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Looking Ahead: The 2010 Global Partnership Summit

March 17, 2010 Leave a comment

JCI unites representatives from business, government and civil society to discuss collaboration for change. The many critical challenges of our time pose a threat to individuals and businesses alike. At the 2010 JCI Global Partnership Summit from June 21 to 23, the young active citizens of JCI will address these challenges and discuss how businesses, governments and members of civil society can bring positive change by working together.

United We Stand
Alone, each entity encounters its own roadblocks to success and change. The hands of government are often tied when faced with global challenges. Corporations, likewise, cannot take the lead to find solutions for fear of appearing self-serving in pursuit of profit.

JCI believes that by working with leaders in civil society, the three sectors have the potential to overcome their own constraints. They can also combine their strengths to create wider positive change and financial success. JCI will lead the initiative by bringing together its key partners – the United Nations, UN Global Compact, UN Foundation and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – to redefine, enhance and promote collaboration among these important global players.

Guided by the UN Millennium Development Goals
The JCI Global Partnership Summit will explore ways that active citizens in all society sectors can create positive change through the framework of the UN MDGs. Delegates will also determine how citizens can work both individually and collectively to enhance grassroots efforts to realize the objectives of the UN MDGs before the 2015 deadline.

Through this event, JCI hopes to increase awareness of the need for improved partnership among government, civil society and corporations to address issues of local and global concern. The Summit will also provide an environment to foster the growth of these partnerships. JCI is committed to strengthening the partnerships among JCI Local and National Organizations and local businesses, governments and international organizations to run projects to advance the UN MDGs.

Dining to Make a Difference
JCI will also host the 2010 JCI Nothing But Nets Commitment Gala Dinner to raise funds to purchase and distribute insecticide-treated bed nets to areas widely affected by malaria. The dinner will provide executives from the public, private and civil society sectors an opportunity to mingle and discuss synergies while donating to a very important cause.

Make plans now to attend the 2010 JCI Global Partnership Summit in New York this June. Registration will be open from April 1 to June 1. Learn more about the Summit, registration prices, accommodation and New York at the Summit website

Categories: JCI News

On Iraqi Elections

March 11, 2010 Leave a comment

The Americans should be calming down now that Iraq is showing signs of stabilization. Its a good thing the Iraqis have been able to have two National elections since Saddam was overthrown and killed. The American Coup is working now after so many sacrifices which had been counted a long time ago.

The Iraqis have decided their fate, and I think its high time for them to think out of the box. They have sacrificed their fellow brothers and sisters for so long now as a result of brainwashing and ideologies which to me are alien to the teachings of Religion they always claim to follow. No God can require people are killed in his name, that I doubt.

The Iraqis have proven they can control their nation. I am not saying they are safe from violence, it will take a long time for the various factions there in to come to terms with each other, but again there are positive signs.

I hope they continue to grow as a new nation. It is evident America will have a great influence in their development and upbringing, but these should be positive. They are tasked with creating a new nation which shall be responsible to itself and its children. Aspects I equally advocate for in Africa and in Cameroon.

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More About JCI

March 10, 2010 Leave a comment

JCI is a worldwide community of young active citizens ages 18-40 who share the belief that in order to create positive change, we must take collective action to improve ourselves and the world around us. Engaging in activities ranging from community development to international projects, members demonstrate their social responsibility and improve themselves through participation, leadership and action.

Mission: To provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.

Vision: To be the leading global network of young active citizens.

Values:

  • Faith in God
  • The brotherhood of man
  • Individual freedom and dignity
  • Government of laws
  • Human personality
  • Service to humanity
Be Better
JCI members constantly seek ways to live JCI’s slogan: Be Better. They not only believe that improvement is possible, they believe it is their responsibility to initiate positive change both in themselves and in their local community. All members around the world share this sense of social responsibility and the initiative to take action to create a better future for all.

JCI Around the World
With over 5,000 Local Organizations in more than 100 countries and territories, JCI forms a vibrant international community of nearly 200,000 active citizens. All members belong to a JCI Local Organization where they focus on finding solutions to improve their local community. Local Organizations are affiliated to National Organizations where members coordinate activities on national and international scales. This structure links JCI members together to form a global grassroots movement creating global impact through local action.

International Events
Each year, members from all over the globe come together at the JCI World Congress. At this event, JCI’s critical mass of young people unite to share experiences, understand the interconnectedness of our world and facilitate international cooperation. This global forum enables members to find new ways to take action in their local communities and make globalization a positive force.

