Message from Soraya, JCI London President 2015
by Rafael Tselikas on January 1, 2016 20:40
It's amazing how a year can fly by and we are now finally in 2016!! Whoop Whoop!
The reigns have been officially handed over to Rafael Tselikas and his team.
I know that next year will be an 'extraordinary' one building on what we have achieved in 2015. It has been an honour to serve as President in 2015 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 'A-Team' (JCI London) council team for great year and memorable 12 months.
A few highlights from 2015:
· Building strategic partnerships with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Philanthropy Club, Funding Network, while continuing to support our long-term sponsor CET
· Maintaining strong international presence. Last year JCI London members attended European Capitals Meeting, European Conference, JCI Norway Leadership Academy, European Academy, European Know-How Transfer and World Congress in Japan.
· We re-invigorated our partnership with our Twin Chapters and hosted our Twinning Weekend.
· We launched our Adventure Race and raised £1,243.75 (incl. gift aid) for Kids Club Kampala, KIIDs Trust Varanasi and The Prince’s Trust!
· Our London to Ghana Project delivered 1,000 kids’ books for JCI ACCRA ROYALE 'Brighten you Corner project. We also won 'Best Long-term Community Development Project' at JCI UK National Convention in Barnsley.
The Team for 2016 has lot's in store and will exceed what has been achieved in 2015!
JCI London IPP 2016
Making an Impact Without Wealth, Power or Fame Like Zuckerberg, Gates or Buffet
by Rafael Tselikas on December 25, 2015 18:59
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced last week that they are going to donate 99% of their shares in Facebook. At today’s market rate, it’s about $45bn.
Hat’s off to him for making a decision that will benefit billions of people from the around the globe for decades to come.
A cause for celebration for all.
It will also set an example for everyone in our generation who has the means to give. He is not the first one to make such bold decision. Gates, Buffet along with many other billionaires have made similar pledges.
The process seems to be ‘accumulate first and then give back’. Of course, we have to have things to give back.
But, not everyone is going to end up like Zuckerberg, Gates or Buffet. Only 1% of the human population have the kind of wealth & power that these guys have. So, the chances are quite small (statistically speaking) for good many of us to end up in that position, to make that kind of impact.
What, then? Does it mean our lives (the good many of us that can accumulate that level of wealth to give back) are less meaningful?
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Churchill
What if we reverse the process? What if we start today with what we have? I don't think we need to have millions in the bank account or fame or power to give back, to make an impact.
Here’re seven free 'things' that anyone can give at any time to make an impact (the best part is, all of these are usually returned tenfold, not literally, but you will get the point as you read on):
I have travelled to over 20 countries in the last three years. If there is one thing I have learnt is that 'smile is a universal language'. It works at the streets of Moscow to Bucharest to the little village in Bangladesh. Give it to every single person that you meet, and you will receive smiles in return. (Spoiler alert!) Some people may think you are crazy, but do you care? ;)
2. Kind Words
We were created to be kind (if you believe in that kind of stuff). I say it because, I have always seen kindness being returned with kindness. Give a kind word to others and that will be returned with kindness. (Spoiler alert!) Sceptics will think (at least initially) you have some hidden agenda, but who cares!
3. Good Thoughts
Good thoughts are reciprocal. Always. Give out good thoughts about others, and even about what you find yourself doing, and you will live a good life, and good thoughts will be thought about you.
Give appreciation and your life will appreciate (be added to in value), and in turn, you will be greatly appreciated. (Spoiler alert) It may not work, at first, but stick to the process results will follow.
Give encouragement and you will be imbued with fresh courage to face each day, and be prepared to attract encouragement to you.
6. Digital Endorsements
Give endorsements and recommendations in Linkedin, promote someone with a tweet, like someone's status in Facebook, love someone's picture in Instagram. Mention someone's good work in your post. (of course, be real and only if you really 'like' them)
On that note, see my friend Nisha Kotecha's inspiring work with the Good News Shared. Nisha is tirelessly promoting uplifting stories about inspirational people and projects. Sign up for her newsletter.
