Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Are Youths All Talk No Action? One Young World Malaysia team takes a closer look.

The Impact Report has finally been made downloadable at

The One Young World ‘IMPACT’ Report 2011, in which youths are featured, was a success.
Our team was able to reach out to 68 youth leaders from 62 different societies / communities. A total number of 100 projects are featured, all of which involved a collective number of 7,536 volunteers. But the most amazing thing is, these 100 projects have touched 147,936 lives.
Second, this report was showcased in One Young World at Zurich in front world leaders, few of whom were Crown Prince Haakon of Norway; Paul Polman, Global CEO of Unilever; Doug Richard, Entrepreneur and Founder of School of Startups; Antony Jenkins, Chief Executive of Barclays Global Retail Banking; and Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman of L’Oreal. It was also presented at the Mashable Social Good Summit during the United Nations Week in New York.
 The team would like to thank for all the support and the good work the youths, NGO's, and most of all what the good-willed sponsors have done. Please do not stop bringing goodness and change to this world, as you have already done so well.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Our Report, Now Online

Finally, we have uploaded the entire report online, check it out here.

The One Young World ‘Impact’ Report features top Malaysian youth leaders and showcase 100 youth projects from Malaysia. The Impact report addresses the participation of young people in tackling pressing issues and creating positive impact in their respective communities.  Alongside these are forewords from the Hon. Prime Minister of Malaysia, the CEO of MDeC Malaysia and the Youth Trust Foundation, myHarapan.

It was presented to 1200 youths from 170 countries. It also landed in the hands of HKH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, who is also the co-founder of Global Dignity; Kate Robertson and David Jones, who are the founders of the One Young World Summits. 

Through this report, the team hopes to empower the youths, - from young leaders at One Young World Summit to, most importantly, Malaysians from all aspects of society - to realize their ideas and solutions for their communities. One can observe all those skills which would be needed for a youth leader to lead campaigns and movements.

 External Link: http://issuu.com/oywimpactreport2011/docs/oywimpactrepor

Bernie's Experience at The One Young World Summit

Hope life is exciting where you are!

At the one young world youth summit last weekend in Zurich (www.oneyoungworld.com), they had 170 countries represented and over 1200 youths. it was truly an experience to listen to others share about the issues in their respective countries and the actions taken to solve them. Many powerful sharing sessions by youth and global leaders.
After a week in Zurich, Switzerland, I'm am now in London with my family.
So far so amazing. In terms of travelling in the Swiss country side, I have been to the Zurich zoo, interlaken / Swiss alps, Bern (capital city), Luzern, and Geneva.

Fresh air, clear blue water and many fluffy swans. I love the spinach quiche here.

After returning to Malaysia on 17th Sept, I'll be hanging around Singapore for a bit. Miss the paradise island a lot. Can't wait to see the Botanical Gardens again, there's nothing like it.

So seize the day and enjoy the good life along with the many pleasant surprises it brings !

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Launching Towards the Summit

First off, this 31st of August is Malaysia’s 54th Independence Day! We usually name it Merdeka Day, Mederka meaning freedom in the Bahasa Malaysia language.

We, the One Young World Impact Report are proud to proclaim the completion of our report a few days ago.

After a penultimate look through by Mushamir and Jonathan, coupled with a post-launch meeting with Lionel, we discussed about what other things have been left out or needed to be added. We decided that a circular flag of Malaysia had to be included to polish the report in Malaysia’s pride. With email instructions, Jon supervised our art director Bernie for the last, final touches, and it was finally sent to the printer.

The report will be published soon. Please stay updated with this blog as we will announce its printing completion.

For now, Mushamir and Lionel are staying behind in Malaysia to handle the local media in Malaysia in spreading awareness about this report and One Young World.

Visionary Leader Michael Teoh, Project Leader/Editor Jonathan and Art Director Bernie are off to Zurich, Switzerland, for the One Young World Summit 2011 along with the CEO of MyHarapan, Mr. Roslan!

