So, that’s that – World Congress went out with a bang last night.
Osaka’s Kyocera Dome is an indoor arena that’s large enough to stage a BASEBALL game. Last night, it was filled instead with white table cloths, the sound of the clinks of glasses plus 6,000+ young professionals from more than 80 countries. I’ll get some video footage of the scene in the coming days.
Needless to say, it was quite a spectacle!
As for impressions of the Congress – well, bit early to say. In terms of exposure to a global community of young active citizens, it certainly delivered: I now have an embryonic network that includes, for example, the good people of Monaco, Malaysia and Uulanbatur in Mongolia. It’s not every day you get to meet folk from these countries in one go…
The organisation effort of our hosts, JCI Osaka, has been quite simply staggering – especially when you factor in that JCI is a voluntary organisation. I remember first being inspired to attend this Congress when 100+ Japanese paraded at World Congress in New Delhi two years ago to promote the event. In the intervening years they have not been idle!
More thoughts on this soon – but in the meantime, I have a train to catch and a speech to give in Kobe!
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