Organized by AIESEC, a global youth-driven organization, the first Swiss YouthSpeak Forum happened on April 14th, in Geneva. Horyou blog participated in the event and is hereby disclosing what future entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators think about their role on shaping a better world.
The YouthSpeak Forum was a day-long event with many activities: presentations, business cases, discussion pannels and a few problem-solving workshops. Among the participants were young people from all over the world – The Netherlands, Lithuania, India, UK and Brazil were some of the nationalities that were doing good networking. The conversation was easy and fluid during the breaks, and people were really interested in each other’s stories, professional projects and concerns.
The morning sessions were dedicated to presentations. Public figures as the mayor or Geneva Esther Alder and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) director Maria Luisa Silva talked about innovation and sustainability as key elements for development. “Young people need to have their voices heard in order to ensure a future for the planet”, said Silva; she highlighted the fact that the 17 new UN Sustainable Development Goals, launched last September, have a strong focus on youth participation and benefits.
After her lecture, the attendees watched business cases from organizations like Ashoka and Bcorp Switzerland. The latter showed how the new generations value purpose-driven companies. “New business models are arising and companies that want to cause impact following social, environmental, transparency and accountability standards are better on attracting Millenials”, explained Jonathan Normand, co-founder or Bcorp.
The morning ended with the pannel “The role of youth in shaping tomorrow’s society”. Yonathan Parienti, CEO and founder of Horyou, was invited panellist and talked about how everyone from all origins, ages and backgrounds, can contribute to the development. He presented Spotlight, the first global social currency, as a way to support projects and organizations worldwide. “I feel very hopeful with the youth role on shaping better times to come. Horyou platform connects all generations for the same goal: to promote social good”, said Yonathan.
Afternoon sessions were dedicated to workshops on social entrepreneurship, innovation, design thinking and ethics for businesses. Horyou blog participated on a UNDP workshop about the Social Good Summit, that will happen in September. The attendees had to present innovative ideas to the event, using communication, content and logistic projects – being a communication and media company, we engaged in very fruitful conversations and helped the UN agency with many ideas in view of the upcoming Summit!
The YouthSpeak Forum was a very rich experience for our team. Being surrounded by the future entrepreneurs, business and political leaders and innovators inspired us to keep promoting the social good through technology and communication!
Written by Vivian Soares