On September 20, as global leaders head to New York for United Nations Week – including a historic summit on global issues known as the “Millennium Development Goals” (MDGs) and the annual General Assembly – Mashable, 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation will bring together leaders from the digital industry, policy and media worlds for a groundbreaking Social Good Summit focused on how technology and social networks can play a leading role in addressing the world’s most intractable problems.
Speakers will participate in person and via Skype video calls. As a media partner, CNN.com will be live-streaming select parts of the event. Participants include:
- Ted Turner, the Chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc. and former Vice Chairman of Time Warner Inc., the world’s leading media company. He is the founder of CNN, an environmentalist and a philanthropist. Turner created the UN Foundation 1998 with his historic gift in support of the United Nations.
- Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook and founder of Jumo, an innovative startup that aims to link millions of individuals to organizations working to change the world beginning this fall. Hughes also directed online organizing for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
- Howard W. Buffett, Policy Advisor in the Executive Office of the President of the United States under President Barack Obama.
- Jessica Jackley, Co-founder of Kiva, the world’s first peer-to-peer online microlending website and one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history.
- Judy McGrath, CEO of MTV networks, overseeing MTV, MTV2, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon among other media properties.
- Pete Cashmore, CEO/Founder of Mashable and one of the Huffington Posts’ Top 10 Game Changers in 2009.
- Ray Chambers, the United Nations’ Special Envoy for Malaria, and founder of Malaria No More.
- Susan Smith Ellis, CEO of (RED), who has partnered with iconic brands like Apple and Nike to leverage the collective power of consumers and raise funds for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
In contrast with official events that week, which will largely be invitation-only affairs for government leaders and official representatives, the Mashable and 92nd Street Y Social Good Summit is open to the public and will enable millions to join the conversation in person or via livestreaming.
“The Social Good Summit is a watershed moment for harnessing the potential of social media for the social good,” said Sol Adler, Executive Director of 92nd Street Y. “This Summit will bring together leaders of new media and of global development for the kind of exchange that can spark collaborations of unforeseen potential.”
Mashable, the Social Good Summit’s lead organizer, is the top source for news in social and digital media, and 92 Street Y is the renowned nonprofit cultural and community center recognized for its commitment to the open exchange of ideas and perspectives.
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Since posting this story, Annie Lennox has canceled her appearance at the event.