Please read Entrepreneur -Born This Way ( #OYW 1st post) first. :)
For all this time only one thing was missing- making money and finding sustainable solution for problems. Until, I met Professor Yunus Mohammed at One Young World summit.
to find sustainable solutions that will not only solve problem, but also turn
it into money.” Everyone knows that Professor Yunus received Nobel Peace Prize
for his extreme high impact on development with micro-credit possibilities for
people from emerging markets, especially in Bangladesh. And for me making
sustainable projects that will also bring money turned to be next challenge,
but how. Before coming to OYW I just finished my fellowship at The Do School on
Peace and I was heading my home country- Azerbaijan with a lot of insights and biggest
As most of developing countries Azerbaijan is also facing difficulties in terms of youth participation and unemployment issues which mostly takes its start from corrupted and very poor, out dated education system. Most of young people are either jobless or working at very basic jobs no matter to their higher education which is very hurtful.While quality of education that students get during their undergraduate education is debatable, in parallel it is not the fault of the student who spends 4 years of its life for education, unfortunately not everyone can afford abroad education too.
As young activist with refugee past and European education I was aware of importance of education and indispensability of solution to unemployment problem without good quality education.
Lack of English knowledge and other social educational factors makes job opportunities to remain un-approachable by youngsters.
One of early morning sessions of OYW Summit was about Youth Unemployment where we got chance to discuss this global problem with experts and with my fellow summit attendees, theme to longer than summit session next coffee breaks and lunches turned to be networking opportunity for me, and I tried to approach as many professionals who deal with unemployment issue all around the world and to learn about their success formula, which was very fruitful. Getting in touch with so many motivated and passionate people at the same venue is priceless for any social entrepreneur.
It is not surprising that all experts dealing with the unemployment topic always start talking about importance of education and skill based knowledge. Also as a person with work experience at international corporations I am also aware of the fact that for getting high job position at multinational corporations high quality education, language skills and else education factors are inevitable.
Also one thing about the summit was very interesting that all participants were not only discussing issues but everyone wanted to take direct act on problem solving and entrepreneurial spirit was everywhere.As after every discussion there was a question “what are you going to do?”, “how sustainable will it be?”, “do you think this is profitable?”.
But during all past years I never thought about making social responsibility project and making money out of it and entrepreneur spirit was the only thing missing, as before I was working for marketing and advertisement industry to earning my living and doing voluntary projects for gender equality, human rights, minority and refugee rights issue and so on. While being materially independent had its own pluses as I was doing my best and free of charge for social impact, it also had its minuses such as limited time and not being much effective because lack of sources, energy and un-sustainability.
To be continued ( #OYW 3rd post)