We wish them all the best of luck! Make Malaysia proud!

The NTV7 Breakfast Show!

The TV Interview with the Breakfast Show

We were nervous, but we managed. Us three, Lionel, Jon and me, Mushamir, met early in the morning at 7:30 am to discuss about what will come up during the interview. 

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mission Possible!

We, the team, are proud to announce that the final draft of the report (revised by each and every member meticulously), has been completed and sent for printing!

The game plan was to have the report published and printed before the One Young World Summit. However due to time constraints and needing additional editing on the report, reviewed by all of the team members, it will  be published the week after Jonathan's and Bernie's return from the One Young World Summit.

But good news awaits! Jonathan has prepared 10 reports from a publisher for specific distribution at the summit.

The team are all looking forward to see our final published work in our hands.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Upcoming Media Apperance at The Breakfast Show

Here are some details of the upcoming interview:

Length                                     : Approximately 12 minutes

Date                                        : 29 August 2011 ( monday )

Estimated Time of Broadcast  : Between 9.00-10.00am

Room                                       : ntv7 Newsroom

Jonathan, Mushamir and Lionel will be featuring the report for the first time through television. The show is titled The Breakfast Show and we hope that this will raise more awareness for the report. lastly, we would appreciate if you readers would turn up and watch us on television!

When Mushamir Opened His Gmail...

Indeed, One Young World and the Impact Report has been dominating our lives (and inbox) ever since. We are striving hard to complete this in full faith that the final product will be received most positively by the Nation and the World.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Meeting with Airin Zainul (Group GM of 8tv & NTV7) and Kit Yow (Brand Manager).

Meeting with Airin Zainul (Group GM of 8tv & NTV7) and Kit Yow (Brand Manager).

Following up with our first meeting with Mr Ahmad Izham Omar, COO of 8TV, we have been in touch with the group regularly. Today, we met up with Airin Zainul and Kit Yow regarding sponsorship matters.

As usual, me and Jon left prepared for their Studio Headquarters next to 1Utama Shopping Complex. Fellow writer Lionel couldn't make it at the last minute unfortunately.

Meeting in the 'War Room', we set up the projectors and waited for them to arrive. 

Coming to the room, we greeted each other, and set out to explain about our initiative with the One Young World Impact Report through our power-point slides. Quite a number of challenging questions came our way but we answered them all. 

As TV show producers, what they want most is airtime, they explained. Publicity is not a problem, they will find slots for us for they like the content. Both of them really wanted to help us by giving us the platform to talk about the report as well as sponsorship matters ( i.e. online, Tonton.com.my). Furthermore, they strongly suggested us making an appearance on the 8TV Quickie & The Breakfast Show (ntv7). 

Even though the sponsorship matter has still not been resolved, we were happy with having solved the publicity question. They'll also Tweet for us, and have been asking if we have Tweeted much. So far we've Tweeted these blog posts only to #OneYoungWorld, with no replies as of yet.
Mushamir, Airin, Kit, and Jonathan.

Overall, they want to help us through the media, to show that Malaysia can be proud over what youths, Malaysian youths can, and has, done.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What Youth Category are you?

This is  a classification of what type of youth activist one could fit into.

There are Youth Activists, Professionals, Artists and Media Partners. 

The One Young World Impact Report Team believes we are in the Youth Media Partners category, obviously, due to the nature of our report in trying to connect with audiences in Malaysia and the world.

The Impact report has also collected projects done by youths from all sectors and categories, be it Artists, Media Partners or Professional. 

Of which category do you think do you fit in?

Youth Activists / Youth Workers.
Youth activists are people who are actively take part in positive change within their communities around the world through their projects, trainings, peer-to-peer teaching initiatives and social enterprises.
  1. Youth Professionals.
Young people involved in professional careers or leading their own social enterprises non and for-profit businesses. They are able to share their valuable practical experience and discuss how businesses work for people and the planet.
  1. Youth Artists, Musicians and young people interested in art.

