World Peace Day 2014!
by Rafael Tselikas on February 5, 2014 07:51
On the 21st September 2014 JCI London's young activists will be joining forces with Peace One Day in promotion of the UN World Peace Day.
At the first kick off meeting ideas flew off in all directions when we tried to figure out what Peace Day will look like this year: with more experience and longer preparation time there awaits bigger and more ambitious goals.
The prevalent question what is peace and what it means to different people dominated our conversations. We came to conclusion that some may see it as a global non-violent interdependence between nations, while others associate with it on a more personal level. There is no right or wrong answer here. After all, it all starts with us. And the people around us, and our communities.
The goal for this year’s event is to spread goodwill and a word of peace.
Who are you going to make peace with this year?
If you would like to get involved our next meeting is on 10 February at the Chamber, please book here:
Have a look and like our Facebook page
And the video from World Peace Day 2013 in London
Blog post author: Egle Valeikate
Meet Dexter Dash - JCI London's President 2014
by Sofie Sandell on January 21, 2014 14:16
This is the first 2014 interview by me, Sofie Sandell. I was JCI London's president 2008 and I think it's amazing to get to know all the new people who are getting involved in JCI. Now in January I interviewed Dexter Dash to get to know him a bit better. Please share the interview in with your friends and network!
Congratulations Dexter, you are the 2014 President of JCI London.
How are you today?
What was it that made you step up to the leadership position in JCI London?
I never aspired to the presidency until I was asked. Even then it didn't appeal to me. Once I thought about what I could bring to the organisation I then thought about the personal gains. From that moment it felt like the next natural step.
Can you tell me about your background?
I was born in London and have always lived in London. My family is originally from Barbados, and my family is a priority for me. I've been fortunate to travel extensively. In 2013 I went to Italy, Brazil, Austria, Botswana, Monaco, Nice and Sweden. I believe there that education, both traditional and non traditional are both valid to improving ourselves. I Love to read. I'm a learning enthusiast and a big fan of sports.
What do you do when you are not JCI-ing?
Architect by day - start ups by night.
Who is a leader you admire?
Increasingly my family, and many of my friends
What is it you like about them?
Their willingness to try. Their willingness to confront fears. The tenacity is infectious. Their aspirations. Their personal desire to manifest themselves, whatever that may be, great or small and choosing what that means. Their belief in playing the long game. That they don't get distracted from their own game plan, particularly by the achievements of others. Ultimately the self belief.
Which are your dream partnerships for JCI London?
Nike, Forbes.com, Bill Gates Foundation and silicon roundabout.
Where will you travel with JCI this year?
Malta, Belgium, Germany and Estonia.
Which is the best JCI project you've been involved in?
"The Partnership" which is this year's concept of the JCI London council. The JCI London council essentially manage the running of the JCI London each year. There is a motto in JCI "By the members, for the members" and it's those three words "for the members" which created the idea for thinking about the council as a partnership. We want to try and exemplify the teamwork. We changed the name to partnership because we invite and wish to include our members at all levels of participation to have a voice in JCI London. The simple idea of "better together" is a philosophy at the heart of what it means to be a part of JCI. A close second would be TEDx within the context of JCI projects, it's simply unique and the great thing about TEDx is it's subtle influence on other JCI projects .
Who is the best inspirational speaker you've listened to?
At the moment I listen to Thich Nhat Hanh. Eric Thomas was my daily mp3 running partner. Brene Brown is a wonderfully grounding speaker. Martin Luther King speeches and Mohammed Ali interviews, the 50th Law, Russell Simons and Action Jackson whose book and 30 day challenge I am in the middle of doing for the 2nd time.
If anyone would like to step outside their comfort-zone in JCI, but don't know how to do it, what are your best tips for them?
Do it. If that doesn't work verbalise it. Someone will hold us to account for what we say. Find anyone who will make that step with you. If you're really struggling, my number is 07747022449.
What's your hidden talent?
I'm a great babysitter - love love love kids, especially naughty kids! Particularly from 2 to 8 years old. My family would take my sister and I on day trips to museums, theatre, walks around central London, tourist hot spots, cinema etc. I loved going to the South Bank as a kid and walking to Trafalgar Square. Children have such a unique understanding of the world and it's great to hear their opinions on the world as they see it.
Do you have a favourite quote?
No.The impact of the words are determined by my circumstances at the time.
Do you have any crazy JCI ideas you would like to propose?
If I had a longer term as president, I'd aim for a million pounds turn over in three years. But as I only have 1 year, I'd like to take 30 JCI members to JCI World Congress in November for free. I don't think it's crazy because I think it's totally doable if we work for it. That and tripling the membership in two years.
Can JCI help you with anything? Connections? Mentors?
