Dear Fellow JCI Senators,
It is my great privilege to greet you as the 2016 JCI Senate Chairperson. I am anticipating an exciting year as we seek to strengthen and develop this worldwide network of outstanding individuals who have meritoriously demonstrated their commitment to JCI throughout the years. After serving JCI members as the 2015 JCI President, I cannot forget all the impactful projects, I witnessed and the ways in which members were acting to unite with all sectors of society to build a sustainable impact.
The JCI commitment to positive change is increasing every day, and I am proud to have seen so many members working in such a special year. In 2015, we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the JCI Movement, had chance to learn more about our history, share our story with our partners, and discuss how we will be building together a better future.
Our members, as was in the past, showcased leading examples of initiating projects that are solutions for the challenges. Yet there is remaining work to be done, which cannot be accomplished without the strong support of JCI Senators. Global Goals for Sustainable Impact are our common goals for the future, and as we move forward to be the organization that unites all sectors of society, we will see that this goals become really every single day that we just act accordingly.
I would like to congratulate you for your JCI Senatorship, which honors your years of outstanding service to our organization. Thank you for being a leading examples of empowered young men who had opportunity to develop themselves in this organization. Now more than ever, we need your support as we encourage our members to act by inspiring and sharing our stories and achievements. I would ask that you continue providing service to humanity, because we know it is the best work of life. During our time as JCI members and now as JCI Senators, we have learned best practices, conducted projects based our communities’ needs, and led our organizations to focus on impact. As we reach the age of 40, we must pass on what we gained during our time as JCI members to the younger members, so that they too may have the opportunity to bring creative solutions to issues and join JCI as active citizens invested in their communities.
Each of us as a JCI Senator are an integral part of JCI as a whole. I would like to encourage all Senators to take their position in the organization with a perspective of a mentor, who is ready to bring the experience as well as guide the active members in process of providing development opportunities that empower them. You have the opportunity to develop our organization as you support JCI members, connect with alumni, external partners and spread the word of JCI.
As we strive to be the organization that unites all sectors of society to create sustainable impact, our way forward is not possible without you. Therefore I ask you, in 2016, to continue this legacy of service and impact and Just Act for the future of JCI and better world.
I hope to see you all in Area Conferences in Punta del Este, Johannesburg, Kaohsiung, Tampere, and in World Congress in Quebec!
2016 JCI Senate Chairperson
Greetings once again from St. Louis in what is my last official address of 2015.
As we reflect back on this year, my heart is full as I think about the incredible effort that JCI members have put in to create positive change on every level.
During my time as a member starting from 2005 till today, I have experienced a true change and may say that I am totally transformed. This has been an exciting journey of becoming and being an active citizen through development opportunities and learning by doing.
In my travels I have been overwhelmed by the creativity, passion and drive that I have seen in young active citizens around the world to create positive change. You can easily see a small reflection of this from the more than 450,000 lives impacted through Project Impact 100 in 2015. Truly this movement is made up of great people who desire to see peace and prosperity for all.
With JCI, I have learned as Audrey Hepburn says, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
2015 has been a year unlike any other for JCI. We have driven ourselves further than ever before to unite all sectors of society for sustainable impact. We celebrated 100 years of impact with projects and activities and spread the news about what JCI has been doing for the past century. We published a report to showcase how young people contributed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and adopted the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. JCI was one of the first youth-led organizations to adopt these goals through signing the Kanazawa Declaration at our 2015 JCI World Congress. This demonstrated a strong commitment to our future, a declaration of interdependence and our care for each other.
This was a year of connection. We made connections between local and international communities and connections between JCI members and fellow active citizens across all sectors of society. We collected information and resources to bridge the past with today and the future.
As JCI President, I am proud and feel blessed to represent our beloved organization in such a special period. This would not be possible without the support of the great team called TEAM ONE who played a critical part in all we accomplished this year.
Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
This year, I felt empowered. I hope that you also feel the impact of JCI and the impact of our 100th Anniversary.
We are poised and ready for the next century of impact, and I truly believe that it will be even greater than the one before as we build on the success and things we have learned to mobilize young people for action. The world desperately needs young people who care about their communities and the future of our society. Thank you for your commitment.
