29 September 2010
World Bank Forum On Youth Unemployment
I had the opportunity this past week to be a part of an amazing forum being hosted by the World Bank on the issue of Global Youth Unemployment. It is a MAJOR issue facing us not just in the developing world, but in the developed world as well. From India to Germany, Sierra Leone to the USA, youth unemployment is ravaging our economic systems, facilitating environments of crime and chaos, and all but ensuring a future less bright, less successful, and less fulfilling than the present. How do we escape this fate? How do we move to build a future that empowers, enables, and energizes the human race?
While I could launch into a major discussion of what that process should look like, I'll instead leave it with a few short words and a link to mine and all of the other interviews: Rather than conceptualize the issue as youth unemployment, we need to begin to think of it as youth development. The problem isn't filling or creating jobs - it's having skilled and capable people to fill those jobs (or think up entirely new jobs in new sectors or new economies).
The webcast with my video will start at 2 PM EST, October 7. Video clips will be posted after the event and a moderated chat will continue for 24 hours. For more information and to watch the event, go to worldbank.org/openforum. I'll link to or repost my video after the conference as well!