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Social Good Summit, Day 2: Watch the Global Conversations Live


The Social Good Summit continues Sunday in New York — but you can still join in the global conversation even if you couldn’t make it to New York. This year’s livestream is available in seven languages — English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian and Hebrew.

This year’s Social Good Summit expands beyond the 92nd Street Y’s New York walls. Partner events, forming The Global Conversation are taking place in Beijing, China; Nairobi, Kenya; and Mogadishu, Somalia on Monday.

One of the early Meetups took place Sunday morning in Madagascar:

All Meetups in dangerous regions of the world have been cleared with U.N. security officials, who are taking responsibility.

Are you taking part in a community Social Good Meetup? Let us know what’s taking place your region in the comments.

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Astronaut Ron Garan Joins Social Good Summit


The speakers roster for Social Good Summit — a three-day conference exploring how digital technology is impacting the world for good — is filling up fast. The Social Good Summit partners are hard at work planning sessions that address all of the world’s greatest challenges, and feature some of the brightest minds in digital and social good.

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We’re pleased to have the following speakers join the dynamic agenda:

Ron Garan: Astronaut Ron Garan has traveled 71,075,867 miles in 2,842 orbits around the Earth. Garan is also passionate about openness, collaboration and transparency, especially in government. He was involved in NASA’s Open Innovation Initiative, and he’s been involved with many global mass collaboration and citizen science programs. Garan’s entrepreneurial spirit shines through numerous projects like Unity Node, which seeks to develop a universal, open source, collaborative platform to enable humanitarian organizations around the world to work together toward common goals.

Jack Andraka: Jack Andraka is not your average teenager. When he was 15 years old, he created a paper sensor that detects pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer in five minutes, costing as little as three cents. He’s given several amazing TED Talks on his views on the medical industry, and he’s been featured on 60 Minutes, NPR Marketplace and the BBC. Andraka also speaks about open access, STEM education and universal Internet availability.

Steve Howard: Steve Howard is IKEA’s chief sustainability officer and a member of its Executive Management Committee. He is responsible for the company’s sustainability strategy, a trend that he believes will shape society’s landscape greatly over the next century. Howard focuses on making sustainability attractive and affordable for everyone.

These speakers join a list of other great speakers who are already confirmed. We’ll be announcing more speaker updates for Social Good Summit each week on Mashable, so stay tuned!

Purchase Your Tickets to Social Good Summit


The Social Good Summit is where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions and is brought to you by Mashable, The 92nd Street Y, The United Nations Foundation, The United Nations Development Programme, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Ericsson. Held during UN Week, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 22 through Tuesday, Sept. 24
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. each day
Location: 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, N.Y.
Tickets: $130 for a three-day pass

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Hillary Clinton Opens the Social Good Summit


The third annual Social Good Summit kicked off Saturday in New York with a surprise address from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“Leaders around the world are coming together around at the United Nations seeking solutions for some of the toughest challenges we might face,” Clinton said. “At the same time a revolution in social media is helping people everywhere take part in a global conversation about how we can work together to advance the common good.”

Clinton encouraged the connected generation to get involved helping to build a better future.

“We need your help,” she said. “Please use this unprecedented opportunity to become involved. Share your ideas. Mobilize your friends. Take action online and off.”

Even if you couldn’t make it to New York, you can catch all of the excitement on the Social Good Summit livestream.

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Why Tech and New Media Can Help End Modern Slavery

Why-tech-and-new-media-can-help-end-modern-slavery-70698b587dMira Sorvino is an Academy Award-winning actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking. At this year’s Social Good Summit, Sorvino discussed her fight against human trafficking and her role in the film Trade Of Innocents.

People are not aware of the realities of the situation with regards to human trafficking. I have to believe that the public’s heart is by nature good and will be revolted and broken when exposed to the realities of modern day slavery, both labor and sexual (about 50-50 in the U.S.).

