Let me tell you an open secret which might astound you that I am turning 34 tomorrow. Yes, you read correctly, it’s not 24 or 25. Though some of the fellows think I am still 25 or 26. It sounds real compliment and I thank them for making me feel too young even at 34. Usually asking any woman’s age in many societies, would not consider appropriate or at least polite, but I never feel shy or hesitated to share my actual age.
As part of the amazing Atlas Corps delegation, I was fortunate to attend along my fellow fellows: the Nexus 6th Annual Global Youth Summit, from July 20 to July 22, 2016 in NYC. Nice weather, pleasant meetings in a beautiful setting, decorated by unique skylines as well as an interesting content at the plenary and breakouts sessions enchanted me.
I was delighted by the chance to interact with members of a global movement that connects communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship around the world. The Nexus community embraces social makers; it values diversity and all members’ voices, by creating a safe space for collaboration in an atmosphere of non-solicitation. It contributes to the needs of the global community in solving the world´s major problems.
I woke up so excited because it was the day my dream was about to turn into reality, a dream that was once a fantasy as a child was being fulfilled today. I struggled with what I was going to wear but planned to look as formal as I could be, and finally I decided I was going to wear my grey suit and a black shirt. On my way to the White House I sent my mum a text telling her I was going to the White House with other Atlas corps fellows to meet Ben Rhodes the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications for U.S. President Barack Obama so she could share my joy, and she replied with a number of text messages telling me how both and my dad and her were very proud of me.
Nexus (pronounced \ˈnek-səs\) as defined by the Merriam Webster online dictionary, is a relationship or connection between people and things. In 1929, Frigyes Karinthy came up with a theory called “six degrees of freedom” in which he said that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world. This concept then gained notoriety through an eponymous 1990 play written by John Guare and became my experience at the Nexus Global Youth Summit which held from 20-22 July 2016 in New York.
As a room ambassador at the 2016 Nexus Global Youth Summit, I had the honor to present a session called “Relationships and networks can be resources for life”.
In this opportunity the speakers held an intimate conversation with the audience on how networks are a key form of social capital for achieving goals in both professional and personal lives.
“Creativity is an act of defiance.” ~ Twyla Tharp
In the opening plenary at the 2016 Nexus Global Youth Summit, a 14 year old scientist blew the audience’s minds… or at least mine.
A tiny figure with a cute voice, almost lost in the middle of a big stage, revealed once again the power of one of the greatest human capacities: the ability to image a new future and create it.
This young man named Max Loughan, is exploring ways to make electricity without burning fossil fuels, just as Nikola Tesla did 75 years ago when he studied how to re-use free energy from the atmosphere.
The UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comprise a very inclusive, compromising and ambitious agenda. Its goals and targets envision “a world free of poverty, hunger, […] fear and violence […] a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity” (UN/Res/70/1). Through the SDGs, the UN member states have committed to achieving sustainable development within three dimensions: economic, social and environmental.
Sixteen years ago, the Millennial Development goals (MDGs) were initiated and this new agenda builds on the MDGs base and seeks to complete what was not achieved. In this way, the UN SDGs are “a second chance” to the international community and other stakeholders to solve major global challenges such as poverty, inequality, peace, justice and sustainability.
Everyone knows what fund raising is and most of you might have heard about it, if you have not really been directly involved with fund raising. This year in 2016, I ran my first ever fund raising campaign and I would like to share my experience before and after the campaign.
Fundraising for a personal Campaign – A Taboo
Being part of the NEXUS Global Youth Summit this year was such an incredible opportunity. I was thrilled to meet a lot of amazing people who are making change in the world through their different organizations and innovations. The summit started off on a very energetic and high note with Clemencia Vargas leading us through a dance as she did a presentation on her organization Vive Bailando. I love to dance and so this made me feel like I was in the right place and it was going to be a wonderful week. Later on, other young speakers came on stage and everyone’s story was life changing and inspiring as I listened to Komal Ahmad, Laurence Marshbaum, beautiful young Bisman Deu, brave Yeonmi Park and Maxwell Loughan the last speaker of the day, an incredible 13 year old who is the President and Founder of Loughan Labs. Max redefined the impossible and reminded us that impossible is just a word but everything is possible. Our Atlas Corps CEO Scott Beale also had the opportunity to talk about Atlas Corps which made people more aware of it and had a number of people walk to us after to ask more about Atlas Corps.
Loveness Sanga is the Program Coordinator for Restless Development Tanzania’s award winning Girls Let’s be Leaders program. She recently visited the Restless Development USA office to meet with partners to talk about her work, speak to some of our supporters in the USA and talk to the media to spread the word about Restless Development and our mission (read her interview in Ashton Kutcher’s A+ magazine). The newest member of the Restless Development USA team and Atlas Corps Fellow, Douglas Imaralu took the opportunity to ask her a few questions while she was in town.