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Modern-Day Slavery & Supply Chains in the Global Economy: Selecting Breakouts

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As Emma told us in her last fascinating post, the past few weeks for us have included a lot of mulling over the many many external and internal breakout sessions on offer at the One Young World Conference (which is excitingly less than a month away!). The variety and depth of sessions on offer mean that choosing just two was a difficult task- resulting in my choice being made dangerously close to the deadline that had been set.

The internal breakout sessions offered included a session on 'Using Sport for Good' led by the Laureus Foundation, a Corporate Social Responsibility workshop run by Johnson & Johnson and a talk on 'Measuring Social Impact' by PwC, all topics that were incredibly tempting for me. However, I finally chose to attend a series of talks and discussions on 'Modern-Day Slavery & Supply Chains in the Global Economy'.

This topic is so fascinating because, though many of us don't appreciate it, slavery does still exist in multiple forms in today's society, and it affects pretty much each and every one of us. An estimated 46 million men, women and children are exploited daily. And it's not just for things like sex trafficking, which seems a little more detached to most of us here in the UK. But some of the biggest profiteers of modern day slave labour are today's corporations. I don't like to think about it, but I have little doubt that sometime today I will use a tech device, or wear a piece of clothing, to which slave labour has contributed.

But there are so many challenges in trying to resolve this issue.

Would you stop using your smartphone if you knew it was a product of exploited labour?

Maybe, but I imagine most people (myself, I admit with guilt, included) would choose to ignore the fact. Because these things have become such an integral part of our lives, and many of us couldn't imagine living without them. Slave-made goods have proliferated to the extent that it might be considered unreasonable to expect a mass boycott of them.

Would a company stop producing their products in factories that make use of exploited labour?

Again, maybe. But for so many, the bottom line is what matters most. A labour force which is granted employment rights and benefits costs money- and, despite the longer term productivity gains that greater investment in a labour force can bring, companies choose to take the option that will bring them greater short-term profits.

So, slavery has not been eradicated from our world- it has simply taken another form. And, gone unnoticed by most of us, it has grown deep roots in today's economy and supply chains. I'm very excited to hear what speakers such as Benjamin Skinner, (a modern day slavery expert who has actually gone undercover into trafficking networks) and Sneha Shah, MD at Thomson Reuters Africa, have to say on the issue.

See this great interview below with Benjamin Skinner to get a deeper insight into this issue!

Reflections upon traffic in Central London

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Spending a minute or two looking out on the bustling scene of Piccadilly Circus from a nearby rooftop, there are so many observations you can make about the state of much of today's world.

The first thing that catches your eye is the massive array of advertising boards. Then, you've got the plethora of stores underneath them. Both of these highlight just the importance of the roles of advertising, products and consumption in our modern society.

Then, look on a level down from that, and you see the traffic. The buses, the limousines, and the cyclists sandwiched in between- you see people are busy, people are going places. In doing so, many people are actually causing damage- releasing all sorts of pollution, and, over time, in aggregate causing substantial damage to their city and their planet. And they may never see the results of this damage- but their children and grandchildren most likely will.

Take an even closer look, and observe the people who are in these vehicles, and the people being sucked into these stores. You see people from all corners of the world. Whether they are tourists or migrants, you realise the sheer diversity of today's metropolis. The world is perhaps as small as it has ever been.

It's just one scene, but the world today is such that there are a million different observations that can be made about it.

How to do business, how to care for the environment, they are two topics which I am incredibly excited to hear about and discuss at this year's One Young World conference. But what I look forward to perhaps even more is the collection of people I'm about to meet- people from all nationalities, with different backgrounds and different reasons to be there. Because just like the photo above, OYW is a place to learn massive lessons about the state of today's world.

 

My chosen sessions for the Summit

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Hello again everyone,

Since my last post I have been given the opportunity to choose two sessions out of a huge variety on offer at the One Young World summit that interest me most. One is internal and the other external, and are run by people involved within the issues; whether that be through policy, charity or personal experience. I thought I would take this chance to explain to you what my choices are, and why I chose them. I hope by doing this it gives other students an opportunity to contact me with any ideas of thoughts they wish me to take forward to the sessions with me.

