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Youths in Action today!

by C:F Team on 13th August, 2010 at 1:40 PM CEST

Welcome back all Challenge:Future members!

We hope you had a great summer holiday and are just in time to get started for work school once again. We thought of commencing our Weekly Hot Topics right away, and what better topic to start with other than the Future of Youth – you! This week's hot topic is: what do you think the youths are capable of achieving tomorrow?

There are many inspiring youth-led initiatives that we would like to highlight:

International Year of Youth & Youth Olympic Games

Just yesterday, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Year commencing this International Youth Day (12 August 2010) as the International Year of Youth. Very aptly, the theme for this year’s International Youth Day is “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding”, which reflects the value of debate and discussion among global youths. Indeed, there has never been a better time for youths from all parts of the world to come together in celebration as well as collaboration for projects. Not to mention, for the very first time, the Youth Olympic Games will also be held in Singapore from 14 August till 26 August 2010.




We are also thrilled to mention a couple of initiatives that are youth-led and are venturing into new ideas and social causes. Sandbox is a network of hand-selected young achievers and innovators under 30. Each youth within this network is an entrepreneur coming from various fields such as technology, media, climate change as well as social causes. We are sure their stories will dare you to venture out.


180 Degrees Consulting


We would also like to mention 180 Degrees Consulting, founded by our fellow Challenge:Future member, Nathaniel (Nat) Ware back in 2007. With 3 of its chapters worldwide, 180 Degrees Consulting carries out over 20 projects per year making social impacts through its student-led project teams. Nat, along with his team members Shane Treeves and Edward Miller, were Finalists for this year’s competition and they were the winners in the IEDC challenge for their solution on ENVEST during the Challenge:Future Summit in Bled.


With such exciting examples, we are positive that the youths can do so much more!


So, now here is your chance! Tell us, what do you think the youths are capable of achieving tomorrow? In which areas will the youths be leading changes and initiating projects?

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Saad Khan

Saad Khan | Action team | CF Chapters

i think youth can be the biggest agent for any kind of change in the future. I think the youth has the power to encourage themselves and others to stand up for what they believe in. the youth holds a remarkable potential to to bring about significant social and moral changes. Be it related to violence, ethnicity, politics, sustainability etc. The youth has the power to change mindsets and thus we need to muster as much youth as we can in social, political and economic scenarios, be those national or global. I think the Youth of tomorrow can bring notable changes in these areas.

13th August, 2010 @ 8:27 PM CEST

Sayanee Basu

Sayanee Basu | Action team | CF Chapters

Yes, I have to agree with Saad on youths bringing the changes in "social, political and economic scenarios".

Also, since youths are getting more and more globalised and making connections with other youths from many countries, I also believe that the world will have a gradual change towards a greater mutual understanding. And this will be true especially in conflict resolution, science and entrepreneurship.

17th August, 2010 @ 4:43 AM CEST

marjolein van Mooselar

marjolein van Mooselar

The youth CAN but it is the question if the youth wish TO DO. At least in West European countries there is no enthusiasm and interest. Mostly, all is linked to other goals.

There is also the question what credibility is bringing UN. They are selecting the themes year after year but with no effect. Therefore, my deepest congratulation and admiration to 180 degree! It seems that behind great solution it is also aspiration to do something!

18th August, 2010 @ 12:33 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

I think question should not be of capability... Once youth is involved, no doubt about getting success in any initiative..

Question here is: what we define as TOMORROW...

If we define youth then,
As per my believe even this world's criteria for defining youth is Age ( <=40 )... but as per my experience I met youth of 70 years of age and 20 years of old person... Its all about clear thoughts of mind..

It all about deciding what we will do !
Its all about Beyond Talks !
Its all about giving priorities in life !
Its all about doing !
Its all about connecting !
Its about Positive Attitude ! -- and list is too long..

Now I guess YOUTH - is ready to face any situation...

Ask yourself a question that after attending any CONFERENCE, any SUMMIT, any SESSION - you became the change agent and go ahead beyond talks or you are still stuck into TALKS !!

Its always good to see your self in mirror & know about you as individual and how you can connect with universe.. :)

18th August, 2010 @ 5:18 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

@saad: awesome line "youth had power to encourage themselves and others to stand up for what they believe in"

@sayanee: WOW thought about mutual understanding ... u given 3 specific areas hmm.. very intresting... Conflict resolution, science and entrepreneurship

@marjolean: Nice thoughts about TO DO.. Its good to see your appreciation for 180 degree,,,

Well Lets involve in UN's this year theme... YOUTH YEAR... lets DO and make some EFFECTS .. what say.. !!? :)

19th August, 2010 @ 8:57 AM CEST

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra

Johanny Arilexis Perez Sierra | Action team

Great thoughts friends! I would just add that youth is capable of reaching whatever the goal set and whatever the area focused to promote changes. I think that what youth needs is sufficient encounrage and enough support to accomplish great and transformative things for the future.

23rd August, 2010 @ 9:00 AM CEST

Aneeqa Tariq Sheikh

Aneeqa Tariq Sheikh

Youth is a synonym to Change. And today's need of the hour is to bring about global peace. With a A heightened sense of things, we (the youth) are revolutionize(rs), compassionate and tenacious. We, if united, have the power to convince the government to bring about legislative changes in order to maintain social, political as well as religious peace. Since its the most important ingredient for the nourishment of any society's coming generation.

27th August, 2010 @ 7:02 PM CEST

Faisal Tahir

Faisal Tahir

I think we should keep the socio-economic factors in mind whenever looking at this situation. While we, the youth, have doubtless enthusiasm for bringing about positive change in the world you cannot view that in isolation from the world we live in.

I believe we can only build upon the remnants of the generations past. Assume that theres a building somewhere which adds a floor to it every year. If someone hands over the reins of that building to you, you might build another floor or maybe do something else. There are positive possibilities. Imagine, now, that the building was razed before being handed over to you. Do you really think you can bring it all back up and then add a floor to it as well? a daunting task i must say.

While my colleagues above have eloquently explained what the youth is capable of achieving, i sincerely hope that we are provided with an environment in which the positive energies we espouse are allowed the freedom to dictate change.

Given the right education, encouragement and tools the youth WILL change this planet for the better. Its up to the politicians and leaders of today whether they encourage that change or go against it and that will ultimately decided the effectiveness of our actions.

3rd September, 2010 @ 9:53 AM CEST

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