Going Global with Social Good

by CPXample on 09/23/2011

 Day three at the Social Good Summit was about going global with technology and social media.  The scheduled speakers were some of the world’s most inspiring leaders who had come to the Social Good Summit to share their stories about how they are using technology to change their corner of the world.  Guests like Archbishop Desmond Tutu; the President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete; and Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank all came to tell their story and connect with the attendees at the event.

President of the Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, receiving the Social Good Award from Aaron Shirinian, VP of Communications and PR, UN Foundation

Opening the day was President Jakaya Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania as he was awarded the Social Good Award for his commitments to furthering technology and new media solutions in his country.  When asked how he felt about the advancements and new technological capabilities in post maternal health in Tanzania, President Kikwete responded with, “Child deaths have been cut down by nearly half since 2005, but it’s not good enough.  We have to keep making advances.  By 2015, we hope to reduce the death rate by 75%.”

President and CEO of Ericsson, Hans Vestberg, presents cell phones to the First Lady of South Africa, Madam Tobeka Zuma and Dr. Ida Odinga, wife of Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya.

On stage next was the First Lady of South Africa, Madam Tobeka Zuma and Dr. Ida Odinga, wife of Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya.  The two ladies were interviewed by Vocal Artist, Yvonne Chaka Chaka about the importance of social media and bloggers as an essential and cost efficient tool for NPOs.  Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson then came onstage to present cell phones to the women as they each attempted to create a tweet for the first time. 

 

Dr. Muhammad Yunus posing with Vocal Artist, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and UN Foundation CEO, Kathy Calvin

Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, also spoke at day three of the Social Good Summit.  His demeanor alone was enough to inspire anyone to go out and do something good for humanity and that was the basis of his discussion.  “All it takes is one person.  Any individual has the power to change the world, anybody.  All we have to do is use that power.”

 To see more pictures from the day’s events, visit our Flickr page.  To learn about what other great things went on at the Social Good Summit, follow us on Twitter @cpxample.  Stay tuned for our final notes on the Social Good Summit coming up next.

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