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19th Jun, 2012

Think Local-Take Part
by Guest Blogger on June 19, 2012 17:55

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Jacob is eighteen and from Tottenham in London. “I first got involved in my local community when there was conflict between the younger and older generations on my estate,” he says. “There was tension because we wanted somewhere to play football and there wasn’t anywhere. A councillor lived on my estate and we asked her to help us out - we kept asking until eventually we managed to get a football cage.” “During that time we met a youth worker and he got us to join the Young Advisors. At first I got involved just to get the football cage but now I feel like I have the power to say something.” The skills, knowledge and confidence Jacob gained by taking action have made a huge difference, not only to his own future but to that of his neighbourhood. Since then, he has helped his local housing association improve their youth engagement strategy, and raised funds for new community resources.
Recently, he teamed up with London Civic Forum to lead Take Part Northumberland Park, a learning programme which helped neighbours of all ages get more involved and have a say locally. Later this year, he and other young people will contribute to the development of a new local initiative to tackle youth unemployment in Tottenham, led by their local authority. There’s a lot to get involved in. Did you know that all police Safer Neighbourhood Teams have their strategic priorities set by panels of local community members? Or that in each borough, a Healthwatch Community Panel will soon hold local health services to account? In most areas, councillors chair neighbourhood assemblies which engage with local government and sometimes make funding decisions.

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Particpants in intense discussion

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11th Jun, 2012

Monday 18th June 2012 - 40th Anniversary of the Staines Memorial
by Simon James Bucknall on June 11, 2012 07:12

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18th June 1972 saw one of the worst disasters in the history of UK aviation.  British European Airways flight 548 crashed 3 minutes into its journey from London Heathrow to Brussels.  All 118 passengers and crew on board were killed.  JCI Belgium lost 7 members and 2 spouses, who were returning from the JCI European Conference in Edinburgh that year, many of whom were part of their national board.  Since this time there has been a close relationship between JCI London and JCI Belgium.

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Every year a memorial service is held in Staines near the site of the crash. This year, which marks the 40th anniversary of the diaster will be particularly poignant.

As JCI London President this year, I will be attending to represent the Chamber. However, all JCI UK members - and JCI London members in particular - are warmly encouraged to attend the service, if available. A large contingent of JCI Belgium members and former members will be in attendance.

The ceremony will take place on Monday 18th June 2012.

10am - Prayers and Dedications in the Trident 'Papa India' Memorial Garden in the Moormead Sports Ground off Waters Drive, Staines TW18 4RP.

11am - Memorial Service at St Marys Church, Church St, Staines TW18 4YA.

Following the service, fellow Jaycees will likely be going for an informal lunch nearby.

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The Staines Memorial Foundation

JCI Belgium set up the Staines Memorial Foundation after the crash to help support the education of the children of the victims of the crash.  Today it continues to support relatives of the crash victims, as well as being used to provide insurance for all JCI Belgium members when attending JCI events - which includes this year's European Conference to be held in Braunschweig, Germany from 13th-16th June 2012.

 

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7th Jun, 2012

Trang from London becme a member earlier this year and joined several projects immediately. Read what she has learned so far from being involved in JCI! 

Can you tell us about your background?Tran Nguyen Huyen Trang, JCI London
I am an experienced digital marketer. After two years working for Singapore Tourism Board in Vietnam, I decided to study abroad and see the world, then I went to the University of St Andrews for a Masters Degree in Marketing. I graduated last year and came to London in September to look for new ventures.

When did you join?
I joined JCI London in January this year. As I was new to London I was looking for professional networks to meet like-minded people. I came across JCI London's website and I was impressed by all the projects and activities for young professionals and entrepreneurs.

