All-Access Preview of Upcoming 2012 Social Good Summit

On-The-Record Press Teleconference With Leaders From Mashable, 92y, United Nations Foundation, Ericsson, United Nations Development Programme, And The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

September 6, 2012


Alexis Krieg

Since 2010, the Social Good Summit has generated increasing attention and excitement, as a dynamic, open-to-all counterpoint to New York’s U.N. Week and the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. This year, something unprecedented will happen at the September 22-24 gathering of bloggers, press, celebrities, world leaders, youth, CEO’s, non-profits and everyday citizens sharing ideas on how to tackle global problems using social media: the first-ever Global Conversation. You can find out more about what this means and how it will work during an all-access, on-the-record telepresser on September 13 at 11:00 am ET. You will get a preview of this year’s Summit – and you will also have a jump on one of the most exciting stories happening this fall.

The Social Good Summit has become the go-to venue for conversations during UN Week on using social media and technology for good, and is the only space during UN Week that gives anyone, anywhere a seat at the table.  The event programming gives everyday citizens access to the types of conversations being had simultaneously at the UN General Assembly and through social media, promotes their voices and ideas for how we solve our world’s biggest challenges.

The Global Conversation takes place on Monday, September 24. Starting in Beijing, passing over to Nairobi and ending in New York City, the goal is to create a 24-hour conversation on the world’s biggest issues and how technology and social media are creating solutions. While these three cities will serve as the hubs for the Global Conversation, gatherings – both virtual and in person – will be happening in all corners of the world, including the hardest to reach places.

Join the conversation on Thursday, September 13, 2012, 11:00 am ET. This exclusive curtain-raiser will provide insights from Social Good Summit partners including:


  • Stacy Green, Head of Marketing and Communications, Mashable
  • Henry Timms, Deputy Executive Director, Strategy, Content and Innovation, 92Y
  • Elaine Weidman Grunewald, VP, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility
  • Kate James, Chief Communications Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Sigrid Kaag, Assistant Secretary General and Director of Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP
  • Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation
  • Aaron Sherinian, VP, Communications and Public Affairs, UN Foundation (Moderator)

When: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 11:00 am ET

How: To join the media teleconference, dial 1-800-351-4890 (U.S), 08000-288223 (UK), 1888-259-2914 (Canada) 1-334-323-7224 (International). Passcode: SOCIAL.

RSVP to Darley Tom at An audio recording of the discussion and information will be available upon request.


About Mashable: Mashable is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable’s 20 million unique visitors and 6 million social media followers have become one of the most engaged online news communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

About 92nd Street Y: 92nd Street Y is a world-class nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people at every stage of life to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness, and Jewish life. Through the breadth and depth of 92Y’s extraordinary programs, we enrich lives, create community and elevate humanity. More than 300,000 people visit 92Y’s New York City venues each year, and millions more join us through the Internet, satellite broadcasts and other digital media. A proudly Jewish organization since it’s founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and enthusiastically welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives.

About the United Nations Foundation: The UN Foundation connects people, ideas and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We are an advocate for the UN and help take its best work to scale through advocacy, partnerships, constituency building and fundraising.

About Ericsson: Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of communications technology and services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainable societies around the world. Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today more than 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers’ networks servicing more than 2 billion subscribers. We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company had revenues of SEK 226,9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

About UNDP: The UN Development Programme partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.