Malaysia Youth Lifestyle Showcase ’08 – So Much To Do

Today is Multi-Post Day for me! That’s because a lot of things are happening at the same time, and one of them is another YouthMalaysia project – Malaysia’s Youth Lifestyle Showcase 08.

Subtitled “We Are The Trendsetters”, the showcase has plenty of youth-organized activities (from an earlier competition) on offer – careers, cosplaying, puzzles, Battle of the Bands, all sorts. There is also a very extensive Talent and Style competition, which is essentially a contest to get as many supporters of yourself on Friendster and show off your talents. They don’t make it clear what the prizes are though! (I wonder how you’d show off your style and talent if you’re a blogger, which is an accepted category…just type a whole lot of stuff?)

The showcase runs from January 18 to 20 2008. Their website was a lot better than when I first saw it (otherwise I would have promoted it earlier), but there’s still a lot of info missing. YouthMalaysia, if you’re reading: fix your websites! But otherwise it seems like an interesting concept, and one worth checking out at least.

1st National Youth Entrepreneur Convention 2008 – Registration Open

There seems to be a sudden wave of entrepreneurship events popping up in Malaysia around this time of year. Another one to leap on the bandwagon is the 1st National Youth Entrepreneur Convention, organized by YouthMalaysia, to be held on January 19 2008.

The event is essentially a series of speakers from different aspects of youth entrepreneurship in Malaysia. Among the more interesting speakers are cult-hit blogger Kenny Sia, co-founder of theCICAK Ng Khai Lee, and Raj Ridvan Singh, founder of SOLS 24/7, a boarding school and education center for at-risk children in South-East Asia. (I actually watched part of his presentation at GK3 and it was AWESOME.)

There are also opportunities to present your proposals before the Convention and to get your ideas sponsored by the Malaysian Independent Business Ownership Program, which is actually really interesting. I wish there was more information on both ventures as it seems like a great way to promote and make use of the convention. The main draw of the YSEI forum at GK3 was the possibility of funding and mentoring, and quite a few attendees managed to get some sort of assistance.

Registrations are open – it’s RM100 per person but you can get a discounted rate of RM50 per person if you can get into a group of 3 or more (anyone want to join me?). It’s cheap for a conference/convention, but I’m not sure if it’s worth all that much considering it seems to be just a bunch of back-to-back talks and not enough interaction, sharing, or action (just like how the UN Conference in August turned out!). The idea to back and assist with entrepreneurial ventures would be great, and people like Khai Lee and Raj are worth talking to if you ever get the opportunity.

Take a look, and if you have an entrepreneurial dream or spirit, give it a go! And let me know if you are interested in the discount; I could make an EducateDeviate group.

Vote for an EducateDeviate Proposal on ChangeThis!

My manifesto proposal, How to Get Involved with your Passions (based on this entry) has been approved and is now up for voting on ChangeThis!

ChangeThis manifestos are often filled with useful knowledge and information on self development, business, worldchanging, culture, politics, and other issues. Some of the great ChangeThis manifestos are Change the Way You Change the World, The RenGen Manifesto (great for all educated deviants!), and The Happy at Work Manifesto. As far as I know, there hasn’t been a manifesto written for or by a young person, so this would be quite groundbreaking.

Once the proposal gets enough votes, the manifesto is written, published, and distributed to thousands of readers around the world. This is pretty significant considering that big names in blogging and business such as Seth Godin (who actually founded ChangeThis), Hugh MacLeod (How To Be Creative), and Guy Kawasaki (The Art of the Start is ChangeThis’s first manifesto) have all garnered a lot of respect and fame through their manifestos.

Voting ends January 20 2008 so vote now! And while you’re at it, grab a manifesto or two – they’re all free.

Tun Dr Siti Hasmah – WIM Woman of The Year Award 2008 – Nominations Open

Do you know a Malaysian woman in your life that has come out strong from past adversity and now gives back to their community? Someone who has become an inspiration through illness, poverty, discrimination, or other strife? If so, nominate them for the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah – WIM Woman of The Year Award 2008.

In honour of the wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed, Women in Management, launched this award to honour Malaysian women who have survived through challenging circumstances, come out successfully, and are now supporting their community. There is no age or relationship limit – any woman resident in Malaysia is eligible. Each nomination must be accompanied by 1 proposer and 2 seconders – people who know the nominee well and can speak on their behalf.

I received a call from Jaya of WIM this morning who told me that prospective nominees shouldn’t be shy to nominate themselves or get themselves nominated – people tend to be shy and modest about their achievements but even the smallest thing can mean a lot!

Prizes include RM30,000 (RM20,000 to be spent on a WIM project of choice), personalized jewelry and fashion, gift bags, and much more. Nominations close January 31st 2008, so get a form and nominate now!

VoteEd – Educating Malaysian Voters

Election season is soon to hit Malaysia, and this time around things are bound to get interesting. With the recent rallies by HINDRAF and BERSIH, as well as other political and social events related to human rights, democracy, and national unity, young Malaysians have noticed the need to be more politically aware and that they need to exercise their right to vote and choose.

However, most of these young Malaysians are not experienced with voting. Many have only just been eligible to vote. Many others have not bothered to vote in the past because they feel that their votes do not count. Due to various laws and regulations, as well as the state of media here, there isn’t any clear unbiased way to find out who each consistuency’s representatives are and what each party stands for and is willing to provide.

This is where VoteED comes into play.

VoteED was originally started by writer and activist Michelle Gunaselan, as well as a few other friends, to combat apathy amongst young Malaysians towards voting issues. Their activities center around educating young Malaysians on their rights as voters and on their choices for voting, encouraging young Malaysians to register to vote, and holding discussions and debates about voting, politics, and democracy in Malaysia.

Currently they have a vibrant Facebook group, where they are collecting information about what people want to know about voting. The questions are quite interesting – ranging from whether it’s wise to vote for a party you don’t necessarily like if your local representative is doing a good job, to what avenues and channels you have to air your grievances and concerns about the country. This information will be the basis of a Voter Education Party, to be held in early January.

Join their group and get informed about your options for voting. You have the right to vote (unlike me – I can’t vote in Malaysia despite being here all my life because I’m not a citizen) so make use of it!

At GK3 – Youth Social Enterprise Initiative Forum

Hey everyone,

Just a quick note from the GK3 conference in Kuala Lumpur, where I’m volunteering as the PR/Media person for the Youth Social Enterprise Initiative Forum. I am having WAY too much fun with the BrainStore ideaFactor workshops. Can you imagine – a whole company just based on generating ideas!!! I want a job.

Further updates forthcoming. see you later!

New Project: Wanna Be A KP

I’d like to announce my new blog project:

Wanna Be A KP -
Wanna Be A KP
Tiara’s Attempt At Joining and Finding Funding for the KaosPilots

Keep track of my progress as I apply for the program, try to cajole people to fund me, and learn more about the crazy world of Aarhus and the KaosPilots.

I’ll still be updating this blog, so don’t worry – but do check out Wanna Be A KP too!