Our TEDxYouthDay reporters share the change they want to spark in the world

This weekend, nearly 100 TEDx events around the world will participate in TEDxYouthDay, our tribute to youth-driven ideas and inspiration. Many of these events will be streamed online….for FREE! Watch along with us and follow the hashtag #TEDxYouth on Twitter and Instagram. 

To get ready for TEDxYouthDay, we asked our youth reporters to share the change they wish the spark in the world. Their answers totally blew us away. Below, a few of our reporters’ big ideas for a better world:

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My dream is for girls all over the world to be valued in their communities, educated, and given the opportunity to be leaders who have the power to shape their world.
Katy Ma, 17, United States

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"My big dream is to see more people think outside the box."
Farokh Shahabi Nezhad, 22, Iran

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"My big dream is for the youth of Africa to realise their potential — to see that no one is in a better place to solve the challenges which plague the continent."
Tumelo Motaung, 25, South Africa

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"My dream is that one day every child will have access to food, shelter and education."
Bassant Okab, 17, Qatar

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"My big dream for the world is better cultural understanding and tolerance."
Tea Salazar, 15, United States

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"I want people to have a deeper awareness of respect, understanding, and appreciation for those who have experienced the world in different ways than their own."
Francesca Manto, 19, United States

"The goal is not to turn kids into your kind of adult, but rather, better adults than you have been. Progress happens because new generations grow and develop and become better than the previous ones.”

From Adora Svitak’s talkWhat adults can learn from kids.” In her talk, Adora makes a case for why adults shouldn’t underestimate kids. And they shouldn’t. Kids are doing amazing things. Let’s just take a second to think about how Adora organized her first TEDxYouth event when she was just 12.

This weekend, young people around the world are attending, organizing, speaking at, and watching TEDxYouthDay events — TEDx events dedicated to the ingenuity of kids worldwide. Every year we’re taken aback by the amazing things that come out of these events, and we think you should be, too. Find a TEDxYouthDay event near you to attend or watch live online here.


Women are complicated. Not because women are crazy, but because people are crazy, and women happen to be people. 

Tavi Gevinson is a writer, blogger, thinker, teenager, and one of the many remarkable young people sharing ideas at TEDx events around the world. Above, a quote from her TEDxTeen talk, “A teen just trying to figure it out.” 
This weekend, at TEDxYouthDay events around the world, hundreds of young people will gather to dream the future they will create on this planet. In places like Göteborg, Madrid, Suzhou, Calgary, and San Diego ideas will be shared, norms will be questioned, and solutions will arise. Click here to find an event near you to watch online or attend in person!

Women are complicated. Not because women are crazy, but because people are crazy, and women happen to be people.

Tavi Gevinson is a writer, blogger, thinker, teenager, and one of the many remarkable young people sharing ideas at TEDx events around the world. Above, a quote from her TEDxTeen talk, “A teen just trying to figure it out.”

This weekend, at TEDxYouthDay events around the world, hundreds of young people will gather to dream the future they will create on this planet. In places like Göteborg, Madrid, Suzhou, Calgary, and San Diego ideas will be shared, norms will be questioned, and solutions will arise. Click here to find an event near you to watch online or attend in person!

Above, some of our 2013 TEDxYouthDay Reporters show how they spark change in their communities. 

Here at TEDx, we’re super excited for next week’s TEDxYouthDay!

Nearly 100 events will take place all over the world on November 16-17,and many of them are being organized by youth, for youth. How awesome is that?

Leading up to TEDxYouthDay, we have a challenge for you. For our photo campaign, we’re asking you to complete the sentence, "I will spark change by…"

If you take a picture of yourself holding the TEDxYouthDay sign and telling the world what you’re doing to spark change, you could wind up on the official TEDxYouthDay site, or on this blog!

What you do: Download the sign here, print it out, write your answer, and take a picture of yourself holding your sign.

Then what? Upload your picture to Flickr, Instagram, or Tumblr, and tag it with #TEDxYouth. If it’s especially awesome, we’ll add it to our posts.

So tell us: How will you spark change?