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“But hold on, what do we actually mean when we say Leadership TODAY?” The question which I had been asked earlier in the day still resonated with me hours later. Yes, good question I thought… At times it can feel baffling and slightly exasperating that despite the countless books, articles, seminars, and business courses about leadership, there is still something …

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Youth employment is a top priority for the world’s YMCAs.

YMCA and CircularSociety Youth employment is a top priority for the world’s YMCAs. We asked the world’s young people what their biggest needs were and they told us in clear terms: we need help with jobs. The YMCA’s One Million Voices Youth Research confirmed their need for help in finding, being equipped, trained and ready for getting jobs. This is …

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The Problem is Real

As you may know from articles and the media, the problem of Youth Unemployment plagues Europe currently, with very little change in sight. Though policy makers occasionally address the issue or suggest reform measures to increase employment, little is being done. To access the sense of urgency, however, we must take a look at the real-life experience behind the “label” …

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Youth unemployment: true stories

In 2011, The BBC documented the plight of Natalia Santos, an unemployed Portuguese female struggling to find work. She had sent her resume to 300 schools, in hopes of a teaching position. And after 300 rejections, Natalia was still looking for employment. In 2013, The Economist highlighted the struggles of 21-year-old Helder Pereira to find work. A high school dropout living in …

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Bringing Entrepreneurship to schools

February 27 marked the beginning of the new corporation era. CircularSociety had invited Peter Vogel – a young entrepreneur, lecturer and author to run a half day workshop on entrepreneurship with school children and adults in the same room. The International School of Central Switzerland (ISOCS), the CircularSociety Center in Zug, hosted the event. Peter was supported by Michelle Blanchet, …

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Join the Conservation Conversation!

71 % of Earth’s surface is covered in water. That adds up to 326 quintillion gallons. With that much water lying around, it may come as shock to learn that less than 1% of it is actually drinkable (University of Michigan 2006). This still adds up to a lot of water. But according to some experts, water use has been …

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Let Them Eat Cake …

– attributed to Queen Marie-Antoinette of France A few days ago a comment from a senior Human Resources executive from a large company shocked me deeply. The comment was part of the explanation why he had to reject the invitation to participate in the European Youth Employment project (eYe) run by CircularSociety. The reasoning for the rejection was simple, yet …

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Mindful leaders

The Leaders that are needed now In the last few years at The World Economic Forum in Davos the word ‘unprecedented’ has been more and more frequently used in relation to the social, economic, religious and ecological challenges facing us. In the business environment in which I work with senior leaders all over the world, individuals and teams are often …