Viagra, Texting and Measurement: Day One at Mashable’s Social Good Summit

Fall Conference season started off with a bang at the 2011 Mashable Social Good Summit. Let me tell you, when good meets social media, I am a happy woman.

To say that I had ball on the first day would be an understatement. Year after year, the conference has proven to be the one of the best place to get the latest word on what’s happening in the social good and tech worlds. Here are my top take-aways:

Ted Turner is a Trip – The Chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc and the United Nations Founder was feeling quite sassy and the perfect opening keynote. He offered insights into CSR, politics, Viagra and answered the question about the UN Foundation still being relevant. The best quote: We’re gonna kick their ass.

Young people aren’t slackers – I got a chance to hear from the UN Foundation’s very first UN Youth Champion, Monique Coleman. The girl is a beast. She has traveled to over 20 countries in the name of spurring young people to use social media to do great things offline and online. Check her out on Twitter @gimmemotalk

Charity Water Cares About Measurement – The organization that started as one big party showcased it’s new initiative, Dollars to Projects which takes accountability to the next level: you fundraise, they send 100% of your money to the field and when the projects are complete, they prove it. Can you imagine that? You actually get to see where your money is going! I predict this move will force the competition to step up their accountability game.

Intention Must Meet Action – Idealist.org Founder Ami Dar believes the world is full of amazing ideas but there’s a big gap between intention and action. Dar says that we need to address ‘Meta Problems’ to get there. His solution? Getting people online offline locally to impact change. He’s starting in NY. Check out idealistnyc.org.

Teens Text Too Damn Much – Always a treat, Do Somethings CEO, Nancy Lublin sang (poorly) and shared that teens text at the rate of 3,339 text per month with girls and minority youth at the helm. Furthermore, there is a 100-percent return rate (dayum)! Now, Do Something is using the power of texting to impact good through a new initiative which will launch this week. That’s BIG.

Kids, it was a joy. I’m off to my second day and looking forward to what it will bring. Want more on Day One? Go here.

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