“Path Inspiration”: Youth vision of the world

“Path Inspiration”: Youth vision of the world

Find out below about the speeches of three talented students. They presented, during the last Ahimsa Forum, their vision of the world to Michael Moller, Executive Director of the United Nations Offices in Geneva.

By Merveille NKurunziza, Burundi

How do all people view the world in 30 years may be a simple question. But once  it comes to myself alone, not concerning all people anymore, it makes me a little bit confused.

I asked the question to an african elder aged of 60 years, he answered:  "Little girl, 30 years ago I thought the world will not be submmerged anymore of wars all around, poverty will be taking an end from its scaring rates, leadership will give the right place to citizen’s ideas and expectations, that anyone anyone will be proud of staying and help for a better building his unfavored country, but unfortunately after 30 years our youth is fleeing from the country which is counting on their strenght."

The same question was asked to a 60 years old european man, apparently the answer was encouraging, saying, in the past 30 years technology, health innovation reached the top, education and social security have promote human’s welfare, before he ended up with highlighting all the good points. I was very disappointed with the deep gap between the two answers and then started to locate myself on this matter

The main cause is the lack or may be I would say the insufficience of a good leadership.
For those who still wandering what leadership is, I am talking about that function of directing or guiding a group. I assume it is not such an easy task to guide or govern some people, it is not easy to collect and handle that big flow of ideas from citizen, a leader should present those unnumbered good characters required.

Today, considering I found myself at the same time optimistic and pessimistic about the world’s vision in 30 years.
Mr Moller, I come from a country which is suffering from the lack of good leadership, may be I don’t know well the cause of unending crisis my country is passing through since our independence but honestly I consider there is a mess in the way we are led. 
I grew up hearing that my brothers and sisters are refugees in the neighbouring countries, I had never imagined how difficult it is for them to bear the name of refugee until my turn knocked. I testified horrible changes of life, either my family’s struggles or other refugees’s, I testified my Dad’s leg infection, requiring me to be his nurse without any training because the healthcare was farther to be available and allow me to say we were very disappointed because once we thought the healthcare for refugees was at least the least thing they could benefit without any harder, under chockk ! I’ve seen intelligent student sitting in their camp beacause it’s impossible to afford life and school fees, I've seen people being fooled because there was no hope anymore… it's been almost 2 years now trying to bear the name, to handle the situation, to smile instead of weeping, to keep the peace of mind and this has been greatly part of my journey along this 2 years and this kept me optimistic, kept me dreaming about the best yet to come but to be pessimistic reminds me of the conditions that change requires.
The condition raises up a question, why bad leaders are not punished ? the answer would be, yes they are, and excuse Mr we are not here to talk about government’ politics, in fact we are talking about health innovation haha. Bad leadership is the cause of wars, of poor healthcare, of unpromising education, and…
When I think about all this I am pessimistic, how leaders can enjoy destroying people’s life, the same people they were supposed to protect. Today we are facing a matter of contamination, this is another important issue. Some countries are responsible for poisoning the air we breath and this results in disaster’s we see all around, I am very pessimistic on that.
But to mention my optimism, it requires change conditions, bad leaders should be punished. I don’t still know it is the right cause but with their unpunishiment, the world doesn’t have any direction, contamination is killing our bodies, education is loosing its strength, healthcare is not innovated, wars are still be at the day’s dawn, parents don’t see their children’s brighter future, citizen’s are not benefitting anything from their homeland, youth is still jobless, retired are dying full of stress, and finally refugees are not going back to their homeland.


By Emaline Laney, USA

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” ~Unknown

This quote is befitting for today for several reasons. First, it happens to be in the book written by someone in this audience.  Second, Ahimsa, and this group doesn’t shy away from the word, faith. And thirdly, the world appears to be on the verge of a kiaros (as Katherine Marshall shared), a tipping point in which, depending on our choice (the handle of anxiety or faith), will result in very different futures.

Now, none of us here can tell you what the world will look like in 30 years, but we can embrace a mindset of action so that 30 years from now, we might find ourselves in a world we hoped for today: one of equality and equity, one of peace, and one of sustainability.  

What I planed to share this evening seems more of a summary of all our conversations these past few days, but nonetheless – there are three points I wish to share, ways in which I think we should charge forward

  1. We must engage the youth

    1. We are, and should be, not only the facilitators, but also decision makers of our own tomorrow
    2. And as Canon Gideon Byamugisha said, revolutions have never been achieved in one life time
    3. So what I propose to you is to break down these generational silos; When you do, you will find us standing on the other side, ready to carry forward your revolution (with a bit of ours mixed in) with passion, dedication and relentless energy.
  1. We must have faith. You see, as Stephanie Weiland said, "faith allows for hope, and that hope allows for a vision, a vision of possible impossibilities".
    I am reminded of a mentor of mine, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, who shared with me in the context of the smallpox eradication, the only disease to have been eradicated thus far, that they, in a sense, they too had to have faith that eradication could be done – as he said “for it was better to learn that it couldn’t be done, rather than prematurely assume it can’t and thus create the self-fulfilling prophecy that it will not be done.”
  2. We must say yes to uncertainty.
    Now what do I mean by that? You see, saying yes to uncertainty allows us to take the handle of faith so that we can create the world we hope to see in 30 years. A world that has said yes to:

    1. Humanity: A type of humanity that allows us to see one another with equal value and importance – dignity – no matter how we look, where we come from, how we pray, and how we love.
      This is particularly important for those in a position of privilege, where humanity and compassion are the impetus to transform our position of privilege to a position of responsibility.  A responsibility that requires us to bear and tell witness to the suffering in the world; to rise to the call of action and service.
      It is the “yes to humanity” that allows us to lead with a mindset of action with, as Saba Al Mubaslat said, “the human being at the heart and center” of all that we do. In doing so, we will create a more vibrant, diverse, and compassionate community. A community that I think, I hope, and have faith will represent the world we see in 2050.
    2. Innovation
    3. Science
    4. Technology

By Diego Cortez, Brazil

Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. It is a very difficult question that I have been posed…to share a vision for the future. First of all, I believe it is important for you to listen to my thoughts with an understanding of where i´m coming from: I grown up in Brazil, migrated into Europe, studied in a Business School in France.

The vision for the future development of our world that I would like to propose you is based on a common value and three main components (areas / drivers/pillars):

The Value: Care for life

This serves as a common ground, and something we can all relate here. It´s likely innate of us as human beings. This would be the foundation.
On top of this foundation, I would like to propose three pillars, as the main Components of this transformation, and each one of these pillars is associated with challenges (or opportunities, depending on how you view it):



Challenges / Opportunities


Transparency (It is about the information and awareness of what is going on around the world, which is facilitated by technology)

  • Reliable sources of information
  • Broadcast and discussion of global initiatives


Integration (It is about the interconnectivity, about networking)

  • Cooperation
  • Breaking Silos
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Leveraging resources and expertise


Responsibility of the private sector (It is specially regarding poverty. It is implied by the fact that the firms have being the most powerful actors of the modern society. As Religion and State have fulfilled in the past)

  • Sustainability and the fear of “lack of future” – Rational analysis on Future cashflows without future
  • Long term view
  • New Business Models

This is the journey I would like to propose to you. The foundation value of care for the life and the three components, of transparency, integration, and responsibility of the private sector.

It is a path that has hope from my side, combined with a lot of optimism after what I had the opportunity to presence during this event.
Thank you all for being a source of inspiration, and I dare you keep up and continue paving this way for our future.


2017-11-07T14:30:57+00:00August 7th, 2017|General|