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Leadership Lessons From the Uproar in Egypt: The “Youth Bulge” at Work

February 16th, 2011

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Early in the development of the protest in Egypt, David Kirkpatrick, as part of his extensive reporting in The New York Times from Cairo wrote:

"A small group of Internet-savvy young political organizers gathered in the Cairo home of an associate of Mohamed ElBaradei, the diplomat and Nobel laureate. They had come to plot a day of street protests calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, but within days, their little clique became the effective leaders of an opposition movement previously dominated by figures more than twice their age."

‘Most of us are under 30,’ said Amr Ezz, a 27-year-old lawyer who was one of the group as part of the April 6 Youth Movement, which organized an earlier day of protests via Facebook. They were surprised and delighted to see more than 90,000 people signed up online to participate, emboldening others to turn out and bringing tens of thousands of mostly young people into the streets.”

Leading the way were these young adults who had put it all together via social media. What we’re seeing is a perfect storm of elements coming together — angry young people, the sour economy, and the leadership they’ve been given.... (Click to read more)

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