Y2Y Global Youth Conference 2009 Essay Competition.

As part of Youth-to-Youth Community’s Global Youth Conference 2009, the Y2Y Group is launching a 2009 Essay Competition on the theme of “Youth Entrepreneurship in times of crisis”.The conference is part of the United Nations Week celebrations.Y2Y is a community of young staff within the World Bank. Y2Y’s mission is to mainstream youth issues within the World Bank and the broader development community and to engage with young people around the world through a participatory and demand driven approach.

ESSAY: Youth Entrepreneurship in times of crisis
DEADLINE – September 22nd, 2009

Young people worldwide face difficult labor market prospects. Depending on the region, youth unemployment is easily 2-3 times higher than for adults. Especially in developing countries, the school-to-work transition can be a long and tedious process, during which young people leave school, become jobless
and spend time moving between unemployment, inactivity and informal employment. In fact, youth have often been found to effectively act as a “buffer,” absorbing shocks disproportionately during negative business cycles,but not benefiting accordingly during economic booms.

In the quest for strategies to boost employment for young people,
entrepreneurship is often seen as an important means and a useful alternative for income generation. With most of the overall job creation usually stemming from small enterprises, supporting youth entrepreneurship is now often regarded as an additional way of integrating youth into the labor market and overcoming poverty. However, while it is recognized that the youth years are
essential for generating ideas and acquiring the necessary experience to become a successful entrepreneur, young people themselves only make up a small share of all entrepreneurs.

The Y2Y Global Youth Conference 2009 Essay Competition invites  youth to share ideas on:

What are the constraints to youth entrepreneurship in your country? Has the global crisis changed the dynamics? How can governments help young entrepreneurs to create and further develop their social and productive ventures?

Please try to answer the following questions in one consistent essay:

1. What impedes young people in your country or community to start their own business or organization?

Think about the constraints in terms of socioeconomic conditions, culture,  education & experience, access to finance & infrastructure, contacts & networks, and regulations. In how far are these constraints specific to youth compared to adults?

2. Did the global financial crisis reinforce some of these constraints? If yes,what are the dynamics?

3. What do you think governments can/should do to strengthen youth entrepreneurship in your country, town or local community? Think about the solutions in terms of the constraints identified above.

The Contest

Length:
Answer the question above in an essay of no more than 1500 words.

Prize:
1) Winner will receive a $1,000 laptop sponsored by LAC Development Marketplace and the opportunity to be published in a World Bank working paper.

2) 2 runners-up will each receive a Y2Y bag and a copy of the film being showcased at the conference this year.

3) The best three submissions will be published on the World Bank Y2Y website.

Read This Before Getting Started…

– Submissions will be accepted starting September 1, 2009
– The deadline for submissions is September 22 , 2009 5:00pm
– Open to participants globally aged 18-30 (winners will need to provide proof of age)
– Essays must be submitted in English only
– Essays can be submitted as MS Word documents (.doc) or in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
– Only one entry is allowed per person
– All submissions must be the author’s original work, and should not have been previously published anywhere
– Winners agree to have their essay published on the Y2Y website and/or Newsletter
– Winners will be announced on October 13, 2009 and will be encouraged to attend the conference
– Unfortunately, Y2Y cannot sponsor travel or accommodation of any winner who chooses to attend the conference

How/where to submit:

Please submit your essay electronically to y2yessay2009@gmail.com

THE PARABLE OF THE BLACK BELT.

Presently reading the Best Selling Book “Built To Last” by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras –The Successful habits of visionary comapnies. A wonderful,thought provoking and inspiring book,reminds me of “In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters.

THE PARABLE OF THE BLACK BELT goes like this:

Picture a martial artist kneeling before the master sensei in a ceremony to receive a hard-earned black belt. After years of relentless training, the student has finally reacheda pinnacle of achievement in the discipline.

“Before granting the belt, you must pass one more test,” says the sensei.
“I am ready,” responds the student, expecting perhaps one final round of questioning.
“You must answer the essential question: What is the true meaning of the black belt?” “The end of my journey,” says the student.
“A well-deserved reward for all my hard work.” The sensei waits for more. Clearly, he is not satisfied. Finally, the sensei speaks.
“You are not yet ready for the black belt. Return in one year.”
A year later, the student kneels again in front of the sensei.
What is the true meaning of the black belt?” asks the sensei.
“A symbol of distinction and highest achievement in our art,” says the student.
The sensei says nothing for many minutes, waiting. Clearly, he is not satisfied.
Finally, he speaks. “You are still not ready for the black belt.
Return in one year.” A year later, the student kneels once again in front of the sensei. Once again, the sensei asks:
“What is the true meaning of the black belt?”
“The black belt represents the beginning – the start of a never ending journey of discipline, work, and the pursuit of an ever-higher standard,” says the student.
“Yes. You are now ready to receive the black belt and begin your work.”

