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Sequel of Celebration and Success: A Summary of Events from the International Summer School, Beijing, 2017Written by Leigh Woods
On the 5th of June 2017, Youth Time hosted its seventh annual International Summer School and the second in Beijing, China following the great success one year previously. In association with our partners and friends at the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, the event brought together experts, speakers, and participants together from all corners of the globe. Through a comprehensive series of masterclasses, workshops, and cultural exchange programmes, young entrepreneurs from far and wide were equipped with the necessary tools to formulate their own successful businesses and social enterprises.
The highly impressive China Soong Ching Ling Foundation International Exchange Campsite and Science Centre was the venue of choice for this most special of events. Predominantly a center of education for young people, the setting seemed an obvious choice – especially considering the grandiose interior and state-of-the art facilities available.
This year’s theme was: ‘Startups and Exchanges as Pillars of a New World Order’. The program of the events comprised days that were dedicated to the topics, “Building”, “Collaboration”, “Sales”, and “Exchange” all of which were tied into the main theme. The idea behind the structured agenda was to provide participants with expert advice on the stages of initiating successful startups, followed by an equally important component, cultural exchange, which entailed visiting some of Beijing’s most famous landmarks and even learning how to make Chinese dumplings!
An opening ceremony marked the commencement of the event, with Standing Vice Chairman of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, Mr. Hang Yuanxiang using the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the participants, “Young people from 23 countries are gathered here today in Beijing to carry out meaningful discussions and bridge together cultures through business. On behalf of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, I would like to extend a warm welcome to every one of you.”
Throughout the International Summer School, Youth Time in collaboration with the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation stayed true to its mission and vision, encouraging all participants to keep in mind that with success comes social responsibility. Indeed, President of the Youth Time International Movement, Ms. Julia Kinash remarked during her opening ceremony speech, “It would appear obvious that youth entrepreneurship and cultural exchange are key to generating opportunities and providing sustainable livelihoods in the future. The International Summer School encourages young people to become active, creative, and socially responsible citizens. The lessons participants will learn over the next few days will help to sculpt a positive future not just for themselves, but for society and future generations.”
Over the course of the event, participants had the chance to gain deeper insight into the world of modern business, in addition to learning a few things about themselves and others. The workshops and masterclasses hosted by local and internationally esteemed business academia were highly interactive, with attendees encouraged to ask plenty of questions and engage in team building activities with fellow participants and experts alike.
The series of educational and inspiring activities were kicked off by honorable guest, Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, Head of the department of Political Science, of Moscow State University. On Building Day, his key note speech “How to Start Your Own Business: Successful examples and contradictions for different parts of the world”, provided participants with expert knowledge and ideas applicable for initiating their own startups.
Later that afternoon, Dr. Yakunin also hosted an insightful workshop entitled, “How to choose the right business partners” in which participants learned the key elements required for establishing fruitful partnerships.
But not all seminars were related directly to business as Mr. Nick Fewings, CEO of Ngagementworks demonstrated on Collaboration Day through his enlightening and thoroughly entertaining masterclass, “Collaboration for Future Success”. Participants not only discovered more about their own personality types, but also learned how to deal with those who had opposing traits in both a personal and professional capacity.
The final day of seminars saw a number of experts share their knowledge and advice in the field of sales and marketing. Ms. Wang Lili, Founder of Sidai International opened up with her masterclass on, “Brand Positioning and Marketing”. Using examples of highly successful brands, Ms. Wang delved into the thought processes and strategies behind marketing campaigns dependent on various target audiences worldwide.
Following a fruitful week comprising educational and thought-provoking activties, it was then time for participants to enjoy the historic sights of Beijing. Included in the itinerary were visits to the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace, before a trip to the International Makers Center.
The event was capped off in traditional Youth Time style, with a closing ceremony and gala dinner hosted at the beautiful Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling. Among the activities were an awarding ceremony, a video summarizing the event, and speeches and performances from participants. Ms. Julia Kinash, President of Youth Time International Movement closed the event with remarks that summarized the week and embodied the true spirit of the organization and its credo, “Throughout the past six days, we have joined together to learn not only about business and entrepreneurship, but also ourselves and each other. New bonds, perhaps everlasting, have been made through intercultural and intergenerational exchange. All of you deserve to be successful, but with success, we have an obligation to fulfill. Share your newfound knowledge with others and become the positive change-makers you were destined to be.”
Follow Youth Time movement and Youth Time magazine websites for more updates on future events and activities and do not miss your chance to participate in one of them. Furthermore, if you are interested in Sustainable Development and Social Entrepreneurship, make sure to apply for Youth Time Global Forum, which will be held in November.
From the 15th till the 20th of August 2016, Youth Time organized its sixth consecutive Summer School. This year the event was realized in Beijing, in close cooperation with the reputable China Soong Ching Ling Foundation. It was Youth Time’s second Summer School organized outside of Europe and it has become a memorable one. Hosted in spectacular facilities, 30 international and 20 Chinese participants, coming in total from 25 different nations, were offered a rich cultural program and a diverse working schedule.
