Monday, June 18, 2012

Natalie Warne: Being Young and Making an Impact

Rating: ****

I found this TED talk very inspiring. The 18 year-old speaker talks about her journey to becoming an "Extraordinary". She dropped everything to become an activist for child soldiers in South Africa, when she joined the Invisible Children movement. She began organizing events to spread awareness about the severe opression caused by Joseph Kony in communities across Africa. The idea behind the silent protests was to use media coverage to get the attention of celebrities and get them to use their voices to spread awareness. Natalie's goal was to garner the attention of media mogul, Oprah Winfrey. And she did.

This TED has made me realize that you really are never to young to make an impact in the lives of people all across the world. Natalie proves that all the little things add up to change you can see. It is difficult to start, but once you have commited yourself to improving the quality of life for other people, you subtly improve quality of your own life. They is no greater reward than helping others. This TED has inspired me to do all I can to improve our world, even if it means just helping organize a fundraiser, or spreading awareness via social media, every little bit counts.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -Aesop

"Natalie Warne: Being Young and Making an Impact." TED: Ideas worth Spreading. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 June 2012. .

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