I have saved the best for the last. Give up your time to a greater cause than yourself, and it will cause you to be rewarded in ways beyond your imagination.
Check out this great organisation JCI that I'm very proudly part of and if you're also inspired to make an impact, come and meet our exciting members on 12th of January for our 2016 kick-off event at Neo Barbican. It's free and people praise us for our friendliness and superb hosting skills. You'll enjoy the evening. :)
Want to know more about JCI? Check this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V_haQtXa1s
Written by Bandhu P. Das, JCI London Finance Director 2016
Link to full post: http://bit.ly/1O32glY
Congratulations to the 2016 JCI London Council
by Rafael Tselikas on December 4, 2015 21:50
Following our Annual General Meeting on 20 October, the following members were appointed to the JCI London Council 2016:
- President - Rafael Tselikas
- Deputy President - David Khanna
- Secretary - Zohasina Razafinjatovo
- Finance Director - Bandhu Das
- Membership Director - Immaculate Birungi
- Business Director - Yann Moulary
- Marketing Director - Diana Mihai
- International Director - Sarah Steel
- Training Director - Roxana Cardos
- Community Director - Louise Chisolm
- Social Director - Heloise Mignot
- Peace Week Director - Marine Klein
- London to Ghana Director - Anca Miraut
- Immediate Past President - Soraya Bowen
Matt Beavan has also joined as Deputy Membership Director, Jennifer Mbunga as Deputy Training Director and Ruta Rataviciute as Gala Dinner Project Manager.
Congratulations to all the team! Taking a leadership position on the JCI London council offers a great opportunity to develop new skills, make long lasting friends, empower members and make a positive difference in the community.
The following Director positions are still available to fill:
- Social Media Director
- TEDx Director
- Million Makers Director
- Deputy Director positions for most of areas except Training and Membership
If you are interested in a role on the council or in one of the teams, please get in touch with President-Elect, Rafael Tselikas.
You can also check here our calendar of upcoming events: www.jcilondon.org.uk/events
Volunteering, and 10 things I discovered when I was active with Junior Chamber International
by Rafael Tselikas on October 13, 2015 20:08
Reflections from Sofie Sandell, JCI London President 2008, for the centenary of JCI
I’ve never felt that I got enough training and development in my life, so the fact that I joined the Junior Chamber International (JCI) network was not a surprise. JCI is a unique volunteer network for people in their 20s and 30s. It’s hard to explain in a couple of sentences, but you can get involved in projects and events and there is no limit to what you can do, really. One way to describe it is as a global movement promoting active citizenship.
JCI is present in more than 100 countries and this October it’s celebrating its 100th anniversary. Here I share some of the things I discovered about myself and others by being involved with JCI.
1) All change in the world starts with people and ends with people. At JCI you have the chance to attend and deliver leadership training and courses on debating and public speaking. It’s a pleasure to see people come out of their shells, where they used to hide, and start to find out what matters to them.
2) When you participate in a project with no monetary reward the energy you produce is on another level compared with a normal job. It’s as if the box of limiting beliefs holding you back is smaller and you dare to try out new things. I believe that new experiences are the best way to develop yourself and I also think you get more creative and imaginative mindsets by being active in the JCI.
3) Leadership skills are something that we can develop, or ignore. Leadership starts with you and then you learn from the people around you. JCI projects provide members with hundreds of leadership lessons every week. My interest in leadership prompted me to start a blog and later these thoughts became part of my book Digital Leadership.
4) Embracing the international side of JCI is fun and you meet people from all over the world. I remember a discussion about the environment and global warming I had with a JCI member from Nigeria at the United Nations office in Geneva during a leadership summit. We were comparing different outlooks and ways to look at environmental problems. Where else would I have had the opportunity to sit down and have a deep discussion about global issues with people from all over the world?
5) When you are part of JCI you can put yourself forward and be part of the board on the local, national and international levels. Being on the board gives you hands-on training in leadership, project management and communication and lots of opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange.
6) When people are committed with both their hearts and their minds the results will leave you with a great feeling of satisfaction. Working together towards a vision is a wonderful process and you are rewarded by a surge of dopamine and serotonin released by your brain.
