Humans have an amazing capacity to innovate; we also have an amazing capacity to care about each other. When these capabilities come together, the results can be extraordinary.
Researchers witnessing human suffering -- soldiers dying of infection during World War I, children stricken with polio and other diseases -- have discovered life-saving vaccines and antibiotics. Agriculturists have seen hunger and starvation and worked to improve crop output.
In this era of cutting-edge technology and mass communication, we're seeing more and more examples of innovation for social good:
- Solar lamps designed to light up hospital rooms in communities that lack reliable access to electricity;
- Crowdsourcing technologies that help on-the-ground teams more effectively respond to humanitarian disasters;
- Mobile phones that provide new and expectant mothers living in remote communities with health care information;
- Online petitions to press powerful establishments for change; and so many others.
The Social Good Summit brings together -- both online and in person -- activists, technology experts, entrepreneurs and world leaders to share ideas, make connections and push for progress on international development issues. The summit explores a range of topics, from how to use gaming technologies for change to how social media can help anti-poverty advocates get their message out. Participants are discussing the latest cutting-edge developments and learn about exciting new initiatives to tackle the world's toughest challenges.
This year's summit will also feature a landmark global conversation on today, September 24th. Over the course of a day, participants at connected summits in Beijing, Nairobi and New York, plus more than 200 meet-ups around the world, will discuss how technology can improve -- and is improving -- lives in local communities and around the world.
Finding global solutions will require global input. To deliver new solutions and usher in a brighter tomorrow, we need to tap into the ideas and capabilities of people across borders and across sectors. We hope you will join the conversation.
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