Phillippe: Leaders inspire change through social media
- Oct. 1, 2012
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Have you ever wanted to incite social change in our world but didn’t know where to start?
There is a large group of men and women using the realm of social media to try and change the world. Starting Sept. 22, men and women across the globe will be meeting in various locations for “The Social Good Summit” to trade big ideas that meet new media and will create innovative solutions to the issues pertaining to the world today, according to the Mashable.com.
Leaders from different areas of the world, like United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, American writer Deepak Chopra, the founder of the famous social media website Mashable.com Pete Cashmore, and the director of social strategy for the American Red Cross Wendy Harman, are in attendance to attempt to, “explore how communities and audiences are connecting with each other through social and digital innovations to solve global problems.”
Some of the things these individuals plan to use social media and technology for include fighting different diseases, affecting businesses, and issues of spirituality.
I find this fascinating because with the world the way it is, having problems and disagreements where we, as a social conscious group, are heading we have all of this technology and, through the avenue of social media, use our minds and abilities to bring real change to the world.
What makes this even more interesting is that you do not have to be a prominent leader to make a difference in the fight for social good. You too can take action in one of the most important discussions of our day. What you can do is attend or set up a social good meet-up in your city. The ultimate goal for these meet-up groups is to answer the question, “How can new technology and new media create solutions for the biggest problems facing our communities?” The secondary goal is to create one of the biggest, most global, and most powerful conversations the world has ever seen.
This is a very important question that we should not just put to our politicians or leaders, but we need to take up the responsibility. If we do our part and put our technology to use, we as the next generation could get our voices heard.
If you would like to join this cause, there is a social cause group that meets in Lawrence. They meet most Wednesday mornings at Signs of Life coffee shop from 7-9 a.m. At these meetings, the members discuss the new facets and improvements in the social media arena, as well as how they could use them for business and to improve the world around us.
If we come together and use the resources at our disposal of social media and new technologies, we can really take a hold of the vision put forth by the leaders of the first annual Social Good Summit, and better the futures of the next generations.
Phillippe is a senior majoring in American studies from Keller, Texas.
Brett is a senior from Keller, Texas majoring in American Studies. Read more from Brett Phillippe.