Do these themes resonate with you and your community?
What themes and topics arose in your Meetup that others should be aware of? What are we missing?
What’s happening now in your community? Do you have any examples of new collaborations, projects, or connections you can share?
We also want your help as we think about what’s next for 2013. How can we continue to come together as a global community to take on big challenges, celebrate new solutions, and share what we’re learning.
When organizers in Montenegro asked their Meetup about how technology can help their community, the response was unanimous: open government data and tools empower everyday citizens to help improve democracy.
In Beirut, Lebanon, 60 attendees sat down for working sessions on citizenship and peace building, the role of media, and empowering women.
In their meetup, the Lebanon team developed ideas for next steps, including recommendations to “draft a new media law which leads to the elimination of sectarian domination … and releases it from [centralized] control;” and to “activate the citizens participation in the Media so that every citizen can be a witness “
We want to hear what ideas you have to turn this conversation into action. What recommendations would you issue to the social good community? Tell us here.
In her blog post for Impatient Optimists, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Kate James explains why China is a critical force in the global conversation:
“It was important to have China at the heart of the conversation, despite the obvious challenges presented by time zone differences and translation complexity. The size and scale of social media usage in China is enormous —Tencent’s WeChat platform alone boasts over 200 million users — and the commitment of Chinese social media companies to using social media for social good is unprecedented.”
One of the big takeaways from the Beijing event? Major media organizations setting aside competition to address social issues.
“In East Africa, the technology scene is booming with techies who are making a difference in their communities through creativity and innovation. One of these individuals might just create the next big mobile app in the region.” Africa Review
The Nariobi tech scene was on full display at the Social Good Summit last weekend, with sessions on governance, entrepreneurship, gaming and more. Ashoka reported back with lessons learned from the event:
3 Takeaways from #SGSNairobi: Tie problems & solns in tech, the sky is the limit, proper regulation’s important, power of youth #sgsglobal