Global Forum 2015: FAQ from the Pres­i­dent of YT Julia Kinash

Why Global Forum instead of Rhodes Youth Forum? What projects is YT look­ing for? How much will the grant be and what do the other prizes con­sist of? All these ques­tions and more will be answered by Youth Time pres­i­dent Julia Kinash in this interview.

The first ques­tion is the most per­ti­nent and impor­tant for every­one who has already been involved in YT activ­i­ties. What hap­pened with the Rhodes Youth Forum? Is Global Forum the assignee of RYF?

We have already grown enough to reach the next stage of our devel­op­ment. We have, objec­tively speak­ing, out­grown RYF. The name – Rhodes Youth Forum – is small for us. Our team has amassed enough expe­ri­ence to pro­foundly help with con­crete local prob­lems and to influ­ence, on the whole, the world’s pos­i­tive devel­op­ment, by means of help from the youth at local level. The main dif­fer­ence between the Youth Time Global Forum and the Rhodes Youth Forum and gen­er­ally any other youth forum is that before, we tried to divide up mul­ti­ple prob­lems faced by the youth and gather young peo­ple for them to decide a course of action for solv­ing these prob­lems. Now we are going to focus on con­crete prob­lems in con­crete local­i­ties. This year it is Spain. I think it’s no secret that in Spain there are very many highly edu­cated spe­cial­ists but also huge unem­ploy­ment, espe­cially among young peo­ple. We have decided to try to help our com­rades and gather under the title of the Youth Time Global Forum – an inter­na­tional group of young tal­ented lead­ers – and try to think together how to help young peo­ple in Spain. Next year it will be a dif­fer­ent coun­try, a dif­fer­ent prob­lem and a dif­fer­ent solution.

What form will the prob­lem solv­ing take?

The forum will be divided into two parts. There will be an educational-​cultural part: a few work­shops, talks with experts and round­ta­bles. The themes will be linked with edu­ca­tion and employ­ment. There will also be the oppor­tu­nity to explore Barcelona. The sec­ond part will be project pre­sen­ta­tions. Some selected par­tic­i­pants will get the oppor­tu­nity to present their project and bat­tle for a grant for its realisation.

So this year, are only projects con­nected with edu­ca­tion and employ­ment prob­lems in Spain allowed or is the selec­tion going to be wider?

No. All projects should respond to the theme of the forum — The New Era of Employ­ment and Edu­ca­tion: Solu­tions for Change. That topic is very actual for most young peo­ple across the world. And it is very painful prob­lem in Spain. The par­tic­i­pants should think about how to help the young peo­ple solve the prob­lem of unem­ploy­ment. Those exam­ples and sug­ges­tions could be very use­ful for youth in Spain. Projects could focus on a prob­lem in Spain directly or they can be more globally-​oriented with pos­si­ble (or “poten­tial”) pos­i­tive influ­ence on Spain. We would like to involve young peo­ple into the dia­log with gov­ern­ments and pro­fes­sional insti­tutes as much as pos­si­ble to find a way to.

Are there any geo­graph­i­cal or age lim­its on par­tic­i­pa­tion in the forum?

The authors of the projects, just as par­tic­i­pants with­out projects, can be from all cor­ners of the globe. We try to make mixed, inter­na­tional team of young peo­ple to have a full palette of views on the present prob­lem in Spain. Regard­ing age, it is from 18 to 35. If there is an inter­est­ing project pre­sented by some­one younger than 18 – please send it and we will cer­tainly look at it.

Tell us a bit about the grants. How many par­tic­i­pants will be able to receive grants for the real­i­sa­tion of their projects? Will there be any other incen­tives than grants?

There will be one win­ner. One per­son will receive the real­i­sa­tion grant. But there’s no need to despair. Par­tic­i­pants whose projects win sec­ond and third place will also receive quite good prizes. Sec­ond place gets a paid intern­ship for a period of 36 months in Europe at one of the largest Euro­pean com­pa­nies. And for third place there’s a fully funded schol­ar­ship at one of the lead­ing Euro­pean uni­ver­si­ties for a min­i­mum of 6 months. I won’t name either the com­pany or the insti­tu­tion for now.

