My job involves interviewing people who have been through a lot of tragedies. The interviews are often heavy. They end in tears. They end with a bittersweet catharsis with all parties leaving the studio feeling somewhat emotionally depleted. Not so with Rwandan singer Jean Paul Samputu.
I’m a journalism master’s student on the cusp of jumping into the job pool. My story is echoed across the world as graduating students are constantly reminded that the most important reason to find a job is to secure financial stability. That those who succeed in finding the job of their dreams are the minority, ahead of the curve and able to ride the entrepreneurial wave. But what happened to the adolescent (and some might say naive) notions of following your dreams, pursuing your passions and finding a job that will help others?
I am a 23-year-old student who has lived and learned in four cities, three countries, and two continents with one big aspiration "to better the world". Luckily, I’ve ended up in The Hague, a city filled with people that share my desire for change. I mean, they don’t just hand out urban nicknames like ‘the city of peace and justice’ or ‘the legal capital of the world’ for nothing.
When I first met Neal Katyal – via my work at the Georgetown Law Center - I was amazed that someone so young, so close to my own age, could have accomplished so much.
It’s a beautiful building isn’t it? Every day hundreds of people pass by and get their photos taken at the gate. Those of us who live in The Hague are really proud of this great symbolic building which towers over our own “Embassy Row”. But do people really know what it is? When you say The Peace Palace – what does that mean? What’s it for?
Human and sexual rights activist Vithika Yadav explains why her talk on “Stop sexual violence in India – talk about sex” is so important for India.
In Pakistan, the Taliban recruit children from poor families for indoctrination into their ideology, a system that breeds suicide bombers. This is the story told in my favorite TED talk, which was presented by Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy in 2010.
When Vithika Yadav responded to our vacancy for a colleague to help launch Love Matters India, she included 5 references.
The Speakers for TEDxHagueAcademy are now in the Netherlands and intensively rehearsing and preparing or their talks on Monday 9 September.