- Ten young people from the United States have just five minutes to explain why their policy idea could make the world a better place.
- Winners will travel to the UK to undergo advanced leadership training at the University of Cambridge and meet with Members of the UK Houses of Parliament.
- Contestants and winners will become part of a global network of emerging policy leaders.
Policy Wonk Live!, an ‘X-Factor/TED-x-style’ event at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Monday 13 August 2018, will give ten young people just five minutes to persuade a panel of judges why their policy idea could make the world a better place.
The judging panel for Policy Wonk Live! includes Dr. Paula Warrick (Senior Director of the Office of Merit Awards at American University), William Kellibrew (Director of the Office of Youth Violence Prevention in the Baltimore City Health Department), Derek Conrad (Communications Manager at Capital One), and Melissa Wear (Head of Society Programmes at the British Council in the USA).
The ten participants will be competing for one of four posts to represent the United States in the British Council’s Future Leaders Connect program. The U.S. finalists will join other international representatives in a nine-day advanced policy and leadership development opportunity, including two days spent with politicians in the UK Houses of Parliament, where they will put forward their policy ideas on combating some of the world’s greatest challenges.
Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council, said: “An international outlook is vital for future leaders of all countries to understand and overcome the challenges our changing world presents. Through Future Leaders Connect we will help a new generation to understand practical policy development by putting them in contact with the leaders of today and helping them to develop the skills and international contacts they need to make positive change.”
Over 200 young people from the United States were invited to apply to become a member of the global network of emerging policy leaders. Eleven other countries are taking part in the Future Leaders Connect program, including Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, and the UK.
Future Leaders Connect is a network of emerging policy leaders made up of exceptional individuals aged 18-35 from around the world. Members of the network are given the opportunity to develop their policy-making expertise, make valuable connections and gain the skills to have a real impact.
British Council research (Trust Pays) found that people who have had involvement in cultural relations – arts, education and English language activities – with the UK have greater trust in people from the UK.
A separate study by the British Council in 2014 found that one in ten world leaders had studied in the UK.