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5th Sep, 2017

by Ruthie Pinion on September 5, 2017 11:50


It's nearly time for the International Day of Peace, which can only mean one thing: JCI London's Peace Week 2017! This year we're running it a little differently, but it should be an exciting week for everyone!

This year's Peace Week will be social media based. Join in the conversation in our members group on Facebook, and using the hashtag #JCIPeaceWeek. We'll have loads of questions for all of you to join in with, which will get used throughout the rest of the year and to shape next year's event. But would we be JCI London if we didn't have a little stunt for you? No we would not. This year, as we're focusing on the social media aspects, we're mixing it up.

All you have to do is send a 30 sec long video to telling us what peace means to you, or even just saying the tagline: "peace is possible". The bigger and more exciting, the better! Beautiful sights, multiple languages, get creative! Deadline will be 12noon on 20th September, with the video hopefully being released the following night.

IS THAT ALL? NO! We're then putting a challenge to you, our members. Let's hit 1/4mil views by 11.59pm on the 22nd! Let's spread the message about why peace is so important to the world. So get your submitions in, I can't wait to see what you get up to!

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23rd Jul, 2017

GUEST POST: JCI Paris Twinning Weekend
by Ruthie Pinion on July 23, 2017 14:05


JCI London member Marco Van Den Heuval recently went on a Twinning Weekend with JCI Paris! He's written up his experience so check it out below:

Recently I attended a JCI Twinning weekend in Paris, hosted by JCI Paris and their ‘Over 40s’ club (for former JCI Paris members who are not Senators). If you’ve been a JCI member for a while, then this concept of Twinning is hopefully not new to you, and may have brought you many happy memories, foreign experiences and new friendships already. Because that is what Twinning Weekends are all about!

If all the below does not sound like much more than you might do with a friend or partner on a weekend in Paris, then A) very well done!, and B) you’ll need to add to the activities the ‘layer’ of the JCI host and home hospitality, and personal guides to places tourists don’t or hardly visit, and you have a truly unique experience.

So for this Twinning I hopped on the Eurostar to Paris one Friday afternoon, met up with former JCI London’s International Director, Shafiq Mumani, and joined JCI Paris and ‘Over 40s’ members as well as JCI members from Brussels and Zurich. Rendezvous point was a rooftop bar along the Seinne to get acquainted in the joyful sunny surroundings, drinks, food, and a happy Friday atmosphere.

On Saturday morning several more people joined us for a guided tour around Palais Royale; a stunning building with hidden gems and a rich and interesting history, so close to the Louvre, and yet missed by all the tourists. Lunch was typically French: outside terrace, leisurely dining, good food and wine, enjoying the moment, company and scenery. Lunch was followed by a pleasant walk in the basking sun around Île de la Cité plus some of the best ice cream in Paris.

Dinner was magical. The setting was a lovely old restored restaurant to the west of La Défense where previously many famous ‘Impressionist’ painters gathered as captured in a painting by Renoir. More former JCI Paris members joined for an excellent dinner, drink and dance evening till the early hours.

On Sunday morning we all converged from various corners of Paris to a moored boat on the Seinne where we enjoyed a long and relaxed brunch in the sun. After an exchange of gifts (from JCI London a UK & London hamper), contact details and goodbyes it was time to make our way home. For a lucky few, an extension of the programme was offered: a sightseeing boat tour.

So on the topic of JCI home hospitality, I was hosted by a lovely couple whom I had never met before. They had no reason to host me other than the fact that I’m a JCI member and as former member they were asked to help out. And with that I was given keys to my personal apartment in La Défense. If that was not special enough, I ended up not needing most of the metro tickets I had bought, as I was offered a lift home every evening by members (sightseeing Paris by night – yeah!) and picked up from the apartment for the dinner.

I was so well looked after that the whole weekend was a smooth, relaxed and fully enjoyable experience, something a normal visit to Paris could never have achieved. With many new friends and happy memories made, I cannot wait for the next Twinning Weekend. Hopefully you will join me then too.

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27th Feb, 2017

We Are London Gala Dinner WRITE UP
by Ruthie Pinion on February 27, 2017 20:10


Well, our biggest social event of the year has come and gone. To all those who joined us: thank you and we hope your hangovers have suitably subsided. To those who weren't able to: have a read through our write up and find out what you missed. Next year, make sure you get your ticket and join us!

