One Young World Summit, Pittsburgh 2012
In October 2012 I was invited to attend One Young World which took place in Pittsburgh. OYW was founded in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson, which is a London-based charity that gathers together young people from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change.
Summit took place from 18 – 23 October and delegates were guided by a line-up of Counsellors that included former Presidents Bill Clinton (USA) and Alvaro Uribe (Colombia), musician and activist Bob Geldof, former Secretary-General of the UN Kofi Annan, Jamie Oliver, Muhammad Yunus, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, actor Kal Penn and many others.
After each Summit, the newly-minted One Young World Ambassadors work on their own projects and initiatives or lend the power of the One Young World network to those already in existence. Of those in employment, many return to their companies and set about creating change from within, energising their corporate environment. Since the 2010 Summit, One Young World Ambassadors have been creating change on a global level. Previous initiatives have included the presentation of The Missing Millennium Development Goal to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the creation of the first-ever African Student Leaders Summit.
To date, almost four million people have been directly impacted by the work of One Young World Ambassadors. There are currently more than 125 projects and initiatives involving in excess of 100 countries.
No youth-dominated event outside the Olympic Games brings together more countries than One Young World.
This was such an inspiring and life changing summit and it was an absolute pleasure and honour to be part of it.
Next OYW will take place in October 2013, Jburgh – South Africa.
Update 29 October 2012:
One Young World Summit 2012 Summit Highlights in pictures