Philanthropy Friday: Social Good Summit 2014 Recap

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

This following article is a guest post from my good friend and fellow Global Team of 200 member, Nicole Melancon of ThirdEyeMom. 

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On Monday night, I returned home after attending my third Social Good Summit in New York City, this year as a United Nations Foundation Social Good Fellow. The Social Good Summit is a unique convening of world leaders, new media and technology experts, grassroots activists and voices from around the world that come together for a two-day conference coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly meeting held during UN Week.

The theme of this year’s summit – #2030NOW: Connecting for Good, Connecting for All - challenged speakers, participants and a growing worldwide community to explore how technology and new media can be leveraged to benefit people everywhere, to spark discussion and ignite change in creating a better world for all by the year 2030.

This year’s conversation #2030NOW centered around one critical thought: Where do we want to be in 2030 and how can we inspire and engage the millennials of the world to stand up, use their voice, and disrupt the system to demand change. #2030NOW challenged people to deeply reflect and act upon critical issues –  such as climate change, women and girls empowerment, gender and racial equality, eradication of poverty, improving maternal and child health, and promoting peace – that are threatening to destroy the world we want to have by 2030. It was a powerful summit reminding us that as we are approaching the end of the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) how are we going to continue to pressure our global leaders to be held accountable for and make positive change. How we going to ensure that the world in 2030 is the world we want to have.

So where do we want to be in 2030? What kind of world do we want to live in? Here are some of the most powerful conversations and quotes from #2030 that inspire us to act:

“Why are people so afraid of education? Because it is through education that we can change the world” @mroth78

“Women with a laptop are more powerful than men with a gun.” @WorldPulse #2030NOW

“Gender discrimination is the most tolerated violation of rights on earth today.” – @phumzileunwomen #2030NOW

“If you take the hard numbers, then science is clearly telling us that we’re running out of time.” – Achim Steiner #climatechange #2030NOW

“You don’t judge a society by how you treat the rich. You judge a society by how you treat the poor and the condemned.” #2030Now #WeAreHere

“Social media isn’t just clicking when you like something, it’s contesting when you don’t”.  #2030now .@stengel

“I want to make incredible change for women and girls in my lifetime, but it’s going to take all of us to do it.” – MelindaGates #2030Now

“At this rate, by 2030 we could virtually eliminate extreme poverty, needless child death and offer everyone a shot at a good, dignified life that doesn’t jeopardize future generations. In 2030 we could live in one of two worlds. Which do we want? Our action in 2015 decides 2030″.  – Jamie Drummond, Co-Founder of

After two, highly intense and emotionally charged days I walk away inspired to use my voice to promote good and help change the world. For me, the key highlights were the fact that we are fortunate to live in a world where we have a voice so let’s use it. Let’s engage in the issues that mean the most to use, and use our voice to disrupt the system and ignite change. So many people around the world do not have this power and freedom to use their voice and now it is more important than ever to be heard. Where do we want to be in 2030 is up to us.

So what kind of world do we want?

Nicole Melancon

Nicole Melancon is a Minneapolis-based freelance journalist, traveler and global volunteer who shares her passion for travel, culture and social good on Thirdeyemom. Nicole is also a world voice editor for World Moms Blog, and a regular contributor to The Elephant Journal and The Huffington Post where she focuses on global health, human rights, motherhood, poverty and the environment. She is an advocate for ONE, The United Nations Foundation Shot@Life Campaign and other non-profit organizations.

Nicole traveled to India in May 2013 as a member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good where she reported on water, sanitation, newborn health and education. In June, Nicole traveled to Ethiopia as a fellow for the International Reporting Project to document newborn and maternal health.

Philanthropy Friday: Geeking out on global development

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

condoms psi

Not long ago, I ventured off to Washington DC to spend the day with PSI to learn about their vast programs that span the globe. PSI’s mission is to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services.

While I did manage to write a post after my long and insightful day, I was asked to go into more detail about my trip and share some of the things I learned and/or was surprised about throughout the day.

Today, I’m sending you over to the PSI Impact blog where I wrote about the 5 surprises from my trip to PSI’s headquarters. It involves geeking out on global development, “Sarah”, and condoms. Lots and lots of condoms.

As you’ll learn, I was familiar with PSI prior to my trip, but I found out quickly that my knowledge of PSI barely scratched the surface of the work they do worldwide.

Oh, and the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships shared my post yesterday. And now I’m also geeking out about the fact that the State Department tweeted my words.

Read: GEEKING OUT ON GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT Five surprises from a day with PSI

If you are as impressed by PSI’s work as I am, visit this link to get a free handcrafted bracelet. Woven by women artisans in Guatemala, the bracelet allows you to show support of PSI’s work helping women live happy, healthy lives.


Philanthropy Friday: Pioneers for Change

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.

This following article is a guest post from Alanna Ford


The world is full of pressing challenges that increasingly demand our attention.

From global hunger, to climate change, to inequitable education, there are so many places and ways in which to direct our efforts, it is hard to know where to begin.

If we are to create significant and sustainable change in our increasingly inter-connected and inter-dependent global society, how do we nurture a culture of open-minded, pioneering ideas and innovation as a necessary means to bridging the gap?

How can we select the issues where our experience and skill sets will create the biggest impact? How do we know that the charities we support are the most effective with our money? How can we engage with the causes we care about beyond simply writing a check? And what are the new, innovative ways of approaching these age-old problems?

These are the questions the team and I from Adessy Associates were grappling with when we decided to launch a new fellowship program for world-changers. Pioneers for Change has been born out of a desire to gather together an international cohort of remarkable people to examine how they can create and progress their social impact; to creatively explore, problem solve and harness their energy and influence to make the world a better place.

Pioneers for Change is a 6-month fellowship that will kick off in November with a 2-day residential in London followed by 6 months of individual, virtual executive coaching and mentoring. The highly interactive program combines the latest thinking, dynamic dialogue, and storytelling from renowned expert contributors. The small cohort of selected fellows will gain new perspective; a network of brilliant, likeminded people; tangible tools; and insight from international leaders on the forefront of their fields. In essence, Pioneers for Change will act as a catalyst for change, by inspiring and empowering those who want to do more than just write a check, to help address the greatest issues of our time.

Pioneers for Change is currently accepting applications for fellows. If it sounds like a program you would like to be apart of, please reach out to me at to arrange a chat or request an application.


Alanna Ford works at the intersection of women’s empowerment, international development and social entrepreneurship. She’s lived in three countries in the last three years. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.


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