As the UNODC Goodwill Ambassador to combat Human Trafficking, my life has been indelibly affected by the many survivors I have met.  In order to have that same effect on the population at large, perhaps we can find actual survivors willing to tell their stories, audio and hopefully video, and put them in PSAs on TV, on specialized websites, YouTube — you name it.  This must be done very carefully and with the victim’s mature consent to avoid re-exploiting them — one survivor told me, “All people care about is my story, but they have no interest in hearing what is going on with me today, helping me get back on my feet” — so people can have the visceral connection to their horrendous experiences and feel more compelled to help the other 99% of victims who, at this juncture, have no statistical chance of being rescued. (Only 1 in 100 people living in slavery is currently discovered and rescued.)

We must take that awareness and funnel it into active solutions immediately — link to online petitions in our areas for legislative reform, or to Polaris Project or ECPAT USA to find out how we can lobby for legal change, or again to Polaris or NOT FOR SALE to be linked in to local organizations we can be a part of, volunteering whatever our special skills are.

Media can also support all feature films, documentaries and written word materials on human trafficking, especially those which not only decry the problem, but highlight achievable responses that combat the problem, such as our film Trade Of Innocents, which premieres this week.

Not Enough Money

Every month, the U.S. government spends twice as much on military marching bands as it does in a year to battle human trafficking, and more is spent in a single month fighting the War on Drugs than all monies ever expended domestically and internationally fighting slavery, even though the trade in people is tied for second most lucrative criminal enterprise, after the illicit drug trade, to the tune of $32 billion per year.  

“Every month, the U.S. government spends twice as much on military marching bands as it does in a year to battle human trafficking.”

Organized crime is branching into the human trade big time. A person as commodity is obtained either for free or extremely cheaply, then sold and resold, sometimes reaping a return 200 times greater than its initial cost within the first year.  

Media, both traditional and innovative, must cry foul at this blatant sin of omission by our own government and those abroad.  As in everything, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and although there are vital caucuses growing here consisting of trafficking survivor activists (CAST LA has one), most of the 27 million slaves in the world today have no mouthpiece, save us.

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, can we really stand by as slavery gets a free ride in the 21st century?

Money = Solutions

On the NGO side, the number of victims discovered, saved, supported through criminal trials to prosecute their traffickers, and ultimately rehabilitated so they may enjoy the destiny they were meant for is 100% dependent upon fundraising.  I will shamelessly use this opportunity to call for donations to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund to aid victims of human trafficking. It is one of the only worldwide grants out there currently awarding NGOs who directly help victims on the ground, instead of advocacy grants.

In a recent case involving a pedophile in Pattaya, Thailand, a notorious stomping ground for the purchase of boys, I was told by the leader of an NGO that rescues street children:

He loved to sexually abuse children, and he was arrested.  He paid off the lawyer, the police and the victim’s family so the child would not appear in court. On the other hand, the work that we [the NGO] are doing on this side of the case, we don’t even have money sometimes to buy the kids lunch. These criminal networks have so much power, so much influence, so much money … What [we need] are those people brave enough to take action against the opposing forces that influence.

Laws Not Being Enacted

In the U.S., only roughly 10% of police stations have any protocol to deal with human trafficking at all.   In a recent UNODC Global Report on Human Trafficking, two out of five countries signatory to the Palermo protocol against human trafficking had zero convictions of traffickers on the books at all.

I propose more watchdog organizations to observe if laws are being put into use. In Spain, I learned from an NGO that the law concerning giving suspected victims of HT a period of reflection (crucial for recovering from trauma, separating from traffickers and finding the courage to cooperate with law enforcement) had not been put to use once in the year following its introduction, even though there was a well-documented case of a pregnant Nigerian woman who wasn’t given the period and was rapidly deported back into her own country, even though several NGOs had certified that she was a trafficking victim.  When I informed local government officials of this disuse, they were absolutely surprised, having thought, once passed, they would be automatically put into practice.  

Media should monitor the number of cases taken on per year by law enforcement, and follow through from the initial arrests to the court trials. I was personally following a trial in Thailand while we were shooting Trade of Innocents there, involving two Uzbek victims of HT, who were coerced by their embassy to change their testimony and perjure themselves on the stand.  The real criminals went scot-free, and the terrified girls had to flee the country to avoid incarceration for perjury.

