And I’m off to the G20 Young Entrepreneur’s Alliance—again!
Five years ago I took the plunge, and jet set all the way to Moscow for the 2013 G20 Youth Entrepreneurs Alliance summit. My aim was to educate myself, bring some alternative ideas to the table, and hopefully return with new perspectives and connections in the global entrepreneurial community. At that time, I was fairly green at entrepreneurship with only five years of skin in the game. I rode in on the wave small business owners amongst the giants, and brought with me a background in economics and political science. The dialogue was engaging, the perspectives varied, and overall it was a very positive experience. This time, I am equipped with another half decade of experience—perhaps a bit more wisdom—and definitely the same intent to stir the pot. (I didn’t name my company ‘DangerDynamite’ for no reason.)
This years summit is in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The mission of the G20 YEA is lofty and far reaching: to draw on the experience and collective knowledge of young entrepreneurs to equip ourselves with the necessary resources and understanding required to navigate economic and social challenges. At the summit we will be presented with a multitude of issues ranging from the challenges of emerging technology, social and wealth inequality, environmental degradation, to the ever changing nature of the workforce. I personally aim to contribute the lived experience of operating a business that thrives on being agile and innovative and embraces the changing realities of work culture. My perspective is bolstered by an education in economics and political science, the perspective of a designer, and a keen sense of progressive social values. But most importantly, our delegation is quite diverse, creating opportunities for civil conversation with and across our differences, which will hopefully prove to be of great value to the international community.
This will be an adventure, to say the least, and ideally a productive one!