How can we solve some of our most difficult problems? Too often we sit back and cross our fingers, hoping that someone else will have a light bulb moment and take the risk necessary to make real change happen.
Maybe we have an untapped resource right under our noses?
Where is the wisdom of youth in our problem-solving circles? They have the patience to observe all the moving parts before coming to a conclusion and are almost always more open than we are. Most importantly, ego and pride don’t stand in their way when proposing a completely new idea. They are much more willing to take some risk on failure.
Today on EWC, we introduce you to one of those youthful, creative minds.
Richard Turere was once a 13-year-old Maasai boy with a huge problem. Marauding lions from nearby Nairobi National park would come into his Kenyan village at night and kill their valuable cattle. Villagers often took matters into their own hands, killing whole prides of Lions.
While that may have been an understandable reaction, it was far from productive. The money from tourism often held up the tent poles in that region and tourists come to see the lions. Lions numbers in that part of Africa were once above 15,000 in the year 2000, and now hover around 2,000.
Richard understood by age 11 that while he hated the lions, his people needed a better solution and eventually, with patience and keen observation, he came up with it!
When I watched the TED talk we are pointing you to today, called My invention that made peace with lions, I immediately wanted to run out to find the smartest 15-year-old I could and ask them how to solve some of the world’s most vexing problems. The objective observations of youth might be an all-too-often overlooked asset.
Take a look at this incredible TED talk and see if you don’t admire and long for the untainted perspective of youth!
What other problems could be solved by empowering and then supporting the potential of inspired, youthful minds?
How many Richard Tureres are there out in the world, yet to be discovered, nurtured, and allowed to thrive?
If you know one, send us word of their story and we’ll be sure to promote and support them fully!
As mentioned, Richard Turere is an amazing young man, but he’s not alone. He became the youngest person to be invited to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There you’ll see, Mr. Doe, at just over age 10, was making windmills out of found objects in the junkyard, creating electricity for his impoverished small town in Sierra Leone.
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