The first choice I made was to attend a session called 'Eliminating Domestic Violence through Education'. Within the session we will split into groups and talk about ways to install this teaching into educational settings, and what businesses and government can do to help.  I am a big advocate for using education as a way to tackle all kinds of world problems, whether that be physical or mental health, rights awareness or safety - so felt this sessions perfect for this personal belief. What really drew me in was the description of the session, stating that it was to help all young people, male and female, in their awareness of what domestic violence is and how to recognise it. I see much media awareness around women as victims of domestic violence, and I am not belittling their struggle, but young men also need a strong education on the matter. We are in need of  rising awareness of male mental health as recent figures show that male suicide rates are at their highest in the UK since 2001 (Davis C, The Guardian. 2015). If more young men are given a platform to speak about issues such as domestic violence against them, as well as other issues which are harmful to mental health and self worth, these figures may fall.

I hope to suggest this education as a platform to show how many have overcome such issues, and that there is a way forward for victims. A recent example I have seen of this is of Reshma Quereshi, a 19 year old girl from India who was a victim of an acid attack from her Brother in Law for 'defying' him. Since the attack which took place in 2014, Reshma has worked with charity Make Love not Scars (MLNS) and become the global face of the #EndAcidSale campaign which appealed directly to Indian government to stop the open sale of acid in the country. There are estimated to be over 1,000 victims of acid attacks in India each year, many of these with domestic origins. However, Reshma's latest platform is that she will be walking the New York Fashion Week runway in September which will bring global awareness to the reality of the acid attacks which are taking place everyday. An idea I have for the session is to suggest building a network of survivors who can go into schools and colleges and speak about the realities of domestic violence, and can show a real life example of overcoming and escaping their situations. I have provided a link from the New York Times 'Women in the World' section here so you can read Reshma's story and see a video of the moment she was told she would be walking the catwalk...

http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2016/08/09/see-the-moment-acid-attack-survivor-reshma-quereshi-discovers-she-will-walk-at-ny-fashion-week/

My second sessions is called 'Connect in intimate conversations with refugees, activists, private sponsors, settlement workers and other members of the Refugee 613 coalition', this is so I can gain a better understanding of the refugee crisis from those who are most affected by it. There will be a number of speakers at the events who I will be able to interact with in conversations about all aspects of refugee life, including healthcare, education and settlements. I hope to see how different bodies feel about these issues, as there will be humanitarian workers, government officials as well as academics attending the session. Refugee 613 is a Canadian initiative based in Ottawa which allows residents to help bring refugees over to the country, or to sponsor them and even to help volunteer help. I wish to see how this charity are working with the Canadian Government and how much of a change it has brought about. It provides a fantastic platform for those who wish to help but are unaware of how they can do so to find exactly which role would suit them best.

I hope to speak to those present on how Education occurs in refugee camps, and if formal education is happening hat can be done to help strengthen it for the sake of the young people who will have no future otherwise. If any readers have any particular issues they would like to be brought up at the meeting then please let me know.

I hope this has given you readers a better feel for not only what the summit has to offer but also what issues I am most passionate about. Mohammed will shortly be doing a follow up post on which sessions he is attending, as we have both chosen differently so we can attend sessions on what interests us most.

Thank you for reading, to finsih I thought I would show you this video I found online the other day made by The Global Goals as I think it is a really fantastic piece of work that highlights key issues facing young girls worldwide, so I will leave you with this...#WhatIReallyReallyWant

 

 

 

Teachfirst Impact Conference 2016

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Hello, It is delegate number two Emma Powell writing today. I thought I would give an update on what I have been up to over the summer. A couple of weeks ago I attended the Impact Conference put on by Teachfirst in Leeds, where I attended sessions on everything from parental engagement with children's education to commonly misunderstood myths about teaching. However, the highlight for me was the introductory speech from Dr. Sakeena Yacoobi. She spoke on starting up schools in the midst of Taliban control within Afghanistan, and her never wavering belief that Education is vital for every child.

I heard Dr. Yacoobi speak about not only education but how important it is to stand up for what you believe in even when the odds are against you. Since starting up her first school in a basement, Dr Yacoobi is the CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning  (AIL) after founding it in 1995 in response to the lack of education and skills among the young people of the country after years of war and difficulty. Since founding her schools and the AIL Dr Yacoobi has directly or indirectly affected the lives of more than 12 million Afghan people. She has also been nominated for a Nobel peace prize.

I felt incredibly lucky to be able to hear her words, even to be in the same room as someone who has fought so relentlessly for what they believe in. I am even more lucky to be able to expand my understanding of globally impacting people by hearing them speak at the One Young World summit.

