“ Global leadership and transformation depend on everyday people inspired and in action together toward extraordinary results.” That’s what we’re about. European Summit for GlobalTransformation http://www.europeansummit.org 15+16+17 October 2010 De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam, Netherlands Purpose. Connection. Action
"The European Summit has transformed my life forever." – Renu Bagaria, Nepal "Speaking at the European Summit for Global Transformation changed my life. It's not like most conferences where people sit and listen. These people get things done.” – Esra'a Al Shafei, Director, mideastyouth.com "WeForest gained a CEO who's doing a fabulous job and we've developed several new projects out of the 2009 event.” - Bill Liao, co-founder Xing, founder WeForest "Last year's Summit has been a total turning point in my life." – Michael Loehr, Germany
A few connections made at the 2009 Summit: Social Media consulting job New CEO Fundraising Climbing Everest for his school Both building schools in Nepal Combined back office functions Donor Book chapter
“ The question is: where does the most impact lie? I think a European Summit for Global Transformation is ideal for people who are about to start, or who have already started, a very specific project or company commitment to a better world. The summit includes concrete help in realizing your dreams for a better future, in addition to special meetings within an intimate atmosphere. TED focuses on a much broader scale where the spotlight is literally on the speaker.” - Ode editorial staff member Carianne 23 November 2009
Everyday people - extraordinary results Ania Lichota and Subhash Ghimire met at the 2009 European Summit. He's a Nepalese student in Minneapolis, she's a Polish banking executive in London. His dream was to build a school in the remote village where he was born; hers is to climb the highest peak on 7 continents raising money to support kids. They're partners now. On 23 May, 2010 Ania summitted Mt. Everest, her seventh peak; the funds raised will provide the much-needed school in Subhash’s home village, Arupokhari, Gorkha, Nepal.
Everyday people - extraordinary results Esra’a Al Shafei says speaking at the 2008 Summit changed her life. At just 19, she created MidEast Youth, an online portal where young people of all faiths from across the Middle East communicate with almost no moderation. She’s launched numerous human rights initiatives, including the Free Kareem campaign, and is now a TED and Echoing Green Fellow. During the day Renu Bagaria runs a primary school for paying students in Kathmandu. At night, she opens the doors to street kids. Her goal is to provide basic skills to as many of Kathmandu's street kids as possible. She said after the 2009 event, "The Summit has transformed my life forever." In two months, she expanded by several times in size and partnered with Teach for All to offer even better education to students.
Attendees come from over 25 countries. Lakshmi V. Venkatesan co-founder w/JRD Tata BYST, Delhi, India Robb Correll co-founder Tageschule Sesam, Switzerland Oluwatoyin Ajao blogger & gender activist, Nigeria Christopher LeBreton founder, Bike the Earth, environment advisor, European Commission Letha Sandison, founder Wrap Up Africa, Kampala
PURPOSE Get inspired! Clarify, articulate and reconnect with your own unique sense of purpose or calling. People already hard at work on social change projects and those who’ve not yet begun report this result. CONNECTION One of our favorite questions at the Summit is, “What’s needed now?” because there’s almost certainly someone in the room who has it – from fundraising or subject area expertise to social media skills, connect with resources and new partners here. ACTION From the beginning, our commitment was to have this event be about people in action, making a difference in the world. It’s not philosophy or passive entertainment. As Esra’a Al Shafei said, “These are people who get things done.” Together we are transforming the planet. Participants report that we reliably provide: