Boot Camp Highlights - Day 1

by C:F Team on 15th May, 2010 at 2:30 PM CEST

The Challenge:Future Summit 2010 started yesterday with the Boot Camp section. The three days of Boot Camp will provide participants with opportunities for reflection, personal growth and fun outdoor activities in Bled. Here are some of the highlights of the 1st Boot Camp day:

Boot Camp Welcome

During the Boot Camp welcome, participants were first greeted by dr. Danica Purg, founder and president of IEDC-Bled School of Management, where the Summit is taking place. In her opening remarks, dr. Purg expressed the joy of finally hosting the most successful participants in this year's C:F competition from so many different parts of the world.

Summit attendees listening to welcome words

Dr. Purg was followed by Andreja Kodrin, the initiator of the Challenge:Future competition, who was delighted to finally see all the people behind photos and words written on the C:F platform throughout the year. In her words, we have already done many great things together in the past 8 months, but there is still much to do to change business models, invent new technologies and improve education to make a positive impact on the society. She also invited all Summit participants, representative of youth, to take and active part and start leading C:F in a direction that will enable to shape a better world for future generations.

After these brief welcome speeches, we all got the chance to speak up, introduce ourselves and our expectations for the Summit under the guidance of dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva.

At the end of the Welcome part, Johanny and Krste took the stage to introduce the Challenge of the Day: What can we do to reduce human vulnerability during ecological disasters?

Johanny introducing Challenge of the Day

Outdoor adventures

With the challenge of the day in mind, we all headed outside and had an interesting adventure at the Straža Adventure Park. We didn't allow the rain to spoil the great atmosphere among the participants, and the Adventure Park provided a great bonding experience that initiated many new friendships.

Enjoying the adventure park


After the outdoor adventures, we headed back to IEDC for the afternoon part of the program. First, Ana and Dan led a discussion about The Future of Challenge:Future, during which many great ideas were generated.

Warming up before the discussions

This discussion was followed by a reflection on the Challenge of the Day, again led by Johanny and Krste. We heard some great ideas on how we could react to natural disasters: from focusing on better education by teaching people how to react in case of disasters that most commonly occur in their geographic area, a global relief found, better planning and encouraging innovative solutions for natural disaster prevention and mitigation, to using technologies people have (like cell phones) to gather more data and transform that data into practical information and knowledge.

Virtual Water and Virtual Carbon

This discussion was a great introduction for the lecture on Virtual Water and Virtual Carbon that followed. In the first part of her lecture, dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj presented data that shows how overpopulation, CO2 emissions and excessive use of natural resources with the goal of increasing our GDP are putting our planet under a lot of pressure. The consequences of these actions are global warming, droughts, rising sea levels and an increasing number of natural disasters. In order to reduce growth of energy use we should reduce population growth, GDP growth, E/GDP ratio and CO2/E ratio, but most of these topics are very unpopular and often ignored in public.

dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj captivated the audience

Dr. Kajfež Bogataj continued her lecture by introducing the concept of virtual water and virtual carbon. Virtual water and carbon are water/carbon that are used in the production of goods or services. We like to focus on water use or carbon emissions produced after we already have a product (i.e. calculating the environmental footprint of cars), but forget that a lot of water is used and a lot of CO2 emitted just to bring the product to us. This applies to everything we use in day to day life - not just cars, but also food, clothes, computers etc.

The virtual water and carbon costs of goods depend on where they are produced, and the current trend is to export our CO2 production to countries like China, where the virtual carbon costs is quite high. If EU meets its Kyoto target, it won't be because we make sacrifices or informed choices as consumers, but because most of our virtual carbon is produced in China. The bottom line dr. Kajfež Bogataj emphasized was that we should find a way to use limited planetary resources more effectively and focus on making products that last longer and can be repaired. Her lecture invited many great questions from the participants and was a great conclusion of the first day of Boot Camp.

Get involved in the Summit!

And don't forget: even if you're not attending the C:F Summit in Bled, you can still get involved in the Summit by watching the live broadcast on May 18, joining the Weekly Hot Topic discussions and following the news.

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Krste Kostoski

Krste Kostoski | CF Chapters

one great day!!!

17th May, 2010 @ 1:07 AM CEST

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