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Though Ian Somerhalder may play a bit of a ne'er-do-well as Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, in real life he’s all about giving back. In fact, Ian will be in New York City this upcoming weekend to speak at the Social Good Summit. What topic is Ian so excited to speak about? Read on to find out!

“Can't wait for this weekend!! With @kimodo007 & @TheJram in NYC for @socialgood @Mashable @CondeNastCorp @cwarroom HOLY COW. So powerful,” Ian tweeted earlier today, sharing his excitement over the upcoming three-day conference.

Ian will speaking at a panel called “The Future of News: From Passive to Active, Combining Awareness and Activism,” along with fellow co-founders of RYOT.org, an online news source that pairs the consumption of news with the possibility for action. Every news story on the RYOT.org site is accompanied with an “action box” that gives the reader a way to impact the story, if they so choose. Examples include: donating to an organization making a positive impact on the featured issue, signing a petition, or sending a tweet. RYOT also gives a percentage of all ad revenue to featured non-profit that changes weekly.

The Social Good Summit is a pretty big deal. Held annually during New York’s U.N. Week, this year’s theme is #2030NOW and conference-goers will share their ideas of how new media and technology can be used to tackle problems both locally and around the world. Other speakers include Al Gore, Astronaut Ron Garan, and Barbara Bush (of Global Health Corps), so Ian is amongst esteemed company. Needless to say, we’re really proud of him and his efforts to make a positive difference in the world!

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