Naive optimisme is awesome

Eli Wachs (20) from the US tells briefly about his experience at YSI global 2017. You can apply for YSI as well now!

Struggle and action

YSI is an unforgettable experience. And I’m not just talking about the four months you spend online, or the two weeks in Oslo. The tools they give you, and the team they sculpt, is nothing but set up for success. Almost six months out from the conference, I’m amazed at the work the other teams, and my own, continue to pour into their startups, which are set to change the world.
Parts of YSI are certainly a struggle. Launching a startup is tough enough. Add to that every possible variation of Greenwich Mean Time (my fancy way of saying participants come from across the world), language barriers, and wifi connection difficulties. But I have always found time and energy-intensive things in life well worth it if they are for something I believe in. And one would be hard-pressed to find someone who was not a fan of the YSI mission.

They saw the most powerful empire the world has ever seen pull out of the COP21 accords, and, undeterred, doubled down on their effort to get youth to be at the forefront of global change.
– Eli Wachs, about YSI and The US

Empires leave, YSI stays

Technology today undoubtedly gives people, no matter their age, the tools they need
to alter the world. The naive optimism of youth compounds this to make an encouraging
recipe for real impact. I think this is what I most love about YSI. They saw the most powerful empire the world has ever seen pull out of the COP21 accords, and, undeterred, doubled down on their effort to get youth to be at the forefront of global change.
I highly encourage anyone eligible to apply for YSI. Be prepared to form a team with people from countries you have likely never been, and have no doubt that your team can make a difference.

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Eli Wachs (to the left) with YSI innovation director Didrik Strøhm, at the  Earthpreneurs conference, August 2017.  Photo by Vilde Bang Foss / Vilde Media

 

Read the letter from 2017 participants Rialda or the story of YSI 2017 by Diane here.

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