She was just one among many amazing speakers who came to Leeds for the two day conference, I learnt so much which I hope to benefit from both at the summit and in my future prospective career in teaching. The words Dr. Sakeena finished on were the same ones I will leave you with; 'Education is the key issue for peace'. Once we achieve global education, many other goods will shortly follow.

Until next time!

Emma 🙂

 

 

Hello from Delegate number Two!

  

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Hello everyone!

As you learnt from Mohammed’s earlier post we are the two Delegates from Bath attending the One Young World summit at the end of the Summer. The opportunity is one I never would have expected to have and I am incredibly grateful to The University of Bath for making it a possibility. I cannot wait to travel over with Mohammed and fully immerse myself in every aspect of the event.

To introduce myself, I have just finished my second year at Bath where I am studying Education with Psychology. The degree allows me to study a broad range of issues facing children and young people from all around the world, from Education to child labour. Studying these areas has made me realise how many challenges are faced everyday by children worldwide and I look forward to engaging with other delegates and discussing these issues.

I am originally from Weymouth, a small seaside town in the south of England which is where I am spending my summer. I work in a small but well known fish restaurant here called the Crab House Café which I really enjoy, and from which I am learning more and more about fish every day. I really love living by the seaside and miss it hugely when I am in Bath, when I am home I try and spend as much time as possible on the beach.

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A few days after returning from the Summit in October I will be starting a new job at The University of Oxford which I will be at for the duration of my work placement year as part of my degree. I will be working as part of two research teams looking into education provision within the UK, and how the home and the school can work in unison to develop a child’s being. I hope this year of experience in a real life research situation will equip me with the skills for a possible career in Educational research.

I hope by attending this summit I will be able to speak to like-minded people who feel this same passion about equal opportunities for all children. My main focus for the past year has been the astounding numbers of child refugees who struggle to have access to a stable home, let alone a consistent education.  I hope to see more being done to tackle this issue as soon as possible, otherwise whole generations may be lost.

Unlike Mohammad I do not have my own blog or channel, but I will be keeping all of you as up to date as possible on my journey too and time at the summit! A huge thank you again to Bath for this amazing opportunity, I am really excited about what the next year has in store for me.

Speak to you all soon!

 

 

 

An Introduction!

  

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Hello, my name is Mohammad Lone, and I have the honour of being one of the two delegates at the 2016 One Young World conference in Ottawa, Canada, representing the University of Bath. This year the conference will be held between the 28th of September and the 1st of October, so it's just a couple of months away, and we are both incredibly excited!

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So, a little about myself...

I am a first year Economics student, born in India but raised in Taunton, a town not too far away from Bath. I like sports (however as a Chelsea fan, the past year has not been great for me), I like embarking on long late night walks, and generally I love to meet new people and learn from them. That's one of the main reasons why, despite being initially daunted, I have enjoyed university so much, and I am keen to make use of what I've learnt and develop further at this year's OYW conference.

More academically speaking, my interests lie in tackling social and economic inequality, the environment, and development economics. These are all covered extensively in my view by on one hand government policy, and on the other corporate behaviour- two areas I read a lot about and am looking forward to discussing and learning more about at the conference with other delegates.

What excites me most about OYW are the people. People like Muhammad Yunus (the Nobel prize winning founder of Grameen Bank), Arianna Huffington and Akala have long served as huge inspirations for me, and the opportunity to hear from such people in person is one that I cannot wait for. But it's not just these people that excite me- it's the other delegates who will be attending. Few (I think in the UK, zero) other universities offer such an opportunity to students, so Emma and I will probably be the among the youngest attendees. Other delegates will be from all kinds of places, such as private companies, charities, NGOs, and so on.

I was fortunate enough to get to know Ludi Wang (one of the 2015 delegates) over the past year, and the discussions we've had just walking around campus have had a profound impact on how I see key issues like the environment. I can't imagine what it'll be like to learn and be inspired by hundreds of people like her, from all around the world!

I run a website and YouTube channel, called poponomics. The aim of poponomics is to help people learn things (primarily economics related, but also politics, business, etc) that are often presented as overly complex matters by a lot of the media, without the prerequisite of a degree to understand what the heck I'm talking about. As well as this blog, which Emma will also be contributing to, I will be making use of poponomics to document the conference- both in day by day blogs and vlogs that will be posted on the YouTube channel.

