It’s not everyday that you get a phone call from the World Bank to say they want to fly you over to Washington! It’s been a pretty exciting week for us so we wanted to share the news and all the details with you. Here’s the low-down from Dave.
Dave, tell us about what is in store for you in Washington next week?
The World Bank Youth Development Forum! The World Bank has selected around 150 people from all over the world to come to the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC to talk about issues affecting the youth today. These people will share their stories on the positive impact they have made in their communities.
The attendees are a combination of people from the public and the private sector, with a strong emphasis on young social entrepreneurs. The focus is on development ‘by the youth, for the youth’. It promises to be an amazing opportunity to meet some inspirational folks, and tell the world about what we are doing with Sexy Socks in South Africa!
How did the World Bank hear about the awesomeness of Sexy Socks?
Good question. I guess this is the beauty of an online business. And they saw our YouTube clip – which you must definitely watch if you haven’t done so yet!
What will you be presenting on?
My focus will be on entrepreneurship as a way out of the poverty trap in South Africa. The stats on youth unemployment are quite frightening, and Sexy Socks – through our Sock Drops – allows us an incredible opportunity to educate and inspire the youth on virtues and opportunities presented by entrepreneurship.
I am passionate about entrepreneurship, and strongly believe that it is the only way forward for South Africa.
Can you name some of the other inspirational speakers and businesses who will also be involved?
We have three keynote speakers: Jo Boyden, Oxford University, Young Lives Project; Dr Leana Wen, Public Health Commissioner, Baltimore City; Ahmed Alhendawi (UNSG Special Envoy for Youth) and Keith Hansen, World Bank Group. There will also be an interview with Victor Mukasa (Executive Director, Kuchu Diaspora Alliance). But what I am most excited about is the opportunity to meet the other young entrepreneurs that are making waves in their communities – these will be the people to watch in the future!
Whilst in Washington… what’s on your bucket list?
You know, the usual. Grab a coffee with the President, hang out at the White House. But more seriously, I want to get to know some of the other social enterprises which are operating in the DC area, and make some connections that will help to take Sexy Socks to the next level!