PALO ALTO & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--+SocialGood partners and Backplane announced today the launch of a community engagement platform where a global community of connectors can come together to share world-changing ideas and spark action in our social media era. +SocialGood (http://plussocialgood.org/), built on the Backplane platform, will be debuted at the Social Good Summit, during the United Nations’ General Assembly week in New York, NY. +SocialGood partners include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Case Foundation, Caterpillar, Cisco, Enactus, Mashable, the Rockefeller Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Foundation and the 92nd Street Y.
+SocialGood was inspired by the Social Good Summit. Held during the United Nations General Assembly, the Social Good Summit brings together innovators, social entrepreneurs, and thought leaders around a shared vision: Leveraging the power of technology and new media to make the world a better place. The +SocialGood network allows attendees, dignitaries, and social leaders across the globe to take their important work well beyond the summit. The social network will allow members and supporters from 146 countries to continue conversations and engagement around issues such as climate change, global health, women’s empowerment, and energy access.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the +SocialGood team and powering their presence for the Social Good Summit at the General Assembly and beyond,” said Scott Harrison, President and COO of Backplane. “Our mission is to bring people together around purpose and passion, and I can think of no better example of that than our work with the United Nations Foundation and the other +SocialGood partners.”
“We’re excited to offer a place where connectors can share best practices and collaborate to influence local and global agendas,” said Aaron Sherinian of the United Nations Foundation. “Backplane gives people the tools to take an issue they are passionate about, launch a worldwide conversation and find a new way to translate that vision and those learnings into action.”
Backplane was founded in 2011 on the belief that the future of social networking does not lie in an all-encompassing network, but in niche, public and private networks with purpose. Located in Palo Alto, CA, Backplane is working to forge to a new direction for social networking that puts the control back in the hands of the people who create the network. With the creation of Lady Gaga’s “LittleMonsters”, Backplane demonstrated social scale in an independent social network and now powers niche networks across sports, entertainment, lifestyle, gaming, philanthropy and other verticals. Backplane investors include: Sequoia Capital, Greylock Discovery Fund, Battery Ventures, Advance/Newhouse Investment Partnership, Google Ventures, Tomorrow Ventures, Formation 8, Founders Fund Angel, Menlo Ventures, SV Angel, Lerer Ventures, Vast Ventures, Metamorphic Ventures, WGI Group, and individual investors.
The +SocialGood community consists of people around the globe who join for online and offline conversations around social good and technology. The +SocialGood network represents 148 different countries. Between the +SocialGood network and social channels, +SocialGood has over 25,000 members, fans, and followers. Since launching in May 2013, +SocialGood has helped host over 200 events around the world. These events range from Google Hangouts on sanitation from the basecamp of Mount Everest to global discussions of global health from the World Health Assembly.
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