Suskiewicz Speaks in India
February 11, 2014. Chief Executive Strategist Brian Suskiewicz spoke yesterday at the Next Step 2014 Conference, hosted by Magic Bus in New Delhi, India. The plenary was titled Sport for Development – Focusing on Youth Development. Brian brought a practical aspect to the conference, focusing on developing self-directed learners through the implementation of CAC’s award-winning-Hat Trick Initiative. Joining him on the plenary were Matthew Spacie (Founder and Executive Chairman, Magic Bus), Stephen Flemming (Chief Executive, Kick4Life), Avinash Vashistha (Chairman and Managing Director, Accenture), Ranjan Choudhary (Principle Program Development, NSDC), and Ravi Pratap Singh (Regional Director – South Asia, Aide et Action International). The moderator for this esteemed panel was Dr. Deepa Narayan, who has been named one of the most 100 influential global thinkers by the US based Foreign Policy magazine as well as one of one hundred disruptive heroes by Hacking Work in 2013.
The Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) Secretariat, hosted by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), nominated Magic Bus to host the Next Step 2014 Conference. Next Step Conference is an international event that brings together a range of stakeholders who can promote the global Sport for Development agenda. Previous Next Step Conferences have been held in Holland, Zambia, Namibia, and Trinidad & Tobago and have led to a growth of the sector in the region they have been held in. This one, the fifth in the series, will be situated strategically in India to promote this concept in the Asia region.
The Next Step 2014 Conference is planned as a forum for exchanges of ideas and concrete ways in which to make effective Sport for Development programmes. It will provide a platform that can bring together the perspectives of sports for development that stretch beyond the sports field. The 5-day conference will further advance global partnerships for development.
The emphasis will be on creating a web of linkages to foster the Sport for Development space and enable practitioners, academicians, donor agencies and Corporate Houses to learn about and implement effective Sport for Development programmes.