With regard to the grant, how much are we deal­ing with?

The grant will be size­able and suf­fi­cient for the real­i­sa­tion of the youth project. Every year we appeal to seri­ous spon­sors for these prizes. Fur­ther­more, this year all funds col­lected from the con­fer­ence fee will also go towards the grant for the win­ner. So don’t worry. I would like to draw your spe­cial atten­tion to the other most impor­tant point. Money is not the main thing; your moti­va­tion and your abil­ity to realise the project is. Be socially respon­si­ble. If you’re not seri­ous enough and you regard it child­ishly, as a game just about win­ning a com­pe­ti­tion, it’s bet­ter to not even start. There are hun­dreds of young peo­ple who you can pos­i­tively or neg­a­tively influ­ence, so if you’re not sure about your moti­va­tion, abil­i­ties, or that you’re strong enough to realise your project, do not take the chance from oth­ers to change the world for a bet­ter future.

What plans does YT have for the rest of the year?

We have planned some open lec­tures in Czech uni­ver­si­ties with top pro­fes­sion­als from dif­fer­ent fields. If you have any viable sug­ges­tions for the organ­i­sa­tion of lec­tures in your higher edu­ca­tion insti­tute or uni­ver­si­ties, we are pre­pared to link them in with our project, ‘New Par­a­digm of Education’.

Youth Time Opens Appli­ca­tion for Global Forum

YT calls upon the youth to pro­mote cre­ativ­ity and inno­va­tion, to find ways to expand job oppor­tu­ni­ties and to real­ize alter­na­tive edu­ca­tion pro­grams. Appli­ca­tion dead­line: Mon­day 10th of August – 9:00 AM (CET).

The Youth Time Global Forum in Barcelona will be a unique event, which will gather together more than 100 par­tic­i­pants from all over the world with the aim of com­ing to solu­tions for the most preva­lent youth issues. The topic of the annual event is The New Era of Employ­ment and Edu­ca­tion: Solu­tions for Change. The topic will be rel­e­vant to the loca­tion and the cur­rent real­i­ties on the ground there, as in Barcelona unem­ploy­ment and edu­ca­tion are press­ing, imme­di­ate issues. Young peo­ple who are look­ing for inspi­ra­tion and peo­ple who have inno­v­a­tive ideas on how to tackle these issues will be brought together at this event, to come to effec­tive solu­tions for change that inevitably will con­tribute to a new era of employ­ment and education.

The pro­gram will con­sist, first, of work­shops, in which par­tic­i­pants will be chal­lenged to rede­fine the con­cepts of “employ­ment” and “edu­ca­tion”; and sec­ond, of project pre­sen­ta­tion meet­ings, in which par­tic­i­pants and experts will eval­u­ate the pro­pos­als the pre­sen­ters have made. The pro­gram will also include round­table dis­cus­sions with promi­nent guests, and there will be time for social activ­i­ties, in which par­tic­i­pants will explore Barcelona and will have a chance to get to know each other better.

There are two ways to par­tic­i­pate in this event. You can join as (1) a project pre­sen­ter or as (2) an inter­ested par­tic­i­pant. A “project pre­sen­ter” will be expected to demon­strate solid prepa­ra­tion before join­ing the event. An “inter­ested par­tic­i­pant” will be expected to eval­u­ate the pre­sented projects dur­ing the event. Each role comes with its ben­e­fits and its oblig­a­tions, please con­sider them care­fully before apply­ing for any of them. Please bear in mind that you can only apply for one role.

Appli­ca­tion dead­line: Mon­day 10th of August – 9:00 AM (CET).