The Private Members' Lounge at the Guildhall was a perfect setting for our evening. With all of our guests dressed in finery and chains of office aplenty, the backdrop of the main halls served as a fitting reminder of where JCI can take you. We were able to reconnect with old friends from across the world, as we had the privilege of hosting many international guests from chambers across the globe. With welcome champagne, our guests chatted and bonded and generally caught up on all that has happened since we were last together. Rafael called us to our seats, gave us a brief outline on the evening, and we began our starters. The food, as to be expected, was magnificent and served with the perfect wine to compliment each dish. We were certainly spoiled on that front!

The other aspect of the night was the speeches. First, Mr Keith Bottomley CC told us all about how much JCI UK membership has helped and meant to him. We heard a lot about the history of the city, and it was a pleasure to hear what JCI can do for you. It served as a reminder of all of the things JCI gives us aside from a wonderful network of friends. Next, Mr Bill Fraser OBE, Deputy gave us an incredibly moving speech, citing our JCI values. Sometimes it's good to remember what JCI stands for aside from it's mission statement. Both David and I were inspired (and slightly emotional) at the end of Bill's speech. Up next was current JCI UK President Michael Steel. As promised to JCI Southampton, we did keep him in one piece, despite our best efforts to corrupt him. Among Michael's tales of his experiences with our chamber, he also expressed the pride and gratitude we all have in our hearts for our IPP Rafael. 2016 was a monumental year for JCI London and we owe it to his leadership. It was fitting, then, that Rafael continued proceedings by announcing our awards.

The Peter Ancell Award: Marine Klein

The John Aspinall Award: Garin Rouch

The Gerald Bodmer Award: Zohasina Razafinjatovo

The London Jubilee Award: Matt Beavan

The Prentis Award for Excellence: Heloise Mignot

The Belgium Staines Award: Immaculate Birungi

The David Woodgate Award: Roxana Cardos

The Karen Pheasant Award: Ruta Rataviciute

Discresionary Award for Finance: Bandhu P Das

Certificates of Merit: Velislava Chardakova, Oliver Rieche, Maud D'Agostini, Brenda Kerson

Special Awards for Continuous Support: Marco Van Den Heuval, Joe Dilger

With awards out of the way, it was Raf's turn to give a speech. Throughout he expressed his thanks for his team, the senators, and most importantly his wife for her constant support. It was lovely and fitting to see her recognised by her husband and a room full of friends who have also appreciated everything she's done. Next, it was time for the handover of the chain and David's "inaugaration" speech. I had a bet on whether he would cry (sorry David), but our President stood firm and expressed his pride for the 2017 team in all the work done so far and still to come. In what can only be attributed to karma and not the fact I was a little tipsy and weak, I did have a small cry. JCI Galas will do that to you: you're reminded of all of the wonderful people you're surrounded by, the progress you can make in a matter of months, and the places you want to go; not just for yourself but to make everyone around you proud. In other news, I'm a soppy git.

What followed was carriges, and frivolity at Babble. I'd write what happened then but a) we all got a bit silly and b) I can barely remember. This is why you don't let a 21 year old go drinking with you. All in all, it was a wonderful night for all involved. We're immensley proud of all recipients of awards, and a huge congratulations and thanks go out to the incomparable Ruta for organising such a fantastic affair.

Thanks to all for joining us and we hope to see you all soon ~ Ruthie 

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27th Feb, 2017

Leadership and Self-Mastery WRITE UP
by Ruthie Pinion on February 27, 2017 18:28


Last week, we kicked off our business programme with the phenomenal Dr Demartini lecture, giving all an insight into both themselves and what to expect from your business team this year. It was an insightful evenign which wasa one of our best attended events to date. What follows is the traditional write up of the event for anyone who wants to see what we got up to.

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Central to the whole session is this: the human values are the foundation of achievement. Everyone lives according to some priorities and has a different set of values. We all have a different vantage point and perspective which give us these different values. These values help us filter our reality and determine what we perceive and how we act. When we don't know what to do, we act according to other people's values and we put these ahead of our own. When we do this, our own internal motivation stalls and we subordinate our values to those of other people. We don't actually need motivation to act: it's a symptom of being uninspired. 

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This is where we get to the crux of Demartini's talk. We need to dig deep inside ourselves and work out what makes us tick, what our true values are. When you see the real you, you'll realise that you're already full. You aren't missing anything. You need to recognise and honour your inner magnificence and fullness. You're a leader when you spontaneously live by your highest values. This is where you innovate and create; this is where you excel! Your core competancey is that which alines with these highest values. Your purpose is your expression of these values. What do you do which makes you want to get up in a morning without any outside forces?

So, here's the practical bit. Take a little bit of time each day and write down your 6 highest priority tasks that you can do within the next 24 hours. When you do them, it'll empower you more than a day full of low priority tasks. So make some small changes today and start making steps towards your highest goal.

