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DO SOMETHING :: Inspiration from #SGSGlobal

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I’d be really surprised to hear anyone say that they were unaware of the Social Good Summit that occurred this past weekend, thanks to Mashable and other key players. If you are connected to philanthropy in any way, you’ve likely heard about this grand event in some capacity through various social media channels.

I’ve seen so many articles, blog posts, and of course, the big news story — the launch of the United Nations Foundation’s GlobalGood Challenge. In exchange for lending your voice to advocate for some of the world’s greatest issues — and engaging your network of connections to do the same — you have the opportunity to win unique prizes. This is just one of the innovative uses of social media created by this incredible Social Good Summit. I’m eager to see what else will be born out of this important event.

The UN Foundation makes a very strong case for participating in the GlobalGood Challenge on their website:

“WHY IT MATTERS: Every 20 seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. Nearly 1 million people die each year from malaria. More than 1 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. Approximately 10 million girls under the age of 18 are married every year against their will.”

I’ll certainly be lending my voice to the GlobalGood Challenge, and I hope that you will too. We live in a world where there are endless opportunities to help others. Don’t miss your chance to make a difference that could change someone’s life.

My favorite blog post came from Charles Bentley of Arm Chair Advocates. He summarized the greatest quotes from each day, and I had to synthesize these to share my favorites. I hope that these quotes inspire you to DO SOMETHING to create a better world for everyone! Get started today, however it feels best for YOU. Just DO SOMETHING.

“Data by itself is useless. Data is only useful if you apply it.” -Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, discussing the power of innovation in government. @todd_park 

“What defines service is a commitment to those beyond yourself.” -Ambassador Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the United Nations @AmbassadorRice

“Now every company has to stand for something, and stand for something good, because this generation demands it.” -Deborah Dugan, CEO of RED, @debdugan

“You’ve got your time, you’ve got your dime, and you’ve got your voice. You’ve got to use all three.” -Maggie Fox, President and CEO, Climate Reality Project @ClimateReality

“Your brain is your greatest weapon. Connect it to your heart, and you can go anywhere.” – Angelique Kidjo, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador @angeliquekidjo

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