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Think From the Heart, Work from the Mind

By Amal Semaan, Emma Mihevc, Camille Gautier, Mario Gomez Camacho, Saskia Meijer, Lauren Tracogna, Ishita Aggarwal

Today we kicked off the third, and unfortunately, last day of the 2018 One Young World Summit in Den Haag. It has been a highly inspiring day full of urgent topics: climate, LGBT+ and human rights, and health. From our buddy team of Johnson & Johnson One Young World delegates, here is our take on the most insightful moments of the day!

Today we kicked off the third, and unfortunately, last day of the 2018 One Young World Summit in Den Haag. It has been a highly inspiring day full of urgent topics: climate, LGBT+ and human rights, and health. From our buddy team of Johnson & Johnson One Young World delegates, here is our take on the most insightful moments of the day!

A sustainable future

Twenty years ago, we began realizing that smoking was bad for our health. Now, we know that plastic is too. Corporate companies are becoming more aware of their responsibilities to not only meet their customers’ needs, but also account for what happens once that need is fulfilled. That story is keeping the planet clean, and to stop climate change. Recycling is one subject, but also getting rid of single use plastics, carbon reduction within the lifecycle of a product, in addition to education and awareness for consumers. Today, we gained insight into innovative business ideas tackling these issues, from reusable straws, degradable bioplastics, and the shift to a circle economy. We challenge ourselves and our peers to think about how we can each play a part in stopping, or even reversing, climate change.

LGBTQ + Human Rights

“If you’re gay, be the best role model you can be. If you’re not, be the best ally.” Angela Darlington reminded the audience that even if we’ve made progress for LGBT rights, this community continues to face challenges to live their life on an equal footing. We were inspired by speakers’ beliefs in the fundamentals of humanity, putting love at the center of human rights, and advocating through different media channels for a more inclusive society. Their stories from across various sectors, including TV, media, insurance, and sports, reinforced the importance of having strong leaders who believe in the fundamentals of humanity and support an inclusive, diverse culture in the workforce, encouraging people to be comfortable being themselves. Regardless of the community you associate with, at the end of the day, we are all just human beings, and love is love.

Our buddy team: Mario Gomez Camacho, Lauren Tracogna, Camille Gautier, Emma Mihevc, Ishita Aggarwal, Saskia Meijer, Amal Semaan

Health for Humanity

Changing the trajectory of health for humanity starts at the beginning of life. Educating people about this has been at the core of Johnson & Johnson’s presence at the Summit. Today, we were excited to see this message come to life on the Summit main stage. With only 50% of the world’s population currently having access to healthcare, not everyone has the same chance to experience a healthy start at life. From the words of Global Head of Actelion, Jane Griffiths, as well as the moving stories of 2018 Johnson & Johnson One Young World scholars Radhika Batra and George Nkhoma, the audience learned that simple health interventions that safeguard the lives of pregnant women and newborns can unlocks a lifetime of potential.

One Young World 2018 will remain an incredibly bold and enriching experience for many delegates and scholars, including ourselves. It is the start of impactful projects and ideas to bring innovation to the frontlines of care. By working together and listening to the needs and challenges of the globalized world, we can create solutions and synergies that drive momentum for change.

As Johnson & Johnson employees, we feel now, more than ever, that we need to act for health for humanity. As Radhika wisely shared, “think from our heart, but work from the mind,” we believe we will move the world forward and be the change makers of the future.

 

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