What if the leaders of tomorrow would meet today to share ideas, build trust and create impact for greater good? The Swedish Institute is hosting a meetup for the participants of this year’s Young Connectors of the Future (YCF) programme and young local change-makers based in Sweden.
How can cross-border dialogue contribute to innovative solutions to some of our global common challenges? Challenges like the shrinking space for civil society; how an open society can tackle fundamentalists while still keeping a pluralistic society; and how a green shift can contribute to a socially sustainable development.
Young Connectors of the Future (YCF) is a four-week leadership programme for youth leaders and human rights advocates. YCF brings together journalists, lawyers, social workers, teachers and social entrepreneurs from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The programme aims to strengthen the young leaders by giving them tools and methods to use in their work for an equal and sustainable society. Since the launch in 2013, the YCF alumni network has grown to comprise more than 140 change makers. The 2017 round of the programme runs between 28 August and 15 September in Stockholm.
During the meetup, that will take place at the Swedish Institute on 11 September, powerful change-makers from near and far will be sharing some of their stories. Change-makers who shake the very foundations of what it means to contribute to global and local communities. The event will be moderated by Ashkan Safaee – an entrepreneur and former senior manager at organizations such as Vendator and the Swedish Post. He is the founder of Everyday School and Yoga for Guys and ‘loves to teach dudes how to touch their toes’.