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Former Latam Presidents believe Millennials should fill ‘vacuum of leadership’

After delivering Telefonica’s recent Global Millennial Survey (GMS) findings to young leaders from across 190 countries, Ronan Dunne, CEO Telefonica UK, welcomed four former Latin American presidents onto the stage at the One Young World Summit in Dublin, Ireland. President Alejandro Toledo (Peru), President Ardito-Barletta (Panama), President Vicente Fox Quesada (Mexico) and President Pastrana (Colombia), took their seats for what was an intimate look inside a continent from those who …Read more

The Digital Ripple Effect

First published on Neelie Kroes (Vice-President of the European Commission) blog (15/10/2014) Can improving digital literacy increase positive interactions we have with the Web? During @CodeWeekEU, Telefonica’s Global Director for Public Engagement, Frederic Michel, discusses the merits of increased online/offline digital participation as changing perceptions of the Web Like in society, we want our web to be open, inclusive and accessible. However, upholding these democratic values online is easier said …Read more

Telefonica Millennial Leader Speaks during Global Summit on Sustainability

José María Ortega Hernández, an award-winning Think Big project leader from Spain, roused global leaders, including Dame Ellen MacArthur and Lord Bilimoria, when he delivered his speech during the Sustainable Development plenary at this year’s One Young World Summit – the second largest gathering of nations on earth. On the day that saw Ronan Dunne, Chief Executive of Telefonica UK, deliver the findings from the second Global Millennial Survey, the …Read more

Global Survey: Today’s Millennials are Tech-Savvy, Footloose, Confident and Practical

First published via Coca Cola Journey’s platform (13/10/2014) A new global study of Millennials and technology released this week by Telefonica reveals some interesting insights about the tech-savvy, globetrotting and culturally diverse generation. The study, which interviewed 6,700 men and women age 18 to 30 in the Americas and Western Europe, uncovered cultural and geographical differences in attitudes. It also revealed some common denominators. For example, mobile technology is important …Read more

Optimism: A Millennial Trait Overlooked?

Ahead of One Young World, Ronan Dunne, Telefonica UK’s CEO, discusses an attitude defining a generation As a Dublin boy born and raised, I’ll find myself heading home this week for the largest gathering of nations second only to the Olympic Games, One Young World (OYW). The Summit welcomes over 1,300 millennial leaders from 190 countries to debate and agree on actions they believe are necessary for the good of …Read more

Survey reveals how technology can combat political apathy in the UK

As the UK’s political parties’ battle for the hearts and minds of voters ahead of the May 2015 election, a new opinion poll for Telefónica lifts the lid on the views of an often ignored voter demographic – young people. The UK findings from Telefónica’s global survey of Millennials suggests that Westminster is still failing to inspire young people. According to the survey, an overwhelming majority (71%) of the Millennial generation …Read more

Environmental Neglect: Who’s Responsible Anyway?

By Clare Coughlan, Telefonica UK Recent Millennial Survey shows neither Governments nor individuals taking responsibility for leading environmental change. Is there a third option? Everyone has a responsibility to leave the planet in a better state than when they found it (or at least not to leave it any worse). But the reality is that as individuals, we can’t see the impact we’re making, and we probably don’t trust anyone else …Read more

Survey to be discussed at largest gathering of Millennials on the planet

Ronan Dunne (@ronandunneo2), Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica UK (O2) and member of the Telefónica SA Executive Committee, will discuss this year’s Global Millennial Survey at One Young World in Dublin, Ireland in front of 1,300 Millennial leaders from 190 countries. The session itself will be streamed LIVE via the GMS homepage on Thursday, 16th October at 13:45pm (IST). The annual Millennial summit, which takes place between 15-18 October, is …Read more

Telefonica Activate Digital Learning Opportunities for Millennials across Europe

In a week in which the Global Millennial Survey 2014 revealed that when it comes to tech skills, Millennials focus on the basics, Telefónica aims to celebrate coding and digital skills development with activities for young people in Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom as part of European Code Week. This initiative was launched by Neelie Kroes’ Young Advisors with the support from DG Connect at the European Commission and is seen …Read more

Telefónica Brings Be More to One Young World

Telefónica are proud to announce that we’re taking Be More on the road to Dublin for the second largest gathering of nations on earth – One Young World. Inspired by our beliefs in youth and digital, our breakout this year will discuss how delegates can adopt and enable entrepreneurial (“intrapreneurial”) behaviour in big business to disrupt how we do things – the way we work, the way we identify new …Read more

World’s Millennial Leaders Invited to Wayra Dublin

Having beat off stiff competition from awe-inspiring cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Edinburgh, Dublin city has been rewarded with the privilege of hosting over 1,500 multinational leaders from 190 countries as part of the One Young World Summit 2014. The city, which is Europe’s youngest capital, is also the perfect place for millennial leaders to discover how they can gain investment for their digital startups as Dublin houses …Read more

Inheriting Scotland: Will young Scots back global millennial trend of togetherness or seek path to independence?

Data suggests young Scots see themselves as British and claims the digitised world may influence their vote to stay a part of the UnionBy Danny Bartlett, (@whosbored) Last year, I had the pleasure of attending One Young World, which as well as being the largest gathering of nations second only to the Olympic Games, also happens to bring over 1,300 millennial leaders together in an attempt to find youth-led solutions …Read more

Latin America: No longer an importer of tech, but a creator

By Fernando Arenas (@FernandoArenas), Telefónica One Young World delegate It’s a great time to be living and working in Latin America. Consumption and manufacturing is growing and most of the population are young and want to be part of driving the change in a region that has historically been under-developed. Opportunities abound. Yet researching the Global Millennial Survey (2013) left me thinking about the goals and dreams of Latin American millennials, especially …Read more

The Political Apathy Myth: How Young People are Redefining Political Engagement

By Danny Bartlett, @whosbored Political apathy is a term usually associated with youth. Whether it’s low voter turnout, disengagement from democratic processes or the lack of knowledge to make informed decisions, young people have been identified as the one demographic seemingly beyond saving. A sweeping statement maybe but when we consider a recent study conducted by the Hansard Society indicating that only 12% of under 25 year olds within the …Read more

‘Algorithmic regulation’: can big data put the nails in politics’ coffin?

By Florence Broderick, @FloBroderick Disengaged, frustrated and disappointed: today’s millennials have found themselves growing up in a murky period for politics as technology has brought a new transparency to society. Delegates at this year’s One Young World summit will have closely observed the spin, the expense scandals and the corruption as their unfortunate intertwinement with politics has reared its ugly head time and time again over the past decade. Thus, it’s …Read more

Technology can be an equalizer and open up opportunities to all

By Emily Stott, @MillieStott It’s hard to disagree with the statement that ‘technology opens doors’. Technology empowers everyday entrepreneurs, allowing capital sourcing through crowd funding and free marketing through social media. Technology enables more efficient and widespread healthcare, with the penetration of smartphones permitting remote monitoring and self-diagnosis. Technology allows improved access to education and makes learning easier, faster and simpler. This is listing just a handful of the benefits. Through …Read more