Are you tired of hearing worn-out ideas on leadership and change?
Twice a month, our new podcast series Leading Views takes you beyond the Brussels Bubble and into the mind of a different type of leader. From politics to the arts and from business to civil society, each guest offers an alternative and fresh view on how to make Europe better.
12 July 2018
"The way people and politicians talk about the work of journalists and the reporters themselves has changed"
Investigative journalist and European Young Leader (EYL40) Bastian Obermayer won the Pulitzer for his extraordinary work uncovering the Panama Papers scandal.
His take on fake news and the role that politicians across the world are playing in creating a more dangerous place for journalists could not be more timely: as the tragic assassinations of journalists in Malta and Slovakia in the past year demonstrate, Europe isn't a safe zone anymore.
28 June 2018
"We need to promote the re-reading of the sacred scriptures of all religions with a focus on gender equality"
Sherin Khankan wants to deconstruct the patriarchal structure of Islam and is working with female leaders across other religions to join the fight.
From becoming Scandinavia's first female Imam and founding Europe's first female-led mosque, Khankan doesn't shy away from a challenge. Her latest passion project is ExitCircle, an NGO dedicated to providing support to people in physically and mentally violent relationships and suffering from religious social control.
14 June 2018
"Europe has a lot of technical talent, but for whatever reason, we are still not producing large successful technology companies at the same rate that the US is"
John Collison's trailblazing billion-dollar company Stripe, which he co-founded at only 19 years old, helps companies of all sizes do business online. The Irish entrepreneur and European Young Leader (EYL40) has a thing or two to say about the challenges Europe faces, and the advantages it has when it comes to tech and digital.
From how a transition year in high school led him to create his first company, to why Europe needs to take more risks in tech, Collison brings his unique perspective to Europe’s transition into the coming technological.
31 May 2018
"I don't think there is a problem with voters, there is a problem with politicians"
Kicking off the series is Jesse Klaver, Leader of the Dutch green party ‘GroenLinks’, Member of the House of Representatives and one of our European Young Leaders (EYL40). His accessible and down-to-earth style helped his Green Left party take the last Dutch elections by storm at only 30 years old. Nicknamed “The Jessiah”, Klaver rode a rare message of tolerance as he led his party to unforeseen success, more than tripling their number of parliamentary seats in the last election.
From how a book about President John F. Kennedy inspired him to get into politics to how the left can learn from populists, Klaver easily shows how he has managed to reinvigorate the political scene in the Netherlands and inspire more youth to get engaged.