Our good friend Robert Galinsky takes to the stage to introduce #TedXTeen...over 400 people in the audience today...so excited and privileged to be here! He's getting us energised - there is soooo much positive energy in the room. Next up...
None other than Monique Coleman of High School Musical! She's the TedXTeen host for the day, not only is she big in Disney, but incredibly has also been appointed the first ever UN Youth Champion for International Year of Youth!
She starts us off with..."What if the way to power humanity forward is to take a step back? Simple ideas, simple solutions"
We are the first generation that is older than the internet - she say's: "you have unprecedented possibilities" - so much global reach has positioned young people today to be the ones to solve today's most pressing issues and move us forward on this planet.
Coleman took a global tour last year to see what young people are doing and saying on global change. She came across the same common themes across the globe- young people wanted their voices heard, to know they mattered and that their ideas are being implemented to move us forward.
The ideas that are going to grace this stage are at the very forefront of changing the WORLD! So bring it on...let's hear it, be inspired and change it!
It's going to be a great day,
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