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We Will Change Everything

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

In order to make anything a reality, you have to dream about it first!

The goal is not to turn kids into your kinds of adults, but rather better adults than you have been!

Adora Svitak, 13 years old writer, poet and humanitarian speaking to adult audience at TED 2010

Today, I’ve got a license to organize a TEDx conference closely related to the mission of World4ChildrenTEDxKids@BC! Naturally, I am very excited about it — particularly humbled by the trust the TEDx team have extended to me and the efficiency with which they processed my application!

But this is not the reason I am writing this article — there will be plenty of opportunities to do so as the event starts to take shape. The reason has to do with the world’s children!

November 20 is Universal Children’s Day — an annual event that celebrates childhood, promotes mutual understanding among children, and motivates actions that benefit the welfare of the world’s children. This year, the event will be special because the TEDx communities around the world have come together to organize simultaneous TEDxYouthDay events on this particular day in over 60 locations around the world!

Growing up in former Yugoslavia, I was always looking forward to the celebration of the Youth Day, which was happening annually on May 25. I loved the symbolics of that event — it was exciting to watch as young kids were running a relay around the country, passing a baton through numerous young hands and visiting every major city along the way!

I remember the anticipation I felt as the day was approaching for the baton to visit the city close to my parents’ home! It was a day when I felt that some part of all the previous kids that have touched the baton was reaching me too and I felt somehow connected with all of them — even though I never got to take part in the relay itself. After all, every kid across the country felt the same excitement, sang the same songs, got to write essays or draw pictures at school about the event… It was a day when being a kid made me feel proud and equal with the adults!

Unfortunately, when I got old enough to join, Yugoslavia started falling apart and the Youth Day lost its purpose in connecting youth from every corner of the country! An entire generation of kids found itself disconnected and isolated in their own local communities. 😦

When I heard about TEDxYouthDay I’ve got really excited — any idea that helps kids across the world connect is welcome, but when the underlying theme for such idea is inspiration for the young generations, I can only feel humbled and awed in front of it! Over 60 locations from every corner in the world will put stages for inspiring young leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, athletes, etc. to step in and share their ideas with the world.

Over 60 locations will join together for 24 hours of passion, energy, dreams, and most importantly stories — stories that, like the baton back in my childhood, will take off on November 20 and be passed from one child to another, from a child to and adult, from an adult to a child, in a great world relay that will connect many hearts and minds over one idea: changing the world to build a better future! A future, that is, where the next generation of adults will be better adults than we are!

If you happen to be in one of those lucky locations where you get a chance to see the youth on stage in person, I envy you! I hope to grab some of the inspiration myself by watching the livecasts from some of the events and catch up on the talks from the rest as they start trickling on the TEDx channel on YouTube. If you’re like me and can’t be there in person, I invite you to join me online — it will be a celebration of youth, just like in the days when I was a child myself!

In the meantime, I invite you to enjoy this crowdsourced video — made from many videos submitted by TEDxYouthDay organizations across the world — that sends a powerful message of change. It is a message that the young people everywhere understand that the world they’re inheriting from us has to change and feel the need to step in and start making changes now!

Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

  1. December 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Are you looking for any help organizing TEDxKidsBC? 🙂 I’m happy to volunteer some time.

    • December 15, 2010 at 12:18 am

      I would be glad to have you on board!!

      As I mentioned in my other comment, I am completing the registration for World4Children and I hope right after that is done (hopefully by Christmas) I’d like to start brainstorming and planning TEDxKids@BC.

      Though I gave TED a target date for Sep 17, things can change, especially if we could do a simultaneous event with another TEDx youth event elsewhere in the world, but it will probably be either before the end of the school year or somewhere around the beginning.

      If interested to participate early on, I can share some ideas and stuff with you and we could also meet to discuss! 😉


  2. November 20, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Oh wow! Congratulations Mr.. YOUR thoughts and dedication have been heard.. I am so happy for you!! Good luck and take lots of pictures.. Excuse my Facebook lingo.. 😉 Youth energy and power is contagious and indeed helps us to better ourselves as adults, if we are open minded!

    I personally feel that this is one of your most inspirational pieces to date.. It sounds fired up and much like the youth voice you want us to hear.. Nice video and great quote of course from the Mahatma himself!

    Go change everything!

    • November 21, 2010 at 1:59 am

      Thx Rachana!

      I will remember to take pictures! 😉 Seriously, as my regular reader and a blogger friend, I am always interested in your feedback and it makes me happy when you say this was one of my most inspirational pieces! I was hoping it will not come across as longing for my own youth, as I really don’t look back on history as anything else but a place to draw relevant knowledge from when looking forward! 😉

      And looking forward I did feel young last night as I was watching some of the livecasts from the TEDxYouthDay conferences 😉


  3. November 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this Kima! 🙂

    I was not aware that tomorrow is Universal Children’s day and that TED has organized TEDxYouthDay. This is a fantastic initiative and I completely agree with the saying “let us be the change that we wish to see!”.

    And congratulations on TEDxKidsBC! Looking forward to the GREAT event that you organize!

    Keep it up! 🙂

    • November 21, 2010 at 2:04 am

      Thx Parin! I hope you had a chance to catch some inspiration through livestream! 😉 I did last night and found TEDxYouth@Amsterdam a really great event … TEDxYouthDay@Singapore had interesting speakers too … I don’t know how did the events in North America go as today was a day for the family but I suspect many offered great experiences so I am looking forward to the videos on Youtube soon 😉


      • December 11, 2010 at 11:52 am

        I thought I responded to this last week, but I guess I didn’t … lol

        I didn’t get a chance through livestream, but I’m looking forward to seeing some of the presentations on TED and YouTube.

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