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Cale Sears

Curator, TEDxCoMo


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Why aren't kids (+ young adults) given more credit?

Young people are full of ideas, plain and simple. I feel like many times someone with a great idea is cast aside because of their age, they just get pushed into this category of "child" with the stereotype that they're unknowledgeable and naive. Sometimes we need a little of that childlike belief that our problems CAN be solved. At the very least it makes the world seem a bit brighter.

So what can a young person do to have their ideas or solutions to problems taken more seriously?

What are some ways they could get creative?


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  • Dec 17 2011: This has constantly frustrated me as a young adult (now 19), as I matured quicker than most kids my age when growing up. It has been hard to gain respect form some people much older than me, at times taking more work than it should to prove myself.

    I completely agree with Joe that we need to have more mentors for young adults with great ideas and talents. I think this would have quite an impact on how adults view the younger generation, once the protégées succeed.

    One point that really gets on my nerves is regarding art submissions and certain organizations that will only take proposals from "professional artists" and will not allow undergraduate students to apply. I understand reasons for this, but I believe that the art community is missing out on a lot of great work and ideas by restricting young people like this. This is just one example I have experienced in my life.

    It is incredible to hear children and young adults talking on TED, and I know there are more that would flourish if given more credit (where it is due).
    • Dec 18 2011: I feel the same way about not being heard and maturing quicker than my peers.I'm still going through this(I'm 13).
      • Dec 18 2011: Unfortunately, for me it lasted up until high school and still affects me today. I would suggest getting a job (if possible), it allows you to be around people much older than you, which I found helped. College and university are also a lot better than high school because of the wide range of ages attending.

        Regarding not being heard, speak up and never stop. In fact. yell if you feel you have an idea worth sharing. :)

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