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Should I start my own business with social impact, why not?!
I have never did it before, for me social impact is the part of civil life and making money out of it didn’t seem to be justice to me, while I was also aware that social injustice mostly happens because of mislead of economical power which gains on the hands of 1% world’s population.
During OYW I was lucky to attend sessions on Entrepreneurship, Social Responsibility by Doug Richard, Bethlehem Alemu, Paul Polman, also Special sessions by Sir Richards Branson and Prof. Yunus Mohammed.
this sessions turned to be inspiration point for me to quit my job and start
new social impact initiative to help un-employed youth in a sustainable
As before, I used to either make money, or social impact, now I should do both of them at the same time, challenging but also possible. Professor Yunus Mohammed became idol of social entrepreneur for me, both during his sessions and my lucky personal meting during OYW we talked about importance of sustainable social business and my sketches of my future project which is becoming reality. Endless talks, collaborations and knowledge share with participants from Serbia, Yemen, Ireland and United States took me to the next level of project implementation, also some of participants turned to be my future partners.
And last take off moment was session and then quick talk on stairs with Sir. Richard Branson, well know entrepreneur, businessman and favorite author of millions. It was not only lack of fortune that happened to me, but also it was positive sign of good start.Sure it was time for “screw it, let’s do it”.
Now I had all components for the better start, professional recommendations, good friends, experienced partners and energy for doing it.
All my way back in the lane I read my favorite book by Branson, “Screw it, let’s do it” but now it was already signed by author.
First thing to do back in Azerbaijan for me was to establish my team and start my new project which should be sustainable, and help unemployed youth. After 5 months of hard work and preparations now we have that exact project which will help unemployed youth to combat unemployment and also bring money which will be seed capital for our next projects.
Life is about doing and it is always easy to establish job for yourself rather than looking for job. OYW turned to be a very good start for me and wake up my entrepreneurial skills, but also OYW is a very great platform for networking and discussing important issues with world leaders.
I was the first and only participant from my country who took part at OYW Summit thanks to material support of OFID foundation, and I am very proud of being part such great initiative. I am sure every next chance for young people makes difference and plays important role for change for the better.I am sure that most of participants returned back to their homes with a greater impact so as me. And with the help of “world of mouth” idea of One Young World spreads all around the world along with its positive impact. I hope year by year more and more people from my country, from my region will get chance to take part at OYW and return back to Azerbaijan with new insights, new ideas which will cause positive results.
One Young World Summit is a very unique opportunity that is very rare too. Almost it is the only place where you can shake hands with Kofi Annan, talk to Dr.Mandela, ask questions to Sir.Rchard Branson, have lunch with Professor Yunus Mohammed, meet CEO of Unilever Paul Portmand in person, exchange eco-bags with Lauren Bush and even argue with Berkeley’s CEO Antony Jenkins. But it is not only about meeting world famous leaders and celebrities, OYW is also about sharing stories of delegate speakers, knowing struggle, activism and success story of passionate people from all over the world. Listening and learning from both great achievements along with epic fails is the way how we do staff at OYW.
There is other important side of OYW- it is being together with 13 hundred delegates and ambassadors, meeting extremely interesting, passionate and motivated people on every single step, at every lunch and dinner table and during every coffee break. And finally OYW is the only place while going out for party one picks business cards with.
After being back OYW mean thousands of friends all over the world, limitless contacts and support that remains forever.
I feel very proud and lucky at the same time for being part of OYW and OFID family.