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As a project pre­sen­ter you can expect to:

  • Have a chance to win a sub­stan­tial grant to real­ize your project

  • Work on your project pro­posal under the super­vi­sion of an expert (in set­ting up busi­ness ini­tia­tives, for exam­ple) before the event

  • Get a plat­form to present your ideas

  • Have a unique oppor­tu­nity to net­work with 100 like-​minded people

  • Have a valu­able work­ing and learn­ing expe­ri­ence in the amaz­ing city of Barcelona
The pro­gram, food and accom­mo­da­tion will be cov­ered by Youth Time. Please take into con­sid­er­a­tion that you will have to pay your per­sonal travel expenses.

As project pre­sen­ter you will be expected to:
  • After invi­ta­tion pay an entrance fee of € 50,- . Only after pay­ment will we take your project into consideration.
  • Hand in your project pro­pos­als before the deadlines
  • Present your project in front of all par­tic­i­pants, experts, and jour­nal­ists at the event
  • Raise 30% of the total required bud­get yourself

As an inter­ested par­tic­i­pant you can expect to:
  • Be inspired by the ambi­tious ideas and knowl­edge that will be shared by our promi­nent guests
  • Have a unique oppor­tu­nity to net­work with 100 like-​minded people
  • Have a valu­able work­ing and learn­ing expe­ri­ence in the amaz­ing city of Barcelona
The pro­gram, food and accom­mo­da­tion will be cov­ered by Youth Time. Please take into con­sid­er­a­tion that you will have to pay your per­sonal travel expenses.

As an inter­ested par­tic­i­pant you will be expected to:
  • After invi­ta­tion pay an entrance fee of € 100,- . Only after pay­ment will your par­tic­i­pa­tion be guaranteed.
  • Eval­u­ate all projects that are pre­sented to you dur­ing the event and vote for a winner
  • Take part in all work­shops that are offered by the program
Please note, that due to enor­mous inter­est we only take com­plete appli­ca­tions in to con­sid­er­a­tion. Appli­ca­tions must include:

  • appli­ca­tion form rel­e­vant to your role: project pre­sen­ter or inter­ested par­tic­i­pant (filled in com­plete and in English)
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • moti­va­tion video — answer the 3 fol­low­ing ques­tions: A) What does YT accord­ing to you do? B) How do you relate to what YT is doing? C) What is accord­ing to you the biggest chal­lenge youth nowa­days faces?

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Tips: How to Make YTSum­mer the Most Effec­tive Per­son­ally for You

Julia Kinash, YT Move­ment pres­i­dent and an expe­ri­enced attendee at many forums, train­ing ses­sions, and schools, has come up with 10 use­ful tips on how to make ytsum­mer the most effec­tive ever.

  • Define your main goal for Sum­mer School in Ham­burg and focus on it.
  • Don’t com­plain that you don’t have enough of time to rest or party hard. Don’t for­get your main goal.
  • Be ready to be sur­prised 24-​hours a day.
  • Leave your stereo­types at home, open up your mind to new peo­ple, expe­ri­ences and knowledge.
  • Don’t waste your time on empty stuff. Remem­ber that you have only three days to live the Sum­mer School adven­ture. Using your time well can bring about change that will last a lifetime.
  • Time can be your friend and enemy at the same time. Be on time wher­ever you go.
  • Don’t for­get about sleep. Keep your­self fresh.
  • In every process dur­ing Sum­mer School try to find some­thing unique and impor­tant exactly for you. Use your brain to analyze.
  • Don’t be shy, be open and com­mu­nica­tive as much as pos­si­ble. Talk to each other, talk to train­ers and experts. We put a lot of effort into find­ing the best of the best to help you to develop your skills. Use this oppor­tu­nity to talk in per­son to promi­nent spe­cial­ists from all over Europe.
  • Don’t for­get to use our hash­tag #ytsum­mer, post pho­tos, videos and your impres­sions. Together we will cre­ate more mem­o­ries about the won­der­ful time we will have in Ham­burg together.

’Pre­pare for the Unknown Show­ing Itself as a Pow­er­ful Source for Growth’

We con­tinue to acquaint you with a team of mod­er­a­tors and experts who will be work­ing with us dur­ing YT Sum­mer School. Meet Jaron Reis­man. He is going to mod­er­ate ‘Con­flict Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion’ work­shop. Jaron is absolutely out­stand­ing trainer and entre­pre­neur from the Netherlands.