The short answer is yes. Actually it's more of a YES, than a yes. Perhaps the question to ask is "...Am I ready to receive help and advice?" Today ‘Special Projects Director' Matt Beavan sent a message "if you focus on results you will never change, if you focus on change, you will get results"
Thank you Dexter!
Our Diamond Decades Day
by Eleanor Handslip on November 10, 2013 15:48
Now less than a week to go until the big day - Saturday 16th. The team have been working hard and are excited by what they have achieved. We have a day of fun planned with live music, sparkling wine, cake, networking training, inspirational speakers and some fabulous raffle prizes in aid of Nothing But Nets. Have you seen the video?
Don't forgot your 1950s outfit!
JCI London's Diamond Decades Day
by Eleanor Handslip on November 3, 2013 18:32
The project team have been working really hard to make Saturday 16th November an amazing day. We have live music from Sarah Starr, cake, sparkling wine, networking training plus some fantastic raffle prizes in aid of Nothing But Nets (including personal coaching sessions, pampering sessions at a local salon and a t-shirt signed by Usain Bolt.)
We also have some fantastic inspirational speakers including: Sabirul Islam and Lori Shook.
Don't miss our display of items from JCI London's history.
We have just released discounted student tickets.
Remember the day includes the AGM, so if you want to vote or stand for election you must book a ticket.
The dress code is 1950s to commemorate our formation in 1953.
The journey of saving lives begins with donating a mosquito net!
by Rafael Tselikas on November 3, 2013 00:49
The journey of saving lives begins with donating a mosquito net.
Coming together representing different backgrounds and experiences made the shooting of the third video to Tamale make sense and offer it’s great impact. The shooting of the video thought one lesson and it just demonstrated what can happen when people diversified in thoughts but unified in one common purpose channel their energies to achieve this. So I can almost feel the zealousness from the French team leader, Rafael who tried many times just to get this video right to save lives. (smile)
Over the period, most people that live in the western world turn to forget that quite a number of people in Africa and Asia live every day of their lives been vulnerable to malaria.
Hearing Edouard talk so enthusiastically, revealed his genuine intent about making this world a better place and helping the people especially pregnant mothers and children who stand the highest risk of malaria.
For the same reason expressed differently, members of this campaign have joined this initiative because they want to make this world a better place.
Our new addition Wahjib, shared some very valuable information as a data manager from the malaria control unit in Ghana which proved very useful to the campaign ; and what such great and fantastic work done by passionate video director Svenja whose energy in all of this was enchanting and inspirational.
Of course, there are all sort of good causes, but Winnie decided to join this cause as well as Ade whose reason for volunteering was to see an Africa rid of poverty and disease. On first hand, there is no better way to share the gruesome effect of malaria than hearing it from a doctor. Ben, also a medical doctor has seen people die of this disease. I have personally fallen victim twice to this pandemic. Borrowing Soraya’s words, prevention is better than cure and a healthy community is a wealthy community.
Malaria can be prevented and it is for this reason we ask each of you to join us and help us eradicate it. It would be great to receive your donation and help our cause http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jci-london-to-tamale-nothing-but-nets-campaign/x/5164097
Remember my friends, together with you, we can save lives.
Your Invitation to Our Diamond Jubilee Celebration & AGM
by Eleanor Handslip on October 17, 2013 18:47
JCI London's Directors Academy
by Eyad Hamouieh on October 16, 2013 18:00
When climbing the career ladder, a good indication that you’ve reached somewhere near the top is being bestowed with a Directorship. But a place on the Company Board doesn’t automatically come with the knowledge of the roles and responsibilities that you will suddenly be expected to take on. Even though you might have the qualifications to succeed in your chosen industry and ably demonstrated the professional qualities needed to rise through the ranks, taking on the role of a Company Director presents a whole host of new challenges when compared to your usual day-to-day job.
Fortunately, help was at hand when JCI London, in collaboration with the Institute of Directors, organised a training course at London’s South Bank University. The aim of the day was to ask the young professionals in attendance, who had given up their Saturday for the opportunity to be there, were they ready for the Boardroom? To ensure that they were significantly more prepared by the end of the day than they might have been at the beginning, a range of presenters delivered the Good, the Bad and the Ugly experiences of life at Board level.
