How do we create a culture that attracts the best and broadest talent? Is there a way to invest in the future of the communities in which we engage & the next generation? What are the long-tail benefits of charting a vision around diversity and inclusion?
Good companies invest in the future. Great companies write the future and part of writing the future is inspiring the next generation of young leaders to chart a course that as Astroteller, Head of X, Google’s ‘Moonshot Factory’ puts “balances going where we allow our unchecked optimism to fuel our visions. . . [but] also harnesses enthusiastic skepticism to breathe life, breathe reality into those visions.”
As a case in point, we took a platform like TEDx and developed a Youth & Diversity Initiative working in collaboration with partners such as The Women’s Foundation, KELY Support Group, PLAN International, and the HK Justice Centre to reach out to over 40 schools in Hong Kong. From a highly competitive pool of applications we chose 20 students who represented a wide range of interests, ethnicities, socioeconomic means, and who demonstrated exceptional promise as community organizers to attend our TEDx event.
With the goal of inspiring other TEDx community organizers, our scholars were then paired with unique opportunities to observe our production team behind the scenes, and to sit down with speakers such as Anson Chan, the first female Chief Secretary in Hong Kong to learn about how they got to where they are.