PH+SocialGood: Heroes Wanted
MANILA, Philippines - Creating solutions for the biggest problems facing our community using technology and social media - this is the premise of the Social Good Summit, an annual global event that brings together movers and shakers to come up with innovative ideas to make the world a better place.
Last year, Rappler's Social Good Summit aimed to inspire. This year, it’s time to act.
This year, we ask, “what concrete next action steps are possible now to ensure a better future by the year 2030?”
In the Philippines, no other problem has an impact as great and as large in scale as that of natural disasters. Each year, thousands of lives and millions of pesos worth of infrastructure, property and livelihood are lost. The 2012 World Risk Index says the Philippines is the 3rd most vulnerable nation to climate change and disasters in the world. Our capital, Metro Manila, is the 2nd most vulnerable city.
More than just another summit, PH+SocialGood: The Manila Social Good Summit 2013 signals a long-term approach to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Philippines.
PH+SocialGood is brought to you by Rappler, Google and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The 1-day summit takes place this Saturday, September 21 from 9am to 5pm at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City. 1000 people have registered to attend the event. If you were not able to register you may show up at the event and we will try to accommodate you.
The whole-day event will include international and local experts (in alphabetical order):
Sen. Loren Legarda
Gov. Joey Salceda
Sec. Lucille Sering
Mr. Toshihiro Tanaka, is currently the UNDP Country Director in the Philippines. He was instrumental in the implementation of One UN joint programs in Pakistan, particularly in the areas of Poverty Reduction/MDGs, Disaster Risk Management and Environment. Mr. Tanaka started his career in development field in 1983 as national table tennis coach in Peru under Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) Program. Before joining UNDP, he was a researcher in the Institute for International Cooperation, JICA. He studied Political Science at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. He holds a masters degree on International Affairs from School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University, NY, USA.
The event will be hosted by Rappler multimedia journalist and multi-award winning documentary producer Patricia Evangelista and AdInfluent head-honcho and host of the KC Show on Wave 89.1, KC Montero.
At this year’s summit, we’re introducing Project Agos, an initiative that brings together government, the private sector and citizens to help with disaster risk reduction. Along with Project Agos, we're launching an online platform designed to be a one-stop information portal that all of us can use for our disaster risk reduction and management efforts. From preparedness, through rescue and relief, to recovery.
A hero is someone who is admired for an outstanding achievement. People fueled by passion. People who make a difference. Traditionally, this honor is set aside for a select few who give their lives to fight a cause.
But acts of heroism aren’t limited to those who make the utmost sacrifice. We believe that we can all make a difference. Through collective action, we can make a dent in this world for the better.
At this year’s summit, we're enlisting heroes who can commit a year of their time, to use their talents for social good. During disaster season, know the team you'll work with. Be familiar with a workflow. Let's move beyond ad hoc emergency reactions and plan ahead.
We’ve broken down what you can do into the 3 phases of CCA-DRR (climate change adaptation & disaster risk reduction) - preparedness, response and recovery.
- CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS. We need graphic artists, illustrators, copy writers, photographers, videographers, video editors, and film makers. With the help of the Office of Civil Defense and Climate Change Commission we’re simplifying the message. We need you to execute.
- ONLINE MESSENGERS. We need bloggers, social media users, and celebrity influencers. With a crafted message, excellent execution, we need volunteers to who can tap into their networks, use their online influence and spread the message online.
- OFFLINE TRAINERS. Do you have time? We need volunteers to bring the message offline, and teach communities about climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
- VOLUNTER MAPPERS: We need people who will help us put Philippine streets and landmarks on Google Maps using MapMaker. We need help in pinning schools, barangay halls, covered courts, health centers, schools, and other important locations so our first responders can find places easily during emergencies.
- RESCUE DATABASE CURATORS. Activated when disasters strike, and curate the rescue database to make a system that runs off artificial intelligence smarter.
- VOLUNTEERS. Government, NGO partners need volunteers on the ground to help with relief efforts and assist communities in need of recovery and rehabilitation.
Rappler or one of its partners will contact volunteers for specific projects under their chosen initiative. To sign-up as a volunteer, look for the heroes' booth at the AIM lobby.
UP DHARMA DOWN
Local indie band Up Dharma Down ends the summit with a musical call to action. This is a time to celebrate, network, and more importantly sign-up as a volunteer.
Can’t make the event? PH+Social Good will be live streamed on the front page of Rappler.com and on PlusSocialGood.com. It will also be streamed to off-site locations, the San Pedro College Plenary Hall in Davao City and Xavier University in Cagayan De Oro City in the Philippines and at Alley NYC, at 500 7th Ave in New York City. You can also follow along on our live blog or join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #2030NOW. - Rappler.com