Having made his fortune in business, Alan Edwards came out of early retirement to invest in and take up non-executive positions on the Boards of numerous pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. With a wealth of experience, he was able to explain to the audience why having an effective Board of Directors is crucial to the successful growth of a business, how the best Boards have a large breadth of knowledge and experience among their members and why investors look to the management expertise of the Directors before deciding to risk their money. At the slightly more youthful end of the scale was Marcus Evans who, at a relatively tender age, had already held numerous Board positions. Marcus is currently the Commercial Director for Nutbourne, an office design and IT services company. But, before creating his own start up with a school friend, Marcus was able to talk about the many mistakes made along the way and the lessons he had to learn to get him to where he was today. Paul Munden, the lead governance instructor at the Institute of Directors, was able to put a humorous spin on the serious topic of corporate responsibility and the legal ramifications that can come from Directors not acting in an ethical and legal manner. Through audience participation he was able to work through a number of fictional scenarios, getting people to consider the various decisions that a Director might be faced with in their role and the potential consequences if they made the wrong ones. Stepping back from the profit driven world of private corporations, Alex Swallow, Chief Executive of the Small Charities Coalition, spoke passionately about the important role that young people can play as a Trustee for a charitable organisation. With the average age of a Board of Trustees in the UK hovering in the high fifties, Alex illustrated the many ways that we could influence and shape the work carried out by charities. The obvious subtext being that, not only was getting involved in charitable work incredibly satisfying on a personal level, but taking up the role of a Trustee can be excellent preparation for a place on the Board. The compere for the event was Marcus Orlovsky, Director atBryanston Square. Having been incredibly successful in a number of industries, including finance, recruitment, property development, education and antique selling, Marcus delivered an inspirational presentation on risk taking, identifying gaps in the market and seizing opportunities. Speaking from his own personal experience, he was able to demonstrate that approaching problems with novel solutions and disrupting already established markets are some of the best ways to generate rapid business growth. Always looking for new challenges, it was great to hear from someone who is brave enough to get to the top of their profession and then look for something else to which to apply themselves.
Overall, it was a fantastic course and credit must go to Nahas Abdul, JCI London’s Business Director, and his team for organising such a well attended and smoothly run training event. It was also a great opportunity to meet other members of JCIfrom around the country, as well as student members of the IoD and the University. It’s safe to say that, if people didn’t think that they were ready for the Boardroom when they first arrived, by the time they left they were considerably more so.
Aidan McManus is a Member of JCI Liverpool, and Operations Director at Tenet
Diamonds Are Forever
by Eleanor Handslip on October 13, 2013 14:49
As you may have gathered by now JCI London is 60 years old this year and we are celebrating our Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 16th November. We have a dedicated team of members working hard to create a fantastic day for members past, present and future. We have networking training, inspirational speakers plus socialising over sparkling wine and cake!
On the same day we are holding our AGM so come along and get involved in the future of your Chamber.
We were created in 1953 and so the dress code is 1950s (think 'Mad Men'!)
We have a limited number of Earlybird tickets at a significantly reduced price but this offer ends on 20th October so be quick.
by Eleanor Handslip on October 8, 2013 19:16
October is the month of witches, ghosts and ghouls. To get you in the mood for Halloween we have organised a special trip on London's Ghost Bus on Wednesday 30th October. Come and join the social team for a tour of London's dark side with the creepy conductor as our guide. If we survive the trip we will head for a drink and maybe swap a few spells.
We only have a limited number of tickets so book early to secure your seat.
To help you keep up-to-date with what's going on in JCI London we have created a 'Meetup' page -please join us there and let us know what you think.
Margaret Meechan - A Fond Farewell
by Eyad Hamouieh on August 4, 2013 17:52
With great sadness Margaret Allen, known to many Senators by her maiden name Margaret Meechan was laid to rest on August 2nd. Around 15 Senators joined the congregation of friends and family along with other past members of Junior Chamber London .
Margaret joined Junior Chamber in Leeds and moved to London where she was Head of Tax for the Arcadia group. She was a lady of great passion and determination and when Margaret took on a task you knew it would be successfully completed. In Junior Chamber she took on many roles and in 2000 was the national finance director.
Another of Margaret’s passions was horse riding, which was why she & John moved to the countryside. The hearse could be heard several minutes before it could be seen as it was drawn by four magnificent horses. Immediately behind, with great dignity, were Margaret’s twin children, Sophie and James, aged 7, riding their ponies. It was a very fitting and dignified procession.
John delivered a wonderful eulogy. In it he recounted the night, as a St Albans member, that he attended a London JC awards dinner. This happened to be the very night that Margaret was presented with her Senatorship. He was smitten, their friendship and love grew and they married.
Margaret was a very determined lady who succeed with very many challenges. It is so sad that the one challenge she could not defeat was here illness. It had been with her for some considerable time. She tried very hard and travelled by Eurostar to Paris weekly for specialist treatment. Sadly this was one challenge too many.
During the service Senator Karen Pheasant read the poem don’t grieve for me. It starts ‘Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free’.
Whilst resting in peace she will be missed greatly and fondly remembered by her many friends.
Worshipful Master, Junior Chamber Lodge, 8902
Board Member, Association of Senators in Europe, 2013-4
Chairman, British Senate, 2008
National President, British Junior Chamber, 1996