Harnessing the Power of Youth - UN SE4ALL Forum (June 4, 2014)


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On June 4th, 2014, Student Energy was invited to the United Nations to produce a speech on "Harnessing the Power of Youth" in partnership with the UN Youth Envoy.

This speech covers tangible examples and case studies on how large organizations, governments and NGO's can truly activate and harness the creativity, networks and passion of youth globally.

You can read more about Student Energy by visiting http://www.studentenergy.org and learn more about the SE4ALL Forum, and the UN's ambitious goals around sustainable energy by visiting http://www.SE4ALL.org

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  • Harnessing the Power of Youth - UN SE4ALL Forum (June 4, 2014)

    1. 1. Harnessing the Power of YOUTHSustainable Energy for All Forum 9:15 A.M – 10:10 A.M Conference Room B June 4, 2014 STUDENTENERGY
    2. 2. “The best part of being young is we are too inexperienced to know we can’t possible do the things we are already doing.” - Anonymous
    3. 3. 1 2 3 4 5 Be Ambitious Make it Personal Make it Tangible Make it Interactive Make it Relevant 6Provide feedback Your Road Map to Harnessing the Power of Youth:
    4. 4. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it - Governor Jay Inslee
    5. 5. My Assumption: You want to tap into bold, creative ambitious youth who want to make a global impact
    6. 6. 1 Be Ambitious
    7. 7. Start with why
    8. 8. Inspire then engage
    9. 9. Case Study: How to Inspire Provide direct leadership access.
    10. 10. 2 Make it Personal
    11. 11. Give up ownership
    12. 12. Case Study: Make it Personal
    13. 13. 3 Make it Relevant
    14. 14. FACTS DON’T MATTER
    15. 15. Energy as an example.. Do we care about? OR • A barrel of oil • A solar panel • A wind turbine • A pipeline • An electricity grid • Carbon emissions • Comfort • Safety • Stability • Interaction • Productivity • A better future
    16. 16. The way you frame a problem determines the solutions you can achieve.
    17. 17. Communicate the way your audience wants to How can I make it easiest for people to get my message? (Not the way you want to)
    18. 18. Information Generation How can I make it easiest for people to get my message?
    19. 19. Case Study: Using new channels
    20. 20. Case Study Total reach in 30 minutes of twitter talk
    21. 21. 4 Make it Interactive
    22. 22. Active Learning
    23. 23. Case Study: BRIC Predictions Contest Objective: Get youth thinking about the role BRIC Countries will play in the future of energy Format: • Student submit two minute videos • Panel of industry and youth vote on winners • Top four received all expenses trip to the 2013 International Student Energy Summit in Norway
    24. 24. Highlights: • Over 40 submissions • All directly posted to social media channels • One video reached 40,000+ views alone • Most submissions had over 20 comments and 10 shares • Generated over 250,000 direct impressions and in-depth understanding on the role BRIC countries will play in energy
    25. 25. Case Study: ISES Innovation Jam Objective: Move past the problems discussed at most events and brainstorm tangible actions. Harness the collective intelligence in the room. Format: • “Un-conference” model • Open mic for anyone with an idea • Free flowing round tables for brainstorming • Moderators to help drive the conversation
    26. 26. “400 students from all around the world are sitting right beside me, I see courage, hope and spirit in the eyes of everyone here. I vow at this place to my own self that I will fight the war. The war to energize the future, a war that will make the youth in the Tribal Areas to pick up pens and give up guns, a war that will enlighten not only their houses but their minds.” Tariq Khan ISES 2011 Innovation Jam Participant
    27. 27. 5 Make it Tangible
    28. 28. Create outcomes
    29. 29. Case Study: Objective: Fund the most ambitious student project pitched at our upcoming North American Student Energy Summit Format: • Youth have 30 seconds to pitch their ideas • They then break out to work on these concepts for 60 minutes with peers that rally around their concept • The teams all re-convene and re-pitch their modified idea to a panel of judges • The winning idea gets $1,000 on the spot to kickstart their project from sponsor, ConocoPhillips
    30. 30. 6 Provide Feedback
    31. 31. Be honest and transparent
    32. 32. Case Study: Objective: Fund a new youth energy business through a global pitch event. Provide all attendees with honest, tangible feedback on what a successful idea looks like. Format: • Finalists pitch in front of 500+ student audience • After pitching, all finalists leave the room • Judges deliberate and select the winning business while mic’d up, in front of the room. Finalists are then called back and the winner is selected on the spot
    33. 33. Head in the clouds, Feet on the ground.
    34. 34. 1 2 3 4 5 Be Ambitious Make it Personal Make it Tangible Make it Interactive Make it Relevant 6Provide feedback Your Road Map to Harnessing the Power of Youth:
    35. 35. Sean Collins STUDENTENERGY CONTACT www.studentenergy.org scollins@studentenergy.org +1 (780) 232-0339 Presentation available at: http://www.slideshare.net/studentenergy