JCI also hosts four regional conferences each year: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, the Americas and Europe. At these conferences, JCI conducts its affairs, hosts training, and gives members the opportunity to address global issues and show their commitment to becoming socially responsible leaders.

JCI History
Almost a century ago, Henry Giessenbier, Jr. decided to take responsibility for the progress and welfare of his community by helping tackle difficult problems around him. Together with 32 other young men, Giessenbier established the Young Men’s Progressive Civic Association, JCI’s first Local Organization, in St. Louis, USA in 1915. The members of the first Local Organization dedicated themselves to bringing about community improvements and giving young people a constructive approach to civic problems.

By 1944, the movement had spread through eight countries. When delegates from these countries met in Mexico City at the Inter-American Conference that year, they agreed it was time to officially form Junior Chamber International. This deep-rooted tradition of bringing together active citizens from diverse backgrounds remains alive today in our international events. They fuel the JCI movement and set the groundwork to create positive change that transcends boundaries.

2010 JCI President: Roland Kwemain from JCI Cameroon.

JCI World Headquarters
The JCI World Headquarters is located in Chesterfield, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., where the first local organization was founded. A professional staff of full-time employees provides services to JCI members. 
International Cooperation
JCI is an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with active participation in the United Nations (UN) system. In this context, JCI has relations with the Office of the UN Secretary General (Secretariat) and a Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

JCI has cooperation agreements with the UN Global Compact; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); the Pan American Health Organization; the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CONGO); the NGO Committee on UNICEF; the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and World Chambers Federation; the Council of Europe; AIESEC International; and Goal4Africa.

Visit http://www.jci.cc for more information
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6 Prerequisites for Success in Leadership

March 9, 2010 4 comments

Every organization needs strong leaders to succeed, but it takes more than an outgoing person to lead a successful team. Leadership can be seen simply as the ability to influence the behaviors of others. Leadership skills must be built by communicating with team members, subordinates and management, and through a commitment to lives, to the business and to other aspects, values we should hold in ransom.

Below is a compendium of the essential elements needed by every individual to consolidate a good leadership.

The six elements needed to be a successful leader are:

1. A Defined Vision or Purpose. This means more than just writing a mission statement and communicating it. An organizations vision must exist on every level within the organization. The three are:
• From a big-picture it means having a corporate mission, goals, and objectives.
• At a department level it means having specific objectives that coexist with the values and goals of the entire organization.
• At a professional level it means detailed job descriptions for every employee so they know exactly what is expected of them and how it relates to the overall corporate mission.

Focusing on your vision and goals in this way allows you to understand the organization from a global perspective and then take it down to the smallest detail to see how everything and everyone fits within that structure.

2. A System of Communication. To achieve organizational success it is crucial to have open lines of communication, among team members as well as up through the organization. Top down flow of information and vice versa.

3. Ongoing Team-Building Activities. Making people members of a team isn’t enough. The team leader has to focus the group on working together towards a pur¬pose. This can be done in many ways, such as getting people together to discuss common problems and work on special projects, holding team meetings where participants are encouraged to offer suggestions and ideas, or planning softball games as an external example of how members can work together as a team. Every one is given the chance to act and make tremendous strides in effecting positive change.

4. Enthusiasm. A leader needs to like what he or she’s doing to be successful. That means being excited about the business, the project or the activity – and communicating that to team members effectively. By this, they share your vision and follow you with out reserve.

5. Positive Expectancy. Leaders must believe they can succeed at what they are doing and they must communicate that to the employees or to their assemblies. It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy. If you say you can do it your followers will believe you. Don’t forget a leader is measured by his ability to keep his word.

6. Commitment to Action. As a consultant I spend 50% of my time doing analysis of what’s wrong, 10% figuring out how to fix it, and 40% trying to convince management they ought to do it. It’s great to know all this stuff, but if you don’t do anything with it the system falls apart. (JCI 2003)

In as much as the recommendations above are vivid, it gives room for socialization. Humor, jokes, games and flexibility also play sweeping roles in leadership. Like Abraham Lincoln would say “My policy is to have no policy.” Meaning he would be flexible and not rigid or strict.

Leading is definitely not easy. Our powers to motivate, reinvent ourselves and others or balance all the weights in our lives are far more demanding than we could imagine. Effective leaders know that they get the best efforts out of people by working with them … by helping them to do their best … by showing them how to be more productive.

If one sentence could summarize all the statements above, then it will be.” Service to humanity is the best work of life”

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