Day One at the Social Good Summit

By Richard Bobo, @richard_bobo
posted on September 23, 2013 in Other

At approximately 11:50 AM I walked into the 92nd Street Y, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Headed in with a team of 15 Foreign Language Fellows representing the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, I was excited to experience day one of the Social Good Summit

There were four different areas to check-in. All with lines that could be better described as massive human herds hurrying to get in. One line was for general registration, another for speakers, a third for VIP, and a final one for digital media.

Once checked-in there were several spaces that people spent the day. There was the main auditorium, the Digital Media Lounge, a general media room of sorts, and all of the hallways.

People were dashing in and out, cameras were flashing, and interviews were being conducted everywhere. In the auditorium you could look across the crowd and see faces glowing with the light of smart phones, tablets, laptops, and cameras.

In the digital media lounge you could see a room full of people with laptops set up, power strips galore, a live viewing screen and twitter feeds scrolling nonstop on every computer.   

No matter which room or hallway you were in, you could feel the excitement, the energy. The buzz of so many minds working at top speed.

Having not memorized every speaker’s face, it felt as though whoever I was standing next to could be the CEO of Mashable, the founder of World Pulse, or even the Crown Princess of Norway.  I would not know the difference until I saw them walk onto stage.

Regardless of who the person next to me would turn out to be, everyone was here for the same reason. We all want to make a positive difference in the world and there was something both humbling and inspiring about this.

Humbling because there’s still so much more I want to do, and inspiring because I feel like I can.