Hi there. Can I tell you what I dream of doing?
I want to develop a Welsh-medium business ecosystem: Welsh-speaking companies engaging with the world, and acting as a driver for the growth of the Welsh community.
It's all part of making a better world.
People will be proud of having well-paying jobs which they perform in Welsh. These businesses will show people in Wales and throughout the world that Welsh has a future. These businesses will provide career opportunities; they will be the building blocks of professional and personal relationships. More people will be encouraged to learn the language; those who already speak it will be motivated to improve.
This is really going to help people.
The impact of my vision will be mainly felt by the Welsh-speaking communities which currently see an ongoing loss of their young people. It will see a growth in the number of homes which speak Welsh. It will encourage the use of Welsh-speakers in all aspects of the economy, from AI researchers to plumbers. It will work with schools to produce well-rounded, confident young people.
It's not just about having an idea though - here are the things I know I can achieve:
A clear growth of businesses using Welsh as their primary internal language
A clear growth in the number of Welsh-speaking households
A clear growth in demand for language classes in order to meet job requirements
I'm going to make this happen, and this is how I know it'll make a difference.
When a significant number of job adverts require a knowledge of Welsh, or the willingness to learn and develop.
When the people who used to say there's no point in learning Welsh because there are no good jobs switch to complaining that they can't get good jobs because they don't speak Welsh.
When the out-migration on Welsh-speakers reverses, and people start coming back for career reasons.
Thanks for listening to me. Will you help me build a better world?