How can we solve some of our most difficult problems? Too often we sit back, cross our fingers, and hope that someone else will have a light bulb moment and take the risk necessary to make real change happen. But maybe there’s an untapped resource right under our noses. Where is the wisdom of the new generation 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, in the older generations, 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, but now hover around 2,000.

Image: Young Richard Turere on the TED stage

Source: TED and African Celebs

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!

Richard Turere’s invention made peace with lions!

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!

Via: TED 1

Isn’t TED fantastic? They put forth some of the greatest concepts and thought leaders, and produce content that proves that it’s still an amazing world! (our motto). TED.com is one of the most interesting corners of the web. We at EWC features the best of their talks a couple times each month. If I do say so myself, EWC and TED are the only places I have found where smart people, curious and hopeful, can always come away transformed. You can check out our list of Must-See TED Talks here! And the one above is lovely…just lovely!

What other problems could be solved by empowering and then supporting the potential of inspired, youthful minds?

How many people like Richard Turere 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. Click the link below to see Kelvin Doe, who, at just over age 10, was making windmills out of objects found in the junkyard to create electricity for his impoverished small town in Sierra Leone.

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Kelvin Doe: The Youngest MIT Visiting Practitioner

If you think children could be more inspired, we do to! So today, we have a bonus for you: we look at a young man who, at only 15 years old in Sierra Leone, found things in trash cans to create a working radio station, AND we introduce our "Educational Enrichment" pages!

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Many more can be found worldwide representing the impressive wisdom of the new generation.

Stay open, curious, and hopeful!

~Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. Turere, Richard. “Richard Turere: My Invention That Made Peace with Lions.”YouTube. TED, 27 Mar. 2013. Web. 20 July 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAoo–SeUIk>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.