14 Jan

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgThe irony of ongoing global events never ceases to amaze me. Over seventy years ago, Europe experienced mass emigration of refugees as a result of the Second World War to United Kingdom and the North America. In 2015, there is a reversal of events, rather than have people leave Europe, the entire of Europe with exception of a few, is receiving refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. What is perhaps of serious irony is the role of the German Government in the refugee crisis across Europe. Historians would have records of events leading to the mass exodus of refugees and deliberate extermination of the Jews as dictated by Adolf Hitler and historians will be compiling records of events of the compassionate role of the German Chancellor-Angela Merkel in receiving almost a million refugees from war torn countries in the Middle East and Africa.While the entire world watches the emerging immigration crisis to Europe, we, as peace messengers are reminded on the roles that young people and Government have to play in ensuring sustainable peace and security. This reminder dove tails the recent Amman Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security adopted in Amman-Jordan by over 500 youth leaders across the globe, August 22, 2015. It also resonates with the theme for this year’s International Day of Peace: “Partnership for Peace-Dignity for All”.In the scheme of events and amidst the tragic refugee situation, we see the need for new approaches to peace building and security as young people continue to constitute the affected majority, not only in their direct involvement but they are also indirectly disproportionately victims of violence, conflicts and xenophobia, in all its forms.According to the UNFPA Executive Director, -Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, “it is time to acknowledge that the vast majority of young people does not engage in violence, even in conflict settings” Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia is of the believe that young people can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. In the words of Dr. Osotimehin, “Young people-can and must be peace builders”It is based on this foundation, that the Executive Director of MOP-Liberia along with hundreds of other young peace builders across the globe gathered in Amman-Jordon to support the guiding principles on young people and agree on the Amman Youth Declaration on youth, peace and security which calls on government and non-government organizations, associations, and agencies including youth-led civil society to partner with young people to ensure the implementation of four actions points of the Amman Youth Declaration: Youth participation and leadership in issues of Peace and Security, Youth preventing violence and building peace, gender equality and young people’s socio-economic empowerment.The ongoing peace work of MOP-Liberia and other youth led organizations remain largely invisible, unrecognized and even undermined due, largely, to inadequate participatory and inclusive mechanisms as well as opportunities to partner with decision making bodies like the Liberia Peace building Office, UNMIL , UNDP, UNFPA and other international organizations.Our position on this is clear and it is to encourage policy makers and other gate keepers to develop meaningful mechanisms for youth participation in decision making processes that young people in Liberia. We are encouraged in our quest for sustainable peace in Liberia, by the material support provided by NOVAFONE and others. The role of the private sector in building peace cannot be overemphasized and we would like to use this column to advocate for peace partners that equip young people with the ability to engage constructively in civic structures.Until next week, when we come to you dialogues among peace messengers: “Partnership for Peace-Dignity for All-Part 2”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