So thanks for reading this introductory blog post, a massive thank you to the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences for giving us this opportunity, and I look forward to taking you along on this journey!

 

Reflections

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Reflecting on the One Young World Summit it was completely unexpected, each speech, each breakout, each question was a burst of inspiration. What united every Delegate, Ambassador, Counsellor, Speaker and Observer was the passion each one showed towards their cause. The key themes revolved around Human Rights, Education, Environment, Peace and Security and Leadership and each held a powerful message to inspire a new generation to act where Governments fail to. Reviewing my prior anticipation its evident that this Summit was completely absorbing and exhausting, it was pure inspiration as I'd never imagined it.

A quote from John Simpson "The future is for the making, but first we have to make it", in essence a summary of the Summit. A particularly influential speech was that of Maajid Nawaz a former terrorist who now promotes combating Islamaphobia as the source to peace in the face of terrorism; he emphasises what makes individuals at the Summit so impactful. Even the Delegates that ranged from 18-30 had all overcome a personal or cultural problem and had been inspired to change this situation for others. Returning speaker Yenomi Park for example had escaped North Korea to become a victim of Human Trafficking, this was 7 years ago and today she is an Activist attempting to change the situation in North Korea and China. Personally, I was hugely inspired by the speech of Arizza Nocum who found the similarities between Christianity and Islam and now works to endorse cooperation within the divided setting of the Philippines.

Businesses had a huge impact at the Summit with Siemens having 130 Delegates and Barclays 60 Delegates,they provide both the causes and the solutions to global problems. It was a cause for relief seeing how companies such as Unilever support initiatives that will make the world a better place, Unilever for example supported the new initiative Stand Tall which seeks to provide safety for Women and girls. The influence of both individuals and businesses has created an even bigger impact on attending Delegates they have inspired us to act where Governments cannot. The Summit has also been hugely informative towards specific causes with a particular speech resonating throughout the week, raising awareness of the stateless individuals who are denied basic human rights because no state accepts them as citizens and guarantee these rights. Networking was a major part of the Summit, we had the opportunity to make links from across the world who had unique perspectives, and this the legacy of One Young World 2015 that the friends that we made will become our support network for the projects we hope to complete and careers we will pursue.

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The Summit was full of inspiring speeches, however it did exhaust us, adapting to the time change as well as the lengthy days it was an inevitable consequence. Although, as I said prior to the Summit this was a necessity for the opportunity that it provided. Ludi and I were astounded by Bangkok as soon as we landed, mostly it was the humidity in stark contrast to Bath. There were 196 countries represented at the Summit, the Flag Bearers Opening Ceremony was breathtaking, I personally met delegates from the Philippines, Canada, Turkmenistan, Sudan, Turkey and Russia an many more. What makes the One Young World Summit unique is its diversity, Counsellors and the inspiration that in just over 3 days it can instil. This Summit is incredibly worthwhile to those that attend, it promotes cooperation and encourages "young people to be a catalyst for change."

 

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Sparkles from the Summit

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With the flag bearers of China and the UK

With the flag bearers of China and the UK

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Learning traditional Thai dance with other delegates from around the world outside of Suan Pakkad Palace

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The main conference area where most of the talks and occasional Q&As took Place; I was lucky to have a chance to ask a question during the Environment plenary session.

Hearing from the young and the experienced; from left to right: One Young World founders David Jones and Kate Robertson, Grameen bank founders Hanz Reitz and Muhammad Yunus, winners of the Thai Young Leaders Programme

Hearing from the young and the experienced; from left to right: One Young World founders David Jones and Kate Robertson, Grameen Bank founders Hanz Reitz and Muhammad Yunus, winners of the Thai Young Leaders Programme

Wow. The 3.5 days at the One Young World Summit in Bangkok is like a powerful shot of inspiration, slowly dissolving and mixing into our everyday lives back home. Those 3.5 days were filled with talks, presentations and workshops around the key themes of environment, human rights, education, global business and governance. Looking back into my aims and hopes before the Summit, I feel overwhelmed by the amount of insights that I have gained.