Can you tell us what you have been involved in in JCI London?
As soon as I joined JCI London I joined the business and training teams to see more aspects of JCI London. I've attended several events so far such as Happiness at work, the Magic@Work Series and Meet the Members to name a few. 
In terms of current projects, I'm helping to organise Social Media events with IBM in June and Google in September. Also, I'm part of the committee for the Public Speaking Club initiative, in charge of communication with the Club's members. And I'm involved in the JCI London TOYP awards with Sofie Sandell.

What have you learned from being involved?
There are a lot of different things I have learned so far from organising and participating in the events. Above all "Just do it". It doesn't matter what it is, how difficult it may look, the most important thing is start doing it. As long as you know what you want, start doing it in order to achieve your goal. A journey of a thousand miles just starts with this single-yet-important step. And of course, your attitude is also important, as long as you believe you can achieve it, you are already half way there.

What else would you like to do in JCI? Any roles? Projects?
In the long term, I would like to be involved in more projects with the International team. I'm always interested in meeting more members from other countries to learn more about their cultures and experiences. Also, I would like to enhance the marketing and partnership aspects of JCI London. We have a lot of high quality events so far. It's important to raise awareness and interests from the community and large corporations.

How is JCI different from other networks/organisations in London?
If you are a member you already see the differences between JCI and other networks in London. JCI is an all-in-one organisation where you can develop your skills or give back to society via different projects. 
For me, as a foreigner living in London, I love JCI London - I find it inspiring whenever I meet up with other members. Most of them are professionals and entrepreneurs from all different backgrounds and they always welcome new members and are willing to share and help each other to be more successful. And the most important difference: the bond between our members is much stronger than in other organisations.

If you could invite any speaker to a JCI event who would that be?
There are many people I would like to invite to a JCI event as a speaker. If you ask me to choose one I would like to invite Richard Branson for now. Lately, I have read one of his books - Screw it! Let's do it! And i totally love it. I would like invite him to come and share more inspiring stories with our members.

Who is the person who influenced you the most, and how?
There are many people who have influenced me in different ways. For me, I can always learn something from each person I encounter. By talking to them, listening and sharing experiences with them, I can see the world in different perspectives. Within JCI London, I would say the first person I talked to Ricky Kothari - JCI London's Business Director. Through his leadership and support in all the projects and business team meetings, he showed me that everything is possible. With the team support, each of us has the ability to lead and be successful in all the projects we embark on.

How would you describe him?
If I can describe Ricky, he would be an entrepreneur at heart, an enthusiastic leader and an excellent team player.

What is your hidden talent?
People say that Sagittarius is the most positive of the star signs. They never take no for an answer, and they always see the cup as half full, not half empty. Also, they'd always rather aim high and take on the adventure of life than get to the end of the road regretting that they didn't have a good go at making their dreams come true. 
Don't you think so? Why not catch up for a chat at the upcoming events, see if I really am a Sagittarius? I love to meet and talk to more people to share experiences and listen to their interesting stories. Also, if you need information about working in Asia, specifically in Vietnam and Singapore, I may be able to help. Connect with me at Linkedin www.linkedin.com/in/trannguyenhuyentrang for more details.

Can JCI help you with anything? Contacts? Ideas?
At the moment, I am looking for new venture in digital marketing. I've contacted recruitment agencies and companies so far. Given the fact that JCI is a large network of professionals and entrepreneurs, I would highly appreciate it if you could direct me to people who might be able to help me in my career. Thank you very much for your help in advance!

Thank you Trang, lovely to speak to you! 

Sofie 

 

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6th Jun, 2012

EC2012 - company visits
by Anke Brandts on June 6, 2012 09:26

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Use the EC 2012 possibility to visit one of these exiting companies:

Solvis GmbH & Co. KG (production of thermal collector panels)

Fürstenberg porcelain (production of finest quality porcelain objects)

Voith Turbo Scharfenberg GmbH & Co. KG (system provider for the connection and collision protection of rail vehicles)

Mast-Jägermeister SE (producer of the world famous herbal liquor)

Salzgitter AG (one of Europe’s leading steel and technology groups)

