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 The 2nd East Asia Youth Leadership Forum

“Social Networks and the Potential of Youth”


  February 15th, 2015 

  1. Introduction

The next generation is facing the challenges and opportunities born of a rapidly globalizing world, climate change and the rise of the Internet. It is in this context that Sookmyung Women’s University and The Asia Institute will host a forum exclusively for teenagers from Korea, and throughout East Asia, in which they can gather to discuss in earnest the various issues that the world faces, and while interacting with renowned experts in related fields, come up with their own proposals for a better world for themselves and future generations. This unique event can serve as a critical moment in their lives, a stepping stone as they set forth to become global leaders. This East Asia Youth Leadership Forum is focused on the critical question of social networks.

  1. Objectives of the Forum

To give thoughtful high school students first-hand experience participating in a world-class international forum, thereby allowing them to grasp the significance of international to a degree not possible in the classroom, and have an opportunity to express their opinions on important policy issues in a serious debate.

To listen to lectures by world-renowned experts both online and offline, thereby gaining new insights into possible solutions to current global challenges; to actively participate in debates concerning the most recent developments into a broad range of fields from politics and economics to technology and culture.

To establish an international network that includes committed students from other countries and schools throughout Asia for the purpose of building a brighter future of all.

With these objectives in mind, Sookmyung Women’s University and The Asia Institute have organized this international forum for thoughtful and committed youth dedicated to making a difference. We welcome participants from inside Korea and around the world who are ready to meet this challenge. We will do our best to launch you on a successful path towards leadership in politics, economics, arts, academia, technology and diplomacy.

  1. Details of the Forum


On-line social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have taken off at a tremendous rate around the world over the last ten year years and have evolved into a major part of the daily lives of many youth. The tremendous potential of social networks for communication, friendship and creativity attracts us. Nevertheless, much of the cooperation on social networks remains superficial and self-indulgent. The opportunities for forming networks around the world to promote deep communication and collaboration are underplayed or ignored. Oddly, youth are more likely to employ social networks to show each other photographs of cafe lattes or fat cats and dogs than to talk about how we can build a better world. In this one-day forum and workshop, youth from Korea and around the world will come together to consider the potential of on-line social networks and make creative and relevant proposals for how the full potential of this technology can be realized. The forum will include lectures by outstanding experts and also opportunities to work together with other thoughtful and capable youth to build a better world.


Featured Speakers:


Ogan Gurel, Ph.D.

A director at Samsung Institute of Advanced Technology


Emanuel Pastreich

Director at The Asia Institute


Matthew Weigand

Senior Technology Reporter

Business Korea



Dates:       February 15th (Sunday) 9:30 AM through 8:20 PM (One-day forum)


Online applicants should contact the Asia Institute at young@asia-institute,org for further instructions concerning logistics.


Location:           Sookmyung Women’s University Campus


Venue: B107 Gemma Hall, Sookmyung Women’s University, Cheongpa-ro 47-gil 100 Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Applicants:        9-12th grade students capable of debating in English

(From Korea, China, Japan and other countries in East Asia)


Application Fee before February 3: 90,000 Korean Won (Offline Participants)

(Early discount: 10%. Additional 5% discount for TAI interns and YHP members.)

30,000 Korean Won (Online Participants)

Full financial aid is available for children of North Korean immigrant households and Asian-Pacific multicultural households. Application fee covers operating fees and food.

Send application fee to:

KB Kookmin Bank Account #991501-01-209169 “Asia Institute

Application form will be sent after the payment is made.


Awards for participation:             Certificate of Merit, trophies and other awards from supporting institutions


Application Date:           January 10, 2015 –February 3, 2015 (Early Registration)

February 3, 2015 –February 12, 2015 (Regular Registration)


Number of Participants: Online: 40 (High School Division), 12 (College Division)

Offline: 12 (High School Division), 12 (College Division)













Organized by:                 KC4DH Sookmyung Women’s University and The Asia Institute


Managed by:                   The Asia Institute


Sponsored by:                Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, Center for Women in Science,                                            Engineering and Technology, The Asia Institute Internships,

Young Homo Politicus



The Asia Institute

Director of Education Program Young H.K. Pae

Phone Number: 82-2-734-7727

Email: young@asia-institute,org

The 2nd East Asia Leadership Youth Forum


February 15th 2015

9:30-10:00 Registration (Offline 참가자)  Login In
10:00 -10:50 Opening CeremonyHost: Mr. Gabriel Pettyjohn (3 minutes)(Senior Researcher at The Asia Institute)


Opening Remarks (5 minutes)

Professor. Emanuel Pastreich

(Director of The Asia Institute)


Welcoming Remarks (7 minutes)

Professor Heisook Lee

President of WISET


The TAI Challenge (7 minutes)

Ogan Gurel

Samsung Institute of Advanced Technology

About TAI Internships

Mr. Joon Baek (TAI intern)

About YHP Mr. Jaehyun Park (TAI intern & YHP president)


Program & Staff  —- Young H.K. Pae (5 minutes)

(Education Director at The Asia Institute)

Introduction —- Self-Introduction of Participants (10 minutes)

Stream Broadcasting
10:50-11:00 Break Break
11:00-11:15 Lecture 1

“Inspiration + Action = Impact”

Ogan Gurel, A Director at SAIT (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology) 




Stream Broadcasting
11:15-11:30 Lecture 2 “What we can, and cannot, change about the world through Networks”Professor. Emanuel Pastreich

(Director of The Asia Institute)


Stream Broadcasting  
11:30-11:45 Lecture 3“How to take command of the internet” Matthew Weigand

Senior Technology Reporter

Business Korea



Stream Broadcasting
11:45-12:00 Q & A  
12:00-13:00 Lunch  Break
13:00-13:10 Grouping The participants will be divided by group. Then, each group will have ice breaking hours. Online Google Hangout (or Skype)TAI Online helper*
13:10-13:30 Individual Presentation in Group 1 (2 minutes each) Online Registers should submit presentation before the event day
13:30-15:30 Research & Discussion (Session 1) Online Google Hangout (or Skype)TAI Online helper*
15:30-15:40 Break Break
15:40-16:00 Individual Presentation in Group 2 (2 minutes each) Online Registers should submit presentation before the event day
16:00-18:00 Presentation Finalization (Each Group) & Submitting Policy ProposalEach group will finalize the presentation for the presentation session.While presenter group preparing presentation, other members will prepare the Policy Proposal to send. Online Google Hangout (or Skype)TAI Online helper*
18:00-18:40 Dinner Break
18:40-19:40 Presentations Judges: Professor. Emanuel Pastreich,Education Director Young H.K. Pae,

Mr. Gabriel Pettyjohn,

 How can online participants present their presentation?
19:40-20:20 Closing CeremonyClosing Address Professor. Emanuel Pastreich (7 minutes)(Director of The Asia Institute)

Presentation of Awards:

Comments by Mr. Gabriel Pettyjohn

& Dr. Emanuel Pastreich


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“Social Networks and the Potential of Youth”


Research topics for groups at Asia Youth Leadership Forum


  1. Social Networks and Globalization
  2. Demands for independent information and analysis
  3. Big Data and supercomputers
  4. The  Information Age and the rate of technological change
  5. Global “hacktivist”, anarchist, and populist movements
  6. Increasingly open debate about government decision making
  7. Social media and new political organizations
  8.  The business of social media
  9.   Social media and national interest
  10.   Information and disinformation dissemination on Social media
  11.   Social media and terrorism