Reflections from Colombia

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Wow, has it really been 4 months since I returned from Colombia Bogota! I’m still having flashbacks to the event and can’t believe how the time has flown by. I think the effect of One Young World has finally sunk in, with the conference itself being so jam-packed it was difficult to reflect throughout its duration, but looking back and remembering speeches and workshops I’m astounded and inspired by the amount of positive social change that One Young World promotes.

One of the speakers I found particularly interesting was Muhammed Yunus the founder of Grameen Bank, famous for its micro-financing support for women in Bangladesh. He spoke about how we can create “a world of three Zeros” whereby he refers to zero poverty, zero net carbon emissions, and zero unemployment. He suggests we should aim to meet these targets to aid development. I was also fortunate enough to snap up a cheeky selfie with the noble peace prize winner himself…

Yes, it’s easy to get carried away with the celebrity names and status’s like Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, and President Santos, but in reality, it was the conversations with ‘not so ordinary people’ that really made me think. Teenagers younger than me described how they have set up their own social change enterprises or published books about their experiences to inspire others, these are the conversations that really empowered me. Because, if they can do it, why not me? Or you? Or anyone for that matter!

Speaking of being inspired, I’m so excited to be announcing that Bath will be hosting the Second Annual One Young World Bath conference on the 17th March. See the event and get your tickets FOR FREE here: Last year’s delegates Emma and Mohammed kicked off the tradition and since returning from Colombia we have been working hard to organise the second bath conference, so save the date! We have some amazing speakers lined up for the day and are hoping to bring a little bit of One Young World back to Bath and other students.

If it wasn’t already clear enough, I would recommend attending One Young World to anyone, it really is an adventure of a lifetime and you will meet so many incredible people from all over the world. Please watch my video below to see what kind of things I got up to and what kind of events you could experience yourself. The application is now open for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Bath University scholarship!

As a One Young World delegate, I am now part of the One Young World family, and couldn’t ask for anything more. The support and people I have met, as a result, have been so inspirational and honestly changed the way I view the world.


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