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As a founder myself, I have also gone through a similar predicament of knowing so personally why my conference is different but simultaneously not being able to distinguish the conference in the context of a market. Reflecting on the very founding spirit of the conference, however, enabled me to trace the point in which my conference became essentially different from the rest.
When I began the conference in South Korea at eighteen, I had no connections, little background experience, two MUNers willing to hear me out, and absolutely no budget. "Founding" a non-profit thus might have sounded cute at best. But above all, I knew one thing and one thing very clearly: this conference simply needs to happen. Not for me, but for something far bigger than myself.
I've always wanted to be known for an act greater than my name and be remembered, but my founding spirit was far less self-concerned. In founding, there was undeniably a trail of self-promoting streaks, but the very essential reason for founding the conference went a lot deeper than just that. I saw something good, possible and useful to the world--and I wanted to bring it into light.
I wanted to help students like myself see that there was a reason to be excited; that we could also change the world if we worked at it; that things were possible; that if our imaginations do not have to face death in the face of realities; that we had power to create something legendary, innovative and deeply meaningful. Realistic boundaries fell flat in the face of this founding reason. The rest is history, continued well into today.
This founding spirit was, in hindsight, reckless but also dreadfully genuine. Having studied in college for few years and having experienced the real world ever since, I am not confident if I could generate the same kind of naïveté. It was only possible then. The wonderful thing about it is, though, that I get to re-live it every day; it is alive at the very core of my conference, Korea Youth Model United Nations (KYMUN).
It is not only me who gets to experience this spirit. For years, students, parents and teachers alike have responded to it; it has been the reason why they chose KYMUN over others. Some of them liked it so much so that they actively helped me preserve it through years of collaboration. And when I say "some of them", I mean assemblymen, ambassadors, South Korean government, corporations, media outlets and the THIMUN Foundation.
So trust me. Our passion alone is enough, even in this ever more competitive market of the MUN. In this market, passion beats reality. And that's why the world of MUN is so wonderful and irresistible that despite the challenges you and I cannot even think about leaving it.
Evelyn (CEO and founder of KYMUN)
Korea Youth Model United Nations (KYMUN) is a conference held in every August in South Korea. The very next conference will be held in August 2016. Please visit kymun.org for more information.