Guest Post

Day Two Social Good Summit Recap: Pick Your SDG and Go Deep

  • September 29, 2015
  • By: Tona Rowett

The second and final day of the Social Good Summit in New York City, NY was a star-studded affair, both celebrity-wise and otherwise. One message became abundantly clear to us today: the concept of addressing all 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be daunting. So pick an SDG to be passionate about. Go deep in it. Become educated on the subject. Tell your friends. Give of your time, talents and resources to this goal and advocate on its behalf. This was the wise advice of “Rebecca Milner VP of Institutional Advancement International Medical Corps”.

So what SDGs have some of the stars of today’s event chosen to “go deep” in?

  • For Laverne Cox, she’s passionate about ensuring that there’s accurate representation for transgender people in worldwide data collection. That’s SDG #10: reduce inequality within and among all countries.
  • For Sienna Miller, she’s passionate about bolstering women in crisis situations. That’s SDG #5: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  • For Charlize Theron, she’s passionate about seeing an end to AIDS in this generation. That’s SDG #3: ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  • For Madeleine Albright, she’s passionate about welcoming immigrants with dignity and grace. That’s also SDG #10.
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Sienna Miller
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South Africans, Charlize Theron and Kweku Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela and co-founder of Africa Rising Foundation
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Former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright

So what SDG is Enactus most passionate about and “goes deep” in? We’re fortunate that our projects touch on so many of the SDGs, but that’s because we focus on SDG #8: promote sustained, inclusive and economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. In today’s discussion on “Enabling Entrepreneurship Everywhere” Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell wore a Wonder Woman costume on stage—because entrepreneurs are super heroes! She’s right. Entrepreneurs have the power to solve every one of the 17 SDGs. But when the question was asked on stage “why is it so hard for entrepreneurs to start a business and to do social good,” the panelists should have answered, “It’s not.”

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Wonder Woman, Elizabeth Gore, and co-panelist Ashish Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group

Every day, Enactus students are demonstrating that there’s no longer the need to draw a line between entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. All entrepreneurs can do social good, and must. So thank you for making this the new normal.

Keep your eye out on campuses to recruit this feisty 11-year-old entrepreneur for your Enactus team! Her name is Vivienne Harr, and she’s created an app that allows you to put your compassion into action. Look for STAND in the app store. Way to go Vivienne!

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Signing off from the Social Good Summit. Keep enabling progress.