Volunteer events are the perfect start if you seek to expand your network. This year, we are lucky to have a gotten a group of Geneva Business School students to have the opportunity to volunteer at Atlas of the Future. Not only will volunteering at the event allow these students to attend it, but it will create many opportunities of meeting and interacting with inspirational speakers and other attendees of the event. Besides just building a professional network, getting the chance to volunteer in this event will allow GBS students to gain more real-life experience as well as help with developing and improving many of their soft skills, such as verbal communication and body language. Allowing oneself to step out of their bubble and comfort-zone and interact with new people is a great way to build self-confidence, and volunteering can help and create a bigger sense of purpose and belonging. All of these benefits of being a volunteer will not only help our fellow students to improve professionally, but will also benefit their body and mind, creating a great balance for self-improvement for all of the volunteers.
Tips on how to volunteer and network in the event
- Give first. Don´t take. Meaning that whenever networking with somebody else always give first, and then wait for them to give to you. Most likely they will give something when you have given something, whatever that might be.
- Make friends, not contacts. Evidently individuals do not like it, if you are only talking to them and acting friendly because you want something from them. Therefore, become friends first, get to know the individual and once you are friends, the other things will follow.
- Help others, before yourself. Do not project yourself as someone who is looking for help but, help others and this way, help will come without you noticing it.
- Get out of your comfort zone.
- Talk to everyone in the event and be friendly, you do not know who might help you in your future career.
- Help everyone, in order to leave a good self image.
- Give a good first impression.
- Maintain a good posture.
- Whenever you give a handshake: give a proper handshake, with your hand firm.
- Have a smile on your face. This makes you seem more approachable and friendly.
Recent volunteering experience testimonies
- The experience was nice. I was able to meet a lot of people and also to interact other volunteers from different places, that could be useful contacts to have in the future. It was my second time volunteering for Startup Grind so the scene was pretty familiar to me but the different people I volunteered with each year made the experience so much more worthwhile. - Martha Akullo
- Having volunteered at a networking event in the recent past, I still look back at some of the great benefits I gained from the experience and I truly think I will volunteer again. I found volunteering to be a great tool of self-growth for me, as I really had to challenge myself in stepping out of my comfort zone and interacting with as many people as possible. Following my experiences, i already see positive changes in myself that are proving to be very useful in the professional world especially, but also my day-to-day life. - Sofija Korotajevaite
- Volunteering in networking events is always a great experience. I have volunteered two times. In both events I have met people with the same interests as mine that, in the nearby future will help me out in my professional life. Volunteering and networking events are a great opportunity to make friends that will have a positive impact in your life. - Luisa Paiz
"It was a great event and I'm very glad I volunteered. We got first hand experience in the world of event management and I couldn't have asked for more" - Kifah Benabderrahman
Are you looking to help fix biodiversity, the oceans, food and farming, cities and the climate crisis?
Atlas of the Future presents - Fixing the Future,
A two-day event filled with inspirational speakers from all over the world. From rockstar chefs and a big wave surfer to visionary architects and the youth sparking a worldwide movement, expect stories of people doing things very differently and in turn - changing the world.
Some of the speakers are,
- Brazil’s top chef-philanthropist: Alex Atala
- UK’s most influential food writer: Bee Wilson
- Surfer-scientist: Dr Easkey Britton
- Radical voice of small farmers: Abby Rose
- Cameroon’s recycling revolutionary: Ismaël Essome Ebone
And many more….
Atlas of the Future
About Atlas of the Future
Who are they?
Atlas of the Future is inspired by the talent and energy of people across the world, working to solve the biggest challenges of today and creating a better tomorrow. As part of a non-profit being launched in Barcelona and London, their mission is “DEMOCRATISING THE FUTURE” by speaking human.
What are they doing?
Atlas of the Future seeks to democratise the future: to raise the profiles of the people and projects working to create a better world. They believe, that everyone should be able to understand and engage in the topics that affect everyone.
Atlas of the Future MANIFESTO
Thirty years of digital revolution have brought previously unimaginable advances in the way we live and work. Today, mankind does, and is able to create, incredible things. We will soon be able to change the bodies we are born with, with 3D organs to save them when they fail and creating birth-control microchips that women can turn on and off. We shape the world around us, transforming violent cities like Medellín by building ultra-modern libraries and putting moving staircases on mountains. We have flipped education to provide the world with a global interactive classroom.
Atlas of the Future projects
Atlas of the future only choses projects that are real, innovative, ones with a long term vision and commitment to creating a lasting positive impact.
Atlas of the Future has four criteria in order to choose projects:
- Projects have to be real. That means they do not deal with the probabilities of futurology, the stuff of science fiction or projects that are currently in the research stages. They are all happening.
- Projects have to be innovative. They bring a creative element or unique contribution to solving the challenges facing humanity.
- Projects have to be created with long-term vision. The Atlas is not about one-off, flash in the pan ideas, but a real dedication to the future.
- Projects are committed to lasting positive impact. These are the innovations that find original solutions to the world’s problems, however big or small, and then keep on contributing to the greater good.
Are you interested?
If you are a student at the Barcelona Campus of Geneva Business School, we invite you to join us in attending Atlas of the Future. If you are interested in purchasing a one or two day ticket, please ask for an exclusive discount code at the reception. Be quick though, as tickets are about to be sold out!