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Make your voice count: building a global movement – Kate and Ella Robertson, One Young World

About This Episode

Senior global leaders have taken different steps to try and control the coronavirus pandemic, but according to Kate and Ella Robertson, it is the world’s young leaders who are stepping up and making the real difference. In this episode of Change Makers, the co-founder and managing director of the global forum for young leaders One Young World argue that young people are the ones driving the solutions to global issues including the current crisis, and now is the time to recognise them for it.

Kate and Ella Robertson

One Young World’s mission is to create a better world, with more responsible and more effective leadership. Every year, One Young World achieves this by identifying, promoting and connecting the world’s most impactful young leaders. Kate Robertson launched the summit in London in 2010 with David Jones, and each year since it has brought more than 2,000 young leaders and hundreds of influential global counsellors to cities around the world from Bangkok to Bogota, to drive solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. Ella has overseen the annual summit as its managing director for the past five years.

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

Kate: The Cloud of Unknowing, Julian of Norwich

Ella: The Great Escape, Angus Deaton.

What are you watching in lockdown?

Kate: The Last Dance, Netflix

Ella: Rewatching the entirety of Game of Thrones

What is your lockdown soundtrack?


Nessun Dorma (Pavarotti)

Tiny Dancer (Elton John)

Something Inside So strong (Labi Siffre)

One Love (Bob Marley)

R.E.S.P.E.C.T (Aretha Franklin).

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Kate: Most people are really good and kind.

Ella: Coming up with new ideas and getting them to market as quickly as possible.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Kate: Bob Geldof & Jamie Oliver – changed the World before they were 30.

Ella: President Mary Robinson of Ireland, her tenacity and grace blow me away.

What is your best tip for life ?

Kate: Take your work seriously and enjoy it; take yourself with a dose of humour.

Ella: None of the big moments matter if you can’t stop and enjoy simple pleasures.

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