"If a kid can create Facebook, then why can't I start something?" ponders young change agent Akbar Khan. In this compelling and inspiring talk, you'll marvel at the ambitions of a 15-year-old boy determined to creatively convert one man's trash into another man's treasure. Already the head of his own non-profit organization, Akbar Khan is on his way to changing the world, one bag at a time. Inspiring, ingenious and humorous. Find out more about his non-profit at http://www.bagstoriches.org
Can there truly be an intersection in life where one can fulfill a lifelong passion and contribute to others' happiness? Tim Ringgold proves that you can indeed. In his riveting talk, viewers are invited to witness how our old, common friend called Music can truly be a transformational bridge to many divides.
What do you do when you discover the rest of the world doesn't have access the same resources you do? Well, duh. You go change the world. It's sort of just that simple to junior philanthropist, Gabe Eggerling. His passion is reading, but his world was rocked when he learned that most kids in the world can't read simply because they have no books. This inspiring tale of action will inspire and empower anyone who's ever considered giving back, and after watching Gabe speak, you will never look at a book, library (or philanthropy for that matter) the same way again.
If you're not immersed in a field by age 9, does that mean you're on your way to average-ville? Not exactly. This imminently well-rounded teen is a fan of Malcolm Gladwell's, but respectfully argues that a child's 10,000 hours can be more wisely spent aspiring to achieving a broad range of cross- disciplinary skills. Staphany Hou's convincing talk reminds us that while many can be successful through a laser focus on a particular skill, perhaps we've lost sight of the noble merits of being a jack-of-all-trades and master of some.
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A timeless tale: the struggle of honoring one's own identity whilst trying to please others. Every fiber in Mun Ng's being told him he was an artist. Trouble was, art was an unacceptable career path to Mun's father. Follow this world-renown, über-gifted creative talent as he takes us on his unexpected journey of discovery
At 17, Jesse had his whole life mapped out. On course to be on the pro surfing tour, his plans crashed around him, both literally and figuratively. While doing what he loved best, Jesse was struck by the crest of a wave, throwing him violently into a shallow sandbar, rendering him paralyzed from the waist down, with limited movement in his arms and legs. In spite of this tragedy, Jesse refused to let his passion shift course. In his moving talk, Jesse proves that there is often more than one course in shaping your destiny.
What would you do when everything you ever learned in your career suddenly changed overnight? That's exactly what happened to a whole generation of photographers when traditional film became obsolete. While others shuttered up thriving businesses, world-renown lifestyle photographer Vern Breitenbucher refused to throw in the towel and learned the completely new language of digital photography. His talk proves that grit, ingenuity and a bit of "deceptive learning" makes all the difference to survival in the ever- changing world of technology. A universal tale of adaptation for anyone who has ever struggled with a career change or for anyone embarking on a new path. Charles Darwin would be proud.
We hold certain truths to be self-evident: the world is round, there are 24 hours in a day, and skateboarding is for scrappy punks and derelicts. "Not so!," say young skaters Ethan Hall and Darious Abdollahi. What do physics and art galleries have in common with Skateboarding, the third largest past-time in the U.S.? A lot more than you ever imagined! Sit back on your favorite bench and listen to these young men make a solid case for the zen-like state achieved on simple piece of wood, as well as the inherent difficulties in mastering this oft misunderstood sport. Whether you're a fan or not, one thing's for sure: after watching this talk you will never look at skateboarding (or skateboarders) the same way again.
20 year old serial entrepreneur Jeet Banerjee has been a business man since the tender age of 9. Through trial and error, he's developed a keen sense of what it takes to be successful. But he's always wondered: what drives some people to plunge into the business world to go after their dreams, while others hesitate? Whether you're a risk-taker or hedge your bets conservatively, invest a few minutes of your time and you may just discover what your nature has in common with others. Whatever your disposition, you'll find this insightful and entertaining talk offers a high ROI: return on inspiration.
No amount of apple pie or pumpkin pie will satisfy this nine year old student's hunger for mastering the mathematical constant that is the ratio of any Euclidean circle's circumference to its diameter. Endearingly, Chirag takes pi to a new level by explaining pi's history and relevance to our lives. First introduced to pi when he was in the second grade by watching his older sister do her math homework, he then decided pi was a fascinating number. Ever since, he's been studying pi & hopes to one day hold the world record for the most number of memorized pi digits.
Niko Everett would like to introduce you to someone she thinks you should know-YOU! As the founder of Girls for Change, Niko has helped many young teens transform their communities and themselves by holding up a powerful mirror. In this engaging talk, Niko will demonstrate how anyone- from boys and girls to grown men and women can get a glimpse into their own transformational looking glass too. Inspirational and empowering.
What if the path you think think you're meant to be living isn't your path at all? That's what one of Amazon's youngest best-selling authors discovered shortly after he literally fell off a cliff. In this compelling talk, Jake describes how "living" life means making the BEST of what you have, no matter where on earth and in whatever circumstances you find happen to find yourself.