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SPEAKERS

Meet live and team up with amazing changemakers

What is little more inspirational than to meet changemakers face to face? Experience their huggability, feel their energy, determination, virtuous vision, and unlock the same keys on one’s own inner piano! 

Meet folks working in the field to feel positive change hands-on, face-on, and also to feel your own role – you are vital part in the grand adventure of our time. And we need you to grow strong!

It’s fantastic for newbies, a highlight for long-term projects, a family reunion for advanced changemakers, and a coaching for one’s own speaking and mentoring. Some day soon, you may be a speaker.

Video Meeting

Easy to arrange, also across timezones, for classes and entire schools.

Tip: Take the initiative, take action for a hero*ine’s cause and send a video message. View tips below.

Tip: Make it a pinnacle event of a project, fest, UN Day, project week. Talk to us.

At School

Presentation, Workshop, Freestyle

Tip: Use the occasion for more than a brief presentation. Add workshops and coaching for fired up students, clubs, media crews, teachers, parents. Also beyond school hours? Of course! We are into positive action around the clock.

At events, on TV

Our speakers are in high demand at events of all sorts and sizes, from WE Days to conferences, galas, talkshows and changemaker festivals.

We contribute youth- and action spirit, encourage you to involve your audience in action, and to use the occasion to activate local schools and media. Easy.

Meet Our Speakers

YL Staff & Experts

What is going on in the big picture, with global issues, proven solutions, and avantgarde sciences? What’s the views and emerging potentials of today’s youth? What amazing schools exist, and how do they succeed? How do we – as youth, teachers, parents and allies build an awesome school together? How do we nurture active citizenry and take over our city, our planet? 

If you want to know about the really important stuff, with tools and support for turning your new found knowledge into action – meet with us for a surf on the tidal wave of civilization. 

Eric

 Youth leadership, awesome schools, student clubs, school development, strategy, adult allies, different contexts in different societies. Model solutions for EVERYTHING. Really. Plus EVERYTHING YL!

Kjell

Your man for everything CLIMATE, science, scenarios, leave it in the ground initiatives and what’s new.

Dr. Gayle

Your woman for everything YOUTH VIEWS around the globe. Yep, you should know, because it’s different from what media, parents, teachers and peers tell you.

Steffen Judersleben

Steffen mentors the multi-award-winning “student company social business” Namaste Nepal, that has grown into a local star, an icon of hope for their Nepali partner villages, a unique learning environment for students, and he says – “if you like this, we can show you how to do it”

Teenage Changemakers

Yes! Meet your hero*ines live!

What could be more exciting?!

Attention – your noble knight peers toil 24/7 for bringing peace, love and abundance to people and planet. Besides, they even have to go to school. Means, they are busy. Hence : prepare well! Make your encounter a memorable experience with practical impact and making their day. View below. 

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Rachel

Monsanto’s nightmare.

Label GMOs, do proper long-term studies on natural and human health hazards, ban glyphosate etc. – use proven, people-powered approaches that guarantee healthy food abundance for all

Avalon

in Love with Earth and Life

Frogs, swamps, wetlands & stuff teen girls do: citizen science, world travel, activism, educating, teaching yoga, plant-based meals, winning world championships …

Abbie

Spend More Time in The Wild

and document your adventures on film! Abbie’s your coach on hiking, camping, gear, magical and horrible moments, film production, mental health, discovering one’s natural and cultural heritage, and sharing it with others

The Serratos Sisters

There’s nothing a girl can’t do!

Make Girl Scout Cookies go GMO-free, plant school gardens, seed libraries, do charity galore, fly to Africa, wrestle like a BEAST = turns family life into adventure!

Lulu

Let’s be a Generation of Generosity

Put the FUN into fundraising, make Doing Social Good part of our lifestyle, play and party culture – at school, sleep-overs, in public and media – with epic creativity and impact!

Neha

I love putting a smile on their faces.

We have so much to give to children that have nothing, not even parents. Neha sets records at empowering orphans since age 9, and calls all of us to get involved, to create our common good future for all of us, together

Babar

The Youngest Headmaster In The World

It began as a game at age 9, and never stopped. Today, his story in Indian textbooks reaches 50 million kids. We team up to develop his school, and even go visit as volunteers!

Cassandra

Student Club Social Business

Starting in 5th grade, TGIF Turn-Grease-Into-Fuels partners with (today 200) restaurants to turn their waste into biofuel, donating their profits to social causes (today $200,000). Yes, this can be done in many places, and kids can do it best!