The Parable of the black belt is used by Jim Collins to help the readers understand that the key elements in being a visionary company includes:

  • Hardwork.
  • Dedication to Improvement.
  • Continuous building for the future.
  • There are no shorcuts.There are no magic potions.There are no work-arounds.

The lesson is continuous improvement as a person or company, as aristotle said “we are what we repeteadly do excellence is then not an act but a habit.“

Nigeria “No Music Day” 2009

Earlier in the year (July 15 2009),the coalition of major associations in the Nigerian music industry held a world press conference to mobilize stakeholders throughout the country for the commencement of an indefinite mass hunger strike to draw the attention of the world to the intolerable amount of piracy that is devastating the music industry in Nigeria. The mass hunger strike is planned to commence on August 25.

A rally was held at the premises of the National Theatre, Lagos at 10.00am on August 25. The rally will offer an opportunity to artistes and investors across the industry to network and devise strategies to frontally attacking the piracy scourge that is plundering the Nigerian entertainment industry.

The coalition also resolved that a powerful delegation of industry stakeholders will proceed to the National Assembly in Abuja on the 1st of Septmber 2009 to express the frustration of the industry over the lukewarm and ineffective attitude of the government to attacking the piracy cancer that is fast eating away the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians and destroying the Nation’s image.

The coalition also requests that all broadcast organizations in the country to show solidarity with the plight of the Nigerian entertainment industry by observing September 1, 2009 as “NO MUSIC DAY”. Consequently, broadcasting stations across Nigeria are requested not to broadcast music between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm on September 1 2009. Artistes across the country are also requested not to engage in any musical performance on “NO MUSIC DAY”

Issues raised by the coalition of major associations in the Nigerian music industry :

Whatever efforts made so far to fight piracy have failed and rather than piracy being controlled or reduced in Nigeria, it is now ravaging an entire generation of creative people.

Practitioners in the Nigerian entertainment industry may soon be forced to take the laws into their hands in a desperate attempt to safeguard their investment and this may result in otherwise avoidable bloodshed.

Nigeria may face sanctions from the international community because of the glaring failure to meet her obligations under the different conventions and treaties signed by our country to protect intellectual property rights of citizens of other nations which are wantonly infringed upon in Nigeria alongside those of Nigerian nationals.

The coalition called on the President to take the following specific actions:-

Set up a Governing Board made up of Nigerians of proven commitment and integrity to design and supervise the activities of the Nigerian Copyright Commission in accordance with the Nigerian Copyright Act as the records show that for more than five years, the Nigerian Copyright Commission has only had a Board for a period of a few months in 2005.

Direct the Nigerian Copyright Commission to immediately put on hold the process of approval of any new copyright collective management organization pending the IMMEDIATE convening of a stake holders conference on Collective Management to ensure that the process receives input from the stakeholders that will earn any organization emerging from the process the support of the industry.

Direct the Inspector General of Police to serve a warning to the traders at Alaba International Market in Lagos, the world’s biggest hotbed of piracy, that if within a specified period the traders do not clean up the market, the government will shut Alaba market down.

The ‘coalition’ wants President Yar’Adua to, “direct the Nigerian Copyright Commission to immediately put on hold the process of approval of any new copyright collective management organization pending the IMMEDIATE convening of a stake holders conference on Collective Management to ensure that the process receives input from the stakeholders that will earn any organization emerging from the process the support of the industry,”

The coalition of the major associations in the Nigerian music industry Includes:
Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Nigerian Association of Recording Industries (NARI), Performing & Mechanical Rights Society Ltd/Gte (PMRS), Association of Music Business Professionals (AM.B-Pro), Music Label Owners & Recording Industries Association of Nigeria (MORAN), Music Label Owners Association of Nigeria (MULOAN,), Gramophone Records & Cassette Dealers (AGRECD), Music Advertisers Association Of Nigeria (MAAN). Audio /Video CD Sellers Association of Nigeria (AVCDSAN)

In Solidarity with coalition of the major associations in the Nigerian music industry,i urge all nigerians to observe a “NO MUSIC” routine between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm on September 1 2009.Lets stop the menace called Piracy as “All foreign investors in our industry have long deserted the country, taking away with them the millions in investment and thousands of jobs.”
Yes We Can….As we celebrate a “NO MUSIC DAY IN NIGERIA” today :1st of September 2009.