  1. To listen with genuine interest and attentiveness at all times. I have met this goal rather well, attending all sessions and taking notes of some memorable speeches. Plenary sessions lead by the delegate speakers were particularly interesting, and I can’t stop being amazed by how much our fellow delegates have achieved despite their young age. Some of them have started up businesses, built schools, campaigned in crisis areas or had a significant influence on their country’s politics. The short duration of individual sessions, 20-30 minutes, helped maintain a good focus over the whole time. However, Naomi and I thought that further interaction through debates or explaining one’s opinion at the end of a poll would have made the sessions even more engaging.
  2. To gain new insights, even change my views on certain issues. My view on businesses has indeed changed a little, as a result of Professor Yunus’ introduction to the social business framework. In his presentation, a business could consist of selfless (as opposed to selfish) individuals trying to solve human problems (rather than creating them). Grameen Bank’s own success in microcredit seems to be a living proof of this idea being more than an utopia. From one of the plenary sessions, I also became more aware of the challenges facing stateless people, such as their blocked access to opportunities, social services, influence on politics and many other rights.
  3. To have deep and truly meaningful conversations, beyond an average professional small talk. This worked reasonably well, the key is to focus on quality over quantity. Chances are that you would only meet a fraction of the group of over 1500 delegates, counsellors and ambassadors. I was particularly happy to be able to challenge delegates from the business world, for example by asking someone working for Apple whether he thought changing versions of iPhones drive materialism and create waste. I also enquired the views of someone working for Facebook on the problem of people getting more and more addicted to social media, at the expense of normal social life. Bus journeys became handy places to engage into those deeper conversations, because your conversation partner could not easily leave their seat.
  4. To find courage and be encouraged. We definitely met many courageous young people who strived to make a difference despite sometimes unstable conditions in their communities. Among the delegate speakers, a Phillipine girl Arizza Nocum had to ask help from the military to make the libraries built by her family feel safer for the children who go there. A girl from Jordan, Lina Khalifeh, was threatened to be brought to court as a result of teaching self-defence to women in her country. We also met a North Korean defector, Yeonmi Park, who bravely opened up her personal journey to freedom in her book and speech. Everyday encouragement comes from meeting determined individuals from around the world and hearing their stories of overcoming challenges and sticking to their passion.
  5. To familiarise with cultures I knew nothing about. This was among the best parts of this conference. The flag ceremony showed me the multitude of countries taking part in the Summit, out of which only a fraction were countries we normally hear about through Western media. I was lucky get to know delegates from Mozambique, Liberia, Yemen, Iran, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Costa Rica, Sweden as well as those from larger delegations such as Australia, India, China, Canada, USA and UK. We also learned a lot about Thai culture through the social events where the city of Bangkok has clearly put a lot of effort in.
  6. To help deliver a memorable Opening Ceremony as the Finnish flag bearer. The Opening Ceremony was exciting and went all smoothly. There we met all of the high profile counsellors for the first time. Some counsellors like Kofi Annan and Professor Muhammad Yunus have made global level contributions to peace, and it was a great privilege being able to hear them speak in person. Other counsellors come from a range of backgrounds, from popular culture, media and sports to politics and the corporate world. The flag ceremony reflected the diversity of our participants, but at the same time I was pleased to find other delegates who have been living in several countries and have multiple national identities. Having said that, I did get often addressed as the “Finnish girl” since bearing the flag on stage.

To me, one of the most valuable gains from this conference is beginning to care about the world’s problems at a more personal level. Now, reading the news about the recovery of Paris or the war in Yemen would remind me of particular individuals from the Summit. The threat of climate change is no longer just a set of statistics, but brings to mind Bryant Zebedey, a delegate speaker from the Marshall Islands pleading to save his home from rising sea levels. The peace and conflict plenary session was particularly touching, where delegates from countries that are sometimes considered to be each other’s enemies stood side by side against violence.

The Summit made me feel more interconnected to others, both in our achievements and suffering. Above all, I can vividly feel the importance of being an active, raise awareness and take action on issues which matter. As the director Guy Reid and former NASA astronaut Ron Garan reminded us: we are a planetary people, we share a responsibility of looking after one another and the spaceship we call Earth.

Travel Anticipation

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It's 9 in the morning and Ludi and I are sat in Heathrow Departures, I thought it was finally time I posted. The OYW 2015 Summit starts tomorrow with the Boat Procession, and we are both incredibly nervous but excited. Alex and Nipuini have prepared us for what to expect at the Summit, though currently this is somewhat lost on me.

Flying will certainly take some of the edge of the anticipation though I thought it would be best to outline the main prospects that the Summit will offer.

