What keeps you up at night?

A very innocent question that has been haunting me for a few days now.

What keeps ME up at night? Sigh. So many things.

Let me give you the back story on this question… I was privilege to be invited (along with my dear friend Lara) to a celebration for the launch of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council on Tuesday evening in Washington D.C.  (I know, right? Just a typical day at the office.) The GEC consists of ten entrepreneurs under the age of 40 who will be using their knowledge and influence to  help the UN achieve a “new level of innovation and impact in solving global problems.” (Given the fact that in my professional life I council non-profits on marketing and social media, I was ecstatic to be included on the guest list for such an endeavor.)

During the evening, each GEC member spoke on “what kept them up at night.” Their responses varied but the passion in the room was palpable.

I would be remiss if I didn’t list the executives being tapped for this project: Ryan Allis (Founder) iContact, Elliott Bisnow (CEO) Summit Series, Sergio Fernandez de Cordova (Founder) Fuel Outdoor, Brian Gott (Publisher) Variety Magazine, Marissa Mayer (Vice President) Consumer Products, Google, Angela Mwanza (Senior Vice President) UBS Private Wealth Management, Shervin Pishevar (Executive Chairman)  Social Gaming Network, Shauna Robertson  (Co-Founder) Crowdrise, Zaw Thet (CEO) 4INFO and Randi Zuckerberg (Director of Marketing) Facebook. (Yeah, just a little bit of talent on that committee.)

And as I mingled with the council and the executives from the foundation that evening it began to dawn on me that bloggers also have incredible potential for impacting global philanthropy. Now, this is not a new revelation to the world, but it seems to me that if we could focus en masse, we could make a truly profound difference. That is an incredibly empowering thought.

So, I ask you… As a writer/blogger/social media maven, do you realize how much power you wield? Do you believe that you can change the world with your influence? Have you ever used your online presence to raise money or awareness for a cause?

The video below from the event features Elizabeth Gore of the UN Foundation speaking on behalf of Randi Zuckerberg who was unable to attend the event. She is nine months pregnant and unable to travel. I think we can all forgive her.

As for what keeps ME up at night – anything that has to do with poverty, children’s issues or the plight of women both domestically and globally.