The urgent appeal for blood donors went out on Facebook and a TV show called ‘Aamrai Bangladesh’ (We are Bangladesh). Within two weeks, 5 000 people had donated blood. It was a perfect example of the power of social media to do good.
2012 was a year of many diverse events – the continuing Arab Spring the global recession, Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars, Hurricane Sandy, Obama’s reelection as US president, debates over the regulation of the internet, and the Rio+20 summit.
I’ve found it incredibly rewarding and an honor to be leading part of the teaching at Hope North in Uganda with the team from PeaceEarth.
I am writing from Uganda, where we have completed our first day of deployment with Connect To Learn and PeaceEarth.
This year’s Social Good Summit has come to a close, but the power of these three days remains etched in my mind. People from around the world came together to focus on the potential that social media and technology have to make the world a better place.
A total of 235 meetups took place globally on September 24 in conjunction with the Social Good Summit in New York. We were one of them in Stockholm.
The Rio+20 Earth Summit ended last week, without a clear consensus on sustainable development goals. An agreement, called The Future We Want, was prepared, but it lacked specific and measurable targets, although for the first time we are seeing some clearer references to ICT.
At the Rio+Social event that took place in Brazil last week, with the help of social media, leaders from around the world took the discussions about a sustainable future to a global audience.
Ericsson’s Dodi Axelsson speaks from the Rio+Social event in Brazil, which Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg spoke at yesterday. Some of the overriding themes of the event were mobility and connectivity, call to action, getting involved in the conversation and how we should not rely on one company or one idea, but a collective effort and….
The theme of Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, is “Commit to the future we want.” It’s an ambitious goal and some say it’s already doomed to fail. How can the world develop a sustainable economy in this age of economic turmoil? What role will cities play in the future as more and more….