Video winners heading to Paris

Young video makers from Asia have taken top honours in this year’s edition of the OECD’s annual video competition. Regular readers may recall that the OECD asked entrants to show how we could shape tomorrow’s global economy for the better. “Think differently!” we said, and that’s just what our winners did.

From Korea, Shin Jae Ho’s video looks at the part each of us can play in making the world a better place, and suggests we’re not doing a great job of measuring and valuing the importance of each of these individual contributions.

From Indonesia, Achmad Danny Gazali emphasizes the role that Indonesia’s 62 million young people will play in determining the shape of their society. The good news for this developing country, says Danny, is that it can call on 62 million hopes and 62 million solutions for its future.

And also from Korea, Shin Jaein uses the Korean staple bibimbap – a tasty mix of rice, meat and vegetables – to show the creative potential that could be generated by lowering the walls separating industry, art, society and technology.

Congratulations to the winners, who will all be invited to travel to Paris next month to take part in the OECD Forum.

And, of course, many thanks to everyone else who took part.

Useful links

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Think differently and get filming

Who needs the Sundance Film Festival when you have this? The OECD’s annual competition for young videomakers.

Once again, we’re asking anyone aged between 18 and 25 to submit a short video (no more than three minutes) on a theme close to the OECD’s heart. This year, we want you to look at the global economy and then Think Differently: How would you shape tomorrow’s global economy? And what key issues do we need to think about to build a more inclusive world?

The prize? An all-expenses-paid trip to Paris in late May, just in time for the OECD Forum. As previous entrants can testify, that’s well worth winning: “It’s one of the most enriching experience of my life,” said Rachit Sai Barak, a winner in 2012. “At the Forum I not only had the privilege to listen to some of the most eminent economists, politicians and leaders of the world, but I also got a chance to share my experiences, highlight problems and find effective solutions.”

Your deadline is 2 April 2013. Don’t forget to visit the competition site to check out the rules and regulations.

Listening, learning … and getting creative

The Second OECD youth video competition has just been launched, with education and skills as the theme. We asked the six youth co-organisers of the 2012 edition for their thoughts on the importance of education, why they think young people should speak up, and how they got involved in this competition.

Little did we know that when we were creating three minute videos for the OECD’s first global youth video competition early in 2011 that a few months later we would actually be co-organising the next competition! In May 2011, we were invited to Paris as winners of that first competition and our worlds suddenly became a whole lot bigger. For three exciting days at the OECD Forum we had a unique opportunity to observe and even participate in a global convergence of innovative ideas and forward-looking approaches to addressing the major social and economic challenges of our time, including climate change, poverty, gender inequality, underdevelopment, financial instability and unemployment.

What particularly struck us was the conviction of so many people at the OECD when they spoke about the importance of listening to young people and what we have to say about important issues. Their view is that it is not only valuable, but essential, for the next generation to get involved today in finding solutions to major global challenges. So when the OECD asked us to team-up with them to launch a second global youth video competition, we jumped at the chance.

As a group of young people, some of whom have recently completed third level education, we believe that many of the problems facing the world today are born of ignorance, intolerance and lack of education. We know that issues cannot be solved by taking a “band-aid approach”, but that solutions should always address the root cause of any problem. For us, there is no better long-term solution to a problem than education.

Education is a powerful economic indicator in any country: social progress and economic development are closely linked to academic ability and competitive skills among the labour force. Equally, a comprehensive and well-rounded education creates smart, compassionate and open-minded individuals – and consequently societies that are much better equipped to tackle environmental, social and financial issues, not only locally, but globally.

Young people have an important role to play: we must continue to remind decision-makers and political leaders that the problems they are facing today are the same problems we will have to tackle tomorrow – unless we work together to achieve equitable and sustainable solutions, not just for today’s generation but for future generations.

We are delighted that, after a public vote, education has been chosen as the theme of the 2012 youth video competition and we are very excited about seeing creative and innovative ideas from other young people around the world that will hopefully challenge our current ways of thinking about this topic. We also look forward to meeting the competition winners in Paris next May, so we can share with each other the incredible journey we have embarked on since stepping forward to express our ideas to the world.


Alina, Desiree, Hew, Javier, Stephanie and Vidhya

OECD video competition: Your chance to vote!

Progress is... not making this kind of movie anymore



Piranha II : The Spawning. Amblin. Dementia 13.

It wasn’t always your Avatars, ETs and Apocalypses now for famous film directors. Everybody has to start somewhere, and who knows, maybe in years to come some of the entries in our “Progress is…” video competition will achieve the same cult status as those early offerings from Cameron, Spielberg and Coppola (whose first film was actually a porno, but this is a family blog).

Anyway, if you know talent when you see it, click on the OECD 50th Anniversary Video Competition and vote for the one you think deserves to win a trip to Paris in May.

There’s a selection from all over the world, OECD and non-OECD countries, with all kinds of styles – animation, interview, mini-documentary – and an even wider range of arguments.

So, is progress something to do with education? An aspiration like sharing burdens and all of us working together? Something more abstract like balance or awareness? Or very concrete like using taxes to fund development?

Remember, you saw it first here.