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Cloe Shasha

Associate Programs Producer, TED Content, TED


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What have you learned from a young person recently?

As Adora Svitak artfully demonstrates in her TEDTalk, being open to learning from our youth is crucial for improving our world.

TEDxYouthDay 2011 (www.tedxyouthday.com) is two months away -- a day dedicated to empowering and inspiring youth on Universal Children's Day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day).

In preparation for this upcoming event, what anecdotes do you have about how you have learned from youth?


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    Sep 24 2011: Not to be so judgemental. Youth don't let things like race, age, gender and etc, to dictate how they relate to someone-- we do as we get older.
    • Sep 25 2011: Have you watched Aimee Mullins talk on her 12 pairs of legs?

      She discusses how children are naturally curious about what they don't know or don't understand and that it isn't until adults infer something is different (in hopes to keep the children polite) that they become scared or judgemental.
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      Sep 26 2011: Hi Erin, thank you for bringing this up. It would be so great if children could keep that.

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