Day 1 – The Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony consisted of world-class performances, speeches from prominent leaders , and an introduction to the councilors which included leaders such as Nobel Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus and Her Royal Highness Meghan Markle and ended with a ceremony where delegates represented 190+ countries.

Photos from left to right: North Korea and South Korea flag holding hands, UK flag passed through the crowd, GE delegate Mihael Plut representing Croatia

“Today’s opening ceremony was full of energy from start to finish. We opened with a beautiful spoken word poem before transitioning to our keynote speakers and various dance and musical performances. 

It’s an incredible and overwhelming feeling to be at a forum designed to bring the world’s young, educated, passionate leaders together. 

~2k delegates were selected from 50k+ applicants across 190+ countries

20M people have been impacted by connections made at OYW since 2010

A place where change happens…together. Despite any differences we may have, these are dedicated ambassadors making a positive impact on the world. 

Among all the speakers and performances (OYW Founders, Mayor of London, Flag bearers from all countries etc.) one message stood out to me the most.

“We are here to shape the future instead of letting the future shape us.”

I felt this in real time when I got to speak with Grete Kikas from Estonia – founder of Diagnostic Match. Approximately 50% of patients don’t know they have HIV and could spend years spreading it. Diagnostic Match uses an algorithm to test patients and give them a diagnosis earlier.

 It’s really mind blowing to be in a space where so many people are passionate about making global change! I’m looking forward to what’s in store for the days ahead.”

Post written by Jordan Richardson.

Jordan is a current HRLP with GE Power. Jordan has been involved in social impact with GE through a buildOn trek to Senegal and is passionate about education and gender equality.

Ready for OYW 2019 – Hello London!

Stay tuned over the next week for our Delegate Posts, and get an up-close view of each day of the conference from a range of perspectives!

The One Young World conference is from October 22 – 25, 2019, and our delegates have flown in from all over the world ready to network with and learn from some of the greatest minds focused on social impact!

I flew in to London today and could not be more excited for the next 4 days!

The purpose of the conference is to connect young people globally who want to make an impact in order to accelerate their potential through making connection and creating a supportive atmosphere and connected global alumni.

The schedule is packed: back to back talks and networking events with accomplished speakers ranging from Fortune 100 CEOs and global politicians to young delegates making impactful changes locally and globally, all focused on solving the world’s biggest problems centered on the Global Goals. The purpose of the conference is to connect young people globally who want to make an impact in order to accelerate their potential through making connection and creating a supportive atmosphere and connected global alumni.

Learn more about the global goals at: https://www.globalgoals.org/

A brief overview of GE’s history with One Young World

GE has organized GE delegations for the Summit for the past five years in order to inspire and recognize early career employees who have been making impact.

Over the years, 56 delegates represented a broad cross-section of our GE leadership programs (OMLP, FMP, CLP, HRLP, CAS, EEDP, DTLP), more than a dozen countries, and spanned all GE businesses. Being a delegate is a huge honor and a recognition of the work that these employees have put in and their passion towards the global goals.

Some highlights on the agenda I’m excited for!

  • Professor Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Prize Laureate, Founder of Grameen Bank) on eradicating the harmful effects of capitalism
  • Vismay Sharma (Managing Director for L’Oreal UK) on Can businesses solve social problems?
  • Workshop hosted by the London School of Economics on ‘Partnering for Peace’
  • More! (Full agenda here)

Meet our delegates!

Post written by Priya Achaibar.

Priya’s part of the core Generation Impact team, and participated in projects such as SafeSurgery2020 and a trek to Malawi to build a school with the buildOn organization. Priya is a grad of DTLP and Corporate Audit Staff.