Auerswald GmbH & Co. KG (production and marketing of compact and modular communications systems)

Intel (research and development of microprocessor architecture and design)

Richard Bretschneider GmbH (the fascinating world of premium packaging)

Company Kindergarden “Frechdaxe” of Volkswagen Financial Services AG (the largest company-run childcare service in Germany)

MAN Truck & Bus AG (supplier of trucks, buses, diesel engines, turbo-machinery and special gear units)

DLR Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (research airport)

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (the scientist of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research study the mechanisms involved in infectious diseases and defenses against them)

Heimbs Kaffee GmbH & Co. KG (coffee roastery)

Wilhelm Schimmel Pianofortefabrik GmbH (producer of the most frequently played German-made grand and upright pianos)

Nordzucker AG (sugar producer with 18 production sites and refineries across Europe)

Bühler GmbH (specialist and technology partner for plant and equipment and related services for processing basic foods and manufacturing high-grade materials)

Kroschke sign-international GmbH (producer of marking materials and industrial safety materials)

PTB Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (atomic clock)

As for all the other parts of the conference program: it’s for free !

Enter our event management system (EMS) at https://register.jci-ec2012.eu/login.php using your login and password and sign up for the Company Visits now.

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4th Jun, 2012

Why I Became A Charity Trustee
by Guest Blogger on June 4, 2012 13:56

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Why did I become a trustee for SurvivorsUK in April 2010? It is a question I have asked myself when juggling babysitting and trying to get out of work early to attend meetings on time. Right here, right now I am quite clear it is for all the right reasons: I have had previous voluntary roles and I fancied taking a role that would be further outside my comfort zone than usual. Blog » Community » natalie jewell.jpg

I wanted to see something of the strategic side of an organisation and I was considering maybe moving career and becoming a company secretary. I knew I would need some board experience and thought a charity would be a good place to start. (As it happens I have realised that I am very happy being a nurse.) It is a small charity with 3 staff and several councillors and telephone helpliners.
So why SurvivorsUK? The charity exists to support men who have been raped as adults or sexually abused as children. It also supports partners, friends and professionals of survivors.

I was attracted to the charity because I much of my day job is about child protection and I had not really considered the impact on adulthood. As I said earlier, it hasn’t always been easy to fit being a trustee into my hectic schedule. I have a full time job as a school nurse practice teacher that can be demanding at times. The most important role I have is as a mother to my seven year old son. I also need to make time to spend with my husband (not as easy as it sounds because he is even busier than me!) Of course I try to attend JCI when I am available too.
I am particularly interested in the Community Projects and I have attended various evening events that have caught my eye. In truth I doubt I would be a trustee without the support of my husband and mother in law who have both babysat for me when I had meetings to attend. My diary is the most important tool I have. Everything I plan has to go into it or it will certainly be forgotten. And I tend to accept I am unlikely to be able to do things within a short notice period.                    

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31st May, 2012

JCI London partner with KIDS!
by Guest Blogger on May 31, 2012 07:18

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I am very pleased to announce that JCI London has chosen KIDS as your first charity partner of the year, so here’s to a very exciting year ahead! Hurrah! We are planning to work together to offer JCI members the chance to get involved with KIDS, helping to make a difference to families in your local area and further afield. So first a little bit about KIDS …..

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KIDS is a national charity working with over 7000 disabled children, young people and their families. KIDS works with the whole family, enabling disabled children to develop their skills and abilities and to fulfil their potential, hopes and aspirations.

KIDS provides a wide range of services in the London Boroughs, including 5 Adventure Playgrounds, Parent and Sibling Support, Home Learning, Short Breaks (respite), Youth Clubs, Inclusion programmes and Transitions. 

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One of our many playgrounds which allow allow disable children play freely 

Together these services support the whole family, helping children from birth into young adulthood. So what do we have planned for this fantastic year of opportunity? Well there are a few initiatives and events that you could consider getting involved with…..

