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One Young World 2017 – EXPERIENCE

-      By Camilla Fisco, One Young World Ambassador 2017

 

General Overview

 

The summit lasted 4 days, with a very intense schedule (8AM to 10PM). Despite the fatigue from the travel and the charged schedule, the quality of the conferences was so high - that we forgot all the fatigue and engaged 100% in the summit. Being appointed ambassadors was such an honor, and I will carry this experience in my heart for all my life.

 

Highlights

 

From my point of view, the two major highlights of OYW were:

 

1) Listening to incredible speakers that cover a wide range of topics: transparency in business and government, the impact of climate change, global health, hunger relief, human rights.... Speakers are extremely diverse: social entrepreneurs, CEOs, politicians but also young students just like us.

 

2) Meeting and engaging directly with the speakers thanks to small Q&A sessions after the panels, or if lucky by meeting them randomly in the venue. Personally, my highlights were

- Sit at a small Q&A session with Muhammad Yunus. Professor Yunus was standing right in front of us - (really close as you can see in the picture!!)! - and answered our questions. It was incredible to hear him speak about his new book and vision: A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions


- Another highlight was listening to Ellyn Shook, Accenture’s chief leadership and human resources officer, present the new "Inclusion starts with I" program. Accenture decided to create an internal video that profoundly explored the question of inclusiveness and inspire employees to make a commitment to act.

 

“So having an inclusive culture where people really feel as though they belong allows us to be smarter and more innovative. And that’s a business issue at Accenture. Overall, that is an enormous benefit.” - Ellyn Shook



We had the opportunity to have a one-to-one talk with her and took a picture with the ESSEC logo. She sent the photo to Pierre Nanterre (CEO of Accenture who is an Essec Alumni) moreover; she gave us her business card to contact her.



- A third highlight was having a one-to-one lunch with Jayathma Wickramanayake - only Envoy on Youth at the United Nations. We were very lucky as me and Li randomly sat together at lunch, we had the opportunity to talk about what is her role in the UN and what are her challenges being the only young person on the commission. She was very inspiring and we had the opportunity to share with her our Chair ideas




- Being in Colombia during the first anniversary of Peace Day was definitely a highlight. We listened to President Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian citizens and FARC representatives tell their stories and talk about the country’s path to achieve to peace, after more than 50 years of armed conflict. It was incredibly touching, it made me understand how often we ignore issues happening around the world, and how we should keep ourselves more informed and try to do our best to improve our communities as much as we can.





An Experience of a Lifetime

By- Li Wang, One Young World Ambassador 2017

 

I had been trying to find a word to conclude the amazing journey in OYW 2017 Bogota. When ‘magic realism’ jumped up in the introduction video of Columbia, I felt it summarize

well. The conference was held when I was getting lost in how to make the world a better place during intensive corporate work. The conference showed me the way with abundant

inspirations. Here are the three quotes that impressed me most:

 

1/ Professor Yunus: ‘Defining something and make it happen’.

 

Professor Yunus envisions ‘three zero’: 0 property, 0 unemployment and 0 net carbon emissions. Driven by this vision, he created the concept of ‘social business’ and put it into practice by running Grammen bank. He said ‘Current system is designed to leave people behind. You need to work on the machine itself’. It’s very impressive since nowadays we are faced with so many crises, and most of the time, we passively rely on traditional solutions. When the old way failed, we may give up and complain: ‘See, there is no way out’. Yet if we jump out of the traditional mindset and try to be innovative, we will start to ‘work on the machine’ and find hope.




2/ Several war victims: ‘If we are not too young to be victims or children soldiers, we are not too young to be change makers.’ I’ve been lucky to have lived a peaceful life in a peaceful country, yet in this session, those young victims of war tore off the mask of ‘world peace illusion’ and showed us the bloody fact of war. Those tragedies they endured and those struggles they experienced brought us to tears, but the determination of peace they demonstrated by saying this quote above inspired me most. Things will happen, good or bad. We may be restricted by our age/gender/etc. to directly control something big, but if we don’t limit ourselves, we can always stick to our faith and start with some small positive change.




3/ Ron Garan: ‘Human beings are one habitant on the planet earth’. Ron Garan, the former NASA astronaut, showed us the fantastic view of ‘earth rise’ he saw in the space. When he saw the blue planet rose from the moon horizon, it seemed that countries, genders, ethnics. Those artificial labels are so insignificant from an external view from the space: We are all one habitant on the mother earth. The video was played on the screen with a background of ground Columbian sky. Standing on the ground and starring out at shining stars, the feeling that mankind is a community of shared future deeply stroke me. We should do our best to protect our future.




Besides those insightful sessions, I also got the chance to exchange ideas with global youth during the summit, to join the project run by a returning ambassador of General Electric and to internally reflect on my personal development. The OYW 2017 is a magic because the experience was too good to be true, but it’s also realism because it shows the way of being a real change maker. Sincere appreciation towards David and Kate, founders of One Young World. By gathering youth and experts from all around the world together, they amazingly enlighten future change makers. Also, big thanks to Junko and Elisabeth for this wonderful opportunity and for your support to us!

 

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