Why Young People in the Western World Can't Relate to the Famine in Somalia

Posted September 14, 2011 no picture Nicholas Ledner

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Why aren’t more young people talking about the children in Somalia dying daily of famine? Why isn’t the general public spending more time discussing the solutions to avoiding famine in the future? Surely not one person will say they don’t care, yet people’s flippancy on the issue is frustratingly sad from my own perspective, an individual deeply immersed within the human rights world. Many people in the western countries shrug off the famine in Somalia, explaining that they’ve alrea...


VOY Interview with Vincent Moon on Youth- Growth, Evolution, and the Future

Posted August 19, 2011 no picture Nicholas Ledner

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Earlier this week, I had the distinct privilege of posing some very specific and completely non associated questions at Vincent Moon. Who is Vincent Moon? Accomplished producer, director, and writer traveling throughout the world, Mr. Moon knows no boundary to his chosen mediums. In this article we discussed the future of the world, how youth populations should continue to grow, barriers to this growth, steps to take for becoming the person you want to be, and the idea of merging art and human...


Q&A With Mostafa Beltagy: How Bey2ollak Is Improving Egypt, Then the World

Posted August 17, 2011 no picture Nicholas Ledner

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Recently, I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Mostafa Belgaty, head of marketing (and co-founder) for Bey2ollak. You might wonder what Bey2ollak is- an award winning mobile app from Egypt that shares real time traffic information in Cairo and Alexandria (website here). And why the name- it’s an Egyptian expression used when talking about something you’ve heard with someone else. And what have they achieved-46,000 registered users across 3 platforms, a sponsorship from Vodafone,...


Monday morning- upon coming to work with my mind still stuck on the unbelievable monotony that came to represent the debt ceiling crisis in the Washington DC, it took me by surprise to discover what was happening (and still is) on the streets of London. Yes, I knew that unemployment rates for youth in London were high, and that many felt as if they had no one to turn to or no opportunities for them to grow from, but I had forgotten that something like this was even possible in such a developed p...


#outoftheboxadvocacy =progressive, direct, inspiring, and engaging

Posted July 26, 2011 no picture Nicholas Ledner

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Today I attended the #outoftheboxadvocacy : Influencing change through creative communications and social media. I've got to admit that I was a bit hesitant to attend any other events after yesterday's disappointing afternoon which focused on youth empowerment in Africa (with hardly a young person anywhere to be seen). Boy was I relieved when I walked into the room and low and behold, the room was completely full of young people! What a pleasure it was to sit down to an event on time and have...


Why the Youth Development Agenda Needs Serious Help!

Posted July 25, 2011 no picture Nicholas Ledner

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A few hours ago I was (un)lucky enough to attend: African Union Side Event on Cooperation Towards Financing for Youth Development and Empowerment in Africa (wow what a mouthful!). Anyway, the event was very interesting for me. In my day to day life, I like to focus my time on social media. Social media, by nature, is something that moves incredibly fast. This event, however, was something that did not. I arrived around 1:10 (the event started at 1:15) and quickly took my seat and prepared...


Understanding the Destruction in Norway: Perspective of a Norwegian Youth

Posted July 25, 2011 no picture Nicholas Ledner

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On Saturday, after learning in more detail of the tragic violence that occurred in Norway, I decided to contact my close friend Kate, who is Norwegian, to try and understand how she and her fellow countrymen were coming to terms with that happened in their homeland. Below is the transcribed conversation that we had this weekend. NL: What was your initial thought when you heard about the incidents? KM: When news of the bomb came in, I think we all initially thought there must be some natura...


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