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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 18 2011: Wow-- great question, Cale. I think the best way for a young person to start putting a big idea into motion is to take it to the internet. The internet doesn't judge you on your age, it judges you on your content. There are hundreds of young people now with remarkable ideas for non-profits and businesses, and they are creating their own websites, blogs, and social media communities around their causes. It is so important for young people to become internet-literate so they can have the opportunity to take action and do something, regardless of their age.

    To answer your question with a "physical world" answer, I would say that the best way for a young person to gain momentum is by first getting a strong mentor. Having a mentor that supports you, and is willing to back you up with their own credentials and reputation, is usually enough validation to get an idea moving forward. It worked for me :)

    What do you think?

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