Re The Summit on Service at Columbia University organized by Service Nation in which Presidential Candidates John Mc Cain and Barack Obama shared their views on service.
The debate brought back to me memories of collaborating with the Peace Corps in farflung and distant communities during my career at the United Nations.
Listening to the forum prompted me to make this post.
I would hope that honoring those who served in the Peace Corps could be the subject of a future show (Larry King, Oprah, the Daily Show) and introduce the new concept of a global youth corps below.
Global Youth Corps for Sustainable Development – mission to have peace break out in the world.
I collaborated with the Peace Corps during my career at the United Nations, and remember the energy and enthusiasm of those American youth, open to learning local languages, foods, culture, and sharing info about the USA with communities.
This prompted me to suggest to the presidential candidates during the primaries that they should consider having a platform on service and youth which would not be unidirectional, like the Peace Corps, but involve youth from around the world.
This Global Youth Corps would be multidirectional, where youth from each country, not only from USA, would traverse the globe armed with PCs/laptops,iPods… United Nations Instruments – like the Convention on the Climate Change, the Declaration of Human Rights, the Goals of the UN – Millennium Development Goal, etc…working on connecting, linking, cooperating.
A network of youth, exchanging skillsets, learning languages, music, appreciating and understanding cultural and behavioural practices and differences, knowing that, though we live in different climes, and different lands, we are basically the same – human beings.
These differences can be made clearer when youth are grouped by eco-zone: youth from mountains, small island states, deserts, forest environments, all having specific adaptive and cultural behaviors which disappear or metamorphose when thrown into foreign environments, usually the urban areas. Now the world can benefit from the knowledge and efforts of these youth.
Global youth corps for sustainable development would be of value as the youth involved would become future leaders and their participation in this movement would help make the world a better place – they would be in the drivers’ seats for the creation of a better world based on service
Hello to You World would be the goal as we connect, communicate to create a better world . The project below is one way going forward