The summit agenda is a mix of plenary sessions, special sessions and keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. The six plenary sessions of the summit looked at Education, Global Business, Human Rights, Leadership & Government and Peace and Conflict. Each featured speeches given by counsellors and selected delegates, and were then followed by interactive sessions with delegates in the audience.
The delegates are encouraged to go back into their companies or local communities and bring positive change by either establishing or joining initiatives that further promote the aims of One Young World. Barclays sent 50 delegates and Antony challenged them to use this unique platform to come up with ideas to drive social impact alongside commercial returns, and looks forward to seeing their proposals implemented across Barclays and our wider communities. The delegates receive on-going support from Barclays though our Social Innovation Facility.
At Barclays, a group of previous One Young World delegates has collaborated with other colleagues to design Barclays Launchpad. This resulted in the creation of School for Start Ups, which was a competition similar to Dragon’s Den that gave social enterprises the opportunity to pitch for funding. The winners of this have gone on to experience significant exposure and expansion. Other past delegates have also launched Base Budget, which offers practical and free financial knowledge, along with money management and budgeting skills, to individuals and families in South Africa, Malawi, Gambia and Kenya.
With an audience of the most socially engaged and aspirational young people from all over the world, the summits are an opportunity to create a network of young leaders who can work together to create powerful, positive movements for change within businesses and communities globally.