By Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHope
As I reflect on our week together at the NetHope Global Summit 2019, I leave inspired, energized and, yes, a little exhausted. I am sure you all share my sentiments. We’ve learned, we’ve shared best practices, we’ve networked, we’ve socialized, and we’ve had some moments of laughter and respite.
Some of us have enjoyed the beach and the pool, and we deserve that. We work hard. But we didn’t come for the tropical location. That was a perk. Being here in Puerto Rico has reaffirmed what we can do together to make the world a better place, how we can leverage the power of technology to improve the human condition. It connected us with Puerto Rico’s recovery and the generous, resilient people who live here. It reinforced the Summit theme—Vision. Action. Hope.—which really does define our NetHope community.
This week underscored that our past and our future are defined by collaboration, which is central to our work. This can in many ways be exemplified by numbers: Five Working Groups, 10 Workshops, 22 Keynotes/Plenaries; 60 Breakouts; four Service Projects. These numbers are impressive by virtue of the tremendous amount of information that was shared amongst our more than 600 attendees.
A big moment for me was the #IamNetHope group selfie, which underscores that—whether you are a member, or a tech or funding partner—NetHope is not about what you gain, but about what you give. And, so many individuals have given and given so much. So, I’d like to extend a couple important thank yous.
While today is technically the last, many of will extend the Summit by participating in trainings or service projects tomorrow. If I don’t see you, know that I am looking forward to the next year. The Board has adopted our strategic plan refresh and, in the coming months, we will realign our work to bring our ambitions to life. This will better serve and engage all of you. I have no doubts that we will do great things together this year and look forward to seeing all of you at the next family reunion!
Wir sehen uns in Berlin!