Firstly, this is a global forum of inspirational young people, we are going to be met with numerous opinions to our own. For example the focus of what I'm interested in surrounds Islamaphobia and Feminism both controversial issues. I certainly hold a Western perspective on both, though the effect of culture will be a hugely important variable. The opportunity to hear these values in one forum is once in a lifetime and incredibly important to anyone hoping to observe international relations.

The global forum is not just made up of people, but of businesses. The OYW Summit is a networking hub, made up of companies such as Deloitte, Santander and EY to name a few. As such  we have to approach with a certain mindset of changing the world, through making the most of the companies attending. Ludi and I will undoubtedly be some of the youngest delegates, and so far the University of Bath appears to be the only University that sends delegates. For those looking to attend next year take note thatnetworking is key in the Summit.

Lastly, a more personal prospect is the lack of sleep that's going to come with this summit. In the pre-summit event Ludi and I were told we'd need a few decent nights sleep to prepare us for the summit. After an 11 hour flight we will then face jet-lag as well as early starts and late finishes. Although, how else do you fit everything into 4 days. Sleep deprivation is something I will gladly give up for the opportunities that this summit presents, it's going to be a busy few days.

 

 

 

 

Hopes ahead of the Summit

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We are almost there. Since September we have had a series of preparations culminating into the One Young World Summit 2015 that is due to begin. Step by step, and with the help of the Faculty, we’ve confirmed our journey from Bath to Bangkok, met up with other UK delegates in London, browsed through the various OYW profiles, got in touch with other delegates via social media, selected personal internal and external breakout sessions, and got so intrigued by the promised talks on the timetable. More recently, I have also learned to say “sawat-dee-kha” (hello) and “khop-khun-kha”(thank you) from a friend, as a reminder of the fact that it is soon time for Thailand. Below is my short reflection in the midst of last minute packing and bubbling excitement (and probably a sleepless night) ahead of an early departure in a few hours time.

Some of my hopes for the Summit:

  1. To be able to listen with genuine interest and attentiveness at all times. I guess it is easy to feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of stories and ideas you hear when there are an average of 15 sessions every day (plus 7 hours of time difference). I hope I can maintain a good focus and learn as much from the talks on the first day as those on the last day.
  2. To gain new insights, even change my views on certain issues. Sometimes opinions are there to be challenged, university in particular seems to be a place where nothing should be taken for granted until backed with evidence. One thing I might change my view on is whether corporations can effectively achieve social goals. At the moment I am rather sceptical about this, but perhaps chatting with corporate delegates and hearing their project ideas can help me understand their point of view better.
  3. To have deep and truly meaningful conversations, beyond an average professional small talk. Here in the UK in particular, it seems rare to chat about dreams or fears, politics or philosophy the first time you meet someone. However, given the special atmosphere at the Summit and the passion and thoughtfulness shared by most of the attendees, perhaps fruitful conversations could arise naturally.
  4. To find courage and be encouraged. In the aftermath of the shocking tragedies in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere last weekend, I saw a world joining together in grief and prayer. Recent events will add a further degree of seriousness to the issues we discuss at the conference, particularly in relation to peace and conflict. Sometimes we need encouragement and comfort not only post-crisis, but in everyday life when you feel so small and powerless to make a difference. This is when meeting those who have managed to make a positive change can be truly energising.
  5. To familiarise with cultures I knew nothing about. One Young World brings together delegates from 196 countries to conference centre, which makes it an once-in-a-lifetime experience in terms of meeting representatives of various nationalities. I would like to make use of this precious opportunity to get out of the familiar Northern European and Chinese zone and meet people from as many backgrounds as possible.
  6. To help deliver a memorable Opening Ceremony as the Finnish flag bearer. I honestly feel extremely lucky and privileged to be able to represent Finland this way; she is my beautiful second home and has truly shaped who I am today. On the other hand, I hope my multicultural background could help show people that you don’t need to answer the question “where are you from” with only one word.

Lots is coming, and I will try and do my best to make the most out of this unique experience.

In the coming days, you can follow Naomi and I on Twitter and the main conference on Livestream. Later on, some video clips will be available on Youtube, too. While waiting for this years’ clips, why not have a look at some highlights from previous Summits?

 

Thanks, and laaeo-phohp-gan-mai-kha (see you soon)!

Ludi