Entrepreneurship to fight the barriers
Now for anyone who is not a native English speaker, researching the Internet has at some point been a struggle. We may be a generation of young people that is proficient in English, but when it comes to doing actual scientific research, as we all had to do for our high school or college assignments, it’s rough. This issue was recognized by two young Jordanians who decided to do something about it. Now it doesn’t sound too amazing that two guys started a web page in their native language so that they can help others with their work. But when you add to that equation that they speak Arabic and that 4.5 percent of the world population has Arabic as their native language – now we have a youth initiative that is a major success. An estimated 17.1 million people visited the site – Mawdoo3 – in January alone. Mohammad Jaber and Rami Qawasmi are the founders of a site that is similar to Wikipedia and Ask.com. They struggled at the beginning, but now they deserve the title of ambassadors of Arabic culture considering the fact that their work will definitely help develop and strengthen the culture itself.
Originally published on Euronews.
The risks of living in modern-day society
Although we tend to focus on positive youth-related stories we can never disregard the news that is not so inspiring, or is perhaps even alarming. In New York a book has been published titled Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled – and More Miserable Than Ever Before, written by sociologist Jean Twenge. In the book the author focuses on the risks and illnesses that young people face while living in modern-day society. Anxiety and depression are terms that we heard a lot while growing up, but if you are lucky you just caught the terms and not the illnesses. Now let’s just be real, everyone of us knows at least one person who has experienced these mental health issues. And the problem is not just that you have anxiety or depression, the main problem is that you are so terribly ashamed of it. The Millennials, the generation of open-minded people, the generation of „keep it real“, the generation of unapologetic yet socially sensitive individuals has advanced and evolved in every aspect of life, when compared to older generations, except in this one. Why are we still unwilling to admit our weaknesses, and by behaving as we do are we making the right choice for us, our future, and our health?
Originally published in The Guardian.
Facing the past
We were all born able to deal with progress and to participate in it, but atrocities affect each individual in a different way, and the most common way to deal with it so far has been silence. The problem with silence is that it doesn’t give you information, and you need information to process and understand what has happened in the recent past. A theater in Cambodia is on a mission to do exactly that, to help younger Cambodians understand the violent past their country experienced under the Khmer Rouge regime. Young performers aged 17 to 24 will take the stage in the „See You Yesterday“ show, which is produced by the Global Arts Corps in partnership with Phare Ponleu Selpak. Although the events they are reenacting happened 35 years ago, most of the young Cambodian performers are affected by them emotionally – by being aware that those events marked the lives of their parents. „ See You Yesterday“ will also be performed in other countries affected by atrocities, such as Rwanda.
Originally published at Voanews.com.
Changing the world: let the girls do it!
The numbers don’t lie, and we have to deal with the fact that the number of women in computing jobs has dropped in the last 30 years from 35 to 26 percent. To some of you this may not sound too alarming, but luckily a lot of people and companies see this as a problem, and they are set to solve it. One of them is Marvel, who is partnering up with the National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Entertainment Exchange to start a program in which girls aged 15 to 18 can develop and submit their ideas for world-changing projects. „Girls Reforming the Future Challenge“ wants to engage young girls interested in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Marvel is famous for its Avengers and their movies, so they are looking for girls with superpowers – not the power to fight Norse gods, but the ultimate superpower – the power to change and fix the planet. Not doubting that they will have a lot of applications submitted and a project that will be a huge success, and having faith that one of those girls will actually change the world, let’s hope this idea will be reused by other companies in all parts of the world.
Originally published at Blastr.com.
A haven for young people in Europe: Prague
Last week we talked about London as the place to be if you are a true member of the Millennial generation. However a lot of us Millennials don’t want to deal will unemployment, poor housing, high rents, and unsafe environments. Many of these young people have decided to move to a different European city which promises a brighter and a safer future : Prague, in the Czech Republic. The number of foreigners in the Czech Republic has increased 2.3 times since 2004, and it’s increasing every day. The main reasons are already listed – the variety of cultures that live in Prague, good salaries, and a wide range of job opportunities for young people. Besides these reasons one cannot neglect the fact that Prague is considered safe, especially when compared to other EU cities that have faced terrorist attacks on a smaller or larger scale. So if you are young, free, and responsible rather than wild, reconsider your plans to move to London or other EU capitals and Google Prague. The beauty of the city will exceed your expectations, and given the above-mentioned reasons you will be able to enjoy the best years of your life in the heart of Europe (while not being broke or living in a terrible apartment).
Originally published on Prague Monitor.