We Will Change Everything
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!
Today, I’ve got a license to organize a TEDx conference closely related to the mission of World4Children — TEDxKids@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!
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