Social Good Summit (Part 2): Rajesh Mirchandani

In Part 2 of our Social Good Summit special, we're sharing the journey of Rajesh Mirchandani, Chief Communications Officer for the United Nations Foundation, a partner of the Social Good Summit. Rajesh was born in India, but his family moved to the UK when he was just three years old. Rajesh eventually worked as a journalist for the BBC, where he covered a variety of stories and issues. These include the Haiti Earthquake and typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded in history. After 20 years of global journalism experience, Rajesh left journalism to become an advocate. He now leads a team of skilled communicators working to advance progress on important global issues.

In this episode, we'll hear from Rajesh on why the Social Good Summit chose the climate crisis as its sole theme for this year's event, and how climate change affects other issues we’re facing in the world right now. He says that we hold the power as consumers to make a difference.

On Sunday (September 22nd), global leaders, celebrities and activists will gather at the Summit to leave you and I inspired to take action, and help save our planet for generations to come.

Buy tickets and learn more at: mashable.com/sgs

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Social Good Summit (Part 1): Jessica Coen

If you’re part of the younger generation, the idea that you can live a full, healthy and happy life, long enough to see your own children grow, is slipping away because of the greatest threat to humanity: the climate crisis. That’s why we see teen activists like Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Villaseñor holding the megaphone, marching and leading the fight against climate change. They are determined for everyone else to wake up and do something, before irreversible damage is done to our planet.

This week, we are proud to work with the Social Good Summit to help amplify stories on their 10th anniversary. A decade ago, Mashable, United Nations Foundation, 92nd Street Y, and United Nations Development Program teamed up to launch a new kind of summit where global leaders, celebrities and activists would gather to celebrate activism, and where attendees would be galvanized into action. SGS will be held on Sunday, September 22nd at the 92nd Street Y. Attendees will hear from a diverse range of speakers, from activist Greta Thunberg to author Jonathan Safran Foer, Katie Couric, Chef Jose Andres, Connie Britton and many more.

In Part 1 of our SGS special, you’ll hear the journey of Jessica Coen, Editor in Chief and SVP at Mashable. Jessica has had a prolific career in media. She's held various editorial positions in publications like Vanity Fair and New York Magazine. Apart from her role as Editor in Chief and Head of Content at Mashable, she is also working with remarkable partners at SGS to put together an incredible day of of dialogue and onstage activations.

Buy tickets and learn more at: mashable.com/sgs

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Jillian Mercado: Force of Inclusive Fashion

Jillian Mercado is an indomitable Latina model and disabilities activist. She has spastic muscular dystrophy, and has used a wheelchair for as long as she can remember. Jillian has been stigmatized as a disabled person, but it never held her back from making it in fashion, an industry she’s been in love with when she was young.

In 2014, she starred in a groundbreaking campaign with Diesel. The ad shows Jillian in her element — gorgeous, unapologetically herself and showing her disability for everyone to see and embrace. Jillian has also modeled for brands like Olay, Nordstrom and Target and has appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue’s September issue.

Jillian is a fierce advocate for people with disabilities. Through her work, she wants people who may be going through the same journey to feel that they are valued, loved and worthy of being alive.

Follow Jillian on Instagram @jillianmercado and twitter @jilly_peppa

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Farhoud Meybodi: Stories That Lift Humanity

In the 80s, Farhoud grew up as a young Persian kid in Los Angeles. He’s always loved films, but says the general representation of his culture impacted the way he told stories. It wasn’t until he left his lucrative job in the fashion industry when he finally dedicated himself to a mission: tell stories that entertain and uplift.

Today, Farhoud is the Executive Vice President of Creative at Wayfarer Entertainment, an award-winning digital media studio focused on social good storytelling content. Farhoud says his life changed when he met his business partner and Wayfarer Entertainment’s CEO and Co-Founder, Justin Baldoni.

Mostly recently, Farhoud directed and executive produced several episodes of Wayfarer’s flagship series, My Last Days. He also executive produced and wrote Man Enough, a groundbreaking dinner party conversation series, where men discuss what it means to be a man today. Through Wayfarer, Farhoud continues to harness the power of storytelling to create social change.

Learn more about Farhoud’s work at wearewayfarer.com

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Crisis Text Line - Nancy Lublin and Bob Filbin

“R U There?” These three words from an anonymous texter catapulted Nancy Lublin into a bold mission: Create rapid-response counseling for people in crisis. In 2013, she launched Crisis Text Line, a nonprofit organization that provides free 24/7 crisis support via text messaging. 

Research has shown that globally, 1 in 4 people will struggle with mental illness at some point in their lives. And according to the World Health Organization, nearly two-thirds of those with known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional — even if treatment is available. 

