We can change the world in a generation.
This weekend reiterated to us that you’re never too young to make a difference.
SIFE Waikato, an organisation led by university students with ‘a head for business and a heart for the world,’ invited us to be part of their latest initiative: the iChallenge. “i” for ideas, inspiration and global impact, the iChallenge seeks to empower secondary school students to promote their ideas and vision for a greater world.
The day started with Will Watterson, Country Director for the Global Poverty Project sharing his story. He talked about the 1.4 billion people in our world who live in extreme poverty, and showed that within a generation, we have the capacity to reduce this number to zero. His presentation focused on five questions:
● What is extreme poverty?
● Can we do anything about it?
● What are the barriers to ending extreme poverty?
● Why should we care?
● What can we do?
Engaged and inspired by Will’s presentation, you could see that the students in the room had their eyes opened to the idea that they had the power to help provoke change.
We spent the afternoon harnessing the energy, sharing examples and brainstorming how we could use social media and story telling to get more people involved with the Global Poverty Project.
While we looked at the creative ways to get the message out, Guy Ryan, the founder of Inspiring Stories highlighted that we need to be clear in our messaging, before we rush off and try to change the world. If we’re going to get other people involved with a cause, we need to first be clear about why that cause is important to us.
If we can explain why it’s important to us, then it doesn’t matter if you’re telling your grandma, the mayor or your peers, they’ll find it hard to look the other way, and will be more compelled to help.
No matter how old you are, you can make a difference. And if we’re going to solve problems like extreme poverty in this generation, then we all need to start now.
Thanks to Guy Ryan for the photos!