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26th October 2019 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrating the talent of today and tomorrow.

Millennials are taking over the world! This event is all about moving beyond the stereotypes, and celebrating the young leaders and influencers of today and tomorrow.

The theme of MILLENNIFEST 2019 is Talent: our programme of inspirational talks, skills masterclasses and policy workshops will explore what the future workforce will look like, and what this means for skills, education, and public leadership. We’ll hear from people with real experience of what it takes to be a talented activist, entrepreneur or social leader.

12:00-13:00 | Talent! Visions for the future

What talents do millennials have and how can we mobilise them to shape the future? This session will feature lightning talks from national politicians, entrepreneurs and young leaders on how they envision “talent”. We’ll be talking labour markets, public life, politics and how we can build an inclusive society.

Speakers include: Carol Monaghan, only Scottish MP on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, SNP; Paul Bradley, Obama Foundation emerging leader, SDG specialist, and Policy Officer, SCVO; Jane Morrison, trustee at Wellbeing Economy Alliance and co-founder of the 2050 Climate Group; and Caroline Macfarland, Director, Common Vision

13:00-13:45 | Policy Hackathon

These breakout discussions will focus in on specific challenges and opportunities to make the most of #futuretalent. Facilitated by policy buffs and subject experts, each group will craft a creative policy proposal which will be presented as policy pitches in THE POLICY FACTOR! at 2.30pm.

  • Nothing about me without me: policy-making, participation and lived experience – Jimmy Paul and Denisha Killoh, Independent Care Review

  • Better than Zero: Tackling precarious work – Tam Wilson, Betterthanzero

  • Building a Wellbeing Economy – Jane Morrison, WEAll

14:00-14:45 | Lunch and Learn: Skills masterclasses

Designed to give you the know-how and techniques you need to make your mark in the workplace, social activism, politics and beyond. Our practical, hands-on skills masterclasses are hosted by our expert partners and guest speakers.

Topics include (subject to change):

  • How to build a peacemaking project: Deep dive into solving Injustice in your community – Tahmid Islam, Peace First

  • How to debate and disagree – Young Academy RSE

  • How to get into local government –  Callum Laidlaw, Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

15:00-16:00 | THE POLICY FACTOR! Making the most of millennial talent

Drawing on Common Vision’s well-known flagship talent show-style format, we’ll be asking a panel of expert judges and speakers the big questions about #futuretalent. Judges will present their vision for millennial talent and then offer constructive feedback on policy pitches from the 12pm Policy Hackathon. Think Dragon’s Den but for policy. Speakers include:

Lorna Slater, Co-Leader, Scottish Green Party; Callum Laidlaw, Scottish Conservative & Unionist Councillor;  Jimmy Paul, Co-chair at the Independent Care Review and part of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of WEF; plus further speakers TBA.


26th October 2019
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Common Vision (CoVi)


Old Tolbooth Market
179a Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BN
Edinburgh, EH8 8BN GB
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