The deadline for applying for the International Youth Summer School in Beijing, China passed. We received a high number of applications this year. As soon as we are done with the selection process we will inform everyone who appliaed via email. We will not be answering questions related to the selection process in the meantime. Please, be patient and stay tuned for more updates.
Did you know Central Banks only create three per cent of the money supplied while 97 per cent is created by commercial banks? Would you like to find out what is actually hidden behind banking crises and recessions that have stricken the Eurozone? At the YT Summer School in Hamburg we made the acquaintance of the world’s leading expert on central banks, Professor of International Banking at the University of Southampton (UK) Richard Werner. During “Interview with a guest” session, he pinpointed several key issues that fit into today’s world themes. His speech will be published in two parts; the first one is about modern economy and its true essence.
Youth Time has opened up the three-week application period for the International Youth Summer School in Beijing, which is being organized in close cooperation with the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation. As applying for such an event can be a strenuous undertaking, we at Youth Time wish to share with you four tips on how to be more effective in submitting a successful application for this event and thus directly increase your chance of being accepted!
As a result of fruitful meetings between Youth Time and the Soon Ching Ling foundation, at the end of March 2016 in Beijing, both parties have come to agree to join forces in organizing this year’s International Summer School. Accordingly, the event will be held in Beijing from the 15th to the 20th of August. The event will bring together 50 ambitious young people, consisting of students and young professionals. About 20 will come from China, whereas the other 30 come from other countries all over the world.
YOUTH TIME GLOBAL FORUM 2015
Date and place: October 28-31, 2015, Barcelona, Spain.
Participants: around 100 young people from all parts of the world.
Theme: The New Era of Employment and Education: Solutions for Change
Result: During the forum, youth from all over the world presented 16 projects. Only the best were honored with four awards: a realization grant for the best project, two fully-paid scholarships to the Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic, and a six-month-long paid internship at the IES consulting company in Barcelona.
HAMBURG SUMMER SCHOOL
Date and place: June 18-22, 2015, Hamburg, Germany.
Participants: 30 most active young people from different countries.
Theme: Crisis and Society: Issues of Management
Result: Participants are equipped with the necessary skills to build collective forms of thinking, and they had the opportunity to study key approaches to public diplomacy, conflict resolution, social integration, and stereotype elimination. They were encouraged to think beyond their regular daily reasoning in order to take context-sensitive actions in response to social crises and conflicts. More precisely, they took part in various workshops and training sessions that included team-building interactive activities, collaborative participation and feedback exchange, They had the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of negotiating skills and stress management, two essential topics that are pressing issues in our fast-paced world.
YOUTH TIME AMBASSADORS MEETING 2014
Date and place: October 17-19, 2014, Bordeaux, France.
Participants: 8 Youth Time Ambassadors from different countries+7 special guests.
Theme: The First Youth Time Ambassadors meeting.
Result: Participants defined the features of YT and its specific place in the world of NGOs. They were agreed that YT is a dynamic youth-led initiative that empowers, engages and inspires young people from around the world in a powerful and innovative way. As work output there was provided a short definition of YT: “An international NGO founded by active young people to provide unique opportunities for youth to shape their future, independent of any political or governmental influence”.
Having discussed ambassador’s special responsibilities and privileges participants defined their concrete personal impact and possible partners that can be attracted to develop YT activities in different countries.
After summing up the results ambassadors were given specific tasks to be complete before
deadlines in the nearest months.
V RHODES YOUTH FORUM
Date and place: September 25-29, 2014, Rhodes, Greece
Participants: over 100 participants from 43 countries
Theme: Positive participation of young people in the life of society: from individual initiatives to collective cooperation.
Result: This year the forum has become a platform for presentations in three different spheres: Youth Diplomacy and International Relations, Modern Learning Environment and Social Entrepreneurship. The winners from India, Morocco, Nepal and Slovenia will implement their projects in 2015. Interview and Q&A sessions have let participants to ask specific questions and get straight answers from honorable guests, CEOs and experts in business, marketing, international relations, information warfare and social entrepreneurship. During the Global Roadmap of Youth Initiatives 2021: Occupation of the Future participants had a chance to build a picture of the nearest future and set long-term goals. Joint Session with WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”: Collective Memory: How to avoid the future conflicts?” has opened an intergenerational dialogue. All the participants with the help of young facilitators have shared their views on the past conflicts focusing on the results of the I World War. Working together both youth and elder generation have analysed negative and positive scenarios of the world development and designed a detailed proposal on how to avoid possible conflicts in future.
SIENA SUMMER SCHOOL
Date and place: June 20-24, 2014, Siena, Italy
Participants: 15 active members of the YT Movement + 15 newcomers
Theme/Goal: Work. Life. Balance. Test/Taste your life! The goal was to study current trends, acquire knowledge and develop skills to manage time for work and life and strike the balance among various life spheres.
