I can’t quite remember how I came across this website, but it has remained a frequent source of inspiration for me ever since. I didn’t pay much attention to the purpose or the initial concept behind the website – all I knew is that the videos were refreshing, thought-provoking and inspiring in a way that simply reading a book or studying for class isn’t.
Quoting an extract from their ‘About’ page:Our mission: Spreading ideas.
We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, its mission statement resonates with what we aim to achieve: to inspire global citizens. Perhaps this is what drew me to it in the first place.
This video by Sir Ken Robinson was the first video I saw on TED.com – in his speech, he challenges the way youth are being educated. He proposes a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Watching this, I remember thinking that this is the reason why UN Youth events are so popular with students – I genuinely believe our members embody a culture where just having a go in itself is valued more than the result. We don’t encourage delegates to achieve a particular result or a particular standard – we encourage them to think critically about issues and see what innovative solutions they come up with during the Model UN.
Where do you get your inspiration from?