Making an Impact, One Tweet @ a Time

June 10, 2012 BY Erin Dunne


Much like how comic book fans have Comic-Con, people like me who live and breathe social media in the international development field have Social Good Summit and now Rio+Social. Nothing gets me more excited than using the power of social media, especially Twitter, to connect people and create social good that will have the power to shape concepts and ideas that will change the world.

This is why I am excited to announce that we will be hosting a twitter chat this Tuesday, June 12th to start the drumbeat leading up to Rio. Join the UN Foundation and their partners Mashable, Ericsson, 92Y, EDP and more as we discuss how social media can play a role in discussing some of the largest problems facing our world. We will be touching on subjects like energy, women and girls, global health, technology, youth and more!

The greatest part of social media is it allows all of us to have a voice — from a young girl in Kenya, to a mother in Georgia, to a CEO in Brazil — each person can make an impact even in 140 characters!

Please join us this Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and add your thoughts, ideas and voice to our growing global conversation on sustainable development and creating a better world.  Follow the chat, using the hashtag #RioPlusSocial and be a part of the future we want.

Make sure to tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter to join in the fun too!

Tuesday June 12, 2012
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

@UNFoundation — United Nations Foundation
@Mashable — Mashable
@92Y — 92Y
@Ericsson — Ericsson
@MHealthAlliance — Mhealth Alliance
@SGEnergyforall — Sustainable Energy for All
@RioPlusSocial — Rio Plus Social


POSTED IN: Social Good, Campaigns & Initiatives, Get Involved, Global Issues, Smart Ideas, United Nations


Submitted by Federico Lambea on: June 14, 2012 What are expectations. and what are we waiting in the conclusions. The most important to me is Women's succes, Women's health, Women's safety. Do I could expect for? I hope.
Submitted by Adriaan Kamp on: June 14, 2012 MY wish for Rio+20: THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012 14th June, Oslo- Rio+20 Earth Summit- Let's look a little back. What happened in Rio in 1992? Agenda21 I remember very well how I met in the fall of 1992, at the Norwegian ONS (Offshore North Sea) Conference in Stanvanger the two senior representatives ( a gentleman and a lady) of the Shell Group- who had just returned from attending the Rio Earth Conference. How excited these two Shell staff were. How enthralled by the achievements and progress made. I remember sharing lunch and listening to their stories of the global village coming together- politics and business- and uniting around protecting the planet, whilst progressing it's people. They were clearly in the "clouds" Wow. I remember my feelings of excitement , and my longings to grow in roles alike them (I was then early 30's ...) So-perhaps a good reason to look a little back, and see what was agreed then and there. And perhaps inspire ourselves again, to better understand the source of the journey, and the source of a global village seeking to unite. The text of the agreement- then and there- was astonishing pure and simple in its content: 27 Principles. Twenty years onwards- we may conclude that these texts are still as relevant as ever- and could perhaps be updated with some latest thinking on Economy, Wealth distribution (Energy for the Poor) , Sharing and Preserving of Earth Resources (e.g. Mining and Petroleum Extraction), and how we wish to manage and organise the process of realization. Somehow, and along the journey- we seem to have lost track of the holistic nature of these principles. Next to that, the world has been, and for some time, adjourned into a derivative dialogue(re. climate change). In addition well-willing sustainable development officials started to create their own campaigns and agenda's- with a magnitude of proposed rules and regulations. Too big to handle. Now- at Rio+20, I would call our leaders to "go back" to the origins of the original Rio agreement- and to seek a new and better understanding for the concepts of growth, social justice and green growth. To lay down a new agreement of 27 Principles- and belonging to our time, and our world challenges- as we presently do see and understand. To agree on the (lean and mean) Execution Organization- for the realization of these 27 principles. To simplify and de-mistify the importance of much of the SD organisations partaking, and to scale-back in size and dimensions. To make the new agreement of 27 Principles carried forward by the leaders of the important social power and wealth block of our world. The BRICS (or BASIC), The OECD, G77, OPEC/Gaspec (Energy Industry and nations), The poor and deprived. And to make it happen. To create the Executive organizations- who can follow-up, monitor, educate and realize the evolution of our global civilization toward these goals. Enough said.
Submitted by Saleem Afzal on: June 13, 2012 Hello, Help others is the only way to fulfill the hols in every corner of life. God Bless UN. Saleem Afzal
Submitted by Anonymous on: June 13, 2012 I sincerely hope this time the discussions will have a real impact on creating a better world.
Submitted by Paul Kimmel on: June 12, 2012 We need indices of sustainability and cultural understanding to supplement current measures of our global and national standing.
Submitted by Lina Cuartas on: June 12, 2012 Universal Responsibility is the key to evolution and it is tackled one individual at a time, built on personal relationships and inspired by shared passions, so be vocal and loud about whatever it is that you feel strongly about!
Submitted by Paula LaPierre on: June 12, 2012 I recommend that the current Algonquin Land Claim process be modified, preserving cultural integrity, as an international pilot project that integrates the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as an opportunity for the development of a new model of international Treaty committed to socially responsible sustainable development. This new Treaty model, in accordance to the rule of law, should protect all natural persons against encroachments that negatively affect human rights, intergenerational responsibilities, environmental integrity, and social justice principles.
Submitted by Linda on: June 12, 2012 We need globaliztion of establishing free markets, democracy, and progressive social and economic developments while limiting corporations that lack integrity, citizenship and ethical standards within their individual countries which creates a wedge in trade negotiations, worsening the very problems globalization was meant to fix and resulting in gargantuan disparities.
Submitted by Dr Adv Ujwala D Andrews on: June 12, 2012 Great!

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