News: Report From WSA Congress at Sri Lanka

November 12, 2013 in News by kassie papasotiriou

Hi everybody! We would like to thank you once more for your interest and support to the Book4Book vision. This is the fourth newsletter from the Book4book team, providing a report of our presence in Colombo, Sri Lanka for the WSA Global Congress.


WSA Congress was a big hit for Book4Book and gave us a lot of ideas and opportunities to connect with people from other countries, share our ideas and form joint initiatives on common social goals related to our project. Our project was presented on the first day of the opening of the whole even. You can see Kassie presenting with Professor Bruck, chairman of the WSA on her left.

The opening of the congress was a big event at the old parliament of Colombo, with the presence of the president of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr Mahinda Rajapakse. The following day I had the opportunity to follow a very well organized conference program with many enlightening presentation of very high profile individuals. More over I was able to engage in smaller working groups where I got almost personal advice and training by entrepreneur consultants that helped me look into our project with a fresh eye. I also had the opportunity to connect with other social entrepreneurs and winners of the WSA and WSYA competitions and engage in very useful conversations with really smart and motivated people.

Our project was very well received and attracted a lot of interest by the organizers and the other WSA winners. I was able to start initial discussions with groups from Sri Lanka, India and Mexico that got interested in becoming the Book4Book ambassadors in their countries. I will keep everyone posted on how things develop with these possible collaborations. I also had the opportunity to have some exposure to the media which I hope will bear fruit shortly. Needless to say that the social program of the conference was really fantastic and we got the opportunity to unwind and become friends with many of the participants.

I want to thank the WSA and WSYA Organizers for giving Book4Book such an opportunity and opening ways that were previously unimaginable for our project. I also want to thank the Bodosakis Foundation of Greece that paid for my ticket to get to Sri Lanka.