I eventually surprised myself by getting in and representing the Philippines in a Summit that seemed so foreign but changed the way how I look at the world’s most pressing issues.
The energy of like-minded young change makers was infectious – human connection that will never be replaced by emojis or millennial catch phrases. Hearing our modern-day heroes talk about their passions and turning it to lasting impact; it gives me hope that we will surprise humanity and create change. Here are some amazing excerpts in driving youth movement from the One Young World conference:
- “Together we can, together we will” – Jane Goodall
- “Don’t wait for someone –old– to validate your life choices and say you’re doing a great job” – Omar Ghobash
- “For action to happen, we just need a little more magic to happen and this starts with us” – Bob Douglas
- “Imagining doesn’t cost you anything – so why not imagine the wildest things possible” – Muhammad Yunus
Surprising the World
“Oh you work for the baby company?” a phrase that has been repeating every time I met a One Young World delegate and I can proudly correct them and say “I work for the great health care company”. It was surreal that we get to work with Tracy, our 2019 J&J OYW scholar – a nurse and the lead for the Community Health Movement in Uganda and uncover new business models and/or initiatives to advance their cause together with my J&J buddy team from across the world – Anna (Belgium), Adele (France), Sibongile (South Africa) and Ciara (Ireland).
I’m more than proud to work for a company that puts importance in building our resiliency for change; using our passions to create a domino effect that will surprise and shake the world.
In retrospect; the whole experience was nothing short of amazing – met great people of same wavelengths, learned new things on how we can spark a change; but it did instill to me a resounding echo to create more surprises. Don’t be afraid to take that step to Surprise Yourself, Surprise Humanity, and Surprise the World.