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Knowledge is Power: Our Top 3 Takeaways from the 2018 One Young World Summit

By Eugénie Verlet, Belen Rodriguez Carballo, Luke Evans, Selma Boersma, Hilda Kwezi, Kevin Vaille, Gillian Gunning

Without a doubt, our experience at today’s Summit has shown us that the world is full of people willing to change the trajectory of health for humanity both within our Company and beyond. Each person brings their own experience, skills and knowledge. Our team is now energized for the road ahead and we hope you are too. Fellow change makers, let’s connect and share our knowledge. Education is the foundation of creating the world we want to live in!

Today kicked off day two of the 2018 One Young World Summit. As part of the Johnson & Johnson One Young World delegation in The Hague, we had the opportunity to hear from a range of inspiring and passionate speakers. We’re excited to share with you our learnings from today in hopes that you can also learn from our experience with some of the world’s greatest advocates and leaders.

1. We must fight for justice and human rights

Although all humans are born free and equal, the cruel truth is that all around the world, every minute, every second, people’s lives are jeopardized. Today, in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice, many of the topics discussed during plenary sessions raised this global concern. Topics included violence and discrimination against women, refugees, LGBTQ, and minorities. This was a strong reminder that injustice and intolerance continue throughout the world today. As rational beings, we have to ask ourselves, what is happening in the world that allows these behaviors to persist? And importantly, how can we play our part to create a more just and tolerant world?

2. Corporations are part of the solution to global challenges

Tackling social and environmental problems does not rest solely on the shoulders of governments and nonprofit organizations. Corporations have their own important role to play. We heard today from the CEO of BP, Bob Dudley, about BP’s plan to drive out coal from power generation, and replace it with renewables and gas. In 1998, coal was responsible for 38% of power generation. Today, that number is unchanged, and BP is gearing up to reduce it. We also heard from the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, Ben van Beuren, who shared Shell’s goals to provide power to 100 million people without power today by 2030. In addition, Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos, urged us to “find and support the programs that already exist within your company and see if you can play a role!” As representatives of Johnson & Johnson, we’ve enjoyed sharing a similar message with Summit participants at the Johnson & Johnson booth. We’re proud to participate in Johnson & Johnson’s purpose of changing the trajectory of heath for humanity, and believing in youth’s role to lead the way.

3. Knowledge is power

How can we change things when we don’t know what causes them? This morning, Crédit Suisse CEO, Tidjane Thiam, shared wise words, “a health problem is an education problem in disguise.” Again, reflecting on the Johnson & Johnson purpose of changing the trajectory of health for humanity, Thiam’s words helped us recognize the importance of health education in achieving that goal. People must know how to protect themselves from diseases if we are to progress. This also raised a few questions for us like, how can people proactively work towards a goal when they don’t have the skills to do so? And how can you make informed, healthy decisions if you don’t know what your options are?   

Without a doubt, our experience at today’s Summit has shown us that the world is full of people willing to change the trajectory of health for humanity both within our Company and beyond. Each person brings their own experience, skills and knowledge. Our team is now energized for the road ahead and we hope you are too. Fellow change makers, let’s connect and share our knowledge. Education is the foundation of creating the world we want to live in! 

 

Follow the rest of the blogs from the One Young World 2018 Summit here.