WE NEED TO STOP WHAT WE ARE DOING, THINK GLOBALLY, ACT SOCIALLY AND START MAKING CHANGES TODAY!
Future Foundations, an award-winning organisation that inspires young people across the world held the conclusive day of the Global Social Leaders (GSL) Festival @ Home today, in partnership with the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute. This event puts young people at the forefront with guests including educators, parents and leaders from the public, private and third sector.
The Zoom rooms throughout the day included a global assembly where key speakers were speaking directly with the GSL cohorts, educators, parents and leaders, a future room for global classroom break-outs for the young, a foundation room for educators, teachers and parents to listen to key talks, plus a live stream room which showcased a large group of socially conscious young leaders networking and sharing their personal stories from getting involved in the movement.
Today there were over 25 guest speakers including:
- Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
- Janvi Patel, Co-founder, Halebury
- Charles Eisenstein, speaker and writer
- Amrit Kaur, Musician, Historian and Social Entrepreneur
- Ben Scott Robinson, Small Robot Company
- Josefa Carina Tauli, Global Youth Biodiversity Network
- Noga Levy-Rapoport, UK Student Climate Network
- Jason Moore, Empowerment Coach & Speaker
- Fredi, Andy, John and Jack, Voicebox
- Clemance and Ilma, Ellen MaCarthur Foundation
- Alistair Bullen, ABA
- Richard Dunn, Harmony
- Simon Wilshaw, C-Me Colour Preferences
- Susannah Chambers, Scrummaster and Education Consultant
- Katy Granville-Chapman and Emmie Bidston, Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute
Click here to read about our Day 2 speakers
There was a special spotlight on Black Lives Matter, which featured panellists:
- Owen Bailey, Future Foundations (panel chair)
- Khadeejah Hullemuth, TZ Rising
- Samuel Williams, Conservative Party
- CLLR Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor, Bristol City Council
- Jodeci Joseph, CEO, Jodeci Talks
- Darcey, Student, Wellington College
Click here to read more about this panel and watch the video.
Owen Bailey, who hosted the Black Lives Matter session quoted:
“It’s beautiful to see so many people around the world joining in on this movement. I want to start by saying; Black Lives Matter. For everyone around the world – why do you think that ‘black lives matter’? Those three small words, those three small powerful words that have caused so much controversy. For me, I think it was a little bit confused with George Floyd, in the sense that it was just about that. Black Lives Matter is a historical thing that goes back hundreds of years and addresses why black lives mattered for centuries. This is the standpoint where I come from when I speak about it, and how important it is when we recognise all lives matter, but in this moment black lives matter because it has never mattered.”
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, commented:
“What a pleasure and privilege to be part of the Global Social Leaders Festival today. A truly diverse line-up of different perspectives, stories and calls to action. The acknowledgement that this is the moment, the opportunity to create meaningful change, the sense of urgency, excitement and agency to do things better, was palpable. The Edinburgh Fringe Society will be doing our part. Thank you.”
Janvi Patel, Co-Founder Halebury, commented:
“The GSL festival has been beyond inspiring especially at a time when there is so much to heartbreak in the world. It has been incredible to see how so many young people from around the world are working together to make a positive impact on their communities and world. I can’t wait to see what you do next – you inspire me to do more and to do better.”
Amy Mander, Head of GSL at Future Foundations, said:
Covid-19 has kept us physically distant, but the passion to build towards a more sustainable future for all has brought us together. I could never in my wildest dreams have imagined such an energy could be created through a virtual global festival. I have been so humbled hearing from and hopefully doing a small part to amplify voices that are often seen as marginalized: Josefina, Brayden, our BLM panel and of course our incredible young changemakers. This festival was yours, it was powered by you and I hope it empowers you to take action.
To find out more about the past two days please visit: www.globalsocialleaders.com/gslfest2020
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