I hope you have all heard about TEDx talks (And seen a lot of them on YouTube), but you might not be familiar with TEDx Teen. I wasn’t either, but after a big peace project that the Icelandic scouts did in Reykjavik a couple of weeks ago, someone put out this video on my Facebook page.
The talk is by Jeremy Heimans on how you can actually change the world with social media (but that it has its limitations). And when you read about the guy, you wil all understand that you should see this talk…
“Jeremy Heimans (@jeremyheimans) is co-founder and CEO of Purpose.com, the world’s leading incubator for social movements and new experiments in mass digital participation. Jeremy has been building movements since he was a precocious little brat in his native Australia, running media campaigns and lobbying politicians from the age of eight on issues like environmental degradation and nuclear proliferation.
His voice has since broken but those global problems persist, so Jeremy co-founded Avaaz.org, the world’s largest online political movement with more than 15 million members, and GetUp.org, the Australian political movement with more members than all Australia’s political parties combined.
Jeremy now leads the team at Purpose, which has built movements to fight cancer with LIVESTRONG, worked with Jamie Oliver on a national effort to transform our food culture, and launched AllOut.org, a new global movement for LGBT people and their straight friends and family.
The World Economic Forum at Davos has named Jeremy a Young Global Leader and in 2011 he was awarded the Ford Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Visionary Award. In 2012, Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business. Jeremy’s career began with strategy consultants McKinsey and Company. He is a graduate of Harvard University and University of Sydney, and is a citizen of Australia and the Netherlands.”
So, yes. The other TEDx Teen video I will recommend is this one by Tavi Gavinson. You most probably haven’t heard of her if you’re not info fashion blogging, but she is one hell of an entrepreneur. She started a fashion blog when she was 13 (or something like that) and it just sky rocketed in popularity. She is now 16 and have been on front row on a number of fashion shows. But then, she decided that fashion blogging was taking her life in an unwanted direction, so she quit it. Just like that. And then she started an online teen magazine instead this spring. And when she announced it on her blog she got 3000 contributions for their first mag. So yeah, she is quite cool as well. What she actiually talks about is feminism and how to define yourself as a teenage girl in our day and age. Very interesting talk 🙂