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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 29 2011: As a gifted "young adult" in my day, I always felt like I was ignored simply because of the adage "do as I say, not as I do", or some form of it. I remember several years worth of elementary school teachers asking me "Why must you question everything?" In fact, in a conversation over dinner only a few weeks ago, a good friend of mine asked "Who are YOU to question?" I value his friendship, else my response would have been "Who are YOU to not BE questioned?"

    Granted, there are times when an idea or a request or a response should not be questioned. In war, for example, with bullets flying around and bombs going off, it is vital that everyone trust and follow their commander (to a point, even in the most extreme example!).

    I have always felt, and probably always will, that when anyone takes issue with a question, it only exposes insecurity with the person. When I am asked a question that I do not know the answer to, I either will find the answer out for myself, or I will shrug it off with an "I don't know. Why don't you find out and explain it to me?"

    As for what can a young person do to be taken more seriously? Rather than try to convince someone that you know what you are talking about, show it, through an action.

    Actions speak louder than words, to tout another axiom.

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