I wish you all a wonderful and joyous holiday season and Happy New Year!
Keep on smiling and creating impact in 2016 and beyond!
Warm greetings and well wishes to JCI members, partners and friends from all over the world! It is my great pleasure to address you once again from JCI World Headquarters in St. Louis as we finish the third quarter of the year.
This has been a very full summer of exciting events that have propelled us forward in JCI’s Mission and Vision.
I am so grateful for the support and hard work of JCI members on every level who are contributing to the success of completing the 2015 JCI Plan of Action and therefore the Strategic Plan. We have made great progress in this year and it is thanks to your dedication and commitment to creating positive change. We have plans in place for how to ensure that we complete the targets within this year.
I know that many National Organizations are continuing to have celebrations of the 100th Anniversary this fall during your National Conventions and other events. I hope that many of you will also be planning events in your local communities for the release of JCI’s “What’s in a Movement?” Documentary. In honor and recognition of the founding of the JCI Movement, there will be local screenings around the world the week of October 13, 2015. We are greatly looking forward to this opportunity to share with our communities the story of impact that JCI has had now for 100 years. The documentary will be available for download soon.
Of course, you all know that in just a few short weeks, delegates from over 100 countries will gather in Kanazawa, Japan for what is sure to be a dynamic and exciting week of inspiration, training, decision-making and of course celebrations of the 100th Anniversary. We look forward to seeing many of you there for an unforgettable week.
Thank you for your passion and commitment to sustainable impact; with this strong force of active citizens, we will surely continue to make positive change. You have my sincere appreciation. Keep smiling and commit, connect and care for the future of JCI and our world as we celebrate 100 years of impact in 2015.
Greetings to JCI members, partners and friends from all over the world!
It is my great pleasure to address you once again, this time after completing four area conferences and Global Partnership Summit of JCI.
In the last couple of months, I have gotten to see many of you, not only during my travels to 40 countries so far this year, but also at the four Area Conferences. These conferences joined us together as regions to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the JCI Movement on an international level, find motivation to continue the momentum of positive change and connect with one another for greater impact and strengthened relationships.
- from the dynamic Regional Partnership Summit and live performance of the 100th Anniversary song “Time to Celebrate” and "Team One"
- to the Carnival atmosphere of Cochabamba and JCI Morning Show and Impact Talks initiated during the conferences
- to the Smile’n Run in Istanbul that raised awareness for JCI Operation Hope and International Corporate Social Responsibility Awards finalized with international participation
- to the Best Practice Sharing session of National Organizations and big Gala Night where we celebrated together our 100th Years of Impact at Kota Kinabalu
At each conference, I had the privilege to share with and learn from hundreds of young active citizens who are passionate about positive change in their communities.
One of the other major events in the second quarter of this year has been my appointment of Arrey Obenson as JCI Secretary General. I am confident that he will continue to support our leadership team and JCI members to advance JCI forward into the next 100 years of impact. We are incredibly grateful for his service. Thank you for your outpouring support for him.
There are some very exciting events happening during this period such as JCI Global Partnership Summit and Unveiling of the JCI Monument. I will be sharing a special post for this events separately.
One important day for all of us is October 13th 2015. We are celebrating the JCI’s 100th Anniversary throughout the year, and I hope that each one of you and your Local Organization are creating ways to celebrate this momentous event. Please save the date for Global Watch Party. During this days I will be in St.Louis Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our First Local Organization with local members. I encourage you to consider preparing a gathering or event for the same day where you may bring together our active members, senators, seniors and alumni to reconnect as well as to celebrate together all achievements of our organization. JCI Headquarters Team is working on a documentary that will be available for that day and will be shared with your local organizations. October 13th is a special day to continue our celebration and prepare for biggest activity that will happen in World Congress in Kanazawa, Japan.
I must always conclude with my thanks to the thousands and thousands of dedicated, passionate young active citizens around the world who are finding creative solutions to the many challenges of our time. I give you my sincere appreciation. Keep smiling and commit, connect and care for the future of JCI and our world as we celebrate 100 years of impact in 2015.
Greetings to JCI members, partners and friends all over the world! It is my great pleasure to address you once again from JCI World Headquarters in St. Louis at the end of the first quarter of 2015.
