One of the most popular event-specific hashtags we’ve tracked this week, the Social Good Summit’s #2030Now has appeared in over 80,000 tweets since it first kicked off on 20 September. This year, Mashable’s annual conference to discuss the impact of technology and new media on social good, asked citizens around the world a simple question: “What type of world do you want to live in by the year 2030?”. That question formed the basis of discussions around a range of issues, from gender equality to a conflict-free world, and from the MDGs to modern-day slavery.
As would befit an event on the power of technology, crowdsourcing on social media played a key component to the outreach around the Social Good Summit.
Along with asking how the world could change by 2030, Mashable used Twitter to ask the world what it hoped would still exist in 2030, people were encouraged to send in photos using #MashPics, which formed the basis of a photo challenge hosted on Photorank. Here are a few of the submissions they’ve received so far:
@mashable #2030Now #MashPics #lego pic.twitter.com/cdHfe5gVhg
— AM Marketing (@marketing_am) September 21, 2014
.@mashable Would be good to have this Now! and sure hope it will exist in 2030… #MashPics #2030Now pic.twitter.com/Un2dUt73iZ
— kavithak (@kavithak) September 21, 2014
“@mashable: #MashPics #2030NOW real human beings, me included… pic.twitter.com/TmlqyaZnUp
— Jesse (@jessnet7) September 21, 2014
If bees cease to exist by 2030, will I lose both bagels AND orange marmalade? #mashpics @mashable pic.twitter.com/FvlQFrDJfC
— Imrän Ajmain (@ImranAjmain) September 21, 2014
Campaigning group ONE even put together a short, crowdsourced video asking that very question. People had just 24 hours to submit a video response, which ONE turned into a short film, presented during the Social Good Summit. Hundreds of activists and regular people from Nepal, Kenya, India, Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom submitted responses, calling on world leaders to listen and act. Among them was activist Idris Elba, who starred in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Each vowed to stay in the fight against extreme poverty and help all people live with dignity.