7) At JCI, if there is a reason to celebrate there is always a big party or a black tie dinner. The biggest gala dinner I’ve been to took place at the Osaka Kyocera Dome, a sporting arena that’s big enough to host a baseball game or up to 5,000 dinner guests.
Another skill that comes with JCI involvement is the ability to get changed and ready in five minutes when you are on your way to a party.
8) It was during my research for my bachelor thesis that I first met members of JCI. The subject of the thesis was whether you can develop yourself professionally through networking or not, and the answer to this question was a big yes. Knowing ‘who knows what’ is one of the aspects of networking. When you are part of the JCI community you are part of a global network.
9) At JCI hundreds of awards are given out every year. Submitting yourself or your team for an award is a way to look back at your achievements and by just writing them down you are celebrating what you’ve done once again. For some people awards matter hugely and I’m very pleased when I see hard work paying off.
10) For a sustainable future we need to care about the people and the environment we have around us. I’ve seen hundreds of community projects take place through JCI around the world. One thing that I’ve noticed is that once you have the JCI community spirit in you it stays with you for the rest of your life. Many members start other initiatives and their success is often down to the skills and confidence members gained from being involved in JCI.
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Thank you! Sofie
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Sofie's JCI Bio
Sofie Sandell started her JCI journey at JCI Göteborg, Sweden, and was JCI London President in 2008, JCI UK Marketing Director in 2009-2010, JCI UK Website Manager in 2011 and JCI London Ten Outstanding Young People Project Manager in 2012.
JCI European Know-How Transfer, 11th edition
by Rafael Tselikas on October 8, 2015 21:51
JCI European Know-How Transfer, 11th edition
Brussels 27th of September to 1st of October 2015
The EU Know-How Transfer event is an amazing opportunity for those wishing to learn about the functioning of the top institutions in Europe. This could not have come at a better time given that here in the UK, we will be expected to vote whether to stay or leave the EU in 2017! Therefore, I registered for the event in the belief that few days in Brussels will be a time well spent if I am to make the right choice in the next two years. Also as a JCI member, It felt like a duty to be well informed on a topic that affects and will affect our grass root communities in London and the rest of the UK.
At the European Commission
We all gathered in Brussels, the heart of Europe, to learn about the mechanics of the EU and how this can truly benefit JCI as a local and national organisation. A unique experience across the world given the fact that we were surrounded by EU experts and we were working hand in hand with members of the European Parliament (MEPs). It was amazing to realise that the EU is one of the largest markets in the world with more than 500 million people and 28 countries since Croatia joined in 2014. The EU was created after the second world war mainly to act as a vector of peace and prosperity for European citizens and to avoid any potential clashes in the long term. The EU is the major economic power surpassing China, India and the US. The European Council has three main institutions: European Parliament, Council of Ministers and European Commission.
We learned that MEPs are elected for 5 years, having been elected in 2014 means that the next election process will take place in 2019. Each MEP has between one and four assistants who manage a workload of 500 emails on average and 60 to 80 calls per day. The advice given to those attending the event was as follows:
- Find which party your MEP is affiliated with
- Make sure that you remember your MEP office details/number as there are more than 8,000 employees in the EU headquarters.
- Know the names of other parties in the EU parliament
- Make sure your remember that the Christian Democrats (EPP) is the most popular party
JCI London delegates with EVP Steven Wilson
The general guidelines given during day one were to be concise when talking to the MEP. The general practice is to present one sheet of paper to the MEP regarding an issue of interest. Make sure you make up your mind, know what you want to say before talking to your MEP. Also remember that you are a JCI ambassador during the EUKHT event and therefore whatever good or bad you do will affect the organisation either way. It has been suggested to take pictures with your national delegation and to write an article about the visit and a picture with your MEP (which is what I did :) They are as much interested as you to feel part of the community. Talk about your experience and spread the word around to what is one of the greatest JCI event in Europe. Also remember that what you hear from your MEP is confidential. Try to communicate as much as you can with your MEP assistant to whom you can even buy a symbolic gift.
