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Social Media’s Power As A Tool For Good

Social Media’s Power As A Tool For Good

 

Egypt’s “Facebook Revolution” early this year spawned the Arab Spring and highlighted the internet’s role as an incredibly powerful tool for social change. From politics to philanthropy, advocacy and awareness, social media’s ability to mobilize for good continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

Mashable’s 2nd Annual Social Good Summit next week is set to explore that growth and come up with innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. The Social Good Summit, in collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, dovetails with U.N. Week, when world leaders converge on New York and the United Nations General Assembly every September.

The Social Good Summit brings together some of the most innovative leaders spanning the social good spectrum — from Muhammad Yunus, the father of microfinance  to activist and actress Geena Davis to humanitarian Elie Wiesel — to discuss how the power of technology and social media can help solve issues ranging from healthcare to poverty to malnutrition to gender inequality.

In anticipation of its Social Good Summit, Mashable has put together a list of what it considers the most important resources for making a difference on the social web. The list includes more than 70 organizations and groups that are using the web in creative ways.

Care2 will be at the Social Good Summit next week so be sure to check back for our coverage.

 

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3:20PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

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1:35AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

social media is the part of good world. thanks dada.

6:13AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

I know what you mean @Allen J. I post petitions and socially-relevant news on my FB page and a dummy posted on one of my petitions I shared, "Do you get paid to post these?" I was thinking, wow. Just wow. It seems to me that most people I seem to have associated with over my life, and who have ended up on my FB list, would rather comment about a football game or a restaurant, rather than share an important petition or such. It's good to have Care2!!

5:27AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:32PM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

I agree with Julianna, it seems like a majority of people who are most active on facebook are the typical "Amuricuh", praising type of willingly-ignorant people who would much rather share a story about a football game than a story regarding an important petition or matter that will affect subsequent generations and other people around the world. I am not saying caring people are not active on facebook-they are just a small percentage that needs to grow. With that said, facebook is an extremely powerful tool for sharing crucial subjects and raising awareness for great cause, but due to the above mentioned amount of people a lot of times it is less powerful than it can be. I feel that so long as the strong people (like those of us on Care2 that DO share petitions and stories) continue to share, re-post and share some more, eventually the ones who ignore the crucial subjects will have not choice but become informed and by knowing do something about it-all of what we raise awareness for should enrage and activate All of the world! Don't give up my friends, I know I won't!

7:56AM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

There's no doubt about the unlimited power of social media: for good or otherwise. This being the case, I believe that utmost vigilance among families on their children is imperative. The youth of today, we have to admit are absolutely " frightfully different" because they're now exposed to a new world of advanced, complicated, and liberated possibilities especially derived through IT.

8:14PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Glad caare2 will be there!

5:46PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

I am going to wait and see the spin....

3:52PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

We will look forward to your upcoming report.

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