About the founder
Worldly Minded is a project set up by a recent Modern Languages graduate from the University of Exeter, UK, who feels strongly that the UK schools’ curriculum needs to place more emphasis on intercultural skills. Combining personal experience of studying languages and living/working abroad, with extensive research into the subject, I’ve come to the conclusion that action is needed to address this skillset gap in the UK’s younger generations.
One Young World
In October 2013 I attended the One Young World Summit in Johannesburg, which was an incredible platform for generating ideas with other representatives from around the world and developing this project. You can read my blog post about how I was selected out of 100+ applicants to attend the summit.
One Young World is an annual summit where around 2000 young leaders from over 180 countries gather to discuss the most pressing global issues and to develop new solutions to these issues. It was created in 2009 to address a gap. Most of the world’s politicians are a whole generation older than us and won’t actually be around to deal with the future consequences of their policies. Our generation is the one who’ll be left to clean up their mess, so this summit was created to give 18 to 30-year-olds a voice and to engage the leaders of the future in solving these issues as soon as possible.
The 2013 summit focused on these six main topics: Education, Global Business, Human Rights, Leadership & Government, Sustainable Development and Youth Unemployment. It was fascinating to debate and discuss each of these topics and the plenary sessions on Education and Youth Unemployment proved particularly useful for the future of this project to help broaden the horizons of the UK’s future generations.
I am fortunate to be returning to the One Young World Summit in October 2014 as a Returning Ambassador, which will be held in Dublin. I would love to meet any other delegates that share my interest in the topic of intercultural skills, and feel free to get in touch by email email@example.com or through Twitter @WorldlyMinded.
British Council International Education Week
As well as attending One Young World as a delegate, I am also involved in an initiative created by the European Commission in the UK to promote language learning throughout the British Council International Education Week, which took place in schools across the UK from 18th-22nd November 2013. The next International Education Week will be held from 17th-23rd November 2014.
Articles and published work
I have written a number of articles and guides for websites such as ThirdYearAbroad.com (I have written two guides to help students embarking on their Third Year Abroad: here and here), on Telefónica’s Global Millennial Survey website and for my personal blog, The Well-Travelled Postcard. These resources have been used by staff in educational institutions such as the University of Exeter and in language courses as far away as Maine, USA.
Talks and Workshops in Schools
I am frequently invited to give talks and run workshops for secondary school pupils on the importance of learning languages. This is co-ordinated through an organisation called Inspiring the Future which helps schools find role models and experts to inspire their pupils in different fields. You can also contact me directly if you are interested in inviting me to give a talk, hold a Q&A or participate in a workshop in your school. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.