There is a lot that happened in a five days event touring the EU institutions and which I wouldn't be able to describe in word. An eye-opening experience is an understatement, a life change experience might sound a bit of an exaggeration for some but I can tell you for certain that you will leave Brussels with lot of knowledge, at least a dozen friend and some lifetime memories!
For more information about the JCI European Know-How Transfer, please visit:
EUKHT dinner in a chic restaurant in St Catherine, Central Brussels
New member’s experience, Heather Ransom
by Rafael Tselikas on September 20, 2015 20:06
Looking back on the last six months, I have had an incredible journey with JCI London. I joined following the January Kick Off event at London Chamber of Commerce and haven’t looked back. I’ve made so many new friends from all across Europe and even had the opportunity to meet the JCI World President.
I work in the charity sector where it is hard to access training and professional development. Walking into my first event, the Public Speaking Club, I found a supportive environment within which to improve my presentation skills and really enjoyed the improvised speech session. Attending the JCI European Conference in June, I took advantage of all the training on offer and completed official JCI courses (Achieve and Admin) to support me to make the most of my JCI experience and also those which would support my career development as a policy and public affairs manager. For instance, how to run effective meetings and to manage projects.
A few weeks after becoming a JCI member, I joined the training team. I have since organised and coordinated a range of events, including General Election debates and leadership training. I am now Deputy Training Director and currently reflecting on how I would like to contribute to the Council Team in 2016.
The international opportunities have been a highlight for me. The European Capitals Meeting in Copenhagen was a 3 day event in April for members from capital cities in Europe to network and share good practice. I found that it was a particularly good event for new members – with less than 100 members attending I had the chance to talk to everyone during the weekend. I came away from the business day reflecting on the advice offered from leaders from banking, voluntary sector and tourism. ‘The expert in everything was once a beginner’ is a call for us to go beyond our comfort zone and try new things. The social events - sightseeing in the city and a fairy tales dinner – were memorable too.
I was delighted to win the First Timers Award for JCI London at the European Conference in June. Here the days were spent taking training courses, watching the General Assembly, and cheering on the UK team in the debating and public speaking competitions. In the evenings, there were amazing parties and an opportunity to network with members from Scotland, Ireland and Malta – the BANZI group. An awards evening and closing night party took place on the last night of the conference. It offered members from across Europe the chance to celebrate projects and initiatives that have created positive change, with JCI UK winning a total of 7 awards.
Stand up for peace with JCI London
by Rafael Tselikas on September 15, 2015 22:22
In just a few days, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a youthful and energetic event attracting world-renowned peace ambassadors. Join us at JCI London's annual Peace Conference on Sunday, 20 September at University College London. Booking link: bit.ly/1DuQqvO
Meet the speakers
* Camilla Schippa, Institute for Economics and Peace
* Dr Justine Huxley, St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
* Frances Guy, Christian Aid
* Francis Rolt, Radio for Peacebuilding
* Anushya Devendra, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
* Alessia Mortada, Concordis
* Karin Jonsson, Nobel Museum
* Rama Mani, Oxford University
The event is part of Peace Week 2015, an entire week of peace-related talks and activities between 20-27 September. For more info:http://www.londonpeaceweek.org & bit.ly/1DuQqvO
From Fairy Tales to Global Success - Heather Ransom
by Chloe Bost on May 25, 2015 20:14
Three months after joining JCI London, I find myself heading to my first international JCI event - the European Capitals Meeting in Copenhagen with the inspiring theme 'From Fairy Tales to Global Success'.
The Jaycee welcome in the arrivals hall at Copenhagen Airport immediately made me feel at home. After dropping my case at my hotel, I headed to the harbour area of Nyhavn for a pre-tour walk around the canals to see the Little Mermaid statue before the welcome party in the meatpacking district. Everyone enjoyed the free beer and cider donated by Carlsberg! On the drinks table there was a donation box for JCI Copenhagen International's schools project in Liberia, which has a similar goal to our own London to Ghana project in fundraising for school books.
