I had the honour of speaking at the 15th IAVE Asia Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference (IAVEAP) 2017 by Yayasan Salam and the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE). IAVEAP was held from 22nd to 26th November 2017 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. It was divided into two events: Asia Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference and Asia Pacific Youth Volunteer Conference. I was invited to speak at the latter.
Yayasan Salam wanted me to speak at the panel on Technology and Social Innovation. I decided to talk about gamification in volunteerism.
You can find my presentation slides as follows:
Last Saturday, 18th November 2017, the Deputy Prime Minister YAB Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi officiated the Actyvate at iM4U Sentral in Puchong, Malaysia. I'm extremely grateful to be selected as one of the 12 Actyvators for Actyvate - a game-changer for young Malaysians!
#ActyvateMY gives you the chance to turn your ideas into projects. It is a crowdpledging platform for any youth to start a project or support one.
With this platform, it gives you a step-by-step guide on HOW to start a project. Something I wish I had when I started this journey 7 years ago.
Actyvate helps you with:
1. Framing your idea for the community (ideation)
2. Getting your idea supported by the community (validation)
3. Raising funds from the community (crowdfunding)
4. Start your community project (action)
5. Tell your supporters on your project's progress
Actyvate is all about the community.
What's even better is the institutional backing by key youth organisations such as 1Malaysia For Youth (iM4U), Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), Malaysian Youth Council (MBM), National Service Training Department (JLKN) and Ministry of Finance (MoF).
It doesn't get any realer than this. This is a game-changer.
I've started a project to help upskill unemployed youth with Nation Building School.
What's your idea? Or if you don't have one yet, check the projects on activate.my and support them!
Sign up on Actyvate.my and actyvate your dreams!!!
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank MaGIC CEO Ashran Dato' Ghazi and iM4U CEO Rudy Malik for placing your faith in me. I am truly humbled and honoured. I would like to thank all the 11 Actyvators for welcoming us into your fold. Our work has only began, and I'm already excited to actyvate as many young Malaysians as possible!
Me being an Actyvator wouldn't have been possible without the Nation Building School team, especially Marques Jeevan, Pixie Fee, Nafis Nazri, Marcus Lim, Dzulhilmy Mohammad. Let's change the world!
I'm happy to announce I'll be part of Actyvate Malaysia - a national platform to support youth initiatives through collective power.
Prime Minister Najib Razak will be launching Actyvate this Saturday 18 Nov 5ppm-11pm at iM4U Sentral. Do come if you're free!
I genuinely believe this is going to be a game-changer for us young people to support community projects and in turn, be supported for ours. It'll be a platform for us to share ideas and collaborate with youths all across the country. With a number of youth organisations involved, we can turn this into a youth movement.
Nation Building School is excited to contribute to this platform!
Ripples of small changes makes a might blue ocean!
Kudos to Rudy Malik (CEO, 1Malaysia For Youth) & Ashran Ghazi (CEO, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre) for wholeheartedly turning this into a reality. Many thanks to National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS), Ministry of Finance (MoF), Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), National Service Training Department (JLKN) and Malaysian Youth Council (MBM) for joining forces to drive #ActyvateMY.
To know more about Actyvate, please visit http://actyvate.my/.
10th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF)
I was invited by the organiser of the International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) to moderate one of their 3 main forums during the 10th KLEFF last week! I've been following KLEFF for many years now. It's a pleasant surprise to be involved in it!
The youth forum was a unique one for me. It consisted of 6 speakers of diverse backgrounds and lasted for 4 hours!
The forum's theme was “Youth for Leadership in Sustainable Development Goals Forum.”
The speakers were
IUMW Career Fair 2017
When fellow Principal Hilmy called me one day to invite me to conduct a workshop at his university's career fair, I immediately agreed to it. Not because he was a comrade but because I feel I can add value to the students. I've been researching and conducting workshops on building a powerful network for one's personal and professional lives. I've learned from the world's best, namely Ramit Sethi and from my own experience engaging over 100 organisations through Nation Building School. This is my 10th #NetworkingMalaysia workshop -- and I had a blast!
Thank you, IUMW students!
The workshop consisted of the following:
UULS Humanitarian Conference: Community Leadership Forum
I asked the following questions to the panel:I was invited by UCSI University's scholars to moderate a panel on creating social impact at MaGIC, Cyberjaya on 1st October 2017 for their annual leadership lecture series.
Theme: “Creating Impact, Leading Change”
I asked the following questions to the panel:
UndiMsia! Chats - "Millennials: The Entitled Generation?"
On 30th September 2017, I was invited by UndiMsia!, a civic campaign by human rights NGO Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) to speak in a panel on millennials. Held in their office (Pusat Rakyat LoyarBurok in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, I joined two fantastic panelists - Mr Fuad Rahmat (Project Dialog & BFM) and Jean Vaneisha (Challenger Malaysia). This session was moderated by Mr Koh Xiu Heng from MCCHR.
Some of the points we discussed:
TEDxUTP 2017: The Moonshot
I was invited by TEDxUTP to speak their conference this year! It was themed 'The Moonshot' held on 9th September 2017 in Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), all the way up in Bandar Seri Iskandar in Perak. There was a range of inspiring speakers from entrepreneurs and teachers to poets and social activists.
I had a wonderful time on stage talking about "How to Unleash Youth Power". View my talk with the speech text below:
4th CPPS Youth Public Policy Roundtable
I was invited by Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) to moderate a panel on 'The ‘Coming of Age’ Issue: Challenges Facing Youth in Malaysia'. This was their 4th CPPS Youth Public Policy Roundtable held on 7th September 2017 at the Malaysian Parliament. The CPPS Youth Public Policy Roundtable series is an annual event aimed at encouraging youth participation in public policy debate. It brings together youth from youth organisations, universities and young working adults to discuss issues pertinent to youth in Malaysia.
For the panel session, we had four speakers from diverse backgrounds:
We were asked by CPPS to discuss about the following:
Conference on Research Funding and Powering the Innovation Engine
I was invited by the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) to join a panel to talk about 'Entrepreneurial Ventures.' The panel was part of Conference on Research Funding and Powering the Innovation Engine held on 24th August 2017 at MIDA, KL Sentral. It was organised by Malaysia Investment and Development Authority (MIDA) and the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC).
The panel comprised:
Dr Mohan, the moderator asked me touch about youth development, particularly for university students...