The other day I saw this movie called Slackistan. Set in Islamabad, Pakistan, it follows the lives of a group of young people who have a serious lack of direction and motivation. They spend most of their time driving aimlessly around the city, partying, or getting depressed about this lifestyle.
Many answers may pop-up in your mind, but the one I am looking for means: a state of mind or a belief in a positive outcome. Any guesses?
Maybe it's the bright lights and majestic skyscrapers. Or maybe it's theaters and shopping and cafes. Usually, though, it's just the pragmatic search for employment. Whatever the reason, big cities have lured people throughout the ages, and in many cases it really is a siren call...urban life can be tough going.
Any guesses? Here's a hint: it's generally pretty cool, it's not oil, and it rhymes with truth. No prizes for getting it right.
I start a new job next week, so more riveting (I hope) field experiences to come. For now, I wanted to introduce a few projects, most “new” in the field, that have caught my eye.
Hey youth of the world! The next time a teacher or parent scolds you for bad behavior, here's a good excuse: "I can't help it, it's just the way my brain is wired."
According to a recent blog post by Emmanuel Jimenez, Human Development Director, in the World Bank’s East Asia Region:
Soccer (aka football) is more than just a fun, popular, international sport. Soccer plays a role in international development by funding global education, effecting positive social change and producing renewable energy. Yes, renewable energy.
Soccer and Society
At a recent discussion organized by the World Bank Institute, 7 panelists shared ideas about why it's so important for youth to be involved in development, and how everyone--young people, organizations, and governments--can work together to make this happen even more than it is already happening.
The NMC 1st World Youth Meeting for Sustainable Development held in Bari, Italy is soon coming to an end. While it is great to meet young and motivated people, at the same time, I now realize the persistent hypocrisy of these types of conferences. The NMC’s goal (I think - it was vaguely explained), through this first event, was to inform policy and dialogue on sustainable development through a series of action plans written by young participants after an 8-hour workshop.