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Gaborone — Every nation must ensure that their children have the best quality education from an early age to develop and nature the future leaders of tomorrow at grassroots level. That will also be in accordance with the Ministry of Education and Skills Development’s mandate of ensuring that by the year 2018, every child would go through day-care and pre-school. Education minister, Dr Unity Dow, said this when officially opening the Morula Zac Day Care Centre in Gaborone West recently. The centre was donated by Zac Constructions, sought by Junior Chambers International Botswana (JCI) and the Morula Ward Village Development Committee (VDC). The minister appreciated the initiative, stating that it was through the spirit of volunteerism displayed by the VDC and JCI who made the dream possible through Zac Constructions Cooperate Social Responsibility to the community of Gaborone West. She added that parents, teachers, children and the community at large should be thankful that as they embarked on this project all the relevant stakeholders chose the education sector. Also, Dr Dow said there was a norm or perception that parents were not actively involved in their children’s education, hence lack of monitoring and checking of children’s progress in classrooms. She urged them to play a vital role, make sufficient contribution and be part of their children’s educational journey, so as to appreciate their weaknesses and strengths at an early age. For his part, Member of Parliament for Gaborone Bonnington South, Mr Ndaba Gaolathe stated that students should strive to be the best that they can be, adding that hard work, determination and success is brought by a good educational background, to have a bright future. He said, “education is the gate way to greatness and it is one attribute that no one can take away from you, and children […]

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Press Release | Business JCI Calgary’s Random Acts of Kindness campaign runs June 12 to Sept 22, 2015. Since then, millions of other young active citizens have united together to create sustainable impact in their community. As each year of the JCI movement has passed, we become one step closer to better communities and a better world. Join us in celebrating 100 years of impact. #100YearsOfImpact JCI Canada and communities across the world united to celebrate 100 years of impact on May 14 th . Interactive activities, impactful projects, and engaging events were organized at the local level including the global launch of 100 Random Acts of Kindness. #JCI100RAK International celebrations include Project Impact 100, a campaign to empower young people and their communities to positively impact the lives of 100 individuals by taking grassroots action to create positive change. Communities will also take part in a global screening of the JCI Documentary: 100 Years of Impact, currently being produced. The JCI 100th Anniversary celebrations will demonstrate how the founding principles of the JCI movement continue to unite young people across the globe today. As we remember our past and embark on a bright future, the celebrations also aim to empower even more young active citizens to take ownership of the future in their communities, countries and world sustaining the JCI legacy of impact. Connect with JCI, an organization that has inspired 100 years of impact and that will continue to empower and activate young people across the globe for another 100 years. Collaborate with JCI Calgary during its Random Acts of Kindness campaign, which runs June 12 to Sept 22, 2015. About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. […]

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It was a great learning experience at the JCI Suriname Leadership Academy 😁 #jci #leadership #ethicalleadership #suriname #kkf mzsmit #jci #leadership #ethicalleadership #suriname #kkf

It was a great learning experience at the JCI Suriname Leadership Academy 😁

Posted in Interviews, JCI Short NewsTagged , Leave a Comment on Interviu Gabi Boaca (Bucuresti) #română

Gabi Boaca

Gabi Boaca

 

1. Ce e mai bine, sa asculti muzica sau sa te dai pe net ?
Sa te dai pe net ascultand muzica. Daca e musai sa aleg doar o varianta as zice sa ma dau pe net.
Partea mai interesanta la a asculta muzica a devenit pentru mine “music sharing”: sa fac schimb de piese misto cu oameni diversi. Bineinteles, nu e ceva ce se intampla zilnic, nici macar saptamanal, dar cand se intampla este super; am “savurat” multe piese recomandate si sharuite de prieteni si cunostinte.

