The residencies are based in the dynamic area of Braamfontein, a hub for art, music and good food. Earlier that day I'd taken part in a 'market hack' just behind Neighbourgoods Market, with street stalls, demonstrations and activities for public audiences to try cutting-edge, creative electronic and design tools.
Society victories that were led by youth are now going public and will be shared with this and the next generation through the Global Talks Campaign. There are no borders when it comes to ideas, no restrictions when it comes to determined young people. There are no Greek or Kuwaiti youth problems, only international ones.
Youth unemployment levels cannot be wholly improved without effective policy by national governments, nor education in our schools that needs to adapt to the requirements of the 21st century. Arguably, global business will struggle to become more responsible without an element of legislative steer too.
One Young World opened my eyes to the great impact youth can make in society. I was particularly inspired by Ambassadors like Ajarat Bada, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Bariq Rifki, Parker Liautaud, Clinton Gachangi and many others. Until I started following One Young World online, I had not identified a particular area to make positive change.
One Young World's delegates of 2013 voted overwhelmingly to include youth unemployment as one of the six plenary topics discussed at this year's Summit in Johannesburg. Delegate speakers from the UK, France, Burundi, China, Nigeria and Turkey all showcased entrepreneurial initiatives and models that have been successful in lowering youth unemployment.
In an era of accelerating tech entrepreneurship, it's easy to forget the tenacity of founders in other sectors. It was only after booking in at The Peech Hotel in Johannesburg that I discovered the story behind one of South Africa's most sought after eco-chic boutiques.