Young people interested in art are those who seek to create new and powerful tools to tackle global issues through their art. They are painters, dancers, sculptures, actors, musicians, etc and are all trying to share their important experiences.
 1.    Young Media Partners.
Young Media Partners can be involved in many communication forms such as; Print, radio, TV and online news papers companies, international press groups and agencies. They present young people in a positive light – who feel that youth are not just citizens-in-waiting, but people who can actually contribute now in constructive ways to community, national and global improvement.

Source: http://worldyouthfestival.az

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Meeting With Bhg. Datuk Mohd Badlisham Ghazali, Chief Executive Officer, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)

Arriving at MDEC's quaint Cyberjaya Headquarters.


We took a wrong turn to the wrong room at first.

Datuk Badlisham, and me discuss about the upcoming report. He commented on the title of the report, and hence we have added the tag line "Youths Are All Talk No Action?". 

Datuk Badlisham jumped in the bandwagon with his approval to print the One Young World Impact Report with flying colors. He makes note that many rural Malaysians especially do not know about the opportunities and projects that can benefit them. There are project models which can inspire  those most affected in rural areas to create change themselves. 

The report must also be translated into Bahasa Malaysia so as to increase the accessibility of reading this report to all Malaysians.

The meeting, a success, ended with MDeC's firm support of sponsoring the printing costs of the report - and as a bonus, they will be giving us their MSC jackets!

Thank you MDeC!

Sneak Preview: The new cover page.

One Young World 'IMPACT' Report 2011
A follow up to One Young World 'Our Future Says' Report 2010

68 youth leaders
62 societies / clubs / organizations
7,536 volunteers
147,936 people impacted

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Announcing Our Meeting With Bhg. Datuk Mohd Badlisham Ghazali, Chief Executive Officer, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)

Tomorrow, we are meeting the YBhg. Datuk Mohd Badlisham Ghazali, Chief Executive Officer, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).

As a team, we are to discuss about their options for publishing our One Young World Youth Impact Report, just like they have published the first report last year. 

We are also to encourage them to sponsor us to the Second Annual One Young World Summit 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland.

MDec oversees Malaysia’s National ICT (Information & Communication Technology) Initiative and with its logo "Driving Transfromation", we believe that we are on par with their Vision to bring forth "Leadership in the Information Age" with our One Young World Impact Report.

For more information about MDeC please check: http://www.mdec.my/about.php

Monday, August 8, 2011

An Important Meeting with the COO of 8TV

 Lionel and Jonathan reviewing the presentation.

 At the Media Prima HQ, which houses TV networks such as TV 3, 8TH, TV9, ntv7, radio networks such as Hot FM, Fly FM, One Fm as well as advertising boards under its brand name Big Tree.

We the team met at Centerpoint at 9am and brainstormed until 10.45am. We did the One Young World presentation powerpoint together and decided that the angle we will use is - to highlight how our report aims to serve two purpose : give the youth leaders the recognition they need, and to encourage the young people that it is possible to make a change.

We met with Mr Ahmad Izham Omar, COO of 8TV. He was really, really friendly. We started the meeting at 11.10am and went really quick in explaining to him what One Young World, 'Our Future Says' and 'Impact' reports are all about. And finally, we asked him about the sponsorship.

He looked at it, and having 50% covered by myHarapan was really a great help. He said that he will look into it and speak to the sponsorship department. He also mentioned that it's a really good programme, and we believe he sees the goodness of OYW. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Malaysian Student Leaders Summit 2011

“Piecing Together the Malaysian Puzzle”
30th - 31st July 2011 · Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
5th Annual Malaysian Student Leaders Summit 2011

The Malaysian Student Leaders Summit (MSLS) is the only flagship event UKEC hosts in Malaysia. Now in its fifth year, the summit serves as an avenue for intellectual and productive dialogue between Malaysian student leaders and prominent national figures from myriad fields. Through MSLS, it is hoped that participants will develop a better understanding of the issues facing our nation, and hence be better prepared to undertake the unique challenges that lie ahead in charting the way forward for Malaysia.
The summit,  held for 2 full days, sees the participation of about 800 Malaysian student leaders from various universities across the globe. The summit, entirely free of charge for participants, aims to foster development of our future leaders and provide them with an open, non-partisan avenue for intellectual discourse.