“If you run away, they will arrest you and throw away the key.  In this country, you are lower than a dog.”

The traffickers enjoy an atmosphere of impunity, both here and abroad.  The California sweatshop labor survivor told me her trafficker said, “If you run away, they will arrest you and throw away the key.  In this country, you are lower than a dog; people have organizations set up to help them. No one here cares about you!” Sentenced to only one year of house arrest, the trafficker was soon back on the road, trying to find the victim again by bribing and threatening her family in Mexico.  

Watchdog organizations need to make sure the laws are as tough on trafficking as they are on the other most severe crimes; Polaris Project can tell you where your state stands on that.

Solutions From the Business Community

Current laws in California and proposed on the federal level call for voluntary self-monitoring to keep slavery out of businesses’ supply chains, but I call for stiffer legislation that requires independent auditing.  

It’s not all bad news: A Harvard University study found “sales rose for items labeled as being made under good labor standards, and the demand for the labeled products actually rose with price increases of 10-20% above …unlabeled ones.”

Media can also help consumers make choices to patronize vendors who have zero tolerance policies. At the checkout counter, they can ask for goods verified to be slavery-free and vote with their dollars.

The Internet’s Sex Marketplace

Commercial sex creates demand for slaves, and the Internet is a huge marketplace for it, especially for trafficked youth.

If you are a man about to engage in commercial sex, just don’t.  There is no way to know if you are raping someone, and you will definitely create further demand for innocent women and children as sexual slaves.

When asked if mafias tried to control independent prostitutes, a survivor said, “Control, no.  Get rid of them, out of the zone, yes, so they could put their own women in their place … They gave them such ferocious beatings that they ended up in the hospital, up to the point where this person, out of fear of the beatings, gave up her area, so they can bring their own girls.”


Use their own weapons against them. Let the incredible power of the Internet search out and destroy pedophilic activities before they can purchase a child and destroy his or her life.  

I know that there are people working on efforts to profile pedophile behavior as a way to track the would-be criminals before they strike. Work on projects like Polaris’ Vision 20/20, which seeks to create a worldwide network of communication and synthesis of resources worldwide, linking activists, NGOs and law enforcement so that data can be shared, and that together (for cooperation is crucial) we can begin to get a leg up on the criminals.

In This Country: Huge Need for Training, Services and Safe Harbor

One of the most integral tools for the identification and rescue of victims and the prosecutions of perpetrators lies with in-depth training on human trafficking, not only for law enforcement, prosecutorial staff and the judiciary, but with all first responders, with the medical, educational, travel, educational, social services and foster care industries, so that they may all be able to recognize victims for the brief moments they surface, understand the laws they have at their service and the delicate treatment the victims will require.

Once these victims are brought in by law enforcement, it is absolutely critical that they are provided with all the services they need to recover and cooperate.  Currently, foreign victims of human trafficking are entitled by federal law to some of these services, but our own domestic minors, especially those who have been sexually trafficked, are not immediately given any of these services, not considered “victims of extreme abuse and neglect” by the state unless they have been trafficked by a relative.

The states where this does not hold true are the 11 which have passed “safe harbor” laws. These immensely necessary laws define children under 18 as victims of the severest form of human trafficking, and not perpetrators of the crime of prostitution.  Stiff penalties are assigned to the real perpetrators, and any criminal records that might otherwise haunt the victims are expunged.  They are given rights to housing, counseling, medical care, education, legal help, etc., even though at current time, the money is not being spent specifically to enable those services to be given. Senator Ron Wyden’s bill, which has been incorporated into the latest version of the TVPRA, would be a step in the right direction. And I personally call for all Democrats and Republicans to stop throwing up roadblocks over mandatory minimum sentencing and reproductive health issues to the re-passage of this crucial act for the sake of the victims.

