Novus Summit @ UN

Leaders of industry, media, and humanitarian causes all gathered for a day, to discuss how we can help to advance the UN’s 17 Strategic Development Goals. We’re aiming to do nothing short of solving all the world’s greatest problems, in the next 15 years. Think it’s impossible? In 2000, the UN set a goal to cut poverty in half by 2015 — and working together, the world achieved it! Now let’s take it to the next level.

Can't help but be excited walking through this corridor...

Can’t help but be excited walking through this corridor…

Panoramic view of the UN General Assembly (15 photos stitched together)

Panoramic view of the UN General Assembly

In case we're not sure what's "the good battle", how about picking one of the UN's 17 goals for 2030?

In case we’re not sure what’s “the good battle”, how about picking one of the UN’s 17 goals for 2030?

Wonderful to see and meet Peter Diamandis of the X-Prize foundation... singlehandedly helping humanity to take great steps forward.

Wonderful to see and meet Peter Diamandis of the X-Prize foundation… singlehandedly helping humanity to take great steps forward.

When we seek to influence change, our efforts are best focused on the undecided - not "preaching to the choir", nor trying to convert the "die-hard opposition". Seems obvious, but how often do we forget to behave this way?

When we seek to influence change, our efforts are best focused on the undecided – not “preaching to the choir”, nor trying to convert the “die-hard opposition”. Seems obvious, but how often do we forget to behave this way?

Aaron Sylvan, proud to be an invited guest of the Novus Summit at the United Nations General AssemblyAaron Sylvan, proud to be an invited guest of the Novus Summit at the United Nations General Assembly

Aaron Sylvan, proud to be an invited guest of the Novus Summit at the United Nations General Assembly

A hospice nurse spent decades asking dying people what where their biggest regrets... these were the top answers.

A hospice nurse spent decades asking dying people what where their biggest regrets… these were the top answers.

Analysis of facebook status updates can reveal personality with surprising accuracy. Amusingly, the most popular word for extraverts is "party", and the second most popular is "cant wait" (apparently they can't wait even long enough to type the apostrophe - for real!)

Analysis of facebook status updates can reveal personality with surprising accuracy. Amusingly, the most popular word for extraverts is “party”, and the second most popular is “cant wait” (apparently they can’t wait even long enough to type the apostrophe – for real!)

Analysis of facebook status updates can also be used to automate the detection of possible suicide risks, or people seriously needing help.

Analysis of facebook status updates can also be used to automate the detection of possible suicide risks, or people seriously needing help.

Aaron Sylvan, proud to be at the UN Novus Summit

Aaron Sylvan, proud to be at the UN Novus Summit

Novus Summit at United Nations General Assembly

Novus Summit at United Nations General Assembly

A proud moment. The next time I'm at this podium, it will be for a speaking engagement.

A proud moment. The next time I’m at this podium, it will be for a speaking engagement.

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