Result: In the “Work” part of the School participants learnt how to perform successful public speeches and presentations. In the “Life” part they discovered the basic secrets of the art of interview and improved their “hear-and-listen” and time management skills. On the third, so-called “Balance” day, participants will also had a chance to conduct their own workshops and hold a roundtable discussion on the topic “Work and Life Integration. How to be a Human Being”.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FORUM “NEW PARADIGM O FEDUCATION: EUROPEAN DIALOGUE”
Date and place: November 25 – 28, 2013, Paris, France
Participants: More than 50 young researchers, teachers, representatives of institutions, NGO and business, media–professionals and young community leaders from 23 countries.
Theme/Goal: To expand the youth’s possibilities to play a constructive role in changing the educational paradigm; to unite young people from different countries and open the dialogue on problems and hassles which faces the education nowadays; to define basic requirements from different stakeholders of education and to introduce young leaders as an active part in co-designing the education of the future.
Result: As the outcome of the Forum participants issued the Paris Youth Declaration "New Paradigm of Education" where the youth vision of education presented.
IV RHODES YOUTH FORUM
Date and place: September 28 – October 1, 2013, Rhodes, Greece
Participants: More than 100 young activists, experts, and guests from 46 countries
Theme/Goal: Modern Youth Society: How to Build and Be Involved? / To discuss various issues that affect the future (digitization and other transformations of the modern society, challenges in intercultural and international relations, the role of young people in the society) and find joint fresh solutions.
Result: Four of sixty presented during RYF 2013 projects were awarded with financial grants. Young leaders from all over the world shared their personal intellectual efforts to prepare the “World Roadmap of Youth Initiatives 2021”, which summed up forum discussions, and the Youth Declaration on Education.
DUBROVNIK SUMMER SCHOOL
Date and place: July 21 – 25, 2013, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Participants: 30 active members of the YT Movement
Theme/Goal: To train new skills and invoke knowledge of YT activists in aspects of the social work, such as: creation and promotion of NGOs, fundraising, networking and social entrepreneurship.
Result: YT members developed their skills in the field of social work and got basis to develop quality of implementation of their own projects as well as projects of the movement.
III RHODES YOUTH FORUM
Date and place: September 28 – October 1, 2012, Rhodes, Greece.
Participants: 126 people, among them: 88 young activists from countries, experts, VIP guests, journalists and members of the media team.
Theme/Goal: This year the format of the forum was changed. It became more strategic and had practical approach. YT gave a chance to young activists to present their projects in 4 fields: Education and Employment, Intercultural Projects, Media and Social Projects, Improving the Quality of Life.
Result: The preference was given to the most outstanding and socially significant projects. The winner projects from Lebanon, Nepal, Russia, Zambia, India contained proposals for establishing Youth Resource, implementing peaceful journalism, conducting games to raise social awareness of ecological issues, creation of a clothes bank.
STIRIN SUMMER SCHOOL
Date and place: 15 – 19 of July 2012, Štiřín, Czech Republic .
Participants: 30 active members of the YT Movement.
Theme/Goal: To train YT activist’s skills in such areas as organizing youth conferences, high level discussions, and social projects.
Result: A team of professionals is formed to carry out and implement YT projects.
INDIA YOUTH FORUM
Date and place: March 29 – April 1, 2012, New Delhi, India.
Participants: 232 young activists, experts, VIP guests from 39 countries and students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi).
Theme: Country and Society of My Dreams.
Goal: Develop new general models of the new society of the XXI century.
Result: A global project “The World of My Dream” helps to create and visualise an image with ideal countries.
II RHODES YOUTH FORUM
Date and place: 10 – 14 of October 2011, Rhodes, Greece.
Participants: More than 150 young enthusiastic people from 50 countries.
Theme: Range of possibilities for the future of young people.
Goal: Joint search for development scenarios of the future.
Result: Creation of 12 positive scenarios of the development of the future.
ALTAI SUMMER SCHOOL
Date and place: 15 – 21 of July 2011, Altai, Russia.
Participants: 50 active members of the Youth Time Movement.
Theme/Goal: Teaching members of the movement practical skills in the creation and implementation of youth projects.
Result: Creation of the Youth Time asset, which takes part in the realization of a majority of the movement’s projects.
INTERNATIONAL CONCEPT COMPETITION: “SPACE AND THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY”
Date: April 2011
Participants: More than 400 young designers and journalists from 14 countries.
Theme: Space and the Future of Mankind.
Goal: Attract the youth to designing the future of civilization, taking into account development of the technological progress.
Result: 17 authors of the best articles and design works were awarded the grand prize – a trip to the launch site “Baikonur” (Kazakhstan).
THE RHODES YOUTH FORUM
Date and place: 3 – 6 of October 2010, Rhodes, Greece.
Participants: 150 young activists from 34 countries.
Theme: Working-out a scenario of the world community development.
Goal: Involve the youth in the process of the solution of global problems and working-out scenarios of humankind’s development in the future.
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The conviction that youth are drivers of positive change in our communities is the basis for the Youth Time International Movement's programs and activities.