10 Mar The Young Global Leaders Submit
Written by Harry – year 11 student, edited by Mrs Nguyen
“The Young Leaders Global Summit gives students aged 12-18 a 360-degree experience of what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s globalised world.”
(from InvestIN Education)
Back in October 2020, I was informed that I was granted with a five-day virtual opportunity named The Young Leaders’ Global Summit to join in and work with young people around the world and some highly successful leaders in different fields, including our very own British astronaut Major Tim Peake. Needless to say, I was so thrilled and could not wait for the date. It was in December 2020.
Day ONE – NEGOTIATIONS & PUBLIC SPEAKING
Our first day started at 11:00 with a briefing on the aims of the day and the activities we would do. Activities included team building and negotiating skills, critical thinking and strategic thinking, to name but a few. From this platform we spent time working on other issues such as communication; looking at the art of negotiation and attaining the knowledge we need to further advance our skills in life.
I was allocated to a group of six more young people who live across the United Kingdom: Ibai, Haruku, Georgia, Arushan, Nicole, Jessamy and me, Harry from Whitley Academy in Coventry.
We were given a list of topics from which we could choose one for our speeches. One of these topics was the current mental health crisis in the world; this one attracted my attention. It was my chosen topic. After 10 minutes of preparation, we then turned on our microphones and presented the speeches to other members in our groups. After completing this task, we had one hour break which was followed by the negotiation practice.
The way we practiced negotiation was by taking the roles of different countries involved in Brexit. My team was assigned as France. After going over certain amendments from the given documents, we decided as a team what we thought could be changed for the mutual benefits of both the EU and the U.K. We then virtually sent a speaker to the British team chat to negotiate with them. Our tactful negotiation was successful, and we got what we wanted.
It was after this that everyone came together to put forward ideas for amendments and all were requested to vote. At the end of this process the new amendments were agreed on and the day was finished with our guest speaker, former politician Caroline Flint. For your information, Caroline Flint is a British Labour Party politician who served as Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2019. In her working life as an MP, she served as a Minister in different governmental Departments. In her talk, Caroline shared with us stories about her time in Parliament and it was followed by a short Q&A.
DAY TWO – INNOVATION
Today’s focus was innovation. Specifically, it was about bringing new ideas to tackle some of the current global issues that our world was facing including famine and child poverty.
We were guided to work on and find a way to help bring improved education to the world. It’s Goal four of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: providing quality education. Very soon we realised that this task has numerous targets that the U.N plans to reach by 2030 (the end of the program), and one that it plans to reach by 2020.
My group decided to focus on some developing countries instead of developed ones such as England or The United States of America. We then used our ideas to expand and develop pitches on these issues. We decided we would look for a way that governments would be able to support their citizens and give them the resources to become self-sustainable. One of our ideas was to promote the collaboration between the national charities in these countries and teachers at the two ends of the world. The charities could support these schools with free Wi-Fi and teachers from this end could virtually train, coach and support teachers here. This would result in benefits for young generations in the years to come.
It was issues like this that all groups had to tackle and what made the day so interesting. The day finished with a conversation from Charlie Robinson.
DAY THREE – TEAM BUILDING & MOBILISATION
Today we were practising leadership and organisation. We did this by starting two movements to either improve women’s education or continue to address climate change and its negative impact by getting the UK government to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement which came into force in November 2016.
My group chose the second option and we decided to go with Greta Thunberg as our celebrity representative (not actually her being present with us). We were given the task of creating a pitch to make a benefactor give us £10,000 to aid in our movement over the other groups. This benefactor was represented by today’s guest Liron Velleman. For your information, Liron Velleman is the Jewish Labour Movement Policy Officer and works for HOPE not hate as the Political Organiser. He is also a trustee of New North London Synagogue and a keen sports fan! He is an event organiser for many movements like the ones we have been organising today.
DAY FOUR – STRATEGY & CRITICAL THINKING
Today we were practising marketing.
We learnt things such as the 5Cs of marketing: company, customer, competition, collaboration and climate. After a short and sharp explanation from the speaker, things became much clearer to us all.
We then had to come up with a way of making an advertisement for vegan foods. We were given data for the sales of different foods over the last year and had to decide which foods to sell in different places and where the best countries were to spread sales to using this data.
Throughout this exercise we had to think carefully about who our target customers were, who were our competitors in this field, the main suppliers for our products and the context, or conditions to further develop the company. In short, we spent time to work on the 5 Cs of marketing.
The day then finished with a Q&A session from Major Tim Peake.
DAY FIVE –FINAL DAY
Today was a combination of all the skills we have learnt through the week. We were placed into a scenario where we have 10 years until earth is uninhabitable due to floods. Our task was to first convince the US government to join the global effort to stop floods using our negotiating skills. The rest of the day was us coming up with ideas to stop the flooding and then pitch these ideas again using the skills we had learnt in the week.
My favourite part of the week has been negotiating.
Now, as I am recalling the memories of the past five amazingly hectic days, I am so inspired to focus on what I want to do later on in life.
This pandemic of Covid-19 has brought too many changes to people’s lives around the world; we are not alone. A year ago, I would never have thought that we have to be home again after Christmas break due to another national lockdown. Being away from my friends is of course not an easy thing to cope with. However, this amazing virtual opportunity has brought me new friends, the young people I have never met before. We discussed, we talked about different issues that have affected people on a large scale. We shared laughter and thoughts. The world seems more reachable to me.
My sincere THANKS to InvestIN Education for this unforgettable experience.
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
Vince Lombardi (American Football Coach)