As the Youth International Summer School in Shanghai is now less than two months away, Youth Time International Movement are gearing up to welcome the experts and participants that will be travelling from all over the globe to share their knowledge, ideas, and experiences with one another. To get participants in the mood for the event we begin to interview the speakers and trainers who will pass on their expertise and advice to participants at the event. One of these experts is Dr. Oualid Ali.

Not just a biochemist, but also a poet who cares about the young of today, Momtaza Mehri dedicates a fair amount of her time to bringing awareness through poetry that touches various subjects. We have been fortunate to arrange an interview with her.

Can you believe, once upon a time, there was a social network before Facebook. It was called Orkut, by it’s founder, a Google engineer by the name of Orkut Büyükkökten. He has been building online communities since 2000. Today, as an entrepreneur and software engineer, Mr.Orkut is taking over the world with his brand new network, Hello. In the past decade, he claims that social networks have taken us further apart from each other, and the time has come for meaningful connections to happen. This will be possible only if people get more intimate by sharing something emotionally significant – and this is what Hello is about. We talked about empathy, kindness, click-and-like chasing, online privacy issues, and what has gone wrong with social media today. On that note, remember his quote the next time you envy someone’s fabulous online life: Social feeds are filled with perfectly choreographed moments, idealistic posts, and created appearances that are often worlds apart from actuality. It’s like a photoshopped magazine cover is now the norm for everyday situations. It needs to stop.

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