The Youth Global Forum 2016 in Jakarta has concluded. Over the course of four days, more than 100 young people from 29 countries were gathered together to come up with interesting solutions for sustainable social development. Seven youth initiatives “battled” for the Forum’s main prize – a realization grant. And the winner was a young, but experienced, social entrepreneur from Russia: Olga Lakhnova, with a project targeted to fight the isolation of elderly people by allowing them to help with educating children. Olga plans to launch a social club in Moscow where local retirees will be able to use their knowledge for good by educating children through one-on-one instruction or in “classes” consisting of small groups. According to Olga, this will help elderly people to fight isolation and will give children the opportunity to obtain additional education for free. In this interview Olga explains the concept behind her winning project.
Clemence Digiovanni and Clara Pulja, both only 25, are already successful entrepreneurs. They get up every morning at 4 a.m. and work more than twelve hours so their customers can be happy and well fed. Although each of them originally decided to choose different life paths, an unplanned encounter in Northern France brought them together and allowed them to become business partners. Belgrade’s unique vibe enchanted them immediately, and without much planning they picked it as the right hot spot for their culinary adventure. Today they are the proud owners of the only genuine French bakery in the Serbian capital, called La Petite Cantine. In less than a year it has become a place that people talk about and rush to in the early morning hours, so they can grab their almond croissants while they’re still hot. And while their guests praise Clara and Clemence, calling what they do pure magic, they claim their business is just a reflection of themselves, representing the simplicity of life's pleasures at their best.
It is obvious by now that the Age of the Millennials has begun. The largest generation ever recorded in human history is expected to take over the global consumer market in the years just ahead. Asian Millennials currently represent 45 percent of the overall population of that region, and by 2020 it is expected that 60 percent of all Millennials will live in Asia. Having in mind that this region is one of the most important economic centers in the world, how will this generational shift affect the global market, and will Asian companies continue to grow or will the unusual lifestyle that Millennials promote have a negative impact on Asia’s development?
In the middle of November, a press conference was held at the Russian Center of Science and Art which was dedicated to the project “The World in the Palm of the Hand: Prague Dreams on Christmas 2”. The premiere of the project will take place on the 23rd of December at the “Hybernia” theater.
More and more, young professionals today are opting to work from co-working spaces, as the advantages of sharing facilities meet the changing needs of their professional lives. With co-working spaces on the rise, there is actually also a need for the people who take the initiative to open and run these facilities. Youth Time today speaks to finance graduate and experienced marketing executive Evgeny Frolov (28), the initiator behind the Krizovatka expat co-working space on Vaclav Square, right in the heart of the Prague. Find out what it takes to open a co-working space and all the things that come along with it.
“Accelerator” is arguably an overused term in the universe of startups, their first steps, and onwards. However, fostering growth or just surviving may be less “mission impossible” for a startup business with backstopping and mentorship from an accelerator programme.
Joystick has just opened in the centre of Prague and is the first video games bar in Czech Republic to serve up old school arcade machines, pinball machines and quality draft and craft beers. Founded and setup by friends Patrik Fiala (pictured right) and Tomáš Barth (left), the duo have spent almost three years turning their dream into a reality. We managed to catch up with the co-owner Patrik for an insight into the long journey which all started with his love of video games.
Cassandra Lin (19) was only 11 when she started the TGIF (Turn Grease Into Fuel) project. Many other people were trying to raise awareness about global warming with similar projects, but with poor results or none at all – and she did it! With a group of classmates she put together as a community service team, she visited the Energy Solution Expo at the University of Rhode Island – the step that changed everything. They found out that biodiesel can be produced from waste cooking oil. Today, a total of 480 families in three different countries heating their homes this way. Cassandra says she and her team are not going to stop there.
Today is not a normal school day. The classroom is a theatre auditorium; chairs become seats in the stalls; and the blackboard is a stage. Hundreds of high school students wait impatiently for the play to start. They have the feeling that they are about to see a different kind of theatre, one made for them, for young people. For many of them, this is their first time at the theatre, a rare pastime for Spanish youth.
Giving a speech or a presentation generally creates anxiety, as most people probably reason that failure inescapably leads to public embarrassment. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome this fear and become a confident public speaker. Today Youth Time talks to Lenka Dvorakova, vice-president of Bohemian Toastmasters, an international club where you can learn to improve your communication skills. Get ready to find out how lose your fear of public speaking and to learn new skills that will help you to be a more successful communicator!