This week, we’re sharing the story of Nancy Lublin, Founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line. Nancy is a tenacious problem-solver. She created Dress For Success, an organization that provides professional outfits, resources and training to women in need. She also previously led DoSomething.org as CEO, turning the failing nonprofit around into one of the largest organizations for young people in social activism and change.

We’re also hearing from Bob Filbin, Co Founder and Chief Data Scientist at Crisis Text Line, in this episode. Bob made the critical leap with Nancy to help build a robust service that brings texters “from a hot moment to a cool calm”. By leveraging data and text messaging, Crisis Text Line has seen over 105 million messages exchanged and trains thousands of volunteer crisis counselors monthly. “It’s strangers helping strangers in their darkest moments,” says Nancy.

This story does not only cover the topic mental health. It's a compelling case for the good in humanity. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, emotional abuse or any type of crisis, we urge you to listen to this story, and know that you are not alone. Support is out there: Text HELLO to 741741 to reach a trained Crisis Counselor at Crisis Text Line.

Learn more at www.crisistextline.org

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Giving Tuesday - Asha Curran

When Asha Curran first heard of the idea for GivingTuesday from her colleague Henry Timms, she did not foresee how one day of giving could turn into a global movement. She was then working at 92nd Street Y, a nonprofit community and cultural center located in Manhattan, New York.  

Throughout her career, Asha helped push what’s possible: How do you innovate for nonprofits? What does community mean in an age where there are no boundaries? In this episode, we’re sharing the story of social good innovator and CEO of GivingTuesday, Asha Curran.  

Before taking GivingTuesday into the next stage of evolution, Asha helped propel successful programs at 92nd Street Y such as the Social Good Summit, an annual event for tech and global development leaders, in partnership with the UN Foundation and Mashable. But one particular experiment led Asha to where she is today: #GivingTuesday, a day when people would give back to causes and issues that matter to them. Last year, over 400 million dollars were donated online in just 24 hours of Giving Tuesday. The movement is now celebrated in over 60 countries. GivingTuesday has radically changed how people think about generosity, and showed the power of communities everywhere to create change.  

Learn more at www.givingtuesday.org

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Hello Neighbor - Sloane Davidson

What is a neighbor supposed to look like? Do we want them to appear a certain way? Or are they human beings that we welcome into our homes, people we rely on to share in our milestones or mourn with us in times of tragedy. So instead of asking what they should look like, the better question is: How should a neighbor be? Are they kind? Do they lend us a helping hand when we need them?

After moving from job to job, and city to city, Sloane went back to her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to start Hello Neighbor. The nonprofit works to improve the lives of recently resettled refugee families, by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives. Apart from working in impoverished villages in countries like the Congo, Guatemala and the Philippines, Sloane had a life changing Thanksgiving dinner with a Syrian family. In this episode, we hear Sloane’s journey as the Founder and CEO of Hello Neighbor, what she learned about the refugee experience and the simple acts we can do to make others feel more human.

Learn more at www.helloneighbor.io

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Susan McPherson - Connecting with Purpose

Susan McPherson is considered a matchmaker for social impact. Over the years, she’s built an incredible network of business leaders and nonprofit professionals who have a mission to do good. This network is something Susan expands with ease and authenticity. After all, companies and organizations are built by people. For Susan, bridging relationships to create an even greater impact in the world is really all that matters. 

In this episode, we are sharing Susan’s multi-chaptered journey as an effervescent connector, corporate social responsibility expert and the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focused on the intersection of brands and social impact. McPherson Strategies' clients include The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, Dell, Intel, The Women's Philanthropy Institute and Participant Media.

Learn more at www.mcpstrategies.com

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Everyday Philanthropist - Jenn Duong

What if you had a chance to impact someone's life with as little as one quarter a day? Jenn Duong and the phenomenal founders at Good Today believe you can, through their non-profit platform Good Today. While in college, Jenn pursued a career as an immersive director and producer, eventually finding virtual reality as her native medium. While working at VR studio RYOT (acquired by Verizon’s AOL), Jenn met one of the founding board members at Good Today, Molly Swenson.

Good Today's mission is to democratize philanthropy — by making the act of giving frictionless. As the platform’s Head of Content, Jenn has provided creative direction, strategy, and leadership to cultivate Good Today’s brand voice and image. Upon signing up, members receive an email every morning with the cause of the day and two charities to choose from. They can donate 25¢, 50¢, or $1 a day, with options to pay monthly or yearly. Through other means such as Slack-enabled donations for companies and their soon-to-launch texting service, Good Today aims to build a community of givers, with the power of life-changing impact made more accessible.

Learn more at goodtoday.org

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Buy Sight, Give Sight - Ben and Laura Harrison

In 2013, Ben and Laura Harrison became first-time parents. After waiting for years to have a child, they received devastating news that their son Jonas was blind. Jonas was born with a rare disorder called Peter’s anomaly. At birth, he had cloudy corneas and glaucoma. Though Jonas was born without sight, his vision was restored to a functional level after 21 sight-saving surgeries. In spite of this miracle, Jonas still needed the help of eyeglasses. Ben and Laura weren't able to find any affordable kids glasses they felt would make Jonas feel confident, stylish and empowered. And out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jonas Paul Eyewear was born.