Hi Jaron. You’re new to Youth Time. Tell a bit about yourself.

I’m mar­ried to Sharon, (father of Lilach), and we live in Ams­ter­dam. I pri­mary work is at Know­mads Busi­ness School as exec­u­tive direc­tor, pro­gram coor­di­na­tor and tribe guide (Tribes are our groups).

After a cou­ple of years of Entre­pre­neur­ship in Online Pay­ments, I decided that it was time to switch to a more bal­anced approach to my pro­fes­sional and pri­vate life. I learned a lot about entre­pre­neur­ship, grow­ing com­pa­nies and self-​awareness. This made me decide to become a trainer and entre­pre­neur for purpose-​driven devel­op­ment of indi­vid­u­als and organ­i­sa­tions. I work accord­ing to five principles:

- Self-​leadership: Organ­i­sa­tions and indi­vid­u­als find a flow if their work is purpose-​centered. Yes,organisations can also be approached as hav­ing a self.

- Con­nect­ing lead­er­ship: Bal­anc­ing lead­er­ship and follow-​ship: We talk about “con­nect­ing lead­er­ship” at the point where peo­ple serve their own pur­pose and the pur­pose of the organisation/​community they work in.

- The power of the com­mu­nity as a facil­i­ta­tor of our per­sonal suc­cess and hap­pi­ness, and a

source for the future of lead­er­ship in this world

- The pur­suit of “value” and “profit” goes beyond finan­cial means, and value exchange goes

beyond the exchange of money for a product/​service.

- There is a place called home for every­body, even if you have a multi-​national back­ground. At Know­mads Busi­ness School I work with and am inspired by peo­ple and our com­mu­nity. We are set­ting a future stan­dard for self-​directed learn­ing and co-​creation in our pro­grams. Along­side this I offer a work­shop based on com­mu­nity learn­ing, neuro-​linguistic pro­gram­ming and trans­ac­tion analy­sis. Some of the titles include:

- “Liv­ing your talents”

- “The art of shared leadership”

- “Con­flict res­o­lu­tion — turn­ing con­flicts into a for­ward force”

- Mas­ter­class: “Devel­op­ing com­mu­ni­ties that learn”, with Kim van Rijt

- “Serv­ing Self-​Leadership”: Find­ing a way to bal­ance your pur­pose and the pur­pose of your organ­i­sa­tion in such a way that your actions are right and sustainable.

I also do life-​coaching, busi­ness coach­ing and tribe (team) guid­ance within the school pro­gram frame as well. The tribe guid­ance often ask for con­flict res­o­lu­tion, which I very much like to offer.

What is the ‘Con­flict rec­on­cil­i­a­tion’ work­shop going to be about?

Reveal­ing to par­tic­i­pants how their sub­con­scious con­tributes to their behav­iour, and how theiraware­ness of this hid­den con­tri­bu­tion can be turned into a power that can con­tribute to res­o­lu­tion of the conflict.

What will the for­mat of the work­shop be?

Intro­duc­tion based on sto­ry­telling, the­o­ret­i­cal fram­ing, work­ing in groups of 2/​3, shar­ing and work­ing in a larger group.

What should Sum­mer School par­tic­i­pants do to pre­pare before attend­ing your workshop?

In case they have never expe­ri­enced sys­temic con­stel­la­tion a new world will open up for them, which I would say is hard to exactly explain if you never expe­ri­enced it your­self. So pre­pare for the unknown becom­ing present and show­ing itself as a pow­er­ful source for growth

How Sum­mer School atten­dees could use the knowl­edge they will get dur­ing the work­shop in the future?

It is prac­ti­cal in an indi­rect way. Par­tic­i­pants will learn to look at con­flicts from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive than just the ratio­nal way. This will lead to a lot of options in con­tribut­ing to more har­mo­nious sit­u­a­tions when con­flicts are faced.

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