Child Sex Trafficking

This touches on the subject of our film Trade of Innocents and the final issue I would like to bring up — that of child sex trafficking.  We made a film about children being sold for sex, and in the story, an American tourist is trying to buy the services of little Cambodian girls, but the fact is, it occurs all over the world.  I have had my heart broken by children not quite four-feet-tall and teenagers alike who have been bought and used again and again.  I must absolutely assert that no one under the age of 18, no matter what they may claim, has the mens rae, the legal, psychological or mental capacity to consent to their own sexual exploitation, and must never be treated as criminals.

I have met the most amazing survivors who always, when given a chance, try to help their sisters and brothers still in bondage.  As a former sex trafficking victim told me in the shelter where she now volunteers for younger rescued girls, “The men thought we were nothing.  That we were lower than cockroaches, that we were born for this.  But we are not nothing  — we were born for so much more than this!”  She is now studying to be a prosecutor to fight trafficking.

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Wikipedia Founder: Online Connections Foster Real Change


Jimmy Wales, founder of the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikipedia.org, spoke about digital campaigning for global health at the 2012 Social Good Summit on Monday. Gabriel Jaramillo, general manager of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, joined him on the panel moderated by Mashable‘s Pete Cashmore.

Wales stressed the benefits of a large-scale idea, as well as the importance of one-on-one connections during a cause’s awareness campaign in order to reach its goals. A cause that has this potential is Global Fund‘s new digital campaign, “The Big Push,” which it hopes will galvanize support and spread awareness among those wanting to eliminate deaths caused by these three diseases. Using the hashtag #TheBigPush, people around the world can share photos of themselves holding facts about these diseases.

Wales said that we’re very close to eliminating malaria, tuberculosis and the transmission of HIV, but if we stop working against them now, the progress we have made so far could be lost. The fact that The Big Push campaign has a global scope can lead it down the path to success.

“I always think that people are more excited, more willing to participate in an ambitious, audacious, giant idea than in some smaller ideas, as counterintuitive as that might [seem],” Wales said. “When I said a ‘free encyclopedia for every single person on the planet in their own language,’ I mean, that’s just huge. It seems impossible and daunting. You’d think people would be so intimidated by an idea that they wouldn’t even get started. But, in fact, they did get started and they got really excited by that because it’s just cool. It’s worth doing.”

The Global Fund’s metric of success will be zero deaths from malaria by 2015. “It’s an intellectual zero. It will never be zero, but it will be close to zero,” clarified Jaramillo. Also by the end of 2015, they hope to have an AIDS-free generation by preventing the transmission of HIV from mother to child.

Despite The Big Push campaign’s potential, Wales admitted that he’s a bit skeptical about the power of tweeting pictures to enact change. “I think there’s something deeper and more important that’s possible. First of all, you can get yourself informed. That’s really easy to do today… But also, one of the things that’s really exciting about [the Internet] is that we have the opportunity to actually talk to people in different parts of the world,” he said.

The human connection — that we have the ability to share human experiences one-on-one with people in the farthest corners of the globe — is what can actually change the world.

“People always think I’m going to come and talk about technology, but what I talk about is love — humans caring about each other. It’s really what makes all of this work,” Wales said.

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What Non-Profits Can Learn From Cat Videos


We all know the Internet loves cat videos on YouTube — but did you ever stop to think about why?

Jessica Mason of YouTube for Good did, and she says it comes down to their universal appeal.

“Cats, animals, babies, they do well on YouTube because they transcend boundaries,” Mason said on stage Monday at the Social Good Summit. “They make boundaries, language, cultural barriers, irrelevant.”

Non-profits can learn a lot from cat videos, but Mason distilled her take away points into three core principals: tell universal stories; engage regularly; and be surprising, original and action-packed.

Mason pointed to one of this year’s most popular non-profit videos — the image and emotion-rich video “It’s time,” from Australia’s Get Up — that didn’t use a single word to get its message across. Like cat videos, “It’s time” appeals to an international audience, because it doesn’t rely on language or localisms.