Jonas Paul Eyewear has been a thriving business for Ben and Laura. But beyond that, it also created an opportunity for their family to make an impact. Through their partnership with CBM (formerly Christian blind mission), an international Christian development organization, Jonas Paul Eyewear is able to direct a portion of their sales to help prevent childhood blindness around the world.

Learn more about Jonas Paul Eyewear: jonaspauleyewear.com

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Kind Campaign - Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson

In 2009, Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson packed their bags in a minivan with their mothers. Though their journey had stops along the way, it wasn’t a typical road trip. Lauren and Molly were on a mission to make a documentary about the “mean girl” phenomenon and the negative effects of girl-against-girl bullying. In this episode, Lauren and Molly share their own truth (including the traumatic experience of being ostracized in school), and how they turned their nonprofit organization Kind Campaign into a global movement.

From capturing deep seeded emotions in their award-winning film “Finding Kind”, Lauren and Molly are now impacting the lives of thousands of girls all over the country. Through Kind Campaign assemblies, curriculums and an online community, girls are able to heal from the effects of bullying —and ultimately, step into the power of kindness. In the process, these young women also recognize their ability to create positive change within and outside their school hallways.

Learn more about Kind Campaign or follow them on Instagram @kindcampaign.

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Second Chances - Stanley Richards

Imagine being told constantly that you’ll never get out of your situation. Or that your environment, the family or neighborhood you were born into, is who you are. In this episode, we’re sharing the journey of Stanley Richards, a criminal justice reform advocate, acting Vice Chair of NYC Board of Correction and the Executive Vice President of The Fortune Society.

Stanley cycled in and out of jail until he was arrested for robbery in 1986. He was sentenced to 9 years for his crime and spent 4 and a half years in prison. In this riveting story of hope and breaking free from the shackles of circumstance, Stanley is a remarkable example of what your life could be, if you don’t give up on yourself. Today, he’s a role model and inspiring leader at the helm of The Fortune Society — a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the successful reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals into society.

Learn more about The Fortune Society: fortunesociety.org

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Power of a Girl - Melissa Kilby

What does it mean to be a girl in today’s world? At Girl Up, a leadership development initiative of the United Nations Foundation — there are no bounds, no limits to defining what a girl is or who she could be. On this week’s podcast episode, we are sharing the journey of Melissa Kilby, a mother, persistent leader and the Co-Executive Director of Girl Up.

What started out as a fundraising campaign for partners at the United Nations Foundation, Girl Up eventually grew into a global movement. In the early years of the organization, Melissa quickly learned that girls didn’t want to stay on the sidelines. They wanted to lead and create change for girls all around the world. Since 2010, the organization has impacted the lives of more than 48,000 girls — whether it's by preventing child marriage or helping girls stay in school. Today, Girl Up continues to unleash the potential of young leaders to achieve equal rights for every girl, everywhere.

Learn more about Girl Up by following @girlupcampaign. You can also attend or follow the 2019 Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. from July 15-17.

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When Teens Save The Planet - Cindy Chung

We’ve seen them grab headlines. They’re on the streets, calling out world leaders and organizations that have failed to protect our environment. They’re teenagers like 16 year old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg or the 21 young people from Portland, Oregon who are demanding their government to step up and protect children and future generations from the effects of climate change.

In this episode, we’re sharing the story of an inspiring young leader — Cindy Chung, a teen climate activist and the co-head of youth-led movement Zero Hour NYC.

Daughter of immigrant parents from South Korea, Cindy would remind family members to put used plastic bottles in the recycling bin when she was much younger. These days, she spends her spare time lobbying for policies that would enable her city of Bayonne, New Jersey to react effectively to the climate crisis. Surrounded by other unwearied, impassioned teen activists, no one can stop Cindy from fighting for her future. 

Learn how you can support:

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Don't Look Away - Serinda Swan

While best known for her TV characters on Marvel’s Inhumans and Ballers on HBO, actress Serinda Swan, in real life, is turning the spotlight the other way. For years, she's raised awareness around global causes, activating the hearts and minds of people so they don't look the other way.

Since 2012, Serinda has challenged celebrities to stare death in the face through her skydive mission, 18 for 18, a project that funds rescue missions and rehabilitation of sex trafficking victims. Her more recent venture, Deedly, is a tech-based program that enables students to learn about today’s important issues, while empowering them to take action.

In this episode, Serinda talks about the trip that changed her life, and why she is relentlessly using her platform to amplify the voices of those who’ve suffered injustice and unspeakable violence.

To learn more about Deedly, visit: www.deedly.com

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