2. Crezi ca exista indeajuns de mult antreprenoriat in Romania? sau e de nisa …
Nu a fost, nu este si nu va fi nimic suficient in Romania in timpul vietii noastre (poate doar furt, din asta a fost). Sunt atat de multe de recuperat si de indreptat si de civilizat incat o varianta in care sistemul legislativ/fiscal/de business sa fie stabil si facut pentru cetateni este completa utopie.
Vizavi de antreprenoriat: sa iti inchipui ca poti face un business de renume (macar) national in Romania este iarasi o utopie. Asa sunt vremurile si nu le poti schimba suficient de rapid.
PS: asta nu inseamna ca nu merita sa incerci 🙂

3. Cum definesti inovatia si ce pozitie ai fata de ea ?
Inovatia in general inseamna imbunatatirea regulilor, conceptelor si ideilor curente. Asta inseamna “ofilirea” ideilor vechi si inlocuirea lor cu altele noi sau variante modificate ale primelor.
Imi place inovatia si imi plac ideile inovative, dar am un lag vizavi de imbratisarea lor; orice om are o parte din acest lag, e legat de rezistenta la schimbare – dar poate la mine e putin mai mare pentru ca imi place sa trec de cateva ori ideea prin filtrele gandirii si sa o analizez prin prisma experientelor personale, dupa care sa dau verdictul.

4. Care e cea mai amuzanta intamplare din viata ta (chiar si profesionala) ?
Prima care mi-a venit in minte acum :))
Eram la un moment dat cu masina impreuna cu 3 prieteni in parcare la Mall Vitan, incercam sa gasim un loc liber. Pentru ca n-am gasit loc liber pusesem avariile pe una dintre stradutele din parcare si asteptam sa plece cineva (sau sa ne vina o idee de loc in care sa parcam).
La un moment dat vedem o domnisoara sau doamna urcand intr-o masina parcata in apropiere in timp ce vorbea la telefon. Femeia respectiva a continuat sa vorbeasca la telefon dupa ce s-a urcat in masina, fara sa dea vreun semn ca ar vrea sa plece; in acest moment ne-a trecut prin cap sa o intrebam daca urmeaza sa plece, ca sa stim daca asteptam sa ocupam locul lasat liber de ea.
Toni, un bun prieten din perioada respectiva, la imboldurile noastre se duce sa discute cu femeia, sa ii puna intrebarea cheie. Il vedem apropiindu-se; bate in geam; asteapta cateva secunde; femeia deschide geamul, au o conversatie foarte scurta; moment in care il vedem pe al nostru Toni plecand rapid de acolo gesticuland si vizibil nervos.
Bineinteles, noi: curiosi la maxim! “Ce s-o fi intamplat? Probabil ca nu pleaca asta, mai sta in masina?…”
Cand ajunge la noi, bineinteles, toti calare pe el cu intrebari: “Ce-a zis mah? Pleaca, mai sta? Ce dracu’ ai patit?” Toni cu o voce plina de nervi si o atitudine similara:
“- Fut-o in gura de proasta! Eu o intreb daca pleaca si ea imi zice: <<- N-am marunt, pleaca de aici!>>” :)))))
Urmeaza, bineinteles, un ras general in masina noastra, toti ne tinem cu mainile de burti si ne prapadim de ras – mai putin Toni, ofc. Ni s-a parut foarte amuzant gandul ca l-a luat cineva drept cersetor / aurolac :)))
Cand ne mai potolim putin si ne stergem lacrimile de ras, al nostru Toni zice cu naduf:
“- A dracu’ proasta, cum sa-mi zica asa ceva?! Nu vede ca sunt imbracat <<CASUAL>>?!…”
A urmat si partea a doua de hahaiala din partea noastra, tinand cont ca era in niste blugi, un tricou si o geaca de blugi, toate cam largute si nu neaparat foarte noi. :))))

