As the Youth International Summer School in Shanghai is now less than two months away, Youth Time International Movement are gearing up to welcome the experts and participants that will be travelling from all over the globe to share their knowledge, ideas, and experiences with one another. To get participants in the mood for the event we begin to interview the speakers and trainers who will pass on their expertise and advice to participants at the event. One of these experts is Dr. Oualid Ali.

Not just a biochemist, but also a poet who cares about the young of today, Momtaza Mehri dedicates a fair amount of her time to bringing awareness through poetry that touches various subjects. We have been fortunate to arrange an interview with her.

Can you believe, once upon a time, there was a social network before Facebook. It was called Orkut, by it’s founder, a Google engineer by the name of Orkut Büyükkökten. He has been building online communities since 2000. Today, as an entrepreneur and software engineer, Mr.Orkut is taking over the world with his brand new network, Hello. In the past decade, he claims that social networks have taken us further apart from each other, and the time has come for meaningful connections to happen. This will be possible only if people get more intimate by sharing something emotionally significant – and this is what Hello is about. We talked about empathy, kindness, click-and-like chasing, online privacy issues, and what has gone wrong with social media today. On that note, remember his quote the next time you envy someone’s fabulous online life: Social feeds are filled with perfectly choreographed moments, idealistic posts, and created appearances that are often worlds apart from actuality. It’s like a photoshopped magazine cover is now the norm for everyday situations. It needs to stop.

Math is for boys and reading is for girls, and similar assumptions in the same vein: these are stereotypes that are created at an early age. We owe our thanks to individuals such as Professor Andrei Cimpian who are helping to break such patterns of thinking and contribute towards betterment in society. Professor Cimpian has conducted detailed studies into a serious issue that is faced by the society we live in.

ESP and paranormal phenomena. We have all heard about it, and many of us are skeptical. However, when a research scientist of eminent standing talks about it there is no way but to sit up and pay attention. We have interviewed the famous Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, who has not only dedicated his studies to both these subjects but is a biologist and is known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. He has worked at Cambridge University in developmental biology and was Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute.

With Dolly the Sheep, a new era began in 1996, in a manner of speaking. This was the clone that became famous all over the world. Today, a company in Texas, ViaGen, clones pets, horses, and livestock. We have had the opportunity to interview ViaGen’s president, Blake Russell.

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