From Talk to Action – Big Think at the UN
Yesterday (5/30/12), Big Think President and Co-Founder Peter Hopkins moderated a panel at the UN Social Innovation Summit, a private, invitation-only forum that explores “What’s Next?” in the world of Social Innovation.
The all-star panel, titled All Talk and No Action? Conferences and Conversation in Social Innovation, was a "conference about conferences" in which Hopkins and his guests examined the relationship between inspirational speech and meaningful social action. These guests included:
Note: The video below captures the entire conference. Peter Hopkins' panel begins at 21:16 – to see it, scrub ahead in the player.
Big Think live-tweeted the panel, capturing some of the speakers' most powerful points. Read the entire stream below.
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