I got to shake Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s hand at last year’s Social Good Summit. I’d like to write that in caps, but I don’t want you to think I’m shouting at you. I still freak out when I think about it. Desmond Tutu people!!! AMAZING. OK, now I’m shouting — but it’s the joyful kind :).
I’ve followed his writing and speeches for decades. His conversation with former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, brought the house down with laughter and tears. I tweeted like a mad woman through the whole thing. I felt lifted up and called to action. I was challenged out of my comfort zone and moved to do more and do it better.
Back stage, I prepared for my own conversation with ABC’s David Muir and UNICEF’s Dr Rita Rao Gupta shortly after the Archbishop and President Robinson. And there was the moment. Desmond Tutu and I locked hands in a firm grip, and eyes in a moment of “I see you” — one human being to another. Something he has always done with power and grace.
I rarely get nervous when I speak in public. But I was shaking like never before after that moment. What could I, a mom blogger, offer the world stage 10 mins after Desmond Tutu (and then actor Richard Gere, oh yes!) left it?
Turns out, I could talk about what I do online, which is what you do on your blogs, your Facebook pages, your Twitter feeds. I could share my voice and invite my community to act on behalf of those who cannot. And it mattered just as much as what the superstars and the experts had to say.
The Social Good Summit is a digital media event created at New York’s 92nd St Y, with Mashable and the United Nations Foundation and other key partners, to allow ordinary people like me and you, to access the conversation of the United Nations’s work and their annual General Assembly in New York.
This September, if you can get to New York for a few days, and if you’re a blogger, you are invited to sign up for free to attend the 2012 Social Good Summit on September 22-24. Don’t miss this!!! If there is any way you can make it, apply NOW! Yes, I’m shouting again, the good kind!
This year’s speakers include Nick Kristof, Deepak Chopra, Forest Whitaker and many, many more! You will learn so much. More importantly, you’ll be armed with ways you can act now to solve the world’s big problems. Because it will take all of us!
If you can’t be in New York, the event will be livestreamed. Follow@socialgood on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook to be in the loop! Don’t miss this chance to be an insider as the United Nations comes together with us.
Photo Credit: United Nations Foundation
Cannot wait to be there and soak up all the awesome that will surround us.
Great post! I’m shouting joyfully with you!
Deciding to take the plunge and book a ticket to NYC for Social Good Summit was a lesson for me in leadership & humility! I wrote about it in the same spirit as you write- Your voice matters! http://carrieleeferguson.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/leadership-humility-how-they-play-on-the-court-together/
Oh great thanks Chrysula! I will definitely follow on Livestream. Deepak Chopra! Love his work.
Love BlogFrog, helps us connect. Will be linking up on Twitter for sure.
Chrysula, Thanks for reading my post! I’m so excited to meet you and can’t wait to soak it all in. Yay!! See you in New York :)
Wish I could be there!! I will be watching / following online as I did last year. Will be sure to follow your tweets too Chrysula!
Sarah, Tiany, I’ll be looking for you in the stream for sure! Wish you were coming, but you’ll still LOVE it! (shouting again). J
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