What Global Leaders At The Social Good Summit Taught Me And How It May Help Change The Face Of MS

Two weeks ago I had the honor of attending The Social Good Summit in New York City for three days of presentations by impassioned global leaders discussing a call to action to end worldwide challenges.

Held during UN Week, innovative and influential activists shared one goal.
How to make the world a better place, and how to put that goal into action.

The question was posed for all of us to ponder: In 30 years, how will technology, data and digital media shape our world?

To say each speaker moved me would be an understatement.
As an approved blogger I was not only honored to be a part of this exciting 3-day event, but I was also thrilled to learn about the myriad of paths one person can take to help even one other person in the world.
There were too many speakers to write about in this post, so I will list three that I feel are relevant to MultipleSclerosis.net readers.

1. Next Generation Brain Trust: Connecting Technology and Human Capacity to Propel Innovation and Empower Health Leaders:


  • Barbara Bush, @ghcorps, CEO and Co-Founder, Global Health Corps
  • Nina Nashif, @NinaNashif, CEO and Founder,Healthbox
  • Patty Nechael, @Patty Mechael, Executive Director, mHealth Alliance
  • Raj Kumar, @raj_devex, President, Devex

This group was impressive. Their youth, energy and compassion were palpable while explaining that collaboration (and not competition) with each other was the new norm.

Today, entrepreneurs are discovering that delivering quality care both here and abroad must be thought of in different ways, and today’s new health leaders are changing the industry.

Since most people around the world now own a mobile phone, using mobile health technology to combat disease is having a positive impact on healthcare as an industry.

New technology is helping seniors remain at home longer (this may also be applied to the disabled community) by enabling patients to reach out and connect with the medical community, family and friends (both on and offline).

You can read more about these organizations on their websites.

2. Making Malaria the First Disease Beaten by Mobile

Speaker: Martin Edlund, @MNM_Martin, CEO, Malaria No More

Malaria.  Do you ever think about it?  

In 1951, malaria in the United States was almost eradicated, yet across Africa EVERY 60 SECONDS A CHILD DIES from this preventable and curable disease.

Mr. Edlund demonstrated a powerful message to the audience.  As he spoke we followed him on Twitter, and instantly received $1.00 on our mobile phone. The idea of his new “Power of One” project is to take that dollar and donate it to a charity of your choice (of course you donate it back to his charity) showing the power of one single dollar to save one child from dying by malaria.

Isn’t that powerful? Think of the power mobile technology has when used for saving lives from illness and disease.

You can read more about his project on his website at MalariaNoMore.

3. From Passive to Active.  The Future of News: Combining Awareness and Activism


  • Pete Cashmore, @PeteCashmore, CEO and Founder, Mashable
  • Ian Somerhalder, @iansomerhalder, Actor/Entrepreneur
  • Bryn Mooser, @brynmooser, Co-Founder, RYOT.org
  • David Darg, @daviddarg, Co-Founder, RYOT.org

After the audience stopped swooning over these four handsome men, they soon realized that beauty isn’t everything.  Compassion, intelligence and thinking outside of the box to change how we receive our news are what these four bright men discussed.

Imagine seeing clipped pieces of news online, all of them ending with a call to action on how you can become involved in a cause.


This is exactly what RYOT.org is doing, and they are succeeding.  They are, as they say, turning the news format on its ear.

Let’s take their idea a step further and imagine reading an article about Multiple Sclerosis on RYOT.org that ended with a call to action.  Take that visual even a step further, imagining that call being answered with more fundraising (exponentially more due to their large readership), and, eventually, that money bringing about the research necessary to ultimately find a cure to MS.

Don’t you think their idea is extraordinarily brilliant?

I believe it’s sheer genius.

These three examples of global leaders working on social causes are a drop in the bucket of what I heard at the summit.

From Former Vice President Al Gore to U.S. Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power to Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we were mesmerized, enlightened and educated about the challenges faced in the modern world, and what a group of people are able to do to begin answering those challenges.

How will you answer the call to action for 2030?

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