On September 17, 2017, leaders from government, business and nonprofits gathered alongside celebrities, activists, journalists and concerned citizens at the 92nd Street Y in New York City for the 8th annual Social Good Summit (#2030NOW) to discuss how technology, media and activism can build a better world. While we’d essentially need to just link to a video of the entire nine hour day to capture all the powerful, thought provoking and inspiring quotes, I’ve pulled together fifteen quotes that I felt really resonated.
Here they are, in no particular order.
15 Powerful Quotes from the Social Good Summit
- “How we manage and harness technology for the good of mankind is the key issue of our time.” – Henry Timms, Executive Director, 92Y
- “There’s no doubt that technology empowers everyone – are we going to use it for positivity and change, or to close ourselves off?” – Pete Cashmore, Founder & CEO, Mashable
- “It’s no longer a question of whether young people can take leadership, it’s whether the rest of the world can keep up with them.” – Jayamatha Wickramanay, UN Youth Envoy
- “People are voting with their wallets – choosing to do business with companies that share their values.” – Bob Weir, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and Founding Member of the Grateful Dead
- “At the end of the day, these are children – they are not refugees, they are not whatever other labels may be placed upon them – these are young people with lives and dreams, and we need to make sure their voices are heard”.– Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO, UNICEF USA
- “My entire life of activism was begun because the UN said to kids ‘you can help, and you should help because you can.’” – Whoopi Goldberg, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and award-winning actor, producer and television host
- “Our job as NGOs is to show there isn’t just suffering, there are solutions.”– David Miliband, President & CEO, International Rescue Committee
- “I don’t want to live in a world where my sons and other decent people are held responsible for the criminal, immoral or inhumane acts as other people just because they come from the same geographic area.”– Joumana Haddad, Lebanese author, public speaker, journalist and women’s rights activist
- “It won’t be the content creators that change the world in a world where everyone creates content, it will be the content curators. In 2030, the content curators will be the new power brokers.”– DeRay Mckesson, American civil rights activist
- “Street art doesn’t care what you want to see on the way to work, it’s there to get your attention and to confront you.”– Aaron Huey, National Geographic photojournalist and documentary photographer
- “We wanted to show all people, in Syria and around the world, that even in the ugliest of wars, there is always a glimmer of hope of people who are trying to do good.” – Mounir Mustafa, Deputy Head, The White Helmets (Syria Civil Defense)
- “If you can innovate behind-the-scenes, you can bridge the gap between a good idea and a great solution.”– Erica Frenkel, COO, Gradian Health Systems
- “Young people can use their social media and their following to not only draw attention to an issue but to educate people how to take action.”– Madame Gandhi, musician and activist
- “At the end of it all, there are people behind all of this [data and policies].”– Monica Tavares, Vice President, Hispanic Federation
And last but not least, Jamie Lannister made a statement when talking about Game of Thrones fan theories about the white walkers representing climate change:
- “Summer is coming.” – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador and actor
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