 

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24th May, 2012

'Financial Fitness' with Vivi Friedgut of Blackbullion
by Simon James Bucknall on May 24, 2012 10:49

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JCI London members were treated to some expert advice on personal finance, recently, by guest speaker Vivi Friedgut of Blackbullion. Previously in Private Banking, vivi has expertise managing the wealth of some of the world's wealthiest people. She has now turned her hand to promoting greater financial literacy among young people in the UK. In the current economic climate, what hotter topic could there be than managing personal finance?

Click below to view a brief video interview with Vivi, conducted by JCI London President, Simon Bucknall.

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23rd May, 2012

Business Magic Series - 2: Grown-ups don't use powerpoint...
by Simon James Bucknall on May 23, 2012 10:47

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The 2012 JCI London 'Business Magic Series' is proving to be a real hit - with another strong turn-out for the second event in the series: "'Grown-ups don't use powerpoint..." delivered by Lee Warren and James Harwood from InvisibleAdvantage.

 

James and Lee shared a wealth of practical tips and insights to help audience members achieve more impactful presentations in the workplace. What struck me - both from enjoying the session and from chatting with our speakers afterwards - was the importance of getting the fundamental purpose of any presentation clear. Lee commented: "So many presenters assume that improvement is about tweaking eye contact or perhaps speaking a bit louder. But it's more about deciding what you really want the audience to do as a result."

 

All in, a fabulous evening - huge, huge value for all those who attended. I had a quick catch up with Lee immediately afterwards, which you can view in the clickable video link above! you can also see what a couple of audience members thought of the event below...

The third event in the 'Business Magic Series' will be 'Practical Productivity in 15 Minutes A Day' on Tuesday 26th June. Be there!

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19th May, 2012

Out of the Box – ECM 2012 in Bern
by Sarah Beckwith on May 19, 2012 11:46

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At a European Capitals Meeting (ECM) you are always amongst friends. Whether they are friends you have known for five minutes or five years. And this year's event was no exception.

The ECM is an unofficial and informal JCI event, exclusively for those members of chambers in capital cities. It gives participants the chance to experience the culture of a different city, whilst discussing the common issues faced by capitals.

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The Beautiful City of Bern

Participation at an ECM is generally limited to a maximum of 100 people and this, combined with the informal and relaxed atmosphere means it is easy for all participants to really get to know each other and cement friendships. That is why many Jaycees agree it is one of (if not) the best international events and return year after year. I can testify to that, having taken part is four of the past five ECMs.

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You don't expect to find a bear in the city centre!                                   Dinner in Parliament

This year's ECM was in Bern in Switzerland, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. I loved the tour around town by members of JCI Bern proud to show off their home and experiencing Swedish traditions and food (see photos!). We also heard from some Swiss thought-leaders on a variety of subjects from innovation to sustainability and spent the evenings enjoying the local night life. Once again the weekend offered up something truly unique which won't be forgotten easily - how many people can say they've experienced a gala dinner in the Swiss Parliament?!. Thanks to JCI Bern for a special weekend.     

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Swiss Traditions - Music and Cheese Fondu!

Next year's ECM is in Berlin, around the theme of Urban Security. JCI Berlin is one of JCI London's five twins and it will be their 60th anniversary, so it again promises to be a very special ECM. I cannot recommend this event highly enough. Find out more here: www.ecm2013.de

 

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18th May, 2012

The Art of Blogging
by Sarah Beckwith on May 18, 2012 20:19

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One of the most important elements of a blog post is...

...a catchy title and/or opening sentence! These will pique the reader's interest and make them more likely to click through to read the post.

This is especially important for blogs (and events) on the JCI London website, where it is the title of the blog post and first sentence which appears on the home page.

Top Tip - if the blog is by a guest blogger who won't be posting themselves, put the "by member's name" at the bottom of the post, otherwise this is the only thing seen on the front page of the website. Likewise don't just repeat the title of the post.

 

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