One Young World 2019
I recently had the amazing privilege to attend the 2019 One Young World Summit in London.
The Summit is a meeting of almost 2000 young people from over 190 countries who are brought together to discuss global issues and collaborate to formulate solutions which may help accelerate positive change.
Johnson & Johnson is a One Young World Partner, and this enables the company to send a small number of its employees to attend the annual Summit. This year I was fortunate enough to be nominated to represent the UK and it was truly a defining experience for me personally.
The values of One Young World align closely with those set out in Our Credo, in particular Johnson & Johnson’s responsibility to support the communities in which we live and work, and the world community as well. One Young World looks at harnessing the power of young leaders to create a better world, with more responsible, more effective leadership.
This year the Summit addressed big global topics including climate change, human rights, poverty, and modern-day slavery. We heard from a range of inspiring speakers who have faced unimaginable hardship and are now using their experiences to work towards peace.
It was the most eye-opening experience for me. I was in awe of the speakers, who have single-handedly made such a positive impact. I have spent a lot of time reflecting and feel so fortunate to have grown up in a safe environment surrounded by my family and friends, with access to a good education and the freedom to make my own choices. I honestly think that until attending the Summit, I took much of this for granted – it just didn’t occur to me that this is so far from reality for many people around the world.
My reflections from One Young World
1. Get inspired
We face many global issues today, and while we can’t tackle everything at once - we all have a passion, and this is a great place to start. I would encourage people to find what inspires them to want to make a positive change and then go for it.
2. Start small
It may feel overwhelming and hard to know where to begin, but from the Summit I have learned that it’s best to start with one small thing. For me, I am planning to make changes around the office to ensure we are more environmentally sustainable moving forward.
3. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Each year, eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans1. I think sometimes we feel it’s hard to make a difference alone, but if we all made small changes to our plastic use at work then the combined effect could be huge!
I would encourage you to reach out to others who have similar passions and utilise your different skills to make an impact together.
Claudia Rouse - Immunology Product Manager, joined Janssen UK on the Commerical Graduate Scheme in September 2016. After rotating around Business Operations and Marketing, Claudia became an Account Manager in the Neuroscience team , before starting her current position in October of this year.
One Young World (OYW), is a UK-based charity that was founded in 2009 with the aim of gathering together ‘the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change’
1. United Nations Environment. Beat Plastic Pollution. Last Accessed: November 2019
Job Code: CP-124167 Date of preparation: November 2019