Handing over the One Young World Sponsorship Proposal to the Deputy Minister of Education!

 Featuring speakers like YB Tan Sri Dato' Nor Mohamed Yakcob, Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah, Dr. Hartini Zainudin, Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, YB Khairy Jamaluddin, YB Nurul Izzah and Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Razak who gave the closing address.

Monday, August 1, 2011

147,936 people IMPACTED!

We're working as hard as we can to get ourselves to One Young World as we would like to present to the Delegates and Counselors the follow up report we have been working on, called "One Young World 'IMPACT" Report 2011".

This report highlights 100 projects led by 68 youth leaders from 62 separate and different societies. And the most amazing thing about this report is that the projects involved 7,536 volunteers and impacted 147,936 people! That was a wow even to us! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A regular update

Our recent meet up entailed discussing and updating about our articles.

For Lionel, he has come up with some translating services. We're still processing which one would be the best - in terms of its efficiency in completing the translation as soon as possible and also if its at a reasonable price. It is planned to translate this report into Bahasa Malaysia as well as Mandarin, after the lingua franca English.

Secondly, in terms of deadlines, theoretically all our work is supposed to be submitted next week! We are all int he midst of rushing to get things done quickly to send it over for translation and then printing.

The One Young World delegates from Malaysia did come for an informal meet up at MyHarapan's headquarters recently. We discussed on tackling what issues that we were most strongly about as well as what is the best way to secure sponsorship for the 10 of us. 

Youth's 30-Second Message To The World (1YoungWorld) Malaysia

Monday, June 20, 2011

My Hope For The World

My Hopes for the Future – by Muhammad Mushamir Mustafa

My Hopes for the Future
That hope retains its light
For the desperate and successful and unsure
Hope shines the way for Youths, so bright,
And for the Eye of Truth to unravel
That to success all can travel,
Let blindness be forgotten and vanish,
Replaced by Justice, Knowledge, for all
Wise and responsible, un-tarnished
Those who learn, talk, or play the ball
And all those from black and white,
Full of religions or modernity
And what are politically left and right
Shall get unrivaled equality
With integrity, economy, and opportunity
Love is still a must
But not necessarily lust
Beware youths, of the health effects
Eat, drink, exercise regularly and no excess
The Age of Aquarius enlightens our spirituality,
Let us develop Peace in the world as faithfully
Wealth opportunities should be granted
Oh Companies of the World, create not
Unemployment, exploitation, labour robot
Youths are human, we feel discontent
We work and try to succeed with great Intent
These are my hopes for the Youths, Hope-sent

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mushamir's First Post as the Writer of OYW

My name is Mushamir. Some people call me Amir, or Mir, which I tend to fondly remember it as the word “Peace” in Russian. I am a writer for the One Young World Youth IMPACT Report. Our team consists of the fabled trio – Michael Teoh, youth evangelist and winner of the OYW Conference the previous year, Jonathan Chu, editor-in-chief who, along with Bernie, the designer, made possible the extraordinary Youth Report 2010, where world-changing and influential characters had received this report that compiled Malaysian Youths thoughts and what matters most to them.
The second edition of this extra-ordinary report, to enhance and surpass the first report, will compile major youth figures in Malaysia, their projects, and a  roll-call of the 100 most impact-ful youth projects here, today and tomorrow, for youths, by the youths.
But challenges do face us, and I shall speak from my side.