5. Mai merita sa faci publicitate online ?
In Romania, nu prea. Piata de publicitate a ramas relativ constanta, bugetele alocate pe online au ramas si ele constante desi se vorbeste de o crestere yoy constanta si de faptul ca online-ul este singurul mediu care creste. Nimeni nu zice ca a vorbi de cifre in EUR si cresteri e una, iar a vorbi de procent alocat pe online din total buget de marketing e cu totul altceva. Acest procent a ramas relativ acelasi – poate o crestere minora, in conditiile unor cresteri minime ale bugetelor de marketing ale clientilor (mari).
Plus ca intrarea “greilor” – big G si FB – a insemnat o directie noua de curgere a bugetelor; si inca una cu “teava” destul de mare.
Plus ca romanii (exceptie poate cei din multinationale) nu stiu ce inseamna marketing, comunicare si promovare; sunt gata sa pun pariu ca peste 60-70% din firmele care se infiinteaza in Ro nu au bugete clare de marketing, promovare, brand si nici oameni dedicati pe zona asta.

6. Cum vezi Romania in 2040 ? Incerci o prezicere de 25 de ani ?
Cum sper sa o vad:
– cu problemele de politica si politicieni rezolvate (asap, ca sa se vada peste 25 ani); asta ar insemna o constientizare a populatiei ca ii pot trage oricand la raspundere pe politicieni pentru ceea ce fac, urmata de o constientizare a politicienilor ca pot plati scump ceea ce fac;
– cu o legislatie adaptata astfel incat sa sustina dezvoltarea de proiecte si companii locale in favoarea celor externe (da, stiu ca suna nationalist si in total contrast cu globalizarea, dar e important)
– cu aplicarea legii in primul rand si aplicarea egala a legii in al doilea rand; ceea ce inseamna de fapt este ca mi-as dori ca atunci cand gresesti sa fii sanctionat in 90%+ din cazuri, si sa fie toata lumea sanctionata la fel; legislatia curenta nu e pe atat de slaba cat este de slab statul in a o pune in aplicare (nu suficienti politisti/camere ca sa iti dea amenda cand gresesti in trafic, etc)
– cu o solidaritate mai mare a romanilor intre ei; in lumea afectata de globalizare si modificari ale mentalitatii referitoare la distante si durate, modificari bazate pe avansul tehnologic, particularitatile unei anumite comunitati vor tinde sa se estompeze.
– cu un turism solid, prin care sa concuram tari cu traditie precum Turcia si Grecia, chiar si Bulgaria
– (bineinteles) cu autostrazi care sa traverseze tara N-S, E-V si in orice alta directie necesara pentru transport de business sau personal catre tarile vecine
– cu piste de biciclete si oameni mai activi (chiar daca am citit de curand ca Romania e pe ultimul loc in UE la capitolul obezitate – deci macar la capitolul asta stam bine, chiar f f bine);
PS: oare nu este asta un paradox? sunt tari mult mai bine pregatite decat Romania la capitolul infrastructura si constientizare a necesitatii miscarii si sportului in sanatate si totusi… gradul de obezitate mult mai mare acolo…

Nu stiu, ar mai fi multe de zis despre Romania anului 2040.

7. Daca ar fi sa fii un personaj fictiv, in pielea cui ai trai ?
Daca te referi la un caracter de benzi desenate, comics & scifi, mi-ar placea sa fiu Batman. Am fost mereu un fan, din copilarie.
Daca te referi la o persoana sau un tip de persoana, as vrea sa fiu un expert in publicitate cu venituri peste medie, antreprenor si asociat in cateva firme tech-based, care canta la chitara intr-o trupa, se joaca jocuri pe calculator, are grija de nevasta si copii si calatoreste de placere mult.

