This year One Young World Dublin Summit was brilliant and we bring to you top moments which can lead you to new inspiration, projects and people. As I personally attended OYW in Johannesburg and Dublin, I am happy to share top Dublin moments.
1) Meeting OYW Founders and Coordinating Ambassadors in private
Every project that is larger than life became so because of the amazing people involved. OYW Founders Kate Robertson and David Jones have not only achieved every success imaginable in global advertising industry with Havas, but are also passionate to support the new generation of leaders through OYW. My colleagues Coordinating Ambassadors exchanged ideas with Kate and David how to transfer leadership projects better across the regions we coordinated; what OYW should do in years to come; how to increase the collaboration of OYW Ambassadors with companies and public institutions. Many of these ideas will be implemented soon and I invite all OYW Ambassadors to apply to become Coordinating Ambassadors.
2) Opening ceremony with 190 countries
When you are a flag bearer of your country it is beyond special. Although we, the Delegates of 190 countries, who were assigned to carry our flags could watch some parts of the Opening Ceremony outside of the Auditorium only via technology, the moment when we stepped into the stage and showed the multitude of our flags, national costumes (and even choreographies) was worth all the backstage waiting. The speeches of Ms Mary Robertson, Sir Bob Geldof, musical performances were the highlights of the Opening Ceremony. Plus, new friendships started to flourish among the countries who shared the same order in the English alphabet.
Forum with mingling and dining
The Dublin Convention Centre proved to be a wonderful place for OYW. Our conference venue overlooked the gorgeous river Liffey and harp-shaped Samuel Backett bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava and also hosted more than 1,200 Delegates with numerous Councilors, leading companies and media representatives, volunteers. The Forum where we had our dining lounge also showcased the previous Summits’ highlights, the wall of OYW Ambassadors’ quotes, the stands of disruptive youth organizations and companies.
Also, there were serendipity moments when you find a personalized Coke to a beloved OYW friend. :)
4)Understanding finite resources and Circular economy
Dame Ellen MacArthur introduced us to concepts of Circular economy while explaining how she set the World record with her fastest solo nonstop voyage around the world on her first attempt.Circular economy preserves our planet and saves our money and resources as it restores two types of materials, ‘‘biological nutrients, designed to reenter thebiospheresafely, and technical nutrients, which are designed to circulate at high quality without entering the biosphere.’’If you are an adventurist, learn more about 100 Circular economy members, online Disruptive Innovation Festivaland what you can do. I was very pleased to know that the leading brands such as H&M, Coca Cola, Unilever, HP, Phillips, certain world-renowned universities and McKinsey as the knowledge partner endorse the principles of circular economy.
5)The seriousness of Climate change explained by The Elders
Former President Mary Robinson explained Climate Justice initiatives and what is the role of The Elders, the independent global leaders working towards human rights and peace. Kofi AnnanandMary Robinsonparticipated in a discussionled by environmental campaigner Parker Liautaud and invited audience to commit to combating climate change. They concluded that everyday things can reduce our climate change impact, such as ‘buying sustainable productsoreating less meat or mobilising civil society to build momentumandpressure leadersto reach an ambitious and legally-binding climate agreement ahead of the 2015 deadline.’’
Also, it is worth mentioning what President Toledo from Peru explained in a separate panel, ‘‘Now we can invest in our people because the natural resources. Economic growth is a mean, not an end. We have to grow to distribute; to help our fisherman learn how to fish. By 2050 we will be 9 billion people and climate change does not have the nationality. Do not let your destiny in the hands of the politicians. Be a successful leader in any field you choose. Latin America will be the leading continent. I dream of the day when a poor woman of Latin America or Africa can become the president of their respective country.’’
6) The sky is the limit
Mark Cowne, a staunchest supporter of young leaders since OYW’s inception announced a fully-funded space travel to our disbelief in auditorium. So what happens next? After a rigorous selection in months to come, Kruger Cowne, the global talent management consultancy, One Young World and Michiel Mol’s Xcor Space Expeditions will select 5 most amazing candidates and send them to One Young World Summit in Bangkok. Then the lucky winner will be announced. The return ticket to Earth is included, all the trainings and a talent management contract for the new Ambassador of the Earth. Read more info here and apply ASAP!
7) Entrepreneurship is a key to unemployment
This topic deserves avid attention at almost every OYW panel because the youth’s right to meaningful work will lead them to accomplished life. For example, Antony Jenkins, Barclay’s CEO defined successful entrepreneurship with some of the most inspiring young company owners: Michelle Phan,Tim Davey,Robert Jakobi,Julien CalledeandJay Bregman.; whereas Doug Richard, The founder of The School of Start-ups, announced the winners of Rwanga Social Start-up competition. To get additional motivation, this is the batch of the accomplished business leaders and upcoming entrepreneurs whose work you should follow: Beth ComstockandElioLeoni-Sceti,Lucy Chaplin,Sid Kapoor & Aditya Singhal,Maria Victoria Alonsoperez, Jeremy Lamri, Vibin B.Joseph,John Rogers.
8) Admiration for Millennial's optimism
Inspired by the fact that over 1 million of their customers are Millennials’ Telefonica conducted a survey on their habits, dreams and fears. Around 6,700 people from 18 countries participated in Global Millennial Survey. Despite the recession that hit them hard and worries about social security and jobs, 89% of Millennials believe the best days in their country are still to come. More and more people see opportunities in their current environment and 80% of the surveyed Millennials has a smart phone. It is stunning that 90% of Latin American Millennials consider themselves optimistic, while in Western Europe 50% of people believe the best days of their country are still ahead. Here more survey insights can be found and it is worth noticing that digital talents exist around the world. In Dublin, Bogota, London, Madrid and many other cities Telefonica has its incubators which harness entrepreneurship.
9) Ambassadors in action – what we did in a year
President Pastrana from Colombia connected youth leadership with his experience in a panel about Latin American values and challenges, ‘‘I hope from these wonderful people the next Madiba can be born. I think leadership cannot be taught; it is something you have inside you: it is your passion for social work; creating business, etc. However, there are tools you can use that are available to you. In politics when I started you gathered people differently, you had to know people in media… Now a twitter is more important than an interview in regional newspapers.’’
10) Breaking the drugs taboo
Film is one of the arts that can make us more aware about the pressing issues in the world rather than the plain facts because arts can establish our empathy towards the problem. At One Young World we watched Sam Branson’s compelling film Breaking the Taboo, followed by Q&A and we witnessed 40 years of the war on drugs. It is worth noticing that drugs are the biggest business in the world. This 500-billion dollar market, I dare say, is everyone’s issue.