My dream is to become 27th President of the Republic of Korea. Whenever I tell others my grandeur dream, the first question people ask to me is "What kind of policy are you going to propose?" Previous generations in South Korea focused on the construction plans, fundamental welfare policies, and preserving the democracy in the Korean peninsula. Park Jung-Hee, the President of the Republic of Korea from 1961 to 1979 established historical reform plan, and Kim Dae-Joong, the President of the Republic of Korea from 1998 to 2003, so called Nelson Mandela of Asia, initiated the medical welfare system. The memories from the past and the knowledge they learned from the textbooks compel them to look forward such answers from 17 years old teenager; though, I never considered such policies as my priorities. Furthermore, I never decided which ideologies-left or right-to follow, for I thought I should experience more and see more to determine my ideas to follow. Even though I believe economic scales and social stability should be established by influential leader, it is neither social welfare nor economic development I pursue. It is the open information society I pursue, and diffusion of technology, which would enable more people to participate on the mainstream. Providing the equal chance to access to certain information would provide more opportunities for public, regardless of their financial or family background. Many say that players are not starting from the same line. I say that even more people are waiting to see that race, and apply for it, but not getting any application forms to fill out. If fair information is not ensured, fair chances would not be provided to the public. My experience as TEDxYouth Seoul speaker and school president molded this philosophy, and I'm striving to achieve my goal.
Delivering complex ideas with simple languages. Designing simple powerpoint and keynote slides. Interviewing. Finding significance from everyday life.
Simple thoughts are strong. Concise ideas multiply as more people listen it, comprehend it, and spread it. On the other hand, complicated ideas, armed with jargon and expertise, may be appealing to some scholars, but not to all. I respect their efforts, and I'm not saying that all their efforts would fall in vain. Though, I believe true knowledge and information, which inspires the readers and listeners and all the people who endeavors to learn, should be expressed in simple and concise language. Through such process, one idea, confined in single field, may transcend to other branches and influence others. Science and literature are mingled by few people, and one new genre science fiction emerged from the concoction. Few people who tried to translate their sophisticated ideas into interesting stories-they are the ones who changed the world. Niels Bohr, Carl Sagan, and Steven Hawking are the contemporary 'presenters'. Or, 'storytellers'.
Through simple and concise presentations, I inspire and influence people. As one privileged teenager, it is my duty and responsibility to do so. If anyone wants to share your story, talk to me.
I love to write poems. Unfortunately, in South Korea, still a prejudice that no male high school student should write poems exists, and even I try to show my hidden talent, my efforts fall in vain.
I first met TED in my school. Teacher introduced me one TEDx event, which was TEDxYouthSeoul, and back then I was fascinated by the idea. So I registered the event as a speaker and actually became a speaker. While preparing the presentation for the event, I searched dozens of TED presentation, and watched fabulous speeches by experts in each of their fields. I was almost shocked, for the experts' presentations were easier and simpler than what I have thought before. I presented about 'crosswalk design' in the TEDxYouthSeoul. I spoke about how the slightest change in design could save people's life, and how such philosophy can be adapted to the government policy. Yes, it was flamboyant experience.
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