8. Crezi in egalitatea intre sexe si ca lumea e mai buna asa ?
Cred ca fiecare ar trebui sa faca ce vrea el, cand vrea el si cum vrea el, atata timp cat nu ii afecteaza/deranjeaza pe ceilalti. Cred ca toti oameni ar trebui sa fie egali si ca asta ar fi cea mai buna varianta a civilizatiei umane pe care o putem avea. Si sper ca o astel de lume va fi posibila la un moment dat, desi nu cred ca se va intampla in timpul vietii noastre si nici in viitorul imediat urmator acestora. Posibil sa se intample dupa o catastrofa de proportii mari, care va fi (inca) un semnal de alarma si o lectie pentru toti oamenii. Sau poate se va intampla pasnic, ceea ce ar fi ideal.
In alta ordine de idei, cred ca asa datorita modului cum suntem facuti si cum gandim, nu ne vedem decat rareori egali cu ceilalti; suntem obisnuiti sa gandim in (grade de) comparatii si diferente, deci e greu sa vezi egalitate. Dar nu imposibil.

9.  Care este cel mai important lucru care l-ai invatat ultimii 5 ani ?
Nu stiu care a fost cel mai important, nu cred ca am avut o chestie care sa fie life-changing. Am avut parte de o multime de situatii si experiente din care am invatat cate ceva – am tras niste concluzii, dar nu imi vine acum nimic in minte pe care sa il consider “cel mai important lucru”.
Am invatat ca e greu sa faci sa “mearga” o asociere de mai mult de 2 oameni indiferent de locatia, ocupatia, educatia lor; aceasta asociere se poate numi firma, trupa muzicala, asociatie de proprietari, grup de prieteni, etc.

10. Ce iti propuneai sa faci cand vei fi mare ? S-a indeplinit ? 
Nu am avut o chestie anume in minte, cand eram mic nu mi-am propus sa ma fac ceva anume.

Cand faceam sport, in generala si liceu, ma gandeam ca pot fi handbalist; la liceu ma gandeam sa fiu chitarist, astrolog si programator; la facultate m-a tentat programarea; dupa facultate am fost atras de marketing si comunicare (daca m-ar fi atras vanzarile atunci probabil ca as fi facut o gramada de bani din comisioane in real estate :D); dupa primele joburi am vrut sa fiu antreprenor / patron.

 

Posted in Interviews, JCI Short NewsTagged , Leave a Comment on Interview Mihai Gheza (Copenhague)

Mihai Gheza, from fish to bats, from East to West and finally to successful wanabee entrepreneurship.

Mihai is living now in Copenhaga, Denmark, doing his best in video games as Game Economy Design & UA/IAA. In his “ancient times” he was an activist for startups and technology in Brasov, Romania.

Mihai Gheza

1.Gamer or a game creator ?
Both of them. I play a bit of eSports, like LoL, SC2 and other Blizzard games myself; and all sorts of casual and mobile titles, mostly for work purposes. I work in publishing/business for the game development studio who’s made Subway Surfers. And I also develop an indie game of my own, at night.

2. How do you find Europe, give me a definition of this space …
I guess you mean the European Union? Pretty good idea with free travel, work and trade. But it should stop here. Forcing any other socio-cultural changes is detrimental to precious natural heritage. I haven’t lived outside of it, so I wouldn’t be able to compare.

Otherwise it’s a very nice continent with all wonderful natural landscapes 🙂

3. What do you think about innovation as concept ?
Kinda the same thing I think of management: they both happen naturally, learning is experiental/empirical and theoritezation is almost useless. Just strive for it, you’ll know it when it happens.

4. Tell me the best funniest adventure in your life (even professional) ?
Uhm… I don’t really classify my adventures as funny. They’re only funny if I talk about them with the people I experienced them with.

5. Do you think in motivation or in discipline ? Why
As in … What do I think of them? Or if I believe in them? They’re both concepts I studied and tried to hack. Used properly together they can yield great results. But they’re natural responses to inner forces, you shouldn’t force them; the process of inflicting them upon yourself can be very painful. And unless applied properly you might end up moving mountains in the wrong direction. Like I did 🙂 It’s pretty tough to motivate yourself to put them back.

6. Do you have an opinion how Romania will look in 25 years ? I mean 2040 …
Like any other average non-X-communist EU country looked like 25 years ago. But with hideous architecture (building blocks) and traces / heritage that I can’t yet anticipate.

