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The excitement continued through the second day of the 2012 Social Good Summit, with discussions of how social media could have prevented atrocities, bringing an end to human trafficking and social businesses for social good. The jam-packed day of fascinating presentations included the likes of U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, actor Forest Whitaker, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus and actress Mira Sorvino.
One highlight was environmentalist Jane Goodall teaching a chimpanzee call, and then mixing beats with DJ Apple Juice Kid.
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Overnight U.S. time, the Global Conversation will kick off with partner events in Beijing, China; Mogadishu, Somalia; and Nairobi, Kenya, which will live stream across the world. We also look forward to hearing from New York Times journalist Nick Kristof, actress America Ferrara, physician Deepak Chopra, writer Clay Shirky and many more incredible activists.
- "You've got your time, you've got your dime, and you've got your voice. You've got to use all three." - Maggie Fox, president of the climate reality project
- "We need to use the power of technology and the creative power of young people. By combining these together, you can solve these problems." - Prof. Muhammed Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Grameen Bank
- "There are some places around the world where social media is most needed but least accessible, places like Zimbabwe." - Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
- "In the digital age, ordinary people can do much more than anytime before." - Minister Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, former prime minister of Poland
- "Water issues are directly connected to women's issues. When I was working in India, I met girls who said I'd love to go to school, but I spend four to five hours a day looking for water." - Brooke Loughrin, U.S. youth observer for the United Nations
- "The U.S. spends $700 billion on the military versus $30 billion on development. We have to focus our attention on cutting-edge technology that can help bring peace." - Jeffrey Sachs, special advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
- "We have to not just open our eyes to what's going on in other places; we need to open our eyes to what's going on right in front of us." - Forest Whitaker, artist and UNESCO goodwill ambassador
- "You have to create your own job, and create your job not only to make money but to address social issues." - Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum
- "Now every company has to stand for something because this generation demands it." - Deborah Dugan, CEO of (RED)
- "Social change is about connecting with networks and connecting them with on-the-ground change." - Beth Kantor, author
- "More is spent in a single month [in the U.S.] fighting the war on drugs than all monies ever expended domestically or internationally fighting slavery from its inception. Per month, we spend more on the drug war than we ever have trying to free slaves." - Mira Sorvino, actress and U.N. goodwill ambassador
- "To be socially good, we need to be good socially. We need to use fully the capacity we have, the powerful capacity of social media." - Under Secretary-General Yury V. Fedotov, executive director of the UNODC
This story originally published on Mashable here.