However, not all non-profits are trying to reach a global audience — and that’s okay. Mason’s second point, regular engagement, applies to organizations hoping to reach either a hyper-local or multi-national constituency. You should give your supporters video content on at least a weekly basis, sharing different aspects of your non-profit, from success stories to behind-the-scenes peeks into your office.

Mason’s final tip, to be surprising, original and action packed, stems from the reality that cats face fierce competition on the Internet.

“People don’t tune into cat videos to see a cat meowing at the screen and you shouldn’t be uploading videos of people sitting there staring at the screen,” Mason said.

What do you consider to be dos and donts for non-profits on YouTube? Let us know in the comments.


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U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice: Twitter Crucial to Her Mission


How do you responsibly conduct foreign policy with a haiku?

That’s what Susan Rice felt was the challenge when first introduced to Twitter. The United States Ambassador to the United Nations was a self-proclaimed “skeptic” of the power of social media.

“I thought it might cheapen the coin,” Rice said at this year’s Social Good Summit while speaking with Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore.

But Rice said she quickly changed her tune, realizing that Twitter and other social media outlets provide the tools and machinery to make everyone more aware of global issues, to bring great visibility to important issues in places that can’t be seen and engage people that are often overlooked in conversation.

And most importantly, Rice felt that the immediacy and briefness of tweets forced her and her colleagues to “distill messages to their very essence,” and forgo political doublespeak.

Now an avid Twitter user (as well as YouTube and Facebook), Rice says she uses her following to establish causes and bring change. Recently she reached out to the women of Libya via social media, encouraging them to register to vote and have their voices heard in the election. She even admits to calling out “bad guys” and dictators on Twitter for their reprehensible behavior.

Rice, appointed by President Obama, also spoke about the administration’s focus on using technology to make accountability and transparency a two-way street between the public and elected officials. Initiatives like Data.gov, she says, have given power to the people in understanding how the government works and how it can be more innovative in problem-solving.

She also recalled U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford’s effort to keep citizens informed by posting messages to Facebook about the location of Syrian tanks. This type of real-time updating would have been impossible without social media, said Rice.

“When it comes to foreign policy — this is not the most necessarily modern and agile aspect, traditionally, of American government, but under President Obama and Secretary Clinton, the State Department has harnessed social media to be a much more effective tool of our outreach,” Rice said.

But Rice stays somewhat realistic about the ability for social media to mobilize people to a point of making government obsolete. It’s important to remember social media is a tool, not a solution, she said, adding social media provides limitations in space and remains inaccessible in certain areas of the world that need it most, such as Zimbabwe.

Further, social media can be harnessed in negative ways, Rice said.

Cashmore agreed. “The tech itself is neutral, it’s what you do with it that counts,” he said.

The government will remain a central “part of the puzzle” in the fight for change, Rice said. She added that infrastructure, public education, and research and development are mainly responsibilities of the government, not of social media.

Has social media helped you feel more connected to global politics and issues? Tell us how so in the comments below.

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How Forest Whitaker Is Using Technology to Spread Peace


Actor, humanitarian and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Forest Whitaker gave an in-depth look at PeaceEarth, his new digital-first project designed to promote peace-building efforts around the world, on Sunday at the 2012 Social Good Summit.

Put simply, PeaceEarth is a non-profit focused on educating and empowering peacebuilders and global youth on the topics of peace and conflict resolution. It’s also involved with real-world, on-the-ground capacity building in societies emerging from conflict.

To accomplish those goals, PeaceEarth will engage with people living in war-torn societies and elsewhere, on its website and through social media. It will deliver a wide range of content, including sermons about peace from the Dalai Lama, as well as lectures about conflict resolution and peacebuilding from experts and professors. It will also serve as a digital locus for a global discourse on peace.

“[The website] is a nexus where people can help support peacebuilders in the world, give them resources and a space of commonality where they can talk and work together,” Whitaker says. “It’s the beginning of a dialogue.”

PeaceEarth, which launched Friday, will evolve and deliver new types of content as time goes on.

