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Today, we change tomorrow

This summer Young Global Pioneers successfully completed the third Learning Journey, returning to the beautiful Tanzania. Once again, YGP brought together young talents from all over the world for three weeks of personal growth. The focus of the journey was to inspire and ignite a global mindset, intercultural understanding and next-generation leadership.

“The Journey has a way of making you think about how you think. It encourages an unmatched level of personal growth. It forces you to rethink the identity you have crafted for yourself.”

– Evaluation quote by participant

Participants from diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds

The YGP2017 Talent Network consist of a group of 23 talents, age 19-25, selected from several thousand applicants. They come from : Armenia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Puerto Rico, Russia, Tanzania, Turkey, USA, & Vietnam. The variety in nationalities represented in the group ensures great cultural diversity, and helps to challenge preconceived notions about a given culture or nationality. Due to our scholarship model, participants from non-privileged backgrounds are also able to participate.

 Partnerships for finding and shaping next-generation leaders

This year’s Learning Journey could not have happened without the incredible help and support from our Scholarship Partners.
The Scholarship Partners of YGP 2017 are: Accenture, Carlsberg Bequest, Mannaz, Otto Mønsteds Fond, Sabanci University, Sberbank, Scholae Mundi, The Shafik Gabr Foundation, and United in Diversity Foundation.

Program of the 3-week Learning Journey

Throughout the Learning Journey, YGP strived to provide the Talent Network with a variety of unique experiences and learning opportunities, all designed to ignite curiosity, a sense of responsibility, and stimulate their ability to think outside of the box.
The Journey was packed with activities, lectures, and adventures to give a broad introduction to Tanzania as well as overall global trends and challenges.

A few examples:

  • Meeting young elite entrepreneurs passionate about changing their communities
  • Meeting with Masai women engaged in advocating women’s rights
  • Visiting a coffee farm, meeting different tribes
  • Staying 3 days at SOS Children’s Village in Zanzibar
  • A lecture on bio-diversity followed by exploring coral reefs and mangroves
  • Insights into social entrepreneurship, globalization, global business, climate change, circular economy, and emotional intelligence.

The Journey also included deep conversations within the group (teamwork and structured BUZZ-talks) as well as reflection hours in the evening. The interaction between the participants was open and honest – filled with joy and fun – both in formal and informal situations.

The Talent Network continues for years to come

The network established on this Journey will continue for years to come through quarterly online seminars as well as other networking activities – both arranged by YGP and independently by the young talents.

“I credit this Journey for helping me think outside of the box that I didn’t even know I was in.”

– Evaluation quote by participant

Selected quotes from participant self-evaluation

“This Journey has been TRANSFORMATIVE. The structure and planning were flawlessly executed. Every accommodation, experience, visit, interaction, and workshop was well thought out. I can honestly say this was the best international experience I have ever been on. The workshops on emotional intelligence, circular economy, SDG’s, human rights, and East Africa were amazing. I loved the structure of the Learning Journey, and how it allowed me to reflect on my daily experiences and prompt a dialogue with others. The Journey was only enhanced by the diverse amount of people that participated.”

– Evaluation quote by participant

“Even though I come from a country that faces many of the challenges Tanzania does, I had ‘normalized’ it to be able to cope with daily life. But on this Journey I learned that we can never accept these kinds of situations, and always fight to change it.”

– Evaluation quote by participant

“I had a plan to graduate and get a stable job. It seems so small right now.
My ambitions grew exponentially during the Journey.”

– Evaluation quote by participant

Quote from Professor Subramanian Rangan, INSEAD Business School & creator of YGP’s learning architecture

“At a moment where the institutions of the past no longer work well enough, and the institutions of the future haven’t yet been worked out, the task of reflection, pioneering, and stewardship becomes critical. YGP inspires and catalyzes reflection, pioneering and stewardship!”