28 Jul

More Harvard MBAs Are Turning to Politics

first_img Last Updated Jan 22, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Boston There’s no doubt that politics and public service have been hot topics since the November 2016 election. These subjects have dominated news stories and talk shows across the country. And, according to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, politics and public service are also moving up as career choices for graduates from Harvard Business School (HBS).Around 40 Class of ’17 HBS MBA graduates launched careers in government and nonprofits—twice as many as the previous year. Even though this represents just 4 percent of the program’s 900 graduates, it still suggests a growing interest in policy-making for business students.Of course, business and government have always been closely connected, and it’s common for MBA students to aspire to public service and nonprofit involvement as part of their long-term career plans. The difference is that MBA graduates are starting to head into public service careers immediately after graduation. At least that’s what Matthew M. Segneri, an HBS MBA Class of 2004 alumnus, has witnessed. Segneri, the director of the Social Enterprise Initiative at HBS, has noticed that graduates are increasingly considering careers in politics. In an article in the Harvard Crimson, he said: “Over the last 12 to 18 months, I’ve had a number of conversations with folks and seen a real uptick in the number of people who are thinking about local, state, and federal office.”He went on to observe a change in the timing of these plans. “When you look at the prior generations of alumni there is more the tradition of learn, earn, and return—folks would go to school, have a successful traditional business career, and then later in life they would pursue public office or get deeply engaged in nonprofits and their communities,” Segneri said. “Today, there’s both an urgency and an understanding that it doesn’t have to be that way.”There are many factors driving the surge in interest in politics. One is the simple fact that the United States elected a prominent businessman as president in the last election. Another is a trend of prominent business leaders being very vocal about politics in recent months, reinforcing the connection between the business and political realms.For example, during the 2016 November election, Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., threw her support behind the Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District race. And Carlos Diaz, a French entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, told the Financial Times that the tech industry has some responsibility for the 2016 election outcome.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: MBA Alumni Spotlight: HP CEO Meg Whitman“The America that voted for Trump does not own a Tesla, nor an iPhone, and when it needs money, it does not ask business angels for help: it relies on bad credit,” Diaz said. “It is time to recognize that we need to develop technologies and businesses that will benefit the widest range of people possible, algorithms that do not divide but that bring together.”So, it’s not a surprise that MBA graduates are heading into politics. In fact, more than a dozen Harvard MBA graduates have recently announced campaigns to run for local, state, or federal government.Democrat Tim Keller, HBS MBA ’05, was elected mayor of Albuquerque, NM, last month while Republican Margaret Busse, HBS MBA ’01, recently announced her candidacy for the Massachusetts state senate. In addition, HBS MBA ’03 Sarah Amico is expected to announce her run for lieutenant governor in Georgia.While Keller didn’t enter politics straight out of graduate business school, he understands why new MBA graduates are doing so. “In business school, what a lot of people do is say, ‘Oh, my second career is gonna be in public service. I’m gonna go into business, be successful, and then do public service,’” he told the Crimson. “What’s different all of a sudden is that people are opting out early, and they’re like ‘I’m gonna do this right now’ because they’re upset about something or fired up and want to make a difference.”Adem T. Bunkeddeko, MBA Class of ’17, is currently running for Congress in New York’s Ninth Congressional District in Brooklyn—making him a perfect example of this phenomenon. Throughout his career at Harvard, Bunkeddeko maintained his connection to his local community and decided to use his business skills to better serve through politics. “At HBS we’re trained as general managers,” he said. “Understanding aspects of an organization, whether it be from the finance front or human capital, are important and useful skills that are actually quite lacking in public service today.”And many other MBA graduates feel the same way. For Busse, who is running for the Massachusetts State Senate, the many case studies she read during her HBS coursework informed her desire to go into politics. “It’s really that ability to solve real-world problems that is needed in government today, that is needed in nonprofits today, and anywhere where people are trying to make a difference,” she said.In addition, Busse sees widespread dissatisfaction with the current political climate as another reason MBA graduates are entering this arena. “I’m guessing a lot of people are feeling like me, frustrated with the current situation we have in politics today and feeling their skillset gives them a unique ability to help solve the problems we have right now,” Busse said.In fact, that dissatisfaction led HBS MBA ’01 Daniella Ballou-Aares to recruit more HBS graduates into politics by forming the nonprofit Leadership Now with some of her fellow alumni. Developed after the 2016 election, Leadership Now recruits Harvard alumni and business leaders to run for office and helps to raise funds for their campaigns. After just a few months, the nonprofit already has the support of about 300 high-level business leaders.Another example of HBS graduates encouraging public service is With Honor, which was developed by ’09 MBA Rye Barcott to support veterans running for office. In 2018, the organization plans to spend $30 million supporting campaigns for 25 to 35 congressional candidates.In the end, Keller notes that the biggest motivation for MBAs to get into politics may be President Donald Trump. “Whether you like him or not, he is motivating. You’re either motivated against him or you’re motivated for him,” Keller said. “I also do think there’s just something about the millennial group that they’re not going to wait around.”To learn more about how Harvard Business School facilitates students’ careers in politics, visit the school website.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from our sister site, Clear Admit. RelatedTop 10 Nonprofit MBA ProgramsIf you want a job that doesn’t just pay the bills but impacts the world, then working for a nonprofit corporation is the way to go. The nonprofit sector is the third-largest segment of the U.S. workforce, according to Fast Company, employing more than 13.7 million people at 1.8 million…July 15, 2016In “Advice”Social Entrepreneurship and the MBAIt shouldn’t be a surprise that social entrepreneurship is changing the face of the MBA, and rightly so. There’s never been a better time to get involved in nonprofits, and there’s never been a generation that’s been as interested in making a difference. What’s This Social Entrepreneurship I Keep Hearing…March 11, 2016In “Featured Home”HBS Alumnus Named Director of SEIHarvard Business School alumnus Matthew M. Segneri (MBA 2010) has been named the new Director of the school’s Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI). As Director, Segneri is responsible for working with the Initiative’s faculty co-chairs, Professors Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard and V. Kasturi “Kash” Rangan, to oversee SEI’s strategic objectives and…July 28, 2014In “Featured Home”center_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo More Harvard MBAs Are Turning to Politicslast_img read more