“We’re putting up a lot of material,” Whitaker says. “We’ll be filming individual testimonials from around the world. We’ll start to put up [peace] workshops that we’re doing, other people’s workshops, best practices that we see. There will also be documentaries. I’m excited about the possibilities; I’m excited to see what it means to fill a content stream in a broad way.”

During a roundtable discussion held during the summit, Whitaker took the technology-evolution metaphor a step further. He says he firmly believes that mobile technology can bring far-away people together in profound ways, a belief that’s at the core of PeaceEarth.

“I see computers and the Internet as an evolution,” Whitaker says. “It moves into the mystical and spiritual. In one second, we can touch a million people, and even move them. We’re all holding these [cellphones and laptops], but we think of them as things, not a part of ourselves. But if you look at them as an organic being, they become a new attribute that we have. This phone is a part of me. I think we’re evolving to understand that these things are part of us. As I wave my hand across here, it goes and touches you.”

What’s next for Whitaker and PeaceEarth? They’ll be embarking on a mission to unite peacebuilders across the newly-formed African nation of South Sudan, connecting them to the Internet so that they’re better equipped to promote peace.

“Our next phase will be going into South Sudan and working on a new peacekeeper network,” he says. “Our goal is to build the next peacekeepers of the world. We’ll cross South Sudan and train people on conflict resolution. We’ll put computers in their hands and create accessibility, help them communicate with each other.”

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Peter Gabriel Makes Case For Internet Freedom


Music phenom Peter Gabriel took the stage at this year’s Social Good Summit to tout the power of connectivity on Saturday.

Gabriel said he believes that connectivity has caused humanity evolve. It’s now a place of awareness and empathy, where people can recognize their own experiences in the lives of others, share their own stories and ultimately create change, he said.

“It’s just this whole other way of working,” Gabriel said. “It’s part of what makes people feel so powerful.”

Andrew Rasiej, a self-described “professional doer,” social entrepreneur and founder of Personal Democracy Media, spoke with Gabriel. Rasiej commented on the Arab Spring, and how the protests could not be quelled even when government leaders yanked the Internet cables out from underneath them.

“You can shut off the public Internet, but you can’t shut up the Internet public,” he said.

Gabriel agreed, saying the Internet “transcends,” and that protests can no longer be “contained and controlled,” like they used to be. He added, though, that people must be responsible when harnessing this power, as it can be used negatively.

“My biggest hope is that people’s power will become a reality,” Gabriel said. “My biggest fear is it’ll be turned on its head.”

Mobile, data and privacy is often a “cat and mouse game,” he said, adding that those with agendas may get there first.

But the Internet has a larger role than just politics, and Gabriel believes that every sector including healthcare, education, the economy and culture can be affected with connectivity — specifically, the power of mobile, which helps users access information immediately.

“This will empower us, and suddenly we have choices,” he said.

Gabriel is launching his own “earth catalog” for social good in Spring 2013. Thetoolbox.org will act as an ecosystem for action, something that people can visit to “get guidance or give help.” It will have a personal dashboard and accompanying app, he said.

What’s your biggest hope for the power of technology? Tell us in the comments below.

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What to Expect From This Year’s Fascinating Social Good Summit


Over the span of two days at the Social Good Summit, speakers will take the stage – some solo, some in panels – to discuss the ways in which technology is being used to create a better world. Topics range from how technology can be used to plan for extreme weather conditions to how drones can bring Internet connectivity to remote areas of the globe.

The full 2014 agenda is now available on the Social Good Summit site. Here you can find speakers, panelists, session themes and times all in one place. There will even be special appearances via Skype.

The agenda can also be found on the Social Good Summit event app. The Topi app will allow everyone at the 92nd Street Y, as well as people around the world, to access live streaming of the sessions, view the agenda and interact with one another. To use the app, simply download Topi from the app store and login by using the password “2030NOW.”

The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference about the intersection of technology and social good hosted by Mashable, the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the 92nd Street Y. The main event will be held at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on Sept. 21-22, and meetups will be held around the world.

Purchase your tickets now.

Date: September 21-22
Time: Noon – 6 p.m. each day
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Tickets: $70 per day, or $110 for both days
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