awesome and can’t wait to hear about Day 2!!!! Hope it is coming soon!
Nicole, thank you for coming to NYC from Minnesota to attend these important meetings! Having you and Elizabeth there made all the difference. I’m looking forward to all the posts that will result on World Moms Blog’s World Voice column from the connections we made. Very exciting, and a great compliment to all of our regular posts from our global contributors.
Thank you for sharing this post!
Excellent re-cap Jen! You managed to cover so much ground and important points! I had to tweet & FB post this it is packed with great information!
Thank you, Elizabeth! I’m so glad that we caught up at the Social Good Summit. It’s great to have “partners in good” at World Moms Blog!
That’s a lot of social good and initiative! Well done! Love the artsy photos, especially the Shot at Life app’ed one.
Thank you, Polly!! It was great to see you, and I’m so excited about your day today at the UN!!! Can’t wait to read all about it!
Fantastic, Jen! So proud of you and what a great opportunity to be a part of 😀 Well done!
Thanks for stopping by from Indonesia, Maureen! It was a great opportunity, and I’m so grateful.
And, thank you for all your work for World Moms Blog behind the scenes!
What an amazing opportunity for you all personally and for World Moms as a group. So great that you could attend and fuel your enthusiasm! The big issue I would love to see addressed as a priority, by the WHO et al, is access to contraception.