Our Theme 2020
“LET THERE BE HOPE!”
Join us in Dublin between Wednesday 21st and Friday 23rd October 2020 as we return to Trinity College Dublin to celebrate the Art of Possible by inviting connections and nurturing networks which motivate us toward a better shared today. The event will look different this year, but will still provide times of sharing and learning, striving and trying, networking and inspiring!
Has there ever been a more important time to look with open eyes and an open heart at what the world needs? As we glance around us at the global effects of the Corona virus, we are reminded that more than ever, we need each other. The world as was, is no more. Everything is now different. At The Good Summit, we want to help you dream what can come from these ashes, and build restoration, trust, responsibility and neighbourliness – in HOPE!
DAY ONE (wed 21 OCT) A series of seminars and colloquiums will take place. Keep an eye on the website for details of which one you will want to attend. These events are run in conjunction with other specialists in Ethics, Social Enterprise, Environmental Science, Technology For Good and Change facilitation, and will be first come first served basis.
DAY TWO (Thurs 22 OCT) is primarily a teens and twenties day for inspiration, motivation and information on how to create a better world by capturing (and treasuring) your better self. Issues such as mental health, social transformation, sustainable development and how to be a Whole Human Being will be addressed through amazing keynote speakers and vital seminars.
In the evening, a special one–off ‘Good Summit Tonight’ will take place, with some very special guests and conversation. For good reasons, we cannot tell you about yet, but details will be out in the Spring!
DAY THREE (Fri 23 OCT) will see The Good Summiting hosting vital North–South conversation and inspiration with young people and leaders in technology and politics from the north and south of this amazing island. If you want a better island this is an afternoon not to miss.
In the evening, (and OVERNIGHT) we are hosting the very first ‘Good Summit Good Night!’ A fundraising sleep–out in the front Square of Trinity College Dublin. Complete with guests artists to entertain us during the first part of the evening, this is a chance for The Good Summit faithful to give something back. To participate in this sleep–out (with over a thousand others) you will be invited to help raise money for designated local charities – and thus help in raising hundreds of thousands for Good causes in Ireland and beyond.
The Good Summit 2020, is going to be Bigger and Better than ever!
From global corporate syndicates to local government, NGOs, charities, SMEs, NFPs, social entrepreneurs and social activists, The Good Summit is an event that inspires and fuels the small movements already taking place around the globe to help build them all up. It is a metaphorical raincloud to help cultivate the ground where change is already taking place, and harvest Goodness for the world.
Good isn’t Good, until it’s shared.
You will go home from The Good Summit raised up, challenged and inspired.
Somewhere in the historic annals of Trinity College Dublin’s House 27, c.2014, a bright young energetic and enigmatic Amr Dawood burst through the door of the Methodist Chaplain, the older, almost as energetic, and possibly more enigmatic Julian (Jools) Hamilton. Amr entered as a leader in the Trinity Muslim society asking the Christian chaplain for help with a charity auction during Ramadan. An immediate friendship was born that crossed barriers of race, religion, ethnicity and age, and led to a deep appreciation and respect for each other.
Their friendship was strengthened when after the horrific attacks in Paris 2015, Amr & Jools were invited by the Students Union to jointly address a peace vigil in the vast front square. In front of over 500 students holding candles to disperse the darkness in the creeping winter, they jointly called on people to remember victims and overcome darkness. Together calling for a better world.
After that evening was over, Jools and Amr conspired dreams of a better world, and decided they had no choice – they had a responsibility to make positive change real.
And The Good Summit was born
Amr & Jools passionately believe that change is possible, and that humanity can do better. Goodness is not an automatic response, it takes work, it takes effort, it takes partnership and sweat … but it is worth it.
Together they spawned the dream and invited others – much more experienced than them – to join the adventure of getting people together who wanted to see the world work differently. The arena of social enterprise provided a natural realm where people can be inspired to think and act differently – and the dream of The Good Summit, is that in small ways, you can form habits and working practices that help to make this world a more just and fair place for us all. Whether in education, government, NGO, charity, religious or community activism, All Of Us Together can form habits and practices that make the world a better place.
Who Are We?
The Good Summit is a global event–based platform that inspires people to take positive actions in their communities and workplaces to build sustainable social change. The event brings together students and change–makers from a wide variety of disciplines and increases external awareness of compelling issues.
Society is at a precipice where increasing numbers of people are becoming more socially aware and desire to make the world a better place. No one group of people has all the answers, but together we are better.
We believe everybody can be a change–maker.
We celebrate and cultivate positive change.
We believe we are better together.
We demonstrate collaboration
We promote personal and collective responsibility
We strive for actionable impact
We encourage innovation
We deliver authenticity
In One sentence?
The Good Summit celebrates common good in the world through championing and critiquing where it is being found, and by creating and curating spaces to cultivate more of it.
CEO of Blithe Spirit Ltd.
Founder of Independent Financial Consultants
CEO of the Irish Social Enterprise Network
Chaplain to Trinity College Dublin. Co–Founder The Good Summit, Founder Youthspirit.
Founder of Refugees Welcome NI and Tech For Good Dublin
Head of Social & Community Strategy at eumom
Former Head of Branches, Bank of Ireland
Co–Founder & CEO The Good Summit
Professor of Computer Science, Trinity College, University of Dublin
Dublin Airport is located north of the city. There are regular buses to the city centre or it is just a short trip in a taxi.
If you would like recommendation on where to stay, we have partnered with several hotels in Dublin city centre that are all of a high standard. Please see the map below for details & links to all hotels.
The venue is walkable from city centre or a 5 minute taxi ride. There is also public transport that passes the venue.