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Here Are The 20 Questions I Want To Ask Speakers At The Social Good Summit

Here Are The 20 Questions I Want To Ask Speakers At The Social Good Summit

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The 2016 Social Good Summit is approaching fast and this will be the first one I get to attend, so I am pretty excited. The speaker list looks amazing with some very inspiring people set to chat about some pretty significant issues. With money and technology most of our issues can be solved, so I am very interesting in listening to the ideas and progress that have been made over the last year or so. Of course there is always much to be done. Some of the issues that existed decades ago are still apparent today. Lack of clean water, the digital divide, extreme poverty, workers rights, environmental issues, agricultural sustainability, and financial literacy still loom large.


I love questions and I love deep thinkers who think about questions in a profound way. There will be many amazing and profound thinkers at this years event and here are some of the questions I would love to ask.


Jorge Casimiro, President, Nike Foundation


Q: The Nike Foundations focus is aimed at sports and physical activity and somewhat in education. Have you or the foundation thought of partnering with great organizations like buildOn and Pencils of Promise to help build schools and sporting fields side by side to give impoverished communicates around the globe a real hub for progress in their community? In many areas of the world this can be done rather inexpensively , but the overall returns of having both a hub for physical activity and education would be tremendous. 



Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States


Q: I think we can all agree in some manner that our public educational system here in America is very dysfunctional and doesn’t do its job very effectively. When you look at educational system’s here and abroad how do they compare as far as innovative approaches? Would you say that the Administration would like to see the charter school model ramp up here in the states? Could you say the developing world may have an advantage here because it can build a charter school eco-system much easier than here in the states because of the bureaucracy? 



Ann Mei Chang, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID


Q: Do you think the emergence of cell-phones in the developing world is the tool the world needed to end extreme poverty?  As we look to 2030 what are the biggest hurdles we still face in reaching the goal of ending extreme poverty? Have you been able to work with social enterprises creating innovative businesses that provide jobs and open up the global market for rural artisans?



Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives, Apple


Q: Like many of the companies here today Apple faces the same gorilla in the room. How to keep up with demand and production and do it in an ethical way from a human rights perspective and an environmental perspective. How can Apple lead the way in ethical production, fair-trade minerals, and environmental sustainability? 



Matt Mahan, CEO, Brigade


Q: As tech and politics become more and more collaborative. Do you foresee a candidate that could run an entire successful campaign straight from YouTube, Facebook, or Brigade and engage with voters on those platforms in a more direct way?



Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme


Q: How does the WFP look at GMOs as tool for combating extreme hunger? One of the main problems in areas of extreme hunger is simply access to food or GMOs. Do you see the innovation in drones playing a key role gaining access to individuals in extreme hunger areas? Do you think drones can be a powerful tool in getting the nearly 1 billion people living in extreme hunger out of that category?



Cody Simpson, Singer/Songwriter


Q: I have sort of had this idea for a while and began doing it with my music, but with obviously I do not have you audience, but if you and other artist enacted this strategy I think some amazing things could happen. With the amazing advances and advantages with streaming fans now have huge power. What if from your streaming royalties from just one service like Spotify or Apple Music you donated those royalties to certain certain social impact projects around the world. With just your royalties from one month from just Spotify you could build schools, or clean water wells. This is a pretty powerful way for your fans to really impact the world without having to donate money all they have to do is listen to music or watch your music videos on YouTube(as you also get royalties from that as well)!!!!! What are your thoughts on that idea? 



Michael Schlein, President & CEO, Accion


Q: Obviously cell-phones have changed the landscape of finance in the developing worlds. Specifically, how have you seen the change in financial literacy with the influx of cell-phones in the developing world? Does Accion currently or plan to deliver financial literacy courses or tips to users via their cell-phones? 



Brittany Packnett, Executive Director, Teach for America – St. Louis, Black Lives Matter Activist


How can white Americans become part of the conversation in a constructive way? Has BLM reached out to media outlets and police departments to have a national discussion about this topic on live TV? Would the movement be interested in an open discussion with leaders in police departments to further the national conversation?



Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation


Q: What are your thoughts on Social Enterprises and the ability they have to produce create jobs and impact? Do you think Social Enterprises are the hybrid business of the future that will become the business norm? 

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