Daily Roundup: top moments from #OYW2018, Day 3

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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