I am not a particularly interesting person; however, I am a person who is interested in many things: different languages, cultures, genres of music and literature, the list goes on. I have a burning curiosity that has led me to meeting people from all over the world who have shared with me their incredible stories. I have spoken with U.S. diplomats, Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, Turkish ambassadors, and Georgian and Armenian civil societies. From discussing tensions between Russia and the Baltics with my Lithuanian and Estonian hosts, and to learning about the various ethno-religious groups in the Middle East with my friends from Syria and Iraq, my curiosity knows no bounds.
Civil society has proven to be an effective tool in conflict prevention and resolution. From Northern Ireland to Israel, from Bosnia/Herzegovina to South Africa – local grassroots organizations and NGOs dedicated to track II diplomacy have the ability to make conflict stakeholders go beyond sound bytes and stereotypes. The most important role these groups play is that they make the individual see their so-called enemy as a human being. They force individuals to meet strangers from the other side, and have a dialogue with them in a safe space. However, there are many problems that civil societies face. Many factors contribute towards discouraging the individual from talking to the other side. Communities can ostracize the individual, and in addition, the individual may not have the courage to physically meet with the other side. Recently, a new phenomenon has occurred which has the potential to change that problem: Social Media.
Perhaps you, like many others, associate the word design with some kind of visual styling of a product, building, or printed material for the purpose of attracting clients and increasing sales. However, for the majority of modern managers and businessmen the concept of design has become a new way of thinking that allows them to handle a variety of intricate problems in a non-trivial way.
2016 is the year of the modern consumer. We are transitioning into a period where smart, forward thinking brands are not just targeting Millennial consumers based on their age but are focusing more on all consumers that have adopted a “Millennial Mindset”.
Have you heard of LEGOs? Yes, exactly, those little multicolored pieces which seem to be made only for children to play with and spend time building childish things. Correct, they seem to be meant only for kids - but it is not like that at all.
My name is Muamer, and 21 years ago I saw blood on the falling stars. That night I closed my eyes and made a wish. That wish brought me a new life, although not one I expected or asked for.
2015 was a challenging time for young people across the globe. For many, it was a year when they had to leave their homes due to war and economic despair. For many others, it was a period of uncertain job opportunities after graduation from schools and universities. However, 2015 was also an inspiring year during which some global social and political trends shifted to give greater recognition to the role of youth in determining the planet’s future. To remain in a celebratory spirit, we have compiled some of the most important optimistic news with regard to youth which have occurred in 2015, hoping that 2016 will be much more positive for all of us.
While we keep seeing more ‘organic’ labels on food in the markets, the reality is way more toxic. Youth Time will tell you why, explain different food production processes across the world, and will give you tips on where to buy real organic food.
The omnipresent sign # conquered social the media; spread to the advertising sphere, and started haunting everyday language. What psychological need urges us to overuse it? How does the new hash-language shape our thinking? An inquiry into this recent #phenomenon takes us to ancient Greek myths and primitive ape-men.
The truth is that our lives have been radically brought in line with the needs of today's society. To keep up with the technology of today (and to contribute to its further development), we are trained to sacrifice our leisure time, weekends and endure lots of sleepless nights in order to get the job done. Regardless of our age, the only question we are usually asked is whether we completed the task we were given or not. But we are humans. We adapt continuously.