Web Summit 2017: 9 Most Socially Conscious Speakers
One of the top reasons to work for a startup company in comparison to an established business is the real impact that team members feel.
At the end of the day, the odds of a feeling of fulfilment are simply better when you are a startup team member.
Many startups begin with one simple consideration:
How can I make the world a better place?
It’s 2017 – the world is struggling with plenty of issues: climate change, the refugee crisis, human rights, social inequality and global healthcare accessibility. The 21st century seems to be creating social problems as quickly as it offers solutions to them.
Regardless the nature of the problem, the solution always starts with action, and in most cases is undertaken by one person first.
These individuals, who adequately address the challenges presented by the modern day world have been hailed visionaries. It is no surprise why.
Since the Web Summit season is upon us, we decided to present you with the most socially conscious speakers you can not afford to miss. These people will provide you with their empathy-driven point of view and a huge amount of inspiration on how to combine technology to create a better global society.
A Mental health promoter, Columbia University-trained public health specialist, and Co-Founder of Falkora. Falkora is a nonprofit mental health and neurotech initiative that stands for expanding the definition of mental illness so future funding can catch up with the scope of the problem.
Nov 9th at 12:30 at HealthConf she will be asking why the world’s experts aren’t pushing harder to find alternative solutions to tackle mental illness and why banned substances are still being seen as bad news, even in the face of rising evidence that they may work better than traditional treatments.
2. Maytha Alhassen
Senior Fellow, Pop Culture Collaborative & Guest Co-host in Al-Jazeera English – Remember to Breathe. Maytha’s area of interests includes social justice (she studies historical encounters between Black internationalism and the Arab diaspora, race & ethnicity, social justice&the arts, travel&global flows, gender, media and narrative healing.
Nov 8th at 11:25 she will take part in conference covering Tech’s responsibility to refugees, where the perspective usage of today’s technology can save the lives of those suffering from oppression, conflict, and danger.
3. António Guterres
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Portuguese former prime minister (1995-2002), determined to make human dignity the core of his work. Bridge-builder and innovation and reform promoter.
Nov 6th at 19:25 he will outline his vision for how the tech world can play its part in creating a more harmonious world.
4. Lauren Flanagan
United Nations Youth Delegate, passionate about tackling economic and social inequality issues. Empowering young people through education is in her belief the most important aspect to do so in the long term.
TBC, for more information, go to Web Summit: Schedule
5. Sarah Kate Ellis
President & CEO of GLAAD – America’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organisation working to move lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning equality forward through the power of the media.
Nov 9, 13:40, “Beauty in an ugly game” panel
6. Fernanda Moura
Co-Founder of The Girls on the Road, which most important initiative is the of the Founders Project that has carried interviews with female entrepreneurs around the world (20< countries), for a documentary. Fernanda’s mission is to raise awareness about the need to increase women economic empowerment through entrepreneurship.
TBC, for more information, go to Web Summit: Schedule
7. Adam Hadley
Director of Tech Against Terrorism – a UN-mandated project to build the capacity of tech companies prevent their platforms from exploitation by terrorists and violent extremists, while also respecting human rights.
You can find Adam on Nov 9th at 10:35 talking about the business case for investing for social impact.
8. Kathleen McLaughlin
Chief Sustainability Officer & President, Walmart Foundation – Walmart.
Kathleen is responsible for Walmart’s global responsibility efforts in the areas of community, opportunity, and sustainability. She takes care of focusing on using Walmart’s strengths to create economic opportunity for individuals and foster inclusive economic development, as well as enhance the sustainability of food apparel, and strengthening the resilience of local communities.
Nov 7, 11:25, “The world’s largest grocer: Walmart & the future of food production panel”
9. Al Gore
Chairman of The Climate Reality Project – a non-profit organisation devoted to solving the climate crisis as well as 45th vice president of the United States. He authored a number of best-sellers focused on issues of the climate crisis. Al Gore is also the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change”.
Nov 9th at 16:30 Al Gore will be taking part in the panel on The innovation community’s role in solving the climate crisis.
Each of these speakers has an important message to share so make sure you hear their presentations. If you’d like to speak with us about any legal concerns at your startup then book a Startup Legal Session.