When I found out that Global Voices was taking me to Paris and I would have the chance to be among some of the most intelligent and innovative policy experts in the world, well I couldn’t refuse, could I? After embracing the cliché Parisian fashion of gorging on bread and wearing berets—oh, and of course trying escargot—I found myself at a chateau for the annual Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) forum. It’s a tough life, I know.
It’s not every day you get a personal invite to the Governor-General’s house for tea or to brush shoulders with former parliamentary ministers. However, it was all part of my experience as a Global Voices youth delegate when attending pre-departure briefings in Canberra, ahead of my OECD forum in Paris.