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One World Youth Project
an article by Scott Shigeoka, OWYP Partnership Director

Video: One World Youth Project

As it is exactly a year since I started working for One World Youth Project, I wanted to share a few experiences from the year with you, which were some of most transformational experiences of my personal life and career. From the get-go, I've felt the passion and need to bring this organization and the opportunities it presents to more students around the world. We've come a long way, as we built partnerships with four new universities, recruited 75 exceptional student leaders around the globe and received immense support from our university faculty advisers and peer not-for-profit organizations.

Members of the One World Youth Project Summer Training Conference in Kosovo.

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But this summer in particular included a week that was unlike any other for me. The OWYP team held our annual summer training conference in the beautiful Rugova Valley of Kosovo, bringing together our 12 distinguished university student Fellows from the U.S., Pakistan, Turkey, Guyana and Kosovo.

To share in my experience, please spend two minutes watching a video re-cap on the conference, below. You can also read my story on the conference, linked here: We want you to join us in our journey to build a generation of empathetic, discerning and empowered global citizens. I'm proud to be a part of One World Youth Project. I invite you to join us this year as we continue to expand to serve more schools and communities around the globe.


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Is there a renewed movement of solidarity by the new generation?,

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from Javier Collado Ruano, Director of Edition at Global Education Magazine, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity.

Solidarity is a trans-dimensional phenomenon that goes beyond the ontological essence of human nature. In fact, when we analyze the connections between the microcosm and the macrocosm, we perceive that human beings are not involved in chaos and arbitrariness, but belongs to the large network of interdependencies, complementarities and reciprocities that constitute life. The emergence of life on Earth, around 3,8 billion years ago, was a complex process of exceptional natural phenomena, inherent in all living systems. A process which is expressed through unlimited creativity: mutation, gene exchange, and symbiosis. From a cosmo-biological perspective, we can understand a new conceptual dimension of life, where all living beings share same basis of genetic code: the twenty amino-acids and four phosphatic bases. In fact, the diversity of living beings is caused by the combination of this cosmo-bio-genetic basis.

This trans-dimensional perspective has a deep ecological and spiritual sense for our worldview because the human evolutionary adventure is the latest stage of life on Earth. The modern human being is a vertebrate animal, mammal, belonging to the primates, which emerged 200,000 years ago. In recent centuries he has imposed its anthropocentric, industrial and capitalist vision to the detriment of Pachamama (and Indigenous goddess known as earth mother). We consume around 120% of the natural resources that Earth Mother regenerats annually. Our consumer behavior is immersed in a fatalistic dynamic with a destiny to climate change (deforestation, loss of biodiversity, ozone, etc.), and our own self-destruction as a species.

There is an urgent need to get beyond the cognitive fallacy that the mental structures of social Darwinism and capitalist postulates of the 19th century have historically constituted, because they only understand natural and social systems as warmongers and competitive processes whereby species diverge from each other. . ...more.

This report was posted on September 8, 2012.