We’re delighted to be participating in the only youth-focused session at the Institute for the Future’s 10-year forecast event, which is called ‘Future Skills: How Youth Chart their Own Futures.’

In partnership with the Misk Foundation, IFTF sent a dozen researchers to cities such as Lagos, Chongqing, Berlin and Austin to conduct a series of interviews to understand how young people are innovating in order to chart their own future paths.

During the session, we’ll share some of the skills and strategies researchers discovered that the young people they interviewed use to work, learn, live, and thrive.

The session will also be interactive, as participants discuss what this will look like in their own organizations, and how they can best adapt to ensure that they are equipped with the skills they’ll need in tomorrow’s world.

Find out what came of this session by following our social media channels in the coming weeks, as we unveil some of the findings of this fascinating piece of research.

We are very happy to announce that we have signed an agreement with the UN to become the first ever strategic partner for their youth work.

This truly groundbreaking partnership will create a global youth movement that will directly reach and positively impact 50 million young people over the next 12 years.

It will increase young people’s participation in UN processes and help to improve their job prospects, and build meaningful real-world networks among youth-focused partners.

The agreement was signed today (25 September 2018) at a ceremony at the UN’s headquarters in New York by representatives from the Misk Foundation and the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth (UN OSGEY ).

Delivering real impact at a truly global scale, the innovative partnership will work across three different pillars:


  • Strategic
The partnership will strengthen the ability to deliver the crucial UN Strategy on Youth, with Misk Foundation, the OSGEY, and the UN working closely together to drive action at the global, regional and national levels.


  • Initiatives

A “Youth Gateway” will be built as a central hub for knowledge on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for young people – it will map existing initiatives and outline opportunities to volunteer.

Tools will be developed to measure and track key indicators of youth development and well-being at a global scale.


  • Participation
There will be a Youth Fellowship Program, which will train and develop the young leaders of tomorrow, focusing on under-represented countries.
The partnership will help enhance how young people can participate in UN processes – for instance through an annual youth forum co-hosted with the OSGEY held during the UN General Assembly and a meeting during the High-Level Political Forum in New York.
Support will be delivered for the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, especially in the areas of digital skills and youth entrepreneurship, and we will work with the UN on initiatives to drive even greater youth contribution to the Agenda for Sustainable Development.
We plan to coordinate activities by working together on an annual International Stakeholders Meeting on Youth, which will bring together youth-led networks and organizations from around the world, including from the UN.


His Excellency Bader Alasaker, Chair of the Board, Misk Initiatives Center, said:

“The Misk Foundation is committed to helping as many young people around the world realise their potential in the future economy and to encourage active global citizenship.

“The strategic agreement that we are signing today, shows our commitment to this mission.

“Partnering with the United Nations will greatly enhance its vital work around the world to help people from all backgrounds to realise their potential and meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

This partnership is part of our established track record of partnering with UN organizations on youth issues, including hosting the UNESCO NGO Forum on “Youth and their Social Impact” in Riyadh, and bringing together young leaders at last year’s Misk-UNDP Youth Forum.


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We’re delighted to be hosting a session at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum this week, looking at how young people can shape tomorrow’s world.

The session, titled “Disrupt to stabilize: how youth are shaping the economy”, brings together young people, innovators and policy makers to examine how we can bridge the generational divide to boost global prosperity in the future economy.

The event features an array of top-class speakers from across the business spectrum:

  • Josh Giegel, Co-founder and CTO, Virgin Hyperloop One
  • Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber Technologies
  • Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen
  • Linda Rottenberg, CEO, Endeavor
  • Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani
  • Moderated by: Josh Steiner, Senior adviser, Bloomberg LP

In a world in which half the population is under 30, the young generation is already having a profound effect on the ways in which businesses and societies function, with some clear challenges – for instance:

  • Less than 2% of those involved in key policy making process are young people;
  • Millennials have a spending power of $2.45 trillion – growth will come for businesses who can best adapt to their needs;
  • In business, the average age of top 500 company board members is 62.

Under-35s remain under-represented in the global economy despite their increasing leadership role – this session will examine how this challenge can be tackled to build a brighter and more prosperous future.


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