Global Issues Conference

For the past three days I have been at the International School of Dusseldorf in Germany at the Global Issues Conference, which is put on by the Global Issues Network. The conference brought together about 350 students from a dozen international schools from around the world.

The conference consisted of five keynote speakers, myself included, along with a number of workshops, all of which focused on taking action.


Many conferences that I have been to do a lot of talking and everyone feels great at the end and they had fun but they go home and do nothing. This was not one of those conferences. The goal of the conference was for each of the schools to leave with a written action plan that outline concrete and implementable solutions to problems that their community faced.

Stuents work on their action plans

Students discussed throughout the conference what they could do to make their community more sustainable, which was the topic of the conference.

I get very motivated when I go to events like this and see students from 8th to 12th grade from many different countries working together simply because they have a desire to better themselves, their community and their world. In fact, it goes to the topic of my talk, youth leadership.

I am in the unique position to still be a young person who works full time, pays rent, pays bills, pays taxes and lives in an adult world. It lets me see what is on the other end of my four years of college. More importantly, it lets me realize that the next four years and the four years of high school that I just left behind are the best time in my life to follow my passions.

As “young people” or “youth,” we have the responsibility to take a leadership role in the world now while we do not have the responsibilities of a family or a job or as I told them,”adult stuff.”

I will be able to sleep well tonight though, knowing that the 350 participants at this conference are going back to wherever they are from to spread the passion that they have for changing the world.

More to come on the conference, speakers and even the Roots & Shoots group who was there!


2 Responses

  1. Nicely put Dave. Sounds like a great conference. Dad

  2. Hi
    I was just doing some research and I came across your blog. I attend the Global Issues Network Conference in Beijing (APR,2008).

    I was wondering which conference you attened, and if its possible you email me back. I would like to ask you some questions that I think would be better done through email. =D

    Shi Yi

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