I will begin first by reading what I have read before, a passage from the book “A Warrior of Light” by the author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho; 

Sometimes the Warrior feels as if he were leading two lives at once.
In one of them he is obliged to do all the things he does not want to do and to fight for ideas in which he does not believe. But there is another life, and he discovers it in his dreams, in his reading, and in his encounters with people who share his ideas.
The Warrior allows his two lives to draw near. “There is a bridge that links what I do with what I would like to do,” he thinks. Slowly, his dreams take over his everyday life, and then he realises that he is ready for the thing he always wanted.
Then all that is needed is a little daring, and his two lives become one.
(Warrior of the Light, Paolo Coelho, pg. 90)

This passage precisely reflects my daily life back then, and what I thought was a lie of a life. As a youth who had just graduated from International School of Kuala Lumpur to Nottingham University, it was a radical change, as with all of us when we have to move. Assignments, exams, managing my own study and leisure time, managing my own life without parents or teachers – it all bombarded on me. 

But I learnt how to be more responsible, and more controlling of my time – time management. No one can successfully balance their busy lives if their time management is bad and if their priorities are not straightened out. Of course I have not yet fully mastered this practice, but being in the OYW Team, it has made me learn out more than I could ever imagine. 

Right now we are trying hard to get selected youth respondents to answer to our questionnaires and other questions so that we can start writing articles about them and their projects, as well as compiling all their youth projects that they are currently, or has, gone through.

I wish the best of luck for us OYW Youth IMPACT Report in getting this through successfully, to get Malaysia, and her people, to the forefront of knowledge and to serve as a catalyst for a positive change

Saturday, May 14, 2011

In Pixels : One Young World 2010

One Young World 'Our Future Says' Journey
One Young World 'Our Future Says' Journey
One Young World 'Our Future Says' Journey
One Young World 'Our Future Says' Journey

To those who have made our One Young World ‘Our Future Says’ 2010 Journey beautiful and memorable, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

And that’s why we’re working hard here, pushing beyond our limitations for the follow up report for 2011 : One Young World ‘Impact’ Report.

You, young people, youth leaders, Malaysia, are our inspiration. Don’t ever stop being awesome.

One Young World ‘Our Future Says’ Report

One Young World 'Our Future Says' Report

Featuring 50 youth leaders and the voices of more than 36,000 young people, One Young World ‘Our Future Says’ Report was launched in the global summit One Young World. It has garnered the support of many leaders, such as Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, CEO of Virginia Airlines Richard Branson, Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, Bangladeshi economist and founder of the Grameen Bank Muhammad Yunus, just to name a few.

In this report, youth leaders shared about their views of Malaysia, what they need and how this country can grow…
“I want to see the leaders of the country nurture successors without ego and self-centeredness.” – Elaine Loo, President of Human Capital Enhancement (HCE)
“They (the government, corporations and NGO organizations) should recognize the power that youths possess. Youths are often mistaken as overgrown children, but in reality, they have strong determination to succeed, given that the various existing organizations around the world give them chance to shine and prove that they are capable of becoming anything. “ – Clive Einstein Naga, President of Students in Free Entreprise (SIFE), student of University Malaya

“Accept that fresh ideas may not be necessarily correct, but can be a basis of improving traditional methods.” – Christopher Tock, President of Young Corporate Malaysians, student of Imperial College, London

“The experience of the older generation is key to youths. More sharing sessions should be given.” – Beh Ee Ling, President of Toastmasters International

“Give [us] the proper exposure, show [us] the way to get things done, guide [us[ and give [us] the proper medium…” – Clive Einstein Naga, President of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), student of University Malaya
Those were some of the many gems in One Young World ‘Our Future Says’ Report.

Prime Minister of Malaysia receiving the report from One Young World Delegate, Michael Teoh, in 2010

Because of the success and hype this report has created, it even made it to CNN and Malaysia’s homegrown 8tv quickie. This report was produced by Michael Teoh, Jonathan Chu and Bernadette Quah.

But that was 2010. And as what Black Eye Peas sang, this report is “so two thousand and late” because for 2011, this report is going a notch higher.

Click here to read about One Young World “Impact” Report 2011.