The theme for Friday was global success. We began the morning at the Vartov conference centre where we heard inspiring stories on developing success from Frans Mikael Jansen, Director General of Action Aid Denmark, and Lars Christian Brask, a banker who has also been the tour manager for the pop band Aqua. In the afternoon we walked over to the Culture Centre where we heard from Hans Jorgen Wiberg about an iPhone app 'Be My Eyes' enabling volunteers to support visually impaired people with everyday activities such as reading food labels, and from Helen Dahl, Director of the Tivoli Gardens, Denmark's largest amusement park. John Raagauge then led an interactive session focusing on understanding your mind, body, and feelings in order to create success and live your passion. Key pieces of advice given to us by the speakers were:
'You have to buy the lottery ticket to have a chance of winning'
'Success is doing more of what you are good at'
'The expert in everything was once a beginner'
The afternoon continued with a workshop. JCI members were divided into fairy tale groups (I was a Thumberlina) to discuss 'in which areas can we make a JCI capital chapter more successful and how?'There were lots of creative ideas which I'll be sharing with the Council team. We then heard that next year's ECM will be in Ankara and include an optional pre-tour to Cappadocia. Friday finished with dinner and drinks at Bof og Ost - a french inspired Danish restaurant.
Saturday morning started with a treasure hunt around Copenhagen. We were split into our teams and given clues to take us to various sites around the city, at which we had to complete tasks including walking three legged, learning a dance routine, pronouncing difficult Danish words and answering random questions. We then went to the canal for a boat ride round Copenhagen before a guided tour of the Opera House. The highlight of the weekend was a fairy tale themed dinner - everyone went to town to create stunning outfits. As Maid Marion I even managed to find my Robin Hood!
ECM finished on the Sunday morning with brunch - a delicious buffet with a glass of bubbly. Stephan Bouman, conference director, reminded us that fairy tales end with "they all lived happily ever after" and there will be opportunities for us to continue our JCI journey together at the European Conference in Istanbul and at ECM 2016. Marco handed over the London delegation's thank you gifts - Pimms and a Keep Calm mug.
ECM is a brilliant concept and is perfect for new members looking to network internationally on a smaller scale. I leave after three jam packed days having made 90 new friends from all over Europe. Thank you to Stephan and his JCI Copenhagen International team for amazing weekend. We look forward to seeing you in Ankara in 2016!
Tips: How to organise a successful event in JCI
by Sofie Sandell on September 23, 2014 16:59
To organise an event may seem a bit overwhelming and scary at first... worrying that nobody will turn up, what if the speaker isn’t engaging the audience… how embarrassing. Organising events can seem quite complex, as there are many things that just have to work on the day. With some careful planning and a creative mind you can make your event a big success.
We are Marco van den Heuvel and Sofie Sandell, both Past Presidents of Junior Chamber International (JCI) London and we have both organised a large number of events in JCI as well as with other organisations. In this document we share our top tips for how to better organise events.
Take the lead, have fun and achieve!
by Soraya Bowen on July 21, 2014 11:17
By Adeola Akintimehin
I'm on my way home after one of my most interesting evenings I have had in JCI, I'm not sure how Soraya and Rafael managed to fit everything into the session but it was a fantastic event.
In traditional JCI London style the event was both educational and interactive The event began with an introduction to JCI, its history, its core beliefs and some interesting facts. I was amazed to find out JCI has over 200,00 members in over 100 countries.
Rafael Tselikas JCI London Training Director
Next up Soraya the current JCI London Deputy President told us her story. She has had the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, travel to different countries and meet Tim Campbell(MBE) the first winner of the TV show The Apprentice.
Then came the interactive part, a series of leadership quotes were placed all around the room and we were asked to stand next to one we felt most defined our idea of good leadership, all the quotes were impressive but we you could only choose one and then share with the group our thoughts and experiences on leadership.
Andy sharing his leadership thoughts
Finally we went thru all the various positions on the partnership which all members will be encouraged to put themselves forward for when the board elections come up later this year. You will be interested to know that you don't necessarily need to have the experience for a particular partnership role just a passion for whatever it is you want to do.
Don't despair if you couldn't make it to this event as this is the first of a series of events covering the leadership roles in JCI London. Keep your eyes open for more events coming up soon, where you can learn all about how JCI London can help you develop your leadership skills