Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, says that “The decisions leaders make today will impact the way the world looks for decades and perhaps centuries to come.”  Business has helped sculpt and change the world, has improved the quality of life for people around the world, and has truly created a global economy – but the benefits of business haven’t been shared equally, and many consequences of short-term thinking (government corruption, unemployment, climate change) are becoming evident.

Business needs to undergo a sea change; a transformation from short-term profit-oriented thinking to long-term planning that understands the consequences of actions. In order to facilitate that, One Young World brought together 1,250 delegates from around the world. The delegates, aged 18-30, were selected for their leadership potential and were there to discuss the future of leadership in the global economy.

Mentors (including Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Muhammad Yunus) were brought in to guide discussion, answer questions, and discuss their visions for the future of business. As Branson points out, “there’s no reason financial gain can’t go hand in hand with social and environmental gain.” The key is to change the way we think about business, and for future leaders all over around the world to commit to a new way of doing business. One Young World and their delegates are clearly the future of business, and the future is looking bright.

To learn more about the One Young World summit, read Branson’s full essay at Also, be sure to visit the One Young World Facebook page to learn more about these future leaders.


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