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15th Feb, 2017

Meeting Mikael, and why we're Junior Chamber INTERNATIONAL
by Ruthie Pinion on February 15, 2017 15:01


Most of us forget and take advantage of the fact that JCI is a truly international organisation. With annual conferences on a European and World level, European Academy, international members joining us at conferences such as LEAP and National Convention, it's easy for us to forget that this is a HUGE part of what makes JCI such a rewarding organisation. You can take a trip, be it business or personal, to most cities in the world and be able to meet the Local Chamber for drinks or dinner, or even to be shown some of the secrets of the city. I get countless messages every week from members across the world who are coming to visit and want to find out what we'll be up to during their stay. We forget all of this, and yet last week we hosted a member of JCE Tours who is making the most of this international aspect.

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La semaine derniere la Jeune Chambre Iinternationale (JCI) de Londres, a eu le plaisir d'accueillir Mikael de la Jeune Chambre Economique (JCE) de Tours, lors de sa reunion mensuelle. Après en avoir appris un peu plus a propos de ces aventures d'active citoyen dans le monde entier, nous l'avons enmener dans la plus grande institution anglaise, tradition oblige: Le Pub.

(Big thanks to Marine for translating that, I am woefully monolingual)

Mikael is undertaking a 15-stop world tour as part of project Worldwide Active Citizen. His first stop was, of course, JCI London before heading up to JCI Sheffield and on to Belguim. In each country he visits, he is highlighting the volunteering and community work done by the National Chamber (things like Peace Week and £1 a Day). It's a chance to hear all about the incredible work that JCI active citizens across the world are doing, spread best practise, and get a brief insight into the cultures we forget are right on our doorstep.

Thanks for your visit Mikael, we hope you had a great time and we look forward to hearing all about your trip.

If you want to follow along, check out

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25th Jan, 2017

How to Crush it WRITE UP
by Ruthie Pinion on January 25, 2017 18:20


Last night, JCI London members were treated to a fantastic workshop on Goal Setting from the incomparable Simon Alexander Ong. In this inspiring session, attendees learned all about why our resolutions fail and started to take steps to achieve their goals for the year.

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Simon explained that there are four main reasons our resolutions fail. The first is that we often don’t have a compelling enough vision! Often, our resolutions aren’t that exciting: we want to lose weight or stop smoking, but these aren’t fun at all. Think about your final destination: you want to be creating goals that you really want to achieve and are really passionate about. Contrary to popular belief, the Universe will help us: just put your faith in her. From there, you just have to be willing to make the leaps in our life to become the successful confident version of you that you see in the future.

From here, we need to be in the right mindset. Failure is not a bad thing. We need to start perceiving ourselves as apprentices of failure. Every time we make a mistake, we have another understanding of how something shouldn’t be done. This seems like a depressing thought, but think instead that now we are one step closer to reaching that goal! Even if the whole process doesn’t work, we might be able to pull out some part of the process that did work. There is a remarkable amount that failure teaches us and we shouldn’t forget that.

The next thing that makes someone successful is the habits they build up. When we take action, we get results which we learn from in a feedback loop. If we get good results, this carries on and builds up to get even better results. If we get bad results, then the opposite is true. Overall though, success comes from what we do daily; day in, day out. We’re currently living in an instant gratification culture: we want to see the results straight away but this is not how these kind of things work. The power of the compound effect is so real and it takes over two years to see some effect from our habits. We grow by 1% every day: the change is tiny but we are growing. Most importantly, we shouldn’t be comparing ourselves to others. Just the self of yesterday.

Finally, one of the biggest things that is easy to overlook is we need to have some kind of accountability over our goals. We need to have someone who can tell us when we’re not working hard enough towards our goals. We need someone who can kick our butts into high gear and help us work. In a slide that Simon presented from Brigham Young University, the probability of achieving our goals looks a little something like this:

10%- “That’s a good idea!”

25%- “I’ll do it!”

40%- Date specific goals

50%- Set plan developed

60%- Commitment to someone else

95%- Committing to someone else and sharing your progress at regular intervals.


With all of this in mind, hopefully this will help you achieve all of your goals! Please share some of your insights: as always we love to hear them, and hopefully we’ll see you at next month’s session!

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 And as always, there's a group photo....SORRY.



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18th Jan, 2017

by Ruthie Pinion on January 18, 2017 14:41


JCI London kicked off it’s 2017 programme in true style to a packed room in Central London. It was a night full of networking, socialising and opportunities; and for anyone who might have missed it, I’ll be summing it up here for you!

