It has been forever since I last shared anything on the blog. However, now is the time and there is a reason why!
I’ll like to share with you a great event I attended recently. Every year the Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise Alumni is gathering all its national coordinators, for what is known as the National Coordinators meeting, or NCM.
This year’s event was hosted by the Norwegian Alumni in Oslo, Norway and a total of 17 different nations were represented. The purpose of the event was to enrich collaboration across borders and to maintain an international network in-between the national networks. The fact is that collaboration across boarders might be a challenge due to cultural differences. However, many of the challenges faced on a national level is often shared by sister groups in other countries and everyone will actually benefit from sharing these experiences and try and solve the issues together.
A big thanks goes to the Norwegian Team, who put together an inspirational, well organised and all over successful, fun and amazing event. Not just was the choice of lectures, sightseeing, dining and sleep of the highest standards. The logistics of the entire event was also managed to perfection and participants from all over Europe could enjoy Oslo and its beauty to its fullest.
This article is not academically referenced, and should not be seen as more than a thought of the world’s current financial situation.
The world is in the shitter. I am sorry to be pessimistic, but having eyes and ears makes it impossible not to notice that something is fundamentally wrong.
I would like to make a prediction that might, might not come true. Don’t take it for more than it is, just a simple prediction of a tough future: Within the next half a year, we will experience a financial meltdown of the global markets and Europe and America in particular will enter an era of great recession continuing for 5 to 7 years.
Every economist has since the bank crises of 2008 known that a recession was inevitable, and that it is only a matter of time before the global financial markets crash. With the current activities in Europe it is obvious that further spending and greater debt will in a very near future eliminate all trust in the markets, forcing it into an inevitable meltdown.
A lot of people will lose their jobs and will have to leave their homes. Even though everyone knows that it is inevitable, it will still come as a surprise to the most and there will be absolutely no way to escape.
The biggest issue is that our so called leaders are paralysed and has absolutely no idea on how to fix the problem. No wonder, because there is only one solution and that is a crash and boom. An economy send back to scratch, a recovery process, and the economy, as we know it, will once again flourish.
So is this so bad? No not really, it is a necessity and better now than later. One thing is clear, getting in more and more debt will only make the recovery process much harder.
A last entry! History shows that great opportunities always has and always will emerge from great crises. This means that people of great intelligence will see opportunities to enter the market with products of a new future.
I did some voluntary work in the planning process of the 6th annual European Young Enterprise Alumni Leadership conference, and by that automatically qualified myself for the conference.
The 60 most engaged JA-YE Alumni’s from across Europe were gathers in Copenhagen for 5 days of non-stop horizontal expanding activities. Everyday doing the conference the base for knowledge were shifting and Danish companies were hosting the activities. Of locations can be mentioned: COWI, Novo Nordisk, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and Experimentarium.
The conference had the theme of sustainability, and the following keynote speakers were pushing the limit of sustainable understanding: Martin Pedersen – COWI, Tim Vang – MyC4, Brynhild Vinskel – JA-YE Alumni Europe, Penny Perry – JA-YE, Morten Feld – Novo Nordisk, Skip Bowman – Conmoto A/S, Jesper Vej – Copenhagen University College of Engineering, Peter Schliemann – Green IT, Ministry of Science and Technology of Denmark, Lasse Lorentzen – Innovative Reflections, Espen Sivertsen – Kaouspilot, Tine Tygesen – Managing Director Venture Cup, and Nynne Christiansen – Experimentarium.
Especially Tim Vang from MyC4 challenged all participants and myself included. MyC4 is an online marketplace that connects people from all over the world with African entrepreneurs, who lack capital to develop their businesses. With the internet as a platform, MyC4 bridges the gap between people with needs and people with means. Tim Vang was in general talking about the concept of social entrepreneurship, and how companies should do something to change the world for the better, while making a profit.
The conference helped me expand and strengthen my network, while I expanded my horizon concerning sustainable leadership and business development in general.
Read the full documentation of the conference here