On September 14th and 15th, the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) ambassadors took part in the fourth annual Millennium Campus Conference at Northwestern University in Boston, where they hosted a workshop on community partnerships. The Millennium Campus Conference is a conference held by the Millenium Campus Network, an non-profit focused on students organizing around the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The The conference brought together over 1,000 students and 40 speakers, including keynote speaker Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University; Paul Farmer, Co-Founder and CSO of Partners In Health; and Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee. The speakers particularly focused on the importance of today’s youth to global development goals; “We have our challenges ahead and you are the ones that will make the difference,” Sachs explained to the students, “it will be your brains, your hearts, your efforts on the ground that determine if we succeed.”
At the conference, members of GYIN’s Youth Advisory Group ran an engaging workshop on community partnership, particularly focusing on the role of the partnership between Phelps Stokes and The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in forming GYIN. Phelps Stokes President and CEO Pape Samb also served as keynote speaker on a panel discussion of the differences between local and global thinking in regards to leadership, action, and impact. The workshop was very successful; several participants stayed for an extra 45 minutes after the session to ask questions and continue the discussion. During the keynote panel, Pape expressed his belief that thinking locally and thinking globally are not mutually exclusive or at odds with one another, but rather intertwined; “We have to think locally global and globally local.” These words of wisdom went on to become one of the catchphrases of the conference.