As I sit here at my desk typing with a steady flux of rain pounding at the window, I’m kind of sad that Mashable’s Social Good Summit is over. The past four days have been some of the best of the year.
Turns out, I wasn’t the only one impressed by the convening. The Summit which, is jointly hosted by Mashable, the UN Foundation, and 92nd Street Y, and was sponsored by Ericsson, drew more than 1,600 new media notables and innovators registered for the in-person event, including three Nobel Prize Laureates, world leaders, activists, U.S. government officials, movie stars, business leaders, bloggers, and journalists. Organizers estimate more than 100,000 have watched the Livestream of the Summit proceedings to date, totaling more than 1 million hours of footage watched.
Making surprise appearances at the Summit were Dr. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, First Lady of the Dominican Republic, and actor and activist Richard Gere.
Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Lance Armstrong, Founder and Chairman of LIVESTRONG, Tony Bates, Chief Executive Officer of Skype, Barbara Bush, CEO and Co-founder Global Health Corps, Beth Comstock, Chief Marketing Officer and SVP, GE, Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, Ted Turner, Chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc. and Founder and Chairman of the United Nations Foundation, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Serena Williams, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and countless more hit the stage with ideas for the future of change and social media.
I am pooped but but pleased.
Earlier in the week a rep from Ericsson asked me if the future for change and tech looked bright. How could it otherwise with all of the energy behind it? I just lucky that every day I get to play my part in it all.
For more on the wrap up on Mashable’s Social Good Summit, go here.