7.If you can, you would like to be …
Batman.

8. What do you think of entrepreneurs ? Are you one ?
I have a great admiration for most of them. I’m hustling to become one, but for now I’m a wannabe 🙂

9. What is the most important thing you learnt in the last 5 years ?
Many important things. Most of them revolve around living in a different country. I guess some of the most important things I learned have to do with the way I should live my life, day by day; and I still feel like I’m lost at sea. Otherwise I learned a great deal about business and stuff in my game development career.

10. When you were little what you dreat to be when growing up ? IS that happened ?

I didn’t have childhood career dreams. My most recent childhood memories had to do with the pleasure of working with aquariums, aquarium plants, plants and generally outdoor small stuff 🙂 That didn’t happen, like at all, though I still have an aquarium.

Then I wanted to become a writer/genius writer.
Then I wanted to move to an ashram and give up the World when I turn 33.
Then I wanted to become a successful entrepreneur and afterwards a successful investor.
I’m still stuck on the last one 😉

 

 

Posted in JCI Short NewsTagged , Leave a Comment on JCI Manchester MYTA – Manchester’s Finest Young Talent Need You

2014 MYTA winners from left to right – Sam Jones, Andrew Daniels, Jasen Jackiw, Tasoula Crosby, Oliv 2014 MYTA winners from left to right – Sam Jones, Andrew Daniels, Jasen Jackiw, Tasoula Crosby, Olivia Hayes, Gemma Sofield, Paul Barnes, Team Formisimo, Chris Marsh, Jessica Wilkinson, Team Formisim Feature your article in our email bulletin – Buy now JCI Manchester, leading networking group for young professionals, is calling for Manchester to celebrate the best talent in the region. The Manchester Young Talent Awards, hosted by the group, are back for a sixth year and give the region the chance to nominate the finest young talent across creative and digital, finance, legal, property, recruitment and of course the celebration of entrepreneurial flair and rising stars. Nominations are now open, as of 27th May 2015 and aim to recognise up to ten outstanding individuals between the ages of 18 and 39 who exemplify the best attributes of Manchester’s young people. JCI Manchester will present the Young Talent Awards for 2015 at a packed Awards Dinner on 19th November at the Imperial War Museum Manchester. The ceremony will highlight each winner’s career so far and provide a stage from which the winners can challenge and inspire young people in Manchester. Winners will be selected by a panel of independent judges whom are respected members of the Manchester business/professional community. JCI Manchester 2015 President, Kim Holden said ‘We are incredibly proud of showcasing Manchester’s finest young talent. JCI turns 100 years old this year so the awards will be the biggest and best yet. We know Manchester is an incredible place to live and work and the MYTAs are an opportunity to showcase that. This will be the 6th year of the awards and no doubt the talent will be better than ever. The […]

Posted in JCI Short NewsTagged , Leave a Comment on Arrey Obenson Named Secretary General of Junior Chamber International

Obenson Becomes the 22 nd Secretary General of Junior Chamber International ST. LOUIS, MO, USA, June 1, 2015 — Arrey Obenson, a native of Cameroon, who lives with his family in O’Fallon, MO, has been appointed secretary general of St. Louis-based JCI , a global service organization of nearly 200,000 young people in more than 120 countries worldwide. Obenson’s appointment was made by JCI President Ismail Haznedar and confirmed by the organization’s international General Assembly. Obenson becomes the 22 nd secretary general of the 100-year-old organization, which was founded in St. Louis in 1915. Obenson previously served as acting secretary general, and prior to that, deputy secretary general, a post he held since joining JCI’s world headquarters in 2002. As secretary general, he oversees the day-to-day management of the international organization. Obenson joined JCI in 1995 as a founding member of JCI Limbe Atlantic in Cameroon, where he held several leadership positions before starting work with the international organization. Before joining the JCI headquarters team in St. Louis, Obenson was an attorney in Cameroon, where he practiced civil litigation, criminal law, commercial transactions and international trade. He is a Barrister of Law and a current member of the Cameroon Bar Association. Obenson also holds a Master of Law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Through his appointment as JCI secretary general, Obenson said he will continue to use forward-thinking concepts to further the JCI Mission and help the organization continue to unite all sectors of society here and abroad to create sustainable impact. For more information , please contact Thomas D. Pagano, tompagano@mostrata.com , 314-602-7549

