A spectacular launch party on Tuesday, 10 November marked the official kick-off of Generation T. In conjunction with Act4Change, we brought together this colourful collection of young change makers from all over Belgium for the first time. They were able to network and exchange ideas with each other to their heart’s content in the cosy setting of La Tricoterie in Brussels. As of now, they will be able to use their energy, entrepreneurship and critical eye to develop all kinds of projects with added value for society.
“Generation T stands for Transition and transcending borders.” Jury president Sihame El Kaouakibi, herself a member of the 18-35 generation, sums it up perfectly. With the same motivation as The Shift, this group of young activists and entrepreneurs wants to help our society avoid pigeonholing and the status quo. In a fiery speech, El Kaouakibi kicked off the first Generation T meeting, at which young people were able to get to know each other and have a foretaste of what awaits them in the year ahead.
Start at a local level and reinforce your concept worldwide
A newly graduated farmer supplying organic goat’s cheese, the designer of trendy-but-fair fashion or a seasoned parliamentarian... Like a healthy society, diversity is also key for Generation T. All these different profiles were able to exchange ideas and business cards with each other informally and via lively speed dating during this launch event. For it is there that the strength of these upcoming change makers of tomorrow lies. They know better than anyone the mega, giga, even terra-huge challenges facing our society. But they also want to address them with united forces, innovative ideas and concrete projects. Starting with an individual, local initiative and then going beyond the bounds of the imaginable. And with the declared ambition of achieving a global impact.
A little less conversation, a little more action
For a year our young people will take part in a series of activities which strengthen their projects and those of complimentary partner organisations. A coaching session with Hay Group is planned for them and a few climate specialists went to Paris for the COP 21 Climate Summit at the end of November. In addition, the foodies of Generation T will soon be able to get their teeth into making the food chain sustainable: at The Foodture event on 8 December they will take part in brainstorming about the future of our food and some food companies from our network have already expressed an interest in being at the table with them.
Who is involved in Generation T?
But our young people are also eager to collaborate in all kinds of fields and projects. On generation-t.be you will find all 100 young people and their initiatives. Please feel free to look at their profiles and contact us if you would like to work with them.
On 10 November the ball was officially opened, our Generation T young people now warmly invite you to join us!