One Young World is a unique and prestigious annual event that brings together young professionals, activists, entrepreneurs, and change-makers from around the world to discuss and address some of the most pressing global challenges including Food Insecurity, Mental Health, Peace and Reconciliation and the Climate Crisis. These themes resonate deeply with Titanic Belfast's sustainability goals and commitment to making a positive impact on our world.
The significance of One Young World lies in its mission to empower and inspire the next generation of leaders to drive positive change in their communities, countries, and the world at large.
Titanic Belfast invested in sending four of our talented young crew members to the One Young World Summit in Belfast last month. This initiative aligned with one of our primary high-level objectives for 2023/24, which was to emphasise skills mapping, employee development, and succession planning across our organisation.
Aoife Mooney, Beth Murphy, Lara Morrison and Susan Greer were honoured to represent Titanic Belfast at this year's summit. Below is a rundown of some of their favourite talks from One Young World.
One that stood out for Aoife was Angela F. Williams, the CEO of United Way, who discussed the Food Crisis. Angela's insights shed light on the grim reality that around 811 million people endure food insecurity every day. What's even more alarming is that this number is expected to increase. Food is not just a basic necessity; it's vital for people to survive and our brain to function.
Favourite Quote from Angela’s talk: "My neighbour's insecurity means I'm not secure." Food crisis is not isolated; it affects us all. This quote encapsulates the interconnectedness of our world and the shared responsibility we bear for each other's well-being. When millions of people are held back by food insecurity, they are unable to harness their talents, which could hold the key to ground breaking advancements, such as finding a cure for cancer or pioneering the next transformative technology.
Beth's favourite experience of One Young World was listening to singer-songwriter Crystal Asige who grew up in Mombasa, Kenya. Crystal spoke about being diagnosed with glaucoma in her early 20s, a condition which led to her losing her sight.
She is now an advocate for disability rights, and wants to raise awareness of glaucoma in Africa, and improve support for people living with the condition. By becoming an MP in the Parliament of Kenya, Crystal spoke of her fight to amplify the voices of people overlooked or underestimated by society and on the importance of including women with disabilities in power and empowering events.
Favourite Quote was “Never judge a book by its cover”. Crystal and other amazing speakers shared their success stories and work in social inclusion to inspire the next generation to advocate for social inclusion.
Among the memorable talks, Lara's was "Rugby & The Role of Sport in Peace & Reconciliation." This engaging discussion featured sports icons Stefan Scheiber, Francois Pienaar, Tendai Mtawarira, and Hugo MacNeil.
She found it really enlightening and encouraging to hear sports legends from two conflict societies, Ireland and South Africa, talk about how through sport, we can realise that we have more in common than what divides us.
Favourite Quote was “Children are the best mimics in the world, are you worth mimicking” – Francois Pienaar, South African Rugby. It serves as a thought-provoking reminder of our influence, both as athletes and as individuals. It challenges us to set an example that is worth following, not just in the realm of sports but in life itself.
One talk that stood out amongst the others for Susan was titled: "Intersectional Approaches to Tackling Mental Healthcare Inequality." Hosted by the Halmia Aden, featuring the remarkable speakers Adwoa Aboah and Shudufhadzo Musida.
It was her favourite talk because it resonated with her the most in that we need to be kind to ourselves and show love to ourselves first before we can really love and help others.
Favourite Quote: Shudufhadzo Musida: “You can’t pour from an empty cup”. It reminds us that our well-being matters, once we start looking after our own well-being, we become better equipped to uplift those around us.
To top it off, Titanic Belfast was delighted to host the Closing Party for One Young World. Delegates also had the chance to explore the Titanic Experience.
Overall, our team found the Summit was a life-changing four-day experience. The key takeaway from so many of the speakers: It's time to take action. By taking even small steps, you can contribute to making the world a better place, helping those in need, and being a force for positive change.
Take a look at career opportunities at Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic, as well as all roles within our wider group, TBL International on our dedicated job hub and apply online.
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