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One Young World: When 20-somethings gather to make a difference

  • Arghea Desafti Hapsari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 18 2011   /  07:00 am

When a handful of corporate bigwigs, political top dogs, music dignitaries and even the royals set aside a few days from their hectic life to fly half way around the world to attend a conference in Zurich, Switzerland, you know this is more than just a regular get-together.

 In early September, notables like Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof, Muhammad Yunus, Kofi Annan and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway joined a list of 34 influential people who mentored and counseled a horde of selected youngsters during the One Young World conference, a global forum for the under-25s with leadership caliber.

 “One Young World is the game-changer where tomorrow’s leaders start leading and acting to create the world they want,” a release published on the event’s website says about the forum, which was founded in 2010 by David Jones, Global CEO of Havas, and Kate Robertson, ch...