East London Community Organiser reflects on Sri Lankan Leaders Exchange

“The young leader’s exchange with Sri Lanka was one of the most inspiring projects I have been involved in, in terms of young people leading. I also had the pleasure of working with the most inspiring young leaders in the UK and Sri Lanka. This programme involved young people from a diverse background and different areas of the country, with … Read More

Ben Mallon reflects on reconciliation and politics in Sri Lanka

Following @dare2lead’s Young Leader’s Exchange to Sri Lanka, one participant, Ben Mallon, reflects on his time in the country, the political set up, role of youth and uniquely considered the effectiveness of reconciliation efforts having himself been involved in the peace process in Northern Ireland : Where to begin…. With 8 youth activists from the four corners of the United … Read More

My Open Letter Response to Sophie Heawood on my “moaning interns generation”

So I come across an article today that really made me think. I didn’t like it at all so I am writing a public open response to the journalist, Sophie Heawood. The article can be see here http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/sophie-heawood-the-interns-generation-must-stop-feeling-sorry-for-itself-7917826.html Dear Sophie Heawood, Can I firstly start by saying thank you so much for you’re lovely article entitled “The interns generation must … Read More

AGM Fever – Wee message to Members of Scottish Youth Parliament

So I got a phonecall this month asking if I would serve as Returning Officer for the Scottish Youth Parliament’s Annual General Meeting. That mainly involves overseeing the hustings, speeches and ballot count of the 2012-13 Board of Trustees elections. Positions include Chair, Vice chair and some Trustee positions. And of course I said YES. This year the AGM is … Read More

Europe’s Voice- EU youth gather ahead of the G8 and G20 Summit

So I have arrived in Germany’s gloriously warm capital Berlin for a conference called Europe’ s Voice. This is a platform run by youth for youth to help formulate common positions and principles on key policy challenges ahead of the G8 and G20 Summits in the USA and Mexico next month. I am here as the Prime Minister of the … Read More

Youth Central to Global Governance – not junior version

Posting my second blog following a great article I read from the UN. And it links to my ongoing lobby that we risk treating “youth diplomacy” or “youth empowerment” as a fringe issue from that of the formal political diplomacy and decision making we see across the G8, G20, UN, Nato, Commonwealth, EU etc. The work we are engaged in … Read More