The YouthSpeak Forum, held on 29th of November saw a turnout of around 500 youngsters from various streams take part in the discussions and workshops planned for the day.
The event kicked off with Shradha Sharma, CEO of YourStory sharing her story of becoming an entrepreneur, the adversities that came her way, and her passion for stories and providing positive news. This was followed by a workshop conducted by Pollinate Energy, a social based business in Australia and India.
They offer a Fellowship/Young Professional Program which creates impact in 3 cities - Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune. The workshop involved brain storming and mapping of the causes and effects, along with coming up with solutions for the same.
Aarti Mohan, the co-founder of Sattva Alternatives addressed some of the current issues like climate change, garbage disposal and pollution. When asked by a student on how her impact through the company's actions in the bigger picture acts as a key motivational factor, she answered along the lines of collaborating with the government and making sustainability a government policy to ensure a macroscopic practice.
The agenda of the event also involved engaging the attendees in a panel discussion, which consisted of Akkai Padmashali, Tannaz, Vineeth Vincent and Mr. Prakash Yalla. The topics of discussions were- An ideal education system, ideals of feminism, and moral policing.
The final speaker for the day was Mr Anirudh Belle, Co-Founder of You Speak India, who spoke about the Sustainable Development Goals, masochism, and the role of the youth and the stance of the media as a cheerleading institute rather than a fearless entity.
On December 11, 2015, the AIESEC Global Youth Summit was held in the United Nations headquarters, New York. The goal to engage and develop every young person in the world and adopt the Global Goals for Sustainable Development was declared. Mr Alok Khatri, President of AIESEC India represented the nation along with the responses and insights of the various Youth Speak Forums conducted.