The Euth Foundation’s ‘Global Launchpad’ Event Encourages Young People To Turn Ideas Into Action During COVID-19

The Euth Foundation’s ‘Global Launchpad’ Event Encourages Young People To Turn Ideas Into Action During COVID-19

The free virtual conference will promote social collaboration featuring 20 changemakers.

Published April 7th

Written by BET Staff

Social distancing and self-isolation can be overwhelming during the coronavirus pandemic. However, many people are using this time for some much needed self-reflection. If you want to improve yourself and the people around you, Euth Foundation is here to help. 

The nonprofit organization  is kicking off Global Launchpad on April 15. The free, virtual conference is a three day event that will inspire people to generate ideas for improving society, help them develop skills for turning those ideas into action, and provide healthy avenues for them to de-stress during the COVID-19 crisis.

A group of young Harvard, Yale, Princeton, SC Honors College, and Peace Corps alumni, have teamed up to create initiatives to promote social collaboration. The conference is the brainchild of Euth Foundation founder Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, a recent Yale grad who found herself unemployed, but not uninspired during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“I wanted to convene people from around the world to discuss ideas for how we can improve society. Hurricanes present us with a unique opportunity to rebuild—to start over—and it is imperative that we consider how we can rebuild and reimagine our world after COVID-19,” said Wilson.

“We absolutely cannot return to doing things the way we were. We need to make education more equitable, housing more affordable, society more accessible for people with disabilities, healthcare more available, and the environment more sustainable. To do so, we will need creative ideas and solutions. 

Wilson has gathered like minded individuals who will come together to brainstorm around ideas that will foster the most change focusing on three major goals.

  • Convene speakers and participants from around the world in sessions and conversations to discuss ideas for improving society after COVID-19.

  • Teach participants skills for turning their ideas for creating change into action.

  • Provide opportunities for participants to de-stress in healthy ways, be inspired, and have hope during this global pandemic.

The Global Launchpad conference is a three day event from April 15 to 17 and will include 20 changemakers who will share their ideas in panel discussions and teach participants how to make their ideas a reality. Each day, participants will be able to attend "Meet and Greets" where they can meet other participants and some of the speakers. Participants can attend as many or as few sessions as they like.

Wilson is also wants others to share their ideas on social media using the hashtags #socialstorm and #gothedistance and to tell us their idea when they register. 

“I am specifically targeting young people because they are our future and likely have innovative ideas we have not yet considered. I also wanted to cast a more positive light on millennials, my generation, and Gen Zers,” said Wilson. 

There is "Healthy Hour," which will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day where participants can join free, family-friendly activities to help them de-stress, including exercise classes and performances.

Global Launchpad is also challenging people around the world to take place in a “social storm” on social media. Share or sing your ideas for bringing about change and challenge others to do the same with the hashtag #socialstorm.

Those who want to turn their idea into action and de-stress, can register for the three-day Global Launchpad event at Euth.org

Let's #socialstorm to #gothedistance!

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