One Young World is in full swing. Today marked day three of the Summit, with sessions centered around education and poverty. Here are the top ten moments of the day:
1. Internet access reduces the education gap
With 800 million people around the world unable to read and write, there’s a desperate need for a literacy revolution. Several delegate speakers shared how they’re creating alternative educational opportunities by connecting their communities to the power of the internet.
"Our aim is to educate and inspire women to pursue their interests and goals regardless of societal expectations." #OYW delegate Zarangiz Huseynova explains why she founded @WoWoman_AZE.— One Young World (@OneYoungWorld) October 19, 2018
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2. Professor Yunus speaks on the broken capitalist engine
Professor Yunus urges delegates to eradicate the unintended and pernicious after effects of unrestrained capitalism and improve prospects for everyone. “Poverty doesn't belong to human beings, it is imposed on human beings. If you are looking to get people out of poverty, don't look at the poor, look at ourselves for creating the system,” he said.
"Would the world survive this century? Will you be the last generation of this planet? Or will your children be the last generation? How long do we have to protect this planet?"— One Young World (@OneYoungWorld) October 19, 2018
Food for thought from @Yunus_Centre. It's down to us to create a more #sustainable world #OYW2018 pic.twitter.com/ytucDkZOOs
3. Making money is not the end goal
DSM CEO, Feike Sijbesma challenged delegates to think about the world they want to leave behind, “You cannot be successful in a society that fails.”
4. Akon joins the OYW Summit to discuss social good entrepreneurship
Most well-known for his music career, Akon, is paving the way for his new legacy—providing solar power to African countries. To help stabilize Africa’s economy, he recently developed ACOIN.
5. Putting ethics and purpose back in business practices
Future-proof companies need more than a sound business model, customer centricity and the latest technologies, shared OYW Counsellors Emmanuel Lulin and Peter Schwarzenbauer. Rather, corporations need to authentically articulate purpose and use ethics to shape the world of tomorrow.
6. Ambassadors alleviate poverty in their communities
From eliminating violent extremism to empowering women, returning Ambassadors shared how they’re working toward achieving SDG number one, ending poverty.
"Conflict happens in the home - as well as on the battlefield" delegate speaker @MaryHelda bravely shares her story on the #OYW2018 stage.— One Young World (@OneYoungWorld) October 19, 2018
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7. OYW Counsellor Mo Ibrahim calls for a strengthening of democracy
Mo Ibrahim introduced the work of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which works to champion the critical importance of governance and leadership for Africa. Ibrahim highlighted four principles that he believes establish good governance: law, economy, health rights and transparency.
African @OneYoungWorld delegates with @Mo_IbrahimFdn celebrating the wonderful continent and hoping for improved #governance to unleash its potential for the benefit of all. Let’s work together for #SDG16 - the SDG I believe is most off track and most difficult to achieve pic.twitter.com/9T8gbrv5kb— Serena Brown (@SerenaB2030) October 19, 2018
8. Accenture Leads Tech for Good
Technology is becoming a key member of society. Accenture’s own, Zahra Bahrololoumi, showcased how the company is designing human-centered solutions. One example showed how they’re using artificial intelligence to improve the lives of those living visual impairments.
9. Twitter builds comradery, gives users a voice
The platform’s co-founder, Biz Stone, highlighted how social media gives people the courage to speak up. When one individual shares how they feel, it empowers others and create a movement.
"Freedom of speech is a fundamental #humanright. But I don't think to have your speech amplified by @Twitter is a basic human right. You have to earn that." - @biz.— One Young World (@OneYoungWorld) October 19, 2018
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10. Returning Ambassadors share how they’re pushing the human rights agenda forward
One of the best parts about OYW, is connecting with returning Ambassadors to hear about the strides they’re making to drive the SDGs forward. Jennifer Wronski, Shalini Weerasooriya and Kamillah Knight shared an update on their latest projects.
"When employees can fully engage with their families, they can bring a renewed passion to work". #OYW Ambassador Kamillah Knight launched a project at @Unilever to allow parents to feel empowered to focus on both their families and their careers. #OYW2018 pic.twitter.com/1OgX2M0xg9— One Young World (@OneYoungWorld) October 19, 2018