The other day, someone told me Youthink! needs to be more optimistic. Well hey, it’s hard to be cheerful and witty about topics like poverty and disease…
To be fair, though, there’s often good news from the world of development. So, maybe she did have a point. I decided to try to highlight more of the positive from now on.
That's why I really liked Joao's photos of the "Youth Wave" at the World Water Forum. It looks as though they're having a great time, while also making a statement about the need for an increase in youth participation in decisions concerning water and sanitation worldwide.
The article stuck with me, because it was about people doing zany things and having fun while working on serious issues.
My favorite part was when the writer quoted one of the students as saying, “... the world needs crazy ideas to change things, because the conventional way of thinking is not working anymore.”
Crazy ideas have sometimes changed the world, and getting overwhelmed by gloomy headlines is probably not conducive to crazy ideas. Development shouldn’t only be associated with economic blah blah and pessimistic data. It should also be about being creative while having fun.