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JCI European Congress 2016 will be in Finland

Next year the JCI European Congress will be in Finland. Welcome! #JCIEC2016 #JCI #JCIFI #JCIChallenge

 

Next year the JCI European Congress will be in Finland. Welcome! #JCIEC2016 #JCI #JCIFI #JCIChallenge

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Emma Eastwood, from Leeds, the former JCI UK national president. Picture Bruce Rollinson YOUNG business leaders from across Europe will attend a major conference in Yorkshire later this year. Members of Junior Chamber International (JCI) will celebrate the centenary of the JCI movement when they stage their national conference at the Holiday Inn, in Barnsley, from Friday November 20 to Sunday November 22. JCI – a volunteer network for people in their twenties and thirties – was founded in 1915 in St Louis, Missouri. It spread to the UK in 1925. Former US Presidents Al Gore, Bill Clinton and John F Kennedy were all members of JCI in the US. Ben Hawley, the 2015 UK conference director, told The Yorkshire Post: “JCI is all about creating the leaders of tomorrow. We have gone with the theme ‘Modern Centurions : The New Breed of Leaders’. We are aiming for a minimum of 130 JCI delegate for the whole weekend, and an additional 250 on the Friday. It’s already turning into an international event as we have JCI members attending from Poland, Germany, Malta, Lithuania, Belgium and Serbia. The event builds on a strong history of JCI Yorkshire holding the national conference. Since 2006, different chambers in Yorkshire have held the event five times.” Yorkshire’s leading role in the revival of the JCI movement was recognised in 2012 when the global head of JCI visited the county. JCI World President Bertolt Daems held talks with JCI members in Sheffield during a three-day tour of Britain. Charlie Pearson, JCI Yorkshire 2015 regional group chairman, said the event also marked the 60th anniversary of JCI Yorkshire. Ms Pearson added: “We have three chambers that have relaunched in the last 18 months. They are all have very positive futures. JCI Rotherham relaunched in February […]

Posted in JCI Short NewsTagged , Leave a Comment on The Balay nga Bato experience

AT LAST, after several months of postponement and conflicts in schedule, we finally made it to the steps of Balay nga Bato, or more properly called Camiña Balay nga Bato, in Villa de Arevalo, Iloilo City. After a fully-packed JCI (Junior Chamber International) Training, I was looking forward to this more than any night outs or out-of-town trips. Francis Gerona, our regional vice president for JCI Western Visayas, has been planning to bring us to this grand old house that spoke of colorful heritage and culture. Gerona has tickled our imagination over a mug of native coffee around early February and since then, three JCI groups have done the tour complete with what they were raving as the best hot chocolate and molo. And every time somebody posts a picture on Facebook, they tag or mention me. So to say that I was excited was undermining it a little. Balay nga Bato is located along the road of Villa de Arevalo Street. The pathway was narrow, Francis’s car barely fit the drive way. But it opened up to a wide open space where you could see a sprawling mansion. A display of mangoes greeted us as we passed through the entrance and into the main hall. We were then asked to sit down for a while as a video showing the different parts of the house was presented along with its history. Camiña Balay nga Bato was originally built in 1860 for Fernando Avanceña. The hardwood floors loudly welcomed our steps. Wood was intentionally preferred then because it served as an alarm system, warning the owners of the house should there be any unwelcome visitors coming in. The whole house consisting of two floors are full of antique pieces from a number of grand pianos in the halls to […]