Beginning at Bangkok

In his 1995 hit Gangsta’s Paradise, Coolio once famously rapped:

“They say I gotta learn
But nobody’s here to teach me
If they can’t understand it, how can they reach me?”

While not someone we would typically feature on Everyday Ambassador, this ambassador of rap relates to us his frustration in not having been given a chance to be understood.


In a way, it’s something that I’ve been able to relate to, as well as my peers in the young changemaker community. While young people are often written off as having too much optimism about how things should be done, we also bring a level of energy and a new perspective to larger global issues.

If there’s any doubt in your mind that young people can contribute to and make a difference in this world, think again. In a time where tech companies have celebrated Ahmed Mohamed’s precocious talents to innovate and retool the world around him and international institutions have recognized Malala Yousafzai’s bravery, poise, and determination to see young women succeed, young changemakers are having a moment.

Celebrating this idea is the One Young World Summit, held in Bangkok, Thailand this year from November 18-21, 2015. This yearly conference encourages One Young World delegates, or 18 to 30 year-olds “who have demonstrated leadership ability and a commitment to effecting positive change”, and the U.K.-based nonprofit links these individuals with world leaders who act as One Young World Counselors.

According to the website: “After each Summit, the delegates, who are then known as One Young World Ambassadors, work on their own initiatives or lend the power of the One Young World network to those initiatives already in existence. Of those in employment, many return to their companies and set about creating change from within, energising their corporate environment.”

To see see highlights from last year’s Summit, watch the video below. Also, if you fit the criteria to attend, apply for this year’s Summit today! Note that if you are chosen as a delegate, check out the Social Venture Challenge from one our partner organizations, The Resolution Project.

“Bucket List” is a weekly series curated by Everyday Ambassador’s Director of Brand Strategy Audrey del Rosario. Every Saturday, we will feature events, conferences, and happenings that spark conversation and ignite your inner activist. To stay current with our latest posts, follow #bucketlist or #EAinspired on our other platforms, and check back regularly for updates.

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