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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: After looking at the comments, I realized a few things that we havnt touched on.

    As a culture, we tend to give credit to those that work towards a specific position. People that go to school and graduate are given jobs over those whom havnt - regardless if the graduate is more capable of the job. It is viewed as though the graduate deserves it more. A person that has been at a company longer than someone else, deserves the promotion over the person with less exp within the company - regardless if they can do the job better. These kind of examples can be found throughout society.

    The thing about it is, kids pick up on these type of things as they opperate within the society and they start thinking in these terms, yet most of the time, I would bet that they cant make logical sense of it. Is it logical? I think its more humanitarian to run things this way, but not the best way to opperate a society thats focused on results. Is this good for their creativity? How can we make kids and adults truly feel that they are capable of coming up with great ideas when our society opperates within this model of thinking? Perhaps, in order to make kids more creative, the adults are the ones that need to change. Just some food for thought.

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