It has certainly been an exciting beginning to this year of celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the JCI Movement. It has been my great pleasure to visit just a small segment of the amazing work being done by JCI members around the globe.
In my visits to 22 countries all over the world, I have been inspired by motivated members who are conducting innovative projects that meet the root issues in their communities, partnerships with all sectors of society that focus on sustainable impact, and of course the many smiles of beautiful people.
This year has already included many highlights demonstrating the commitment of JCI members.
- To name a few, JCI’s goal of collecting 10,000 My World votes has been far surpassed with over 21,000 votes! This is a good example of how we have brought the voice of youth to future of development with the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Extensive work is being done with Skills Development Program and the new course Effective Leadership was launched this year. We are also working to develop new trainings including Project Management and Advanced Presentation Skills, which will be launched during World Congress.
- One of the big accomplishments was the launch of the JCI Alumni Program, which has been met with very positive feedback. Our hope is that this will harness the untapped resource of millions of JCI Alumni to build and engage a network to reconnect them to the JCI Movement.
Of course our main focus this year is the 100th Anniversary of the JCI Movement. I have seen great initiatives on all levels to celebrate this momentous occasion and draw on this opportunity to highlight to the rest of the world all that JCI has accomplished in 100 years.
We have received the reports of the first 12 Project Impact 100s that have been completed, which have impacted the lives of an astounding 5,000 people! Just imagine the impact if every Local Organization conducts its own Project Impact 100. I look forward to giving out certificates and special pins to the first one hundred Project Impact 100s completed!
We are also preparing for the Unveiling of the Monument, which will be on July 25 at the JCI World Headquarters here in St. Louis. There is still time to donate to the 100th Anniversary in order to get your name included on one of the plaques.
Finally, I am greatly looking forward to the 2015 JCI Area Conferences that will begin in just a few short weeks. This will be a great opportunity for us to join together and celebrate on an international level what has been accomplished already in this year. In addition to celebrations of the 100th Anniversary throughout the week, there will be new and exciting aspects to the program. For example, there will be a Regional Partnership Summit at each Conference to build and strengthen partnerships and demonstrate the power that can be harnessed when all sectors of society can collaborate on an issue.
Influential JCI members will give the inaugural Impact Talks to share their experience and motivation behind creating impact in the lives of their communities. All this and more are just a few of the reasons why I am so looking forward to Area Conferences and hopefully meeting many of you. I look forward to hearing your stories and sharing with you in that special time.
Thank you to each one of you for your commitment to the Mission of JCI. We need each one of you as we make positive change around the world. Thank you for all of your smiles! Commit, Connect and Care for the future of JCI and our world as we celebrate 100 Years of Impact in 2015.
Greetings and Happy New Year to JCI members, partners and friends all over the world! I am speaking to you from the JCI World Headquarters, here in St. Louis, USA the birthplace of the JCI Movement. I look forward to spending this year taking action for sustainable impact as we continue to fulfill the JCI Mission. As the year of my JCI Presidency begins, I would like to express my great hope and motivation for an impactful year ahead.
2015 is a unique and important year for JCI. This year, we honor our past as we celebrate a bright and exciting future. With the 100th Anniversary of the JCI Movement, 2015 is an opportunity for JCI members, alumni, partners and friends to unite for a better world. This is our opportunity to highlight the positive change young active citizens have created throughout the past 100 years, while continuing to empower young people to take action for sustainable impact for the next 100 years. I encourage each of you to think about how your JCI Local and National Organization can take advantage of this great opportunity and share JCI’s story of 100 years of impact in your community.
In 2015, I call on you to Commit to the future, Connect with the future and Care for the future. Every action we take in the present, paves the way for a better world for future generations. As young active citizens, it is our duty to unite fellow citizens from the business, government and civil sectors of society. This year is about making those connections; connections between our past and future, connections between local and international communities, connections between JCI members and fellow active citizens across all sectors of society. Our actions will allow us to commit to the betterment of our communities, connect our global network and care for the future of our world. Starting at the local level, with JCI members like you, I know we can take great action this year to move us closer toward our goal of being the organization that unites all sectors of society to create sustainable impact.
