Every day here at Ever Widening Circles we prove this is still an amazing world, and the innovators who do that best often connect things that no one ever thought to combine!

Image: Young skateboarding girl jumping in front of an ancient monument

Source: Skateistan

Well, today’s featured thought leader has taken that concept to new heights.

How many people would have considered that skateboarding is a past-time for peace in Afghanistan, and better yet, a passport to education for girls there?

Timing is everything, and I found that the most fascinating part of this story.

You see, no one had ever brought skateboards to Afghanistan, so there were no well-established social rules or taboos about girls using skateboards. Oliver Percovich had found that loophole, and when the movement caught on quickly, the norms organized around the most extraordinary sharing of time and space.

The details of this story remind me to put the negative narratives about the world in perspective. This one is a game-changer.

It’s difficult to explain and the story is far too important for me to jabber on about. Let’s get to today’s video which just blew our EWC team’s socks off!

Our frequent readers know how much we love TED. Seeing the awesome innovations that are being put forth in talks like this one, how can you not? TED.com is one of the most interesting corners of the web, so EWC features the best of their talks a couple of 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. Check out our list of favorites from TED here!

What a wonderful kind of pied-piper, in a place where good people would recognize and embrace new ideas in leadership and possibility.

I think this story says so much about the wonderful humanity that exists in war-weary places like Afghanistan, especially because they relentlessly receive so much bad press.

One of my favorite parts of this story is the connection that seems to spring so organically within the skateboarding community all over the world. Almost all skateboarders seem to be protecting “the right to play,” which I never considered needed defending.

Check out the Skateistan website and see the award-winning international projects connecting skateboarding with education now doing Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa. This is really thinking outside the box with amazing results.

Got an idea, a passion, and a purpose? Let Oliver Percovich’s story be your guide.

The next time the negative 24-hour news cycle gets you down, head over to our category of articles for innovation!

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You will be blown away by all that is happening in the world that the mass media is ignoring!

Stay open, curious and optimistic. It’s still an amazing world!

~ Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. Percovich, Oliver. “Skateboarding in Afghanistan | Oliver Percovich | TEDxSydney.” YouTube. TEDx Talks, 01 June 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnYN2yDqZew>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world. Hear her latest conversations with thought leaders on the Ever Widening Circles Podcast--new episodes every Thursday!

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