NEW YORK CITY – May 29 and 30, 2013 – The Social Innovation Summit held at the United Nations General Assembly brought together Fortune 500 Corporate Executives, Venture Capitalists, Government Leaders, Foundation Heads and Social Entrepreneurs to explore “What’s Next?” in the world of Social Innovation.

Over 500 attendees from around the world had the opportunity to meet and to discuss some of the world’s most dynamic issues in global philanthropy. The 2-day summit highlighted discussions on how to optimize philanthropic investments in the digital age and how to use social engagement to reinvigorate giving back. Participants also discussed the kind of messages we can get across to our community to get more involved, what can we do about environmental affairs, and how can we help veterans get reestablished in the community. The summit left people feeling empowered to dream big, to take big risks, and to collaborate.

Highlights from the event included two standing ovations for Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine and his mission to raise healthy children. Discovering the first cardboard bike by Cardboard Technologies. Hearing from Chade-Meng Tang, one of Google’s earliest engineers, share about his passion to create a world of compassion. We heard from Colonel D. Sutherland talk about the challenges of returing from war. We heard from Steve Gleason of Team Gleason, who, living with ALS, can communicate audibly, but only with his eyes thanks to leading edge technology. There were many other important conversations being lead by those like John Wood of Room to Read, Glenn Close, Bridget Moynahan, and among others.

After meeting countless individuals, some of the biggest takeways from the summit were they found the event to be thought-provoking and inspiring, as well as, opportune to discover new ways to collaborate.

JPMorgan Chase, standing out as a committed sponsor, engaged the participants by asking them to nominate and vote for their favorite charity. At the conclusion of the summit JPMorgan Chase awarded $25,000 grants to ten non-profit organizations:

Green Bronx Machine International, Inc.
Bright Pink
Unreasonable Institute
Charity: Water
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Right to Play
Venture for America
K9s for Warriors
Dixon Center (Easter Seals)

The Summit was made by possible with the summit’s leading partners, Landmark Ventures, United Nations Office for Partnerships, and JPMorgan Chase.

The Social Innovation Summit is a private, invitation-only forum that explores “What’s Next?” in the world of Social Innovation. Taking place at the United Nations and Silicon Valley, the summit connects and inspires a global network of leaders to discuss the key strategies and business innovations creating social transformation across the corporate, investment, government, and non-profit sectors. Participants include hundreds of top Fortune 500 Corporate Executives, Venture Capitalists, Government Leaders, Foundation Heads and Social Entrepreneurs eager to discuss global challenges, analyze innovative approaches for problem-solving, and build lasting partnerships that enable them and their organizations to maximize social impact. Learn more about the Social Innovation Summit

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