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When trying to explain to people who are not working, or interested in tech, why I get such a kick out of The Summit, my response is clear:
It’s not about tech, it’s about life, it’s about people, it’s about change.
One of the greatest highlights of the Summit this year was the opportunity to learn about outstanding initiatives that are having a significant impact on how we engage, support, promote and fund social issues.
Looking back at the social changers that I met, or heard, including Cindy Gallop (If We Ran the World / MakeLoveNotPorn) Tony Hawk (Hawk Foundation), Scott Harrison (Charity : Water), Ben Ratray (Change.org), and Kathryn O’Shea from Change Nation (Ashoka.org), there seems to be a common thread throughout their projects:
1. There’s a problem that needs fixing.
2. What can we do about it?
3. Let’s Do it
4. Let’s do it, differently.
Cindy Gallop opened her talk last week referring to Old World Order business:
“Systems, processes and structures haven’t changed. It actually doesn’t matter how brilliant you think anybody speaking on this stage is. It doesn’t matter what disruptive innovative ideas any of us spark in your brain. If you go back to the office and plug all of that brilliance, innovation and disruption back into the same old world system and process you’ll get the same old world order crap coming out the other end”
Her talk was about business, but the need to transform, shake and change, includes our social and charity models.
If you have a few minutes, these fascinating projects they are working on will truly inspire you:
CHARITY : WATER
TONY HAWK FOUNDATION