The One Young World Summit has left Johannesburg for its next iteration in Dublin in 2014. In the meantime, the actual value of the ideology of these summits remains to be tested.
The point of the One Young World summit that was hosted in Johannesburg last week was to connect young leaders from around the world with "Counsellors" in the mould of Kofi Annan, Richard Branson and Mohammed Yunus.
These counsellors lend their experience, wisdom and support to the young delegates as they work together to develop plans of action. Or so, say the organisers.
Put more simply, the One Young World summit is an annual gathering of outstanding young people with the noble intention of solving the world's problems.
The speakers at this year's summit included Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Bob Geldof, Boris Becker, Arianna Huffington, Ahmed Kathrada, Muhammad Yunus and Fatima Bhutto.
The conference is underscored by the belief that the world's senior citizens have been unable to solve the world's problems and it now falls on the young to influence positive change. Of course all this also requires the belief that the world's problems are not insurmountable.
And while the summit was staggeringly...