Before One Young World
I was very simple person with extensive intense of make impact. I left my job (s/w programmer) year ago and start living life with people, issues and actions. I believe in technology and people, so I always ready to spend time with communities. I worked with Free and Open Source Communities, Google Developers Group, Mozilla Nepal, Wikimedia Nepal, CSIT Association of Nepal, ITS Nepal, Nepal Russia ICT Society, UNICTS and many other communities. This makes me learned and inspired to deal with issues. My most amazing experience with FOSS Nepal Community to work for promoting and flourishing the no option open source software in country like Nepal. Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal is perfect field for me to deal with Open Data, Open Content and so on, which make me contributed for people’s Right to Information, making more transparent and accountable country. So I must say, it make me more confident on technology rules.
Journey to One Young World
I was Flag Bearer
I was suppose to attend the Mozilla Summit in San Fransisco on Oct 4-6, I was on preparation of it. One day I saw email from One Young World which stated that I am selected for attend the One Young World and some one has sponsored for it(It was 2 week earlier than program). I was undecidable, I didn’t know One Young World very well, I even forgot when I had applied for it. Program sounds not much compatible with me as compare to Mozilla Summit. So I took 2 days to decide it, I started to research on One Young World, learned a lot about it. And finally I found this is incomparable with anything. I felt like I am one who is lucky in this world. And most important thing I was one one from Nepal, flag bearer for my country. 190 countries was expected there, if I missed to go there, then obviously it would be 189 missing Nepal. So I gave me more effort in my decision.
flight delay for 15 mins because of me
It was not very easy, I need visa to go South Africa. Organizer sent me Visa Wavier Document, and invitation letter to make it easy, so it means I didn’t require to apply visa. I confirmed it I went to the Immigration Office in Kalikasthan, talked with them and confirmed everything. On the day of my flight I went Airport 3 hours prior than time. I got boarding pass from Airlines. But Immigration Officer of TIA stop me because of not having visa, they were on point that visa wavier document in not enough to secure my status to getting green signal immigration, They complain the document itself don’t mention my name. They aborted me, airlines took back their boarding pass . I fought with them for 1.30 hrs but it couldn’t work. At the end I asked them to give me one letter explaining why I was being aborted. They agreed and meantime one officer ask me what will you do with it. I simply replied I will talk with media about this. It made them to think and with the discussion and suggestion of Airlines of such cases they finally gave me signal to go but with one contract stating “If some thing went wrong with me, Immigration Department has not any responsibility” I smiled and signed that contract. I really like to thanks that two guys of Jet Airlines (one was Indian and another Nepali). They made 15 minutes delay flight because of only me.
What make me inspired
The World Class African City, The development of this city itself is inspiration for world. The progress done after the revolution proved how it can works, it was the great story for us. Story of Nelson Mandela is the divine guidance for us. But more than that, We really amazed to know how the youth are working to solve problem in the nation. The achievement from cooperation and coordination is the great learning for new and old generations for rest of the world.
Can you imagine 1300 people from 190 countries in same floor, and whomever you talked they are awesome. These 1300 young people has the capability of changing this world. They are doing interesting works. This is only program who has the biggest participation after Olympics.
It wasn’t possible to hear all but some of the best are here http://www.oneyoungworld.com/speakers
They are idol for this world. It was like a dream, when I saw Kofi Annan, Bob Geldof, Sir Richard Branson, Prof Yunus, Arianna Huffington, Winnie Mandela ….. in front of me. Every word they expressed are still ringing in my ears. I must say they changed my life, they changed the world I used to see. You can check it here http://www.oneyoungworld.com/who-we-are/counsellors
The whole credits goes for Organizers. I didn’t see any pitfalls. The correspondence with each and every member, managing resources, program management were also the uncompetitive.
After One Young World
I can’t measure but I can say I am changed, I feel more confident, I feel more lucky and blessed. My thought process has been changed, my observation on anything has been changed. So after back First, I changed the business model of my company, We have decided to go for Social Business. But this is not enough, I have to go more…. I have to think for Youth Employment inside Nation, inside Locality. I have to think for Better Education System. I have to think about Gender Balance and Women Empowerment.
One interesting thing, I am starting to telling the story that I heard there, that I learned there…… Thanks Russian Center for Science and Culture and Nepal Russia ICT Society to provide me the opportunity to share my experience with young people.