Inside the Heads of Keynote Listeners

By Zein Odeh
posted on October 3, 2013 in Other

Did you know that there are Keynote Listeners sitting among participates and journalists at the Social Good Summit? Having a keynote listener is an excellent way to collaborate and consolidate information throughout the day.


On Monday, September 22nd  the following guests were Keynote Listeners at the Social Good Summit: Judith Rodin, Ph.D/ President, The Rockefeller Foundation, Michael Ellion President & CEO, ONE and Jim  Yoong Kim  President of the World Bank


Interested in knowing what their thoughts?

Judith Rodin, Ph.D/President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Questions pondered:

1) How do we Take 21st Problems and Find Solutions?

-Thoughts: Find new frameworks, find solutions, look for new partners, and listen to the different platforms.

2) How can I create think outside of the box?

-Thoughts: We need to look at different ways to think outside the box. We need to recognize how networks are changing the conversations. People are willing to take risks and risk taking is the new skill in the 21st Century.

3) How Do We Innovate?

-Thoughts- Job creation must be on the forefront of global discussions. There is a sense of urgency to have a clearer picture of the job statistics of youth. Jobs are changing and the youth want to create their own jobs, how can we help them create business plans? We need to bring the 2/3 of the population who is offline (no access), online. Connections are being made between across pubic, private and civil society. Be part of the conversation.


Michael Ellion President & CEO, ONE

Three Themes:

  1. Technology

Youtube, twitter, what will be next? The pace of technology is faster and faster. The “connectedness” and speed over the last 20 years has transformed all work environments.

  1. Impact of Millennium Generation

A generation with a very “practical optimism” they have a grounded sense of what is doable are aware of the reality on the ground. The Millennium Generation asks: “what can realistically be done?”. Overall they are optimistic and action oriented.

  1. We are ONE WORLD. WE must work together to strive for solutions. Entremeperiuens have a new role.

Mr. Ellion believes, that these problems but can be solved due to the optimism of the Millennium generation. However he urged people to be realistic, and recognize that these problems cannot be solved quickly or easily. Before tackling such issues, justice for all should be reached which will enable a fair playing field for everyone. People need to have the same resources such as energy, clean water and health. Mr. Ellion called for all community member to solve problems in a realistic manner where people work together. He envisioned both private and non private sectors, entrepreneurs and cross generations coming together.  In a nutshell, the potential is there, it is up to this generation to decide whether they will do it.


Jim  Yong Kim - President of the World Bank

Mr. Kim started with a reflection on the Kenya Bombing. He spoke about the victims and expressed remorse for all involved.  Mr. Kim linked poverty as the root cause to war. He urged the audience to tackily poverty in order to gain peace.

So what would it take to end of poverty?

According to Mr. Kim three main factors must be addressed in order to eradicate poverty.

  • Economic growth- jobs have to include women, younger people, the poor. Everyone has to be included. The bottom line is that poor want to be lifted and the middle class want a better future.
  • Social Movement: Concerts, platforms, petitions. Leaders, Philanthropists, Governments need to know that Millennium generation cares. He told the audience that it is society's duty to be part of social moments and that there is a an urgency for global movement to happen in order to end poverty. 
  • Collaboration: To end extreme poverty everyone must be involved. In the fight to end poverty, terrorism, wars and inequality will come to an end. Peace and development need to go together, the key to peace is ending poverty.

Mr. Kim ended with a pledge and a commitment from the audience to end poverty.

The Keynote Listeners spoke at different times throughout the day, allowing for all participates to reflect on the different ideas and concepts spoken throughout the day.