Robyn

Safeguard water for coming generations.

“Declare your city a Blue Community. Pass this 3-pronged resolution. Keep water public, make it a human right and ban bottled water.” Robyn made 30 cities do so. Now it’s your turn. She’s ready to help.

Chloe

When Teenage Hero*ines Turn Twens

Chloe’s school student club set state and national records. At uni, Divest Harvard became a global icon. Next, running for office, she scored historic turnout and 80% of the vote. Now, she tables progressive legislation for Maine – and gets it passed.

Adult Changemakers

Yes, you can meet today’s Gandhis and Einsteins, even mermaids for real! 

Like our real-life Gryffindores, they are busy, so : prepare well, get serious for people and planet, and make their day.

Think professional : Can we achieve our goal by an exchange of video messages, or do we need to meet to solve your bur-ning questions to take your endeavour to the next level? in any case, don’t be shy! follow your vision, dream, passion and talk to us. We’ll do what we can.

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Ocean Ramsey

From Scared to Sacred. Save Our Sharks 

Re-discover Your Planet with this real mermaid. She helps you learn, see, feel that Earth is Paradise. What could be more precious? Ocean spends a lot of time in the water, so don’t expect live meets. Focus on what matters – make an impact! Let her know! Maybe we’ll score a video message.

John Griffith

How (not) to treat the Wild & Wildlife

The bearded elf and outdoor dancing legend greets you from his outdoor office – the wild national parks. Do your homework, move your feet, come up with questions, and you’ll get your share of adventures, wisdom and silly tales.

Raabia Hawa

Protect Our Grand Wildlife

Track Raabia’s bootprints and learn why this radio host has left the city behind and chosen to walk with rangers and protect the innocent. Hear her message : Our beloved beautiful cousins being mercilessly slaughtered. We need to act. We only have a brief handful of years. Help activate the region’s youth to be Guardians of the Wild.

Polly Higgins

Cast A Protective Web Of Law Around The Earth

Make Ecocide a Crime at UN and national levels. It makes government and bank investment in dangerous extractive industries illegal, hence obsolete, and puts perpetrators who destroy ecosystems on trial, in prison, personally, as for genocide. It’s very close to become global law. THIS young generation can lead the final push.

John D. Liu

Heal The Wounds Of The Earth

Large-scale Ecosystem Restoration is the word, and the UN Decade 2021-30 for ES is your time to be grand! john has documented many ES stories, has much wisdom to share, and leads the Ecosystem Restoration Camp movement, for people to come together and restore Paradise. Join!

Mary Rowlings

Create Arks For Local Wildlife

Our Netflix star (Dare To Be Wild) and famous youngest Chelsea Flower Show winner is a “recovered landscape gardener”, or better – a veritable fairy. Mary listens to the plants, and helps the land become what it wishes to become. Like helping a child unfold to maturity. With this sense, create Arks! Schools, citizens, everyone!

Peter Reichenbach

Natural Coloring From Plants
for dyeing, make-up, paints and arts

 A wonderful hands-on way to re-discover one’s natural environment, its hidden treasures, ancestral knowledge, also across cultures – good for health and local economies. Note : much clothing, make-up and oil color pigment is sourced from abominable heath killing (child) labor

Gerry Marten & Regina Gregory

Eco-Tipping Points – THIS is how change happens!

What is the KEY element that turns a downward crisis spiral into an upwards virtuous spiral? Learn about negative / positive tipping points from 100+ well documented success stories. Learn to design ETP graphics and contribute them

Andrea Mendez-Brandam

Positive News Radio Magazine

Weekly 55 min show – 3 million listeners – 120 radio stations. From her home. A desk, a mic, a heart, and wit. That’s how to tell the world of solutions for people and planet. And now, it’s your turn. Be part!

Manish Jain

Un-schooling & Collaborative Learning Culture

My grandmother knew everything about regional culture, farming, food, health, relations. School calls her stupid, uneducated. Everybody in Europe and the USA went to school. Look at them. Sick, sad, violence, madness! I’m not impressed by your “school”. So, how do we re-learn the important stuff, and how might “school” be part?

Pooja Vishwakarma

20,000 Poor Kids Into School in 1 Year

and we want to see more of this. Learn how we can make a big impact on many lives for generations to come. Our topics : enforcing a new law, kid-powered campaigns, micro-school, culture, arts and fun. Will you visit?

