Earlier this week I had an amazing opportunity to go to the Social Good Summit in New York and I must say it did not disappoint. It was an amazing experience to watch and hear some of the most inspiring people in the world talk about their life’s work and how they are dedicating everything to solve a particular issue or crises.
Its fascinating to watch individuals speak with such optimism and hope even when they have seen or actually been a part of so much misery. Our televisions and so called news outlets these days are swarming with so much ignorance and blatant disregard for the truth it begins to demise your optimism about our world. However, attending the summit really makes you appreciate those in the literal and figurative battle grounds each day.
There were so many amazing speakers and presentation that I know I forgot to mention some of the amazing quotes, but these are some of the ones that stood out to me when I heard them.
1: Quote from Ann Mei Chang of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID
“Innovation is necessary for us to end global poverty”
2: Quote given by Mick Ebeling of Not Impossible Labs
“We were able to make an arm for Daniel so he could feed himself for the first time in two years, then we were also able to train his village so they would have the potential to keep creating arms when we left”
3: Quote given by Alan Kasujja of BBC News
“Only 1% of refugee children actually end up at a university. This is why it is so important to put money into education”
4: Quote given by Muzoon Almellehan of Malala Fund
“Education is everything, without it we are nothing”
5: Quote by Kristian Jensen of Foreign Affairs Denmark
“We can change the world, we must change the world”
6: Quote by the late Elie Wiesel spoken by his friend Henry Timms
“Think higher, feel deeper”
7: Quote given by Rachel Kyte of Sustainable Energy for All
“Everyone can have access to clean energy, dont tell me it can’t be done.”
8: Quote given by Sarah Collins of Wonderbag
“We can cure time poverty, we are saving women five hours a day in the developing world”