The Social Good Summit Istanbul meet-up on the 15th of October, 2018 hosted the record number of participants and speakers since this event started to be held also in Turkey in 2013. There were around 60 speakers and 1000 participants from the business world, academics, representatives of non-governmental organizations, artists, press and influencers. The theme of this year was the world that we want to live in 2030! Admittedly, clean environment was one of the most desirable ones. In terms of plastic waste and climate change themes, Leyla Arsan, CEO of TAGES, talked about PTwist and DIGITgame Projects as good innovation practices.
The Social Good Summit Istanbul meet-up realized for the fifth time in Istanbul on the 15th of October, 2018 and it took place at Hilton Bosphorus Istanbul Convention Center. The aim of the event is to collect people and institutions working for social benefit in the direction of Sustainable Development Goals. The goal for 2018 was not just to give information, but to create a brain storm about a more livable 2030. The main themes were Technology & Business, Culture & Creativity, Humanity & Women & Environment & Children and round table.
The summit started with the opening speech of Claudio Tomasi, Country Director, UNDP Turkey and continued with the panel sessions such as on the Importance of Common Values, Women’s Empowerment, AI for Humanity, Social Good and Technology, Technology for Humanity, Sustainable Development through Tourism, Financing Social Good, Food for Good, Growing Interest for Social Entrepreneurship, Platforms for Social Entrepreneurships, Working for the People and the Planet, Arts & Music for Global Goals, Quality Education for All Kids, Open Data for Humanity and Play to Recycle. During the summit, the importance of recycling and sustainability for our nature was pointed out by most of the speakers. In the “Working for the People and the Planet” panel session, moderated by Bahar Ozay, SDSN Turkey Director, the panelists, Leyla Arsan, CEO of TAGES, Aslı Durukan Pasinli, WWF Turkey and Ferhan Geylan, Founder of Ogliv Foundation talked about their social innovation projects and their impacts to protect nature in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. They pointed out the importance of increasing the awareness of people through such innovation practices. Leyla Arsan, introduced two innovative projects; H2020 PTwist Project on reusing and revaluing of plastics and Erasmus + DIGITgame project on video games developed by kids to create strategies on climate changes . You can watch the video recordings of all of the sessions here as a Youtube playlist (in Turkish) and follow the topics discussed on Twitter with the hashtag #2030ŞİMDİ.