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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: I think that young people with something substantial they want to bring to the table need to find the right person to bring it to. In my experience, I've seen age discrimination happen against younger people based on the misconception that they're more naive, and have had fewer "life" experiences to learn from, and thus, gain wisdom from. It's important to find someone to bring your ideas to, whether it's a teacher, mentor, web forum, etc. I've always been lucky enough to be able to hunt down someone to help me achieve my goals or work through something on any and all of those mediums.

    Young people should get creative by realizing that anything is possible. Whether it happens exactly as they invision it is one thing, but if they truly believe in something, set their mind to doing it, and create a strong foundation for it, then they'll be setting themselves up pretty well I think. I think it's important also to never stop learning, absorbing, communicating, sharing, experiencing...don't ever let themselves become stagnant, or burned out by what is thrown at them.

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