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Membership Director Godfrey opened the evening by welcoming our guests and members. With over 50 people, new members and old, it was a fantastic representation of our JCI family. He was followed by Secretary Dexter, who gave a rousing speech on the inclusivity of JCI London. We have such a wide range of nationalities and languages represented within our Chamber, mirroring the composition of London itself. Dex highlighted the incredible amount of opportunities available as a member: drawing off of his personal experiences at European Academy, as well as mentioning all the team member positions available to work with any of our Directors (I’ll get to that in a second). Dexter closed his section in classic fashion: reminding us all to “Seize The Day”, and about the importance of having not just our big goals, but our day to day ones as well.

Up next: Training Director Blanka, outlining our development programme for the year. The focus? Bringing the best we possibly can out of YOU! The training schedule will be starting on the 24th of January, with a fantastic Goal Setting event from Simon Ong (who we were so pleased to see at the Kick Off!). Tickets are still available for this training. If you want to get more involved in the training team, Blanka is always happy to welcome new members to her team: you'll get expereince building and executing her programme. Get in touch with her to find out more!

Communities Director Adeline’s big project for the year was announced next. Adeline has spent a lot of time working out her project: Organised around 3 Chapters, Challenge! will highlight the initiatives and positive changes which can inspire others all along the year:

1. the resolution - Take care of yourself ( eating healthy, stop smoking, stop drinking…)

2. the summer- Take care of your environment  (nature, sport, recycling…)

3. the winter - Take care of the people (homelessness, education, charity shops…)

Each chapter will close with an event, and will be an incredibly inspiring project for all involved. Look out for more details as they’re announced in the coming weeks. Again, Adeline has a lot of opportunities for involvement: be in as a part of her communities team, as part of her project team, or as a participant.

Our returning International Director, Katie, then revealed this year’s international plan. There are two main themes for the year. The first is Discover London: which will be kicked off with the Cultural Evening on the 8th of Feb. This theme is all about finding out about the languages and cultures on our doorstep as part of our global city. The second is Discover the World: getting JCI London members to international events. Keep an eye out for information about European Conference and World Congress, and as always, get in touch with Katie if you want to be part of her team!

In our final talk from the areas of opportunity, Business Director Davit emphasised that the business team’s plan for the year is all about developing skill sets! We have a series of exclusive talks already lined up, with the Dr Demartini lecture on the 21st and our soon to be announced Marketing event. As ever, you can talk to Davit about joining his team!

A key part of the JCI London programme is its special projects. One of our TEDx Directors, Maud, announced this year’s theme: “The School of Tomorrow”! Tickets JUST WENT ON SALE (about 12 hours ago in fact), so get yours for TEDx SquareMile on the 18th of March. Rafael presented the Peace wek project, running for moe than 4 years now. There is a great opportunity for a DIrector, Deputy Director and Team to lead Peace Week 2017, so if you are interested please message one of the directors.

The evening was closed by President David, with a touching personal account of his JCI London story. After denying that we’re a cult (I mean, we’re probably not....maybe?), David went on to remind our guests about all of the events and opportunities to develop skills and get involved in teams (each one of our directors is recruiting!). Most importantly, he announced our theme for the year: We Are London. Feel free to reach us with #wearelondon or #weareleaders and hopefully, we’ll see some of you soon: at our Thirsty Thursday on the 26th, or our Gala Dinner on the 24th Feb

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Oh yeah, then we took a selfie. I’m really sorry about that.

Marketing Director, Out.



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2nd Jan, 2017

New Years Resolutions
by Ruthie Pinion on January 2, 2017 13:41



It's that time of year again. It that time of year when we commit ourselves to making a change. For some people, they might want to lose a bit of weight. Others might want to exercise more. For others, it might be as simple as finishing that book they started 5 months know the one: you read about 50 pages before Stranger Things started and you got hooked into a Netflix binge.....or was that just me?

For the JCI London 2017 council, some of us have taken it upon ourselves to make our own resolutions: what we want to get out of our JCI experience this year.

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BLANKA (Training Director): In keeping with my role as the "Training Fairy" this year, I mostly just want to be able to bring out the best in others. More than this, I really want to bring out the best in myself. Even if I just bring out the best in one person I'll be really proud, and I'm definitely in a good position to do so with all of the training events I have planned! JCI is the best place to push yourself and really be the best "you" that you can, and I think that with my plan for the year our members will really get the chance to step out of their comfort zones. The first event is all about goal setting, and you can get your tickets HERE!


