Keeping the Social Good Summit Conversation Alive Amongst Our Networks

By Zein Odeh
posted on October 3, 2013 in Other

The last three days have been a whirlwind of ideas, concepts, solutions, and of course innovation. There is no doubt that when you bring together the best minds in the world, that creative and courageous solutions will occur. But how do we continue the conversation after the summit?

As an educator I often would start my day with my students with a quote. I would simply place the quote somewhere in the classroom and ask my students to reflect on the statement. What if we all reflected on a statement each day among colleagues, families, friends and peers?

Below are quotes I hope educators can use to inspire students across the world to take action.


“Give back. It does not have to be money. Just give. Give ideas, time, and advice. Just give!” -Helen Clark- Administrator, United Nations Development Programme.


“It's early days for impact in social issues. Millenniums want to the change the world”  -Jean Case, CEO Case Foundation


“Make the shift from talking about charity and talk about change”  -Kathy Calvin, CEO United Nations Foundation


“Find conflict free minerals”- Marcus Bleasdale, Photographer, National Geographic


“I want to see more men around the with twitter accounts standing up and speaking about women rights”  -Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, United Nations.


"Conscious consumption"  -Marcus Bleasdale, Photographer, National Gerographic.


“Young people are driven to leave the world in a better state”  -Zeenat Rahman, Special Adviser to Secretary Kerry for Goval Youth Issues, U.S Department of State


“Diverse tables make for better decisions and change” -Ahmed Alhedndawi, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, United Nations 


“ The U.N requires more global people and organizations to collaborate with to create more jobs. Who can create 500 million jobs?? Lets educate people and help them create business plans”- Ahmed Alhedndawi, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, United Nations 


“We try to capitalize in an emotion when you read the news in real time. The Millenniums don't just want to read the news they want to know what to they can do about it”  -Bryn Mooser, Co-Founder,


“It's the job of the private sector to engage people to want to help to a bigger cause” - Jessica Mathews, CEO, Uncharted Play, Inc.


“Why should we lock up our brothers or sisters if they have a drug problem. This is a health issue.”  -Sir Richard Branson, Founder the Virgin Group


“Think global, Act local”- Thomas Sabatino, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Walgreen Co.


“We have been incredibly deliberate with hiring international divers people” -Kate James,


“People connect to the overcoming of adversity” –Brian Sirgutz,


“Always look at what your competition is doing. Rip it Off. And Do it better!” -Simon Isaacs, CEO and Founder at GATHER


“You have to be prepared for harsh criticism in an open digital space” Simon Isaac, CEO and Founder at GATHER


“My dream is to see every girl educated, in ever country” Malala, Yousafzai, Pakistani school pupil and education activist


“Young people want to be involved….be inclusive when looking at solutions” HRH Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway.


“Climate is by far our biggest challenge” -Al Gore, Former Vice President.


“Change the 5-year old’s life today”, Seven-time Grammy winner, producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist.



Anyone who attended the Social Good Summit live or online, knows how incredible the energy, ideas and conversations were that took place among leaders in a variety of sectors. We owe it to ourselves and each other to keep the conversation alive.