September 30, 2010

Top 10 influencers from Clinton Global Initiative

Clinton Global Initiative

Sloane BerrentWhen I attended the Clinton Global Initiative last week, I told all of my friends (online and off) that it was a dream come true for me. On my life bucket list was the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. The idea that I got to attend both while I’m 30 is just remarkable to me.

While at CGI last week, I operated very differently than I do at a lot of conferences. What I mean is that while I did network and connect with people, I was very focused on sharing and telling stories.

So when I was there, I decided that while I’m not a full-time journalist, I wanted to be the best version I could using the skills that I have. I thought it would be valuable to live-tweet most of CGI because I know for many people in circle and network, they would love to attend, and soak in the information like I did. But most people can’t be there, for a variety of reasons.

Something I’ve learned from my time spent volunteering in developing countries and year of travel is that people love to share in the experience. So blogging and taking photos and videos, using Facebook and Twitter — all of these online tools allow many who are just as deserving of attending (if not more so) to be able to witness the event. Continue reading

September 23, 2010

Saving the world with apps & Twitter

Former President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative this week. (Photo by Taylor Davidson on Flickr)

Sloane BerrentI’m in New York City this week for a flood of world-changing, global-thinking, innovative and inspiring conferences, meetups and opportunities. I’m also covering much of what is happening on a few different online platforms, plus have some exciting press to share, so I thought I’d put it all here for you.

It’s UN Week, and accordingly, Mashable, the 92nd Street Y and the UN Foundation hosted the Social Good Summit, which I attended and wrote about. I wrote up a few posts online, check them out!

Halogen: Social Good Summit Kicks Off UN Week Republished on the United Nations blog, Conversations For A Better World

UN Week Media posted three of my posts:

You can also find some of my posts at WeBlogTheWorld.

On NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’

Next up! I was on NPR’s Talk of the Nation Tuesday afternoon. What an honor. I was contacted through the contact form on my blog to see if I could participate in a conversation about how apps and social media can change the world. I was like “uhm yeah, I can talk about that.” Minus the “uhm” of course. But seriously, I mean my grandparents listen to NPR. Along with my photo and coverage in the Wall Street Journal earlier this year when I was the citizen journalist chosen to go to the World Economic Forum in Davos, it’s like my family finally understands what I do! Continue reading