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  This afternoon, I participated at the GCMP (Global Change Makers Program)  Reunion (They seem to call it “GCMP Next Campus 11” ) with some 60 alumni of the GCMP.  All of them participated in the tour (not sure whether the term “tour” is right or not…) to Bangladesh and have done project there. Though I have served as one of the advisors of the GCMP and it has been two years since I met the original members, it was the first time I participated in their event. 

  They have kept me informed of their activities, and I  have seen their presentation materials and have met with the leadership teams a few times.  Meeting with some 60 and listening to their stories was very exciting.  I had known of the story of Yukiguni Maitake project with Grameen, but it was the first time I heard the story from the founder of the project.  It was very powerful and fascinating as it was real.

  I ran the small workshop entitled  “Competitiveness for the future”  with some 20 people, as a part of the event.  I began by asking “the key words describing the world today.”  Then I asked implications of the list of words they picked up. 

  I introduced the concept of “plus-sum” competition (not “zero-sum”) which has been emerging and how each one of us can identify our own uniqueness by the concept of combination in exploring what we want to do with our life and in what arena we want to go into.  I emphasized the value of exploring and going into the new territory, no matter how scary they seem.

  I talked more than what I had intended, but during the Q &A session, their questions seemed to reflect their concern. From their questions I received during and after the workshop,   I got an impression that some of them struggled to analyze too much and plan too long.  I understand their struggle as I have been in their position many times.  I have come to realize that you need not plan everything and analyze everything in life and have tried to convery that message.  I hope my talk and comment somewhat helped in their effort to do something.       

GCMP After the workshop, we had food and drinks, continuing our casual talk.  In the meantime, each one of us signed on the big flag of GCMP(photo on the left).  The event ended with the handover  from the current leadership group to the new leader, which I find quite impressive.   

  Interacting with many young people in their 20s (majority) full of energy, good spirit and dedication was a nice way to spend Sunday afternoon, even though we (including me) still are shocked with the damage of a series of disasters which still continues.

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