27 May 2019
Improve the world together
Improve the world. Brainstorm about global challenges with 1500 young people from all corners of the world. As a student at The Hague University of Applied Sciences you can register for the annual One Young World summit. Lisa de Graaf participated last year. Her number one tip: Grab this opportunity and sign up!
One Young World (OYW) is held every year in a different location. This year the tenth edition of this inspiring conference will take place in the vibrant city of London. A city as vibrant as the conference, with speeches by famous leaders and activists and an amazing encounter with other young people. “Everyone goes there with a passion to change the world.”
When Lisa did her internship in Capetown she was directly confronted with some hard facts. “After a two-minute shower there was no more water.” As an aspiring industrial product designer Lisa wants to contribute to the circular economy. “I want sustainable design to become more mainstream.” The peers that Lisa met last year at OYW in The Hague all shared a sustainable future.
Getting along with others
Lisa has great admiration for last year’s event. “People show an interest in each other. Respect for each culture. Youth from countries where there is tension with other countries show that there is another way to interact. They want to get along with each other.” On the first night, youth from Iran and Israel walked onto the stage holding hands. “Amazing. Young people know that their leaders have problems with certain countries. But they are saying: leave us out of it.”
“I experienced a wide range of emotions there,” explains Lisa. “I listened to speeches with tears in my eyes. The programme included some outstanding keynote speakers. But the stories from the delegates from all around the world also give you goose bumps. It makes you realise how good life is in the Netherlands. And it makes you want to do more for others.”
Summing up, I highly recommend this for entrepreneurial and socially engaged students who want to join their peers to find solutions for the five key issues of the conference: education, health, environment, human rights and the fight against poverty. “You will gain a lot from this experience. I acquired more knowledge and want to do more for our society.” Today Lisa is involved in the Dutch version of OYW: ‘The Netherlands makes a difference’. “Here we offer Dutch youth a platform, albeit on a smaller scale.”
Going for coffee in Bombay
By participating in the conference Lisa also quickly expanded her network. “I recently read the following message on Facebook: ‘I am arriving in Bombay tomorrow. Are there any One Young World ambassadors there? Want to go for a drink?’”
A cool experience
What should delegates expect at this year’s One Young World? The main stage will host famous speakers from the world of business, entertainment and sport all day long. Speakers in previous years have included Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, actress Emma Watson and master chef Jamie Oliver. The smaller stages will host various discussions. “The threshold is very low. Everyone openly shares their opinions, with respect for others. You don’t have to follow all the speeches and discussions. There are also areas where you can chill with others. This is a great way to get to know other cultures. You can’t compare it to university lectures. The conference is something you do for yourself. To discover new things. To expand your network. To broaden your view.”
Seven students (one per faculty) from The Hague University of Applied Sciences will have the wonderful opportunity to attend the OYW summit in London. Your ticket worth €3,250 and all travel and accommodation expenses will be sponsored.
Lisa and three other students, last year at One Young World