Thank you for your continued support, your smiles and I hope to see you somewhere in the world very soon. I wish each of you a happy and healthy start to your year. Commit, Connect and Care for the future of JCI and our world as we celebrate 100 Years of Impact in 2015.
"I have a theory too. My theory is about moments. Moments of impacts.
My theory is that, these moments of impact, these flashes of high intensity that completely turn our lives upside down actually end up defining who we are.
The thing is, each one of us is the sum total of every moment that we’ve ever experienced, with all the people we’ve ever known. It is these moments that become our history, like our own personal greatest hits of memories that we play and replay in our mind, over and over again. A moment of total, physical, mental and every other kind of love.
So that is my theory, that these moments of impact define who we are. A moment of impact. A moment of impact has potential for change, has ripple effects far beyond what we can predict.
Sending some particles crashing together making them closer than before, while sending others off into great ventures, ending where you never thought you’d find them. You see that’s the best thing of moments like these, you can’t, no matter how hard you try, control how they are going to effect you. You just got to let these colliding particles land where they may and wait until the next collision.”
Bugün bir sürpriz vardı benim için, günlerce emek verilmiş toplanmış kapaklar yarın adresine teslim edilecek. Tane tane kapaklar küçük ellerce toplanmışlar... Engelleri aşmak için... Mutlu bir an! Sürpriz olan tarafı da tüm bu eforu benim bu akşam keşfetmem :)
Today, there was a surprise for me. My daughter and son, has collected caps durng last days and they were preparing them to deliver tomorrow for a social project, a project that support to overcome obstacles. It was a very happy moment. All the effort is suprisig for me due that I have just discovered...
Detay için / For details: http://www.kapaktoplama.com/
Çok değil daha bir kaç yıl önce, karış karış memleketi gezip proje için uygun arazi aradığımız dönemde, bir agronomist gibi eğitim alıyor kendimi yetiştirmeye çalışıyordum.
Proje için ziyaret ettiğim ülkelerin birisi Brezilya'ydı ve sadece bir imza için gittiğim Sao Paolo'dan oniki gün sonra dönmüştüm. Bunun ayrı bir hikayesi var.
Bugün aklımda olan orada ve buna benzer arazilerde öğrendiğim budama ile ilgili ağaçlarla ilgili yaklaşımın aslında ne kadar da bizlerle de ilgili olduğu. Zaman, kaynak vb. pek çok şeyimiz kısıtlı. Aynısı, ağaçlar ve bitkiler için de geçerli, sınırlı bir arazide, sınırlı su ve besin kaynakları ile yetişmeye ve büyümeye çalışıyorlar. Ürünü ve meyvesi daha verimli olsun diye ya budama yapılıyor ya da çiçeklenme döneminde çiçekler seçilerek seyreltiliyor. Böylece daha güçlü ağaçlar ve daha güzel meyvelere fırsat tanınıyordu. Benzer durum bizim ofisteki ağaçlar için geçerli. Saksı içerisinde sınırlı alanında kaç dal büyümeye imkanı olur ki... Yardımcı olunca işi kolaylaşıyor.
İşte onlarca dala dağılmış bizlerde, şayet biraz kendimizi budar ve seyreltirsek, ne kadar gür ve güzel sonuçlar elde ederiz çok şaşırtıcı olmasa gerek.
Günün hikayesi oldu, , ofis ve Sao Paolo...
Few years ago, I had to travel every inch of my country looking for suitable land for a plantation project. During the same period I was trying to raise myself to learn more and train myself as an agronomist.
It was same period that I had to travel to Sao Paolo and Araraquara in Brasil, planned just for two days. I was planning to be there, have a signature and return back immediately. But my visit last for 12 days. It was a great experience that I would be glad to share this story as a seperate blog post.
Today, while being in the office, suddenly I have remembered my traning experience and what I have learned regarding pruning of the trees. This approach is very much related with our choices as well... Everything we have is very limited. Also it is same for the trees. With a limited soal, water and resources they have to grow the best fruits. In order to sake the best of the products one of the methodology is pruning.
It is a very basic idea, but very efficient. We may apply to our daily life. Here are dozens of branches, if someone prunes them, no suprise in a short time we observe beautiful results.
The short story of the day, observation, office and Sao Paolo...