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ADELINE(Communities Director): This year, I'm setting out with an incredibly ambitious and exciting project, which I can't wait to get started on in February. In short, its a three stage initiative: first, make a resolution to take care fo yourself, then the environment and, and finally the people in your environment.  My resolution is to make the most of this project and actually help people to make those small changes in themselves and their communities to create a much bigger impact, which is what this is all about. If anyone wants to help out with this project, whether it's to get involved in the team or just to make a resolution, just contact me on Facebook or whatsapp and I'll let you know more!



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RUTHIE (Marketing Director):I really want to get to more international events this year, and I'd love to get to both European and World Congress this year. To make it a more achievable resolution however, I think I'll just say I want to get to one international event. If I get to more, then that will just be a bonus! On a much more boring note, I also want to stick to my marketing plan as much as humanly possible. If I can nail it, then I will be one happy Jaycee. One of my plans is to get more members involved in writing about their experiences, so if you come to one of our events and feel like writing a blog post about it, come and let me know!



So, these are just a few of our resolutions, but one thing is clear: we want to make this year our best JCI year yet. Be it though personal development, helping others, working in the community, or grabbing some more awards; everyone has a plan for this year. Let us know yours through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or commenting on this post. Just search JCI London and you'll be sure to find us. Most importantly: here's to an incredible New Year, from our JCI family to yours.
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31st Dec, 2016

Highlights of 2016 and getting ready for 2017!
by Rafael Tselikas on December 31, 2016 17:57


Dear JCI Members and Friends,

The year 2016 is getting to an end and we are all preparing to celebrate the arrival of 2017!

I would first like to thank the Council Team 2016 for the great efforts and commitment they put in making this year a success! Thank you also to the National Board and Senators for their continuous support along the way! You all were instrumental in making JCI London living the JCI mission of “Providing development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change”.

The Council Team 2017 is getting ready to bring JCI London to the next level under the leadership of President 2017, David Khanna.

As the year is ending, I would like to share with you some of the 2016 highlights. Those achievements wouldn’t have been possible without the building blocks set by Team 2015 and previous years.

Some of the 2016 key highlights:

·         Hosting more than 70 local events covering all areas of opportunity.

·         We have send 300 kids’ books to a Kids’ library in Ghana and have fundraised over £1,000 to purchase computers and send them to Ghana in early 2017.

·         Initiating a project for the Refugees that included volunteering in Calais for a weekend as well as sending over kid’s books for refugees’ children’s in France.

·         JCI London reaching over 4,800 likes on the Facebook fan page and over 3,600 followers to the Twitter account.

·         Organising an exciting and well attended series of training events under the theme of ‘Jet Set your Career’

·         JCI London being well represented internationally, attending among other the European Conference in Finland, European Academy in Sweden, Global Partnership Summit in New York, Know How Transfer in Brussels, World Congress in Canada.

·         Organising an inspiring London Peace Conference, within the context of the JCI Global Peace is Possible initiative.

·         Strengthening our existing partnerships and developing a new partnership with the London School of Business and Finance.

·         Running an annual Gala Dinner with guests from across the world and a Summerfest with regional guests.

·         Having entrants in the JCI UK National Public Speaking, Debating and Extempore competitions.

·         Being awarded eight National Awards at JCI UK National Convention and one award at JCI European Convention in Finland.

Do you want to get involved, develop new skills, build your network and make a positive difference in 2017? Join us at the Kick Off on January 17th:

Happy New Year to All!



JCI London President 2016

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5th Nov, 2016

JCI UK Member of the Month - Marine Klein (JCI London)
by Rafael Tselikas on November 5, 2016 14:22


Member of the month for September goes to Marine Klein of JCI London, who is the project lead for the London Peace Week project.Blog » meet the members » Marine.jpg

Marine has led an enthusiastic team over the course of the year, who have built on the success of this long-term project of the chamber, embracing the international JCI campaign of Peace Is Possible.  In March she presented the project to JCI World President Paschal Dike and engaged him to support the project by recording a video asking other members around the world to support the project.  Activities throughout the year included a Peace Pub Quiz, social media activities encouraging members around the world to commit to the Peace Is Possible Campaign and a free hugs event on World Peace Day in Trafalgar Square.  The Peace Conference held on 20 September featured ten speakers including academics who research peace, a former diplomat and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.  The conference was attended by over 90 people.

Rafael Tselikas, JCI London President and initiator of the London Peace Project in 2013 had this to say:

"Marine, Oli and the peace week team have done an outstanding job this year. They managed to organise an excellent peace conference which was sold out. This was JCI London Peace Conference 4th edition and the best of all 4. We are very proud of them and the work they have done in raising awareness about peace and the SDG 16".

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