7/12 LATISM Twitter Party: Redefining “Social Good”

Community Party

If you’ve been paying attention to our threads, you know by now that we have just launched our second annual Sustainable Development project in the remote city of Patacancha, Perú.

This project, organized with the invaluable support from The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Inkaq Kusi Kausaynin, Red Rural de Turismo Alternativo [The Rural Network of Alternative Tourism], Father Jorge Gonzalez Acurio from the Iglesia de Ollantaytambo, and the amazing community of Patacancha, comes in the heels of the successful sustainable development project we developed last year in the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Together, these projects represent concrete examples of the many ways that the power of social media and community can be used in order to bring true, sustainable support to life in communities around the world by helping them to help themselves.

There are many definitions for the term Sustainable Development, but one of the first organizations to define it was the World Commission on Environment and Development back in 1987:

“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” ~ From “Our Common Future” Report (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987).

Yet as we know, in this world of social media, the words Sustainable Development and Social Good are so overused, they have became borderline clichés. So tonight, we’d like to discuss these terms and redefine them!

  • What does sustainable development mean?
  • What needs take precedence over others? Should it be those of poor or rich people? Those of citizens or immigrants? People living in cities or in the countryside? People in one country or another? You or your neighbor? The environment or the corporation? This generation or the next generation?
  • How do we decide whose needs are met first, for example, when there has to be a trade offWho gets to decide this?

Join us to find out more about our Perú project, and help us shape and redefine what sustainable development and social good truly mean, and how we can continue to use it to better our community and the world at large!




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