The Global People’s Summit provides a space for a truly global conversation to take shape—a place where people and organizations around the world can collaborate, share best practices, foster innovation, build community, celebrate success, influence global agendas, and find new ways to translate their vision into action—together online. The Global People’s Summit democratizes access to information and conversations that shape the world. It creates a space where people are not left out of conversations because of the color of their passports, inability to travel or social status. We convene a space that is globally inclusive and not exclusive, putting narratives from around the world into the heart of the work of the UN to decision makers by leveraging technology to take conversations out of conference rooms and into an online public forums.
The Global People’s Summit is organized by the The Humanity Lab Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Partnerships. The inaugural summit was held In 2017 during the United Nations General Assembly and had a digital reach of 84 million in 160+ countries. Inaugural presenting Summit partners included United Nations Foundation, and +SocialGood (powered by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Case Foundation, Caterpillar, Cisco, Enactus, Mashable, the Rockefeller Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Foundation), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, SDG Action Campaign and EarthX.
Shaped by personal and professional frustration with the status quo in the global development space, Hazami Barmada left the UN headquarters with a mission: to shatter siloes of access and opportunity and to empower people around the world to be the change. The moment catalyzed in 2016, when as the Coordinator of the UN Secretary-General's World Humanitarian Summit, two members of Hazami’s Summit planning team --both legal refugees in the US-- were unable to attend the Summit (that they helped plan) in Istanbul. The reason: the color of their passports.
Inspired by the idea of disruptive social innovation to reimagine global development, the Global People’s Summit was born. In 2017, she joined forces with co-founder, Erin Dunne, who shares the same values of inclusiveness, humanity and innovation.
They identified two main problems with the “do good” space:
Many people around the world are disadvantaged, marginalized and overlooked as critical partners in global development. Their voices are not heard and their impact is not showcased as our current systems privilege those who already have access to resources and opportunity. The people we leave out of critical conversations are the people closest to the problems, and are critical to creating solutions.
In parallel, we are living in times of great connectivity, rapidly developing technology and increased access to information and global mobility. Social media, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and big data are changing “business as usual”. Technology is not designed to-- or being used to -- fill these gaps.
They tried to find technology to bridge the gap between access, opportunity and impact. While there are many great technology tools, none facilitated global conversations. So, they built one!
We exist to shatter siloes and enable everyday people from around the world to be the change.
The origami bird represents our vision for sustainable development. It symbolises the individual responsibility, shared vision, and collective action needed to create a better world and end global inequality. Each individual triangle represents a person, sector, community or issue—alone, each are valuable, unique and important. But together, they tell a different story. One of community, collaboration and partnership. Each part contributes equally to forming a bird, a global symbol for peace, prosperity and progress. Sustainable development takes all of us, together.