[Video] Sounds from Rio + Social

Pierce Freelon and Apple Juice Kid, adjunct professors in UNC-Chapel Hill’s music department, demonstrated a mini beat-making session at Rio + Social, Mashable and the UN Foundation’s conference in Brazil about social media for social good, held on the eve of Rio + 20. Freelon and Apple Juice Kid are the founders of ARTVSM, a socially conscious company merging art and activism by any medium necessary. … Continue reading [Video] Sounds from Rio + Social

Greenpeace at the People’s Summit in Downtown Rio

Greenpeace, the largest independent direct-action environmental organization in the world, is having a huge presence at Rio + 20 both literally and figuratively. They brought their Rainbow Warrior ship to Rio and have been vocal about holding world officials to the environmental commitments they have already made and those that should be hashed out this week at the Earth Summit. “Our aim is to get … Continue reading Greenpeace at the People’s Summit in Downtown Rio

Future We Want and Rio + 20 at Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro

The Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro  is hosting exhibits in conjunction with Rio + 20, the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development. In this exhibit Brazilian notables – from artists to authors and models – and ordinary people come together to talk about the future they want. Museum-goers are also encouraged to share the future they want and post them on the walls … Continue reading Future We Want and Rio + 20 at Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro

Elders + Youngers: What They Learn From One Another

Here at Rio + Social in Brazil one of the most fascinating panels all day has been the Elders + Youngers panel where, as its name suggests, was a conversation between the younger and older generation. What is extremely fascinating about this is both groups have equal voices in the conversation. The elders can learn from the younger people and vice versa. Chaired by Archbishop … Continue reading Elders + Youngers: What They Learn From One Another

[Quote] On Using Social Media Activism Effectively

Oftentimes people will tweet or use other social media tools to spread the word about the issues and causes that mean the most to them. According to Pete Cashmore, the founder of Mashable there has to be more than the individual working alone in order to push the needle. “There needs to be a lasting function – a way to coalesce as a group. People … Continue reading [Quote] On Using Social Media Activism Effectively

[Quotes] How Can We Use Social Media to Its Utmost Potential?

The main question today at Rio + Social is how can we use social media to its utmost. As a community of mothers who uses social media every day to spread awareness about pressing global issues being effective in our work is key. Here are quotes from  Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International and Georg Kell, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact “Young people should bring a … Continue reading [Quotes] How Can We Use Social Media to Its Utmost Potential?

Rio + 20: How Rio is Upgrading Its Urban Slums

Even while staying in Copacabana instead of Barra where most of the Rio + 20 activities are happening this week there is still ample opportunity to learn new things about sustainable development. I ran across this interesting exhibit made of milk crates in Copacabana an hour ago that drew attention to Rio’s Morar Carioca Programme. What Morar Carioca has done since July 2010 is upgrade … Continue reading Rio + 20: How Rio is Upgrading Its Urban Slums

Headed to Brazil, Covering Rio + Social, Rio + 20 This Week

Tomorrow we will be headed to Rio to attend Rio + Social on Tuesday with 500 other influencers who use social media for social good. I am particularly excited about the lineup of speakers whose work I admire like Radha Muthiah, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP) among … Continue reading Headed to Brazil, Covering Rio + Social, Rio + 20 This Week