The Young Leaders World Economic Forum

The Young Leaders World Economic Forum

With a few large handfuls of people now reading our blog, we've had a few requests to keep you updated as to what we are actually up to. This feels awkward to us to write about ourselves, but we'll give it a go and if you like these types of posts, then we'll keep them coming every once in a while.

This past week has been a stretch of time with a great series of events that somehow worked together. Tommy was invited to attend the "100 Zimbabwean Leaders Club," held at Prince Edward school, which was an apolitical event encouraging young politicians, businessmen, and social entrepreneurs to "make a difference."

Bluntly, Tommy was the only white guy there. The CEO of the newest Zimbabwean radio station ZiFM Supa Mandiwanzira (man-dee-wan-zee-rah) gave an exhilarating talk about how he went to a poor rural school, didn't do well at his exams, and had to start making a living at 16. He wrote for newspapers, got recognized and then was supported by the British Council to study journalism in the United Kingdom. Today he runs a widespread business portfolio, and is living up to his name "Supa" (like super without the R at the end). Someone invested in him, and in turn he's investing in Zimbabwe.

Welcome To The Young Leaders World Economic Forum

A few days later, Tommy was invited to attend the inaugural Harare Global Shapers Community (Harare GS) meeting. Global Shapers is an initiative by the World Economic Forum (we're pretty excited about it), to bring young leaders together between the ages 20-30 who are "exceptional in their achievements and potential" and have a drive to make a contribution to their communities. At the meeting, the head of the Global Shapers Community, Mr. Yemi Babington-Ashaye, said that each hub around the world does this in their own unique way. It was a bright light of inspiration to see 20 year olds who had built technology companies, written 40 books, and broker magnificent deals between financial companies all in one room. This initiative falls right inline with "Philanthropic Investment", and it will definitely be a journey to see the young Harare GS group make a difference.

Now the connection: The first event was lead by up and coming politicians in their 20's. They used political words, mentioned a few things that we could do. The room was filled with hundreds of people who were all successful in their own right. What was missing was the "action." There was no funnel in which to provide walls for the passion to change.

The second meeting, was 10 young business/social entrepreneurs. Clear direction, a clear report-back structure, a clear vision, and some cold water and hot coffee. The action was so impressed upon us to do something that we've already held a second meeting with a strict agenda and have a third scheduled.

Take massive action this final month of 2012. Don't wait for the times to change cause they won't.


Zimbabwe literally shuts down business for the holidays, so we'll be spending most of December and January in the USA connecting, telling good stories, watching The Hobbit, and avoiding cold weather as much as possible. We'll be in touch.


Tommy & Tim

Photo: World Economic Forum