Are we making a great enough impact at YSI? No. Are we on our way? Well, no one can know the future - but based on the acceleration from nothing to where we are today, we are at least getting a pretty good shot: Big companies are approaching us, great young minds are our friends … Continue reading We`re aiming for the home run
I have been shocked few times in my life, but I have been shocked several times during these 5 months. Having leader types like you doing tough work through online programs, not giving up, trying, failing, feeling let down, feeling great, feeling down and going through the stages of creating something new, creating a team and creating a movement – that is absolutely heartwarming.
Reading Jonny Schneiders book “Understanding design thinking, lean, and agile” (2017) I came over this highly intriguing sentence, about complex adaptive systems: “They’re unknowable: There are multiple truths, and the system cannot be described from only one perspective or language. That is, nobody really understands everything. And we can’t fully know anything. They’re intractable: That is, nobody … Continue reading Complexity, experience, and weakness of youth
Power / ˈpaʊə/: The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events. Yuval Harrari, the author of Sapiens and Homo Deus, wrote (2016): "History is often shaped by small groups of forward-looking innovators rather than by the backwards-looking masses." He is not saying that a few people create big … Continue reading Why trying to change people is waste of time
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.
Most people are looking to find their drive, recruiters want to find people with some of that drive, and ofc, to create a successful startup you should have plenty of passion and drive. Why is it that everyone is looking for drive, but no one really knows what it means? Well, at least most people … Continue reading What does it mean to “have drive”?
Ali Mannan Tirmizi became one of the 25 under 25 in 2017, and is now working with his team to ensure clean water for the world, through the project Xyla Water. Apply only if you want to make an impact If you're reading this, Congratulations! You just took the very first step. Either you have … Continue reading Guide to applying for YSI: Tips from a veteran
At first, YSI was like a small family to me. It began with my friend Maiuran and then expanded to the YSI crew and participants. We all shared the big ambition to lead the youth to create a change for the future. And I was impressed to see that one year later in 2017 our community of change-makers had grown exponentially to over 10,000 people.
The first email, round one: passed. Now waiting, a bit unsure of what`s going to happen, but round two is in play. Passed. The competition is real. People are messaging each other, the group on Facebook is on fire. Round three, Well, impossible right?
The story of the YSI journey by 2017 participant, Diane Delava from Belgium. Imagine yourself travelling for hours to Oslo, Norway to meet your team for the first time after working together for four and half months online. You are going there with no choice but to instantly bond with them and utilize every minute. You’ve … Continue reading Nothing great comes easy