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Today marks the launch of Zeitgeist ‘Young Minds’, a competition to find 10 pioneers, change-makers and leaders of tomorrow aged 18 – 25, across Europe, Middle East and Africa*. The winners will take their place alongside the greatest visionaries of today at Google Zeitgeist 2012 near London on May 20 – 22 2012.

From January 16 until March 19, the search will be on to find 10 exceptional, motivated and inspiring 18 – 25 year-olds from across EMEA*, who are making a positive impact in the world through science, the arts, education, innovation or inspiration.

The lucky winners will be invited to participate in Google’s annual Zeitgeist event, where previous speakers have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, Google CEO Larry Page and Chairman Eric Schmidt. They will also win a brand new Google tech gadget and get the chance to take to the stage and have their voice heard.

Last year saw the first ever ‘Young Minds’ competition in both the UK and America. The lucky finalists won an experience of a lifetime, from meeting Chelsea Clinton and Will I Am, to taking part in panel discussions with Jon Snow and Martha Lane Fox (Co-founder


Sebastian Thiel, 21, from London was a winner from 2011 and says, “Zeitgeist was amazing. I learnt a lot from the great variation of speakers from different disciplines. A memorable event that I’ll never forget.”

Matt BrittinVice President of Northern & Central Europe, Google commented, “Google has always championed innovation and is proud to help young people showcase their ideas and achievements. Zeitgeist Young Minds is an incredible opportunity for future world-changers to meet some of the most powerful and inspiring people on the planet today.”

To be in with a chance of winning a place at Zeitgeist 2012, simply upload a short video telling your story, what matters to you and how you’re making a positive impact on your world to

Competition Terms and Conditions
(For full T&C’s please visit

Videos need to be uploaded to YouTube and no longer than one minute
(any entries longer than 1 minute 30 secs will be disqualified)

All entrants will be contacted and asked to provide additional contact details that must be provided in order to be short-listed.

The deadline for all entries and submissions is Monday 19th March 2012. All entries must be uploaded to YouTube by 11:59pm (GMT).
**N.B. Europe, Middle East and Africa – Young Minds is open to all young people aged 18 – 25 who are residents of the below territories:
Belgium, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom and Yemen.


Are you 18-24?

Love cyberspace?

Living in London?

Are you free in June and July?

4WD Foundation has found a fantastic opportunity to keep you busy during the summer!

Google and other leading digital professionals have organised a FREE 6 week  workshop to become a Google Digital Expert. Great news for your CV!

Want to apply? Want more info?

Check this link:

So today I had a de-briefing meeting with the wonderful Livity crew (big ups to Mark & Oyin particularly for all their hard work!) who we (The 4WD Foundation) worked with to create and deliver the Google Enterprise Apprenticeships Programme, which is now fondly known as #TeamGEA. Preparations for the next phase of the GEA are already under way, very exciting stuff!

It was an absolute pleasure to work with and support 10 fantastically talented and motivated young entrepreneurs over such an intensive 3 week period.



(From our friends at Livity)

The Livity Apprenticeships in Creative and Digital Media are still open for application. We are gaining placements from new creative businesses every week and need bright, outgoing and skilled young people to take on these amazing opportunities. If you fit the criteria below, please get in touch asap.


Hi all!

I hope you are all well. 🙂

I am very excited to announce that for the last three weeks I have been working very hard at the wonderful Livity office in Brixton, designing and developing a brand new 3 week business planning course for the Google Enterprise Apprenticeships (GEA) pilot.

The GEA is a project supported by Google and project managed by Livity. We at The 4WD Foundation were selected to design and deliver the 3 week business planning course, given our entrepreneurial know-how and our past successes working with young people who have had a rough time.


If so I have a fantastic opportunity to share with you!

We at The 4WD Foundation are working with Livity and Google on the Google Enterprise Apprenticeships (#GEA) pilot programme.

If you are or know of any 18-24 year olds ex-offenders who would like to become a successful entrepreneur please do e-mail me with their contact details or better still get them to email me at ASAP.

Interested individuals will need to attend a meeting this/next week in Brixton to discuss their business idea(s) and their suitability for the programme.

The attendees have the opportunity to attend an amazing action-packed 3 week full time 10am-5pm (very intense!) business planning course from Monday 26th July until Friday 13th August and will need to be able to travel to Victoria (Google HQ) / Aldgate East (Live East)/ Brixton (Livity HQ) over the 3 week period (travel / lunch expenses are covered).

So if you know of anyone who would be interested in this brilliant opportunity please email me at or even better get them to e-mail me direct!

Thanks a lot guys


PS – Please forward this info onto anyone who might know a potential attendee!

I was asked to speak on behalf of The 4WD Foundation with the wonderful Captain Sam Conniff of Livity at this Summer’s Channel 4 Education Conference on “What you really need to know, but never never learn at school“.

Sam and I combined our knowledge and experiences that have come from working with young people who aren’t in education, employment or training (NEET) to present the huge impact that educational irrelevance has on these young people. We also spoke about how unhelpful and isolating acronyms like ‘NEET’ are.

Here are some of the main insights that we shared: (more…)