Written by Adriana DiBenedetto
What does it mean to build better together?
On October 24, 2020, Tzu Chi New York hosted the first of three Youth Future Global Dialogues as part of a thematic virtual series in collaboration with the UN75 initiative focusing on the future of humanity and the planet. The series aims to connect youth internationally with the causes they’re most passionate about — while giving them the tools they need to generate a profound and positive change for the future. But to effectuate change for the generations to come, we must first identify the obstacles that stand before us in the present. Helping explore the topics at hand were remarkable young professionals such as Dr. Emily Huang, Elliot Maclean, Grace Kwon, Dooree Moon, and Dustin Liu.
With outstanding panelists like these and a theme of “Envisioning Future 2045 in a Post-Pandemic World,” deep conversations encompassing ethics, education, philanthropy, innovation, medicine, and the environment, were soon brought to light. In this day and age, as technology elongates the distance between one another — both physically and emotionally — individuals may forget how interconnected we are, and how multilateral institutions like the UN only become more important in moments like these.
Indeed, to become problem solvers, one must take the opportunity to learn from others with an open heart, and embrace that we’re really more alike than we are different. Young people bring the energy that’s crucially needed presently to bring about transformative actions, and youth leaders needn’t be only those who make the front page of our newspapers — but are each and every one one of us. Our youngest and most vulnerable members of the community are impacted by global issues daily, and our well-being as individuals, cities, states, and countries, are deeply entwined with the well-being of those around the world.
With myriad questions revolving around sustainability, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, fair economic practices, and more, everyone must think about how their own gifts can meet the change we wish to see in the world. But where does one begin?
Our panelists agree that education is key.
It is with this foundation that young people can move forward with an open mind as healers, educators, policy-makers, and beyond, to remove the barriers before a kinder, brighter, and more accommodating tomorrow.