There are close to 7,000 languages written and spoken throughout the world, but here’s one that can help us all connect to each other without words!

Humans have been communicating with visuals since we first laid eyes on each other. Now, for the most part, we’ve moved on from painting on cave walls, and are instead are scrolling our devices sending cartoon faces, vegetables, and icons to make those once toneless written words depict exactly the meaning we’d like.

So does this universal language have the ability to enhance our society? We’ve got a wonderful TED Talk to share that may make you think differently about emojis…

These emotion depicting icons, or emojis, are making it easier for us to communicate with and learn from each other across cultural variations and ability levels.

Jenna Schilstra, Analyst in Customer Technology Marketing at UPS, knows that visually representing our feelings, ideas, and the world around us is deeply embedded in how humans communicate, and she believes that we can utilize this tool to close language skill gaps, break cultural barriers, and stop misreading that “ok” in the unintended tone. Here’s Jenna on the TED stage!

Imagine a world where we’re all communicating with each other. What could be enhanced? What could we learn? What could we accomplish? How could we grow?

We’re living in a time where we have the ability to exchange thoughts with individuals living across the globe, and now we have a virtual cave wall to make our connections even stronger.

Stay open to new possibilities!

-Sam 😉

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it” — Albert Einstein

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  1. “In Defense of Emojis | Jenna Schilstra | TED Institute.” YouTube. TEDInstitute, 24 Oct. 2016. Web. 04 Jan. 2018. <>.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.