Usha Vishwakarma

The Red Brigade Lucknow.

The badasses that broke the stigma on “women fiercely fighting back” by training thousands of girls self-defense against sexual assault, patrolling streets, raising hell at police stations to hunt down murderers. Usha and her crew are hands-on folks. Get ready to hit and growl!

Ajay Patel

The Red Brigade Lucknow Trust

The institutional backbone behind The Red Brigade success story. So much to learn : only recently, our societies have freed themselves from brutal horrors against children. How can we help others achieve the same?! This man knows of human suffering, tenacity, and how to make robust steps to get to ecstatic jubilation. Got the backbone to help the kids?

Robin Grille

Parenting For A Peaceful World

What makes a gentle child turn into a violent adult? What makes parents crush their children? When does religion amplify it? What makes fascists? Why is “no violence against children” the core factor that creates a peaceful, egalitarian, prosperous, creative, democratic society?
You all need to know.

Make the Most of Our Encounter

Discuss this with your students, too. They need to be in the right spirit.

Help us make this extraordinary program work.

Understanding the Life of a Changemaker – and our / your / your students’ role.

Understanding Teenage Changemakers

Thank you for helping us make this work.

Teenage changemakers are housed and fed by their parents.

However, their time is limited, also by having to attend school. Their media schedule is enormous.

They use every minute to toil for the needy ones. The ones suffering from hunger, violence, extinction.

They love to inspire and educate their peers, and like us at YL, they want to empower many.

To achieve this, you, us, them, have to work together.

Here’s the challenge:

Put yourself into our and their real life for a moment.

For how many meet-ups can we engage a teen hero*ine, to INSPIRE = GIVE SPIRIT to an audience and make sure that they do not burn out? Once a day? Once a week, a month?

Imagine

  • your class acts without respect, interest, is not engaged.
  • your hero*ine asked their teacher to quit class for an hour for you.
  • your hero*ine got up at 4 in the morning for you
  • your hero*ine stayed up until midnight for you
  • your hero*ine said no to another important thing for you
  • your hero*ine gets an emergency call by one of their allies but stays with you

Imagine we get our hero*ine friends to meet with 2, 3, 4 classes and each experience is suboptimal, lukewarm, not only irrelevant to real, tangible, positive change, but even unpleasant and irritating, messing up their day?!

You understand that they would GIVE UP ON IT real fast. And us at YL leave a really bad taste with them.

This would destroy this unique high potential program and sabotage the magical opportunities for many.

Hence, we need you to make it possible with us.

Here’s how : let’s not focus on your group being edutained with information. Let’s team up and make it a meaningful contribution to the hero*ine’s cause, so they are excited about each request, because they know some entire group is awakened on fire to rock robust positive changes. This means : it makes concrete, tangible impact

Needless to say, this not only fulfills the common goals of edutainment but literally fills up the pedagogical Holy Grail!

We have dreamed up 4 ways to make this happen, which strongly amplify the pedagogical value, the learning, the impact and the follow-up potentials.

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Understanding Adult Changemakers

Adult changemakers are usually social entrepreneurs. Even when they get a salary somewhere, they “think and act in many projects”.

Your common NGO, Greenpeace or Amnesty international presenter is either (a) staff paid by donations or state grants (tax money), or (b) an unpaid intern, student, surviving on parent’s money, or a state (tax money) grant.

So, our changemakers are not of that kind. No one pays them a salary to be there for you. No one donates for that. no one gives them tax money and grants for that.

Here’s what you need to know about a self-employed entrepreneur or freelancer. They spend time on developing own projects or acquiring a project. this time of acquring takes about half their time. Yes, search a month or two, then get work, paid for 1 month. this is why when they work they need to gain the double daily salary. To make up for the non-earning phase. This Is Normal in Your Society.

Usually teachers don’t know this. NGO folks don’t know this. And then, some think we are greedy suckers for charging money. No. You just live in a rosy BUBBLE. 

So, social entrepreneurs being badass busy people, but willing to empower youth, WE AT YL want to make this work.

We want to make it worthwhile, satisfying and pleasant for the changemaker to spend their time with your group.

Ask yourself: does it make sense for a “national team coach” to spend time with a group of people who have a beer before the match, or don’t even know or like the sport? No! He wouldn’t even turn up even if you offered payment, and you would not book a meeting in the first place because it makes no sense – and worse : it would be shameful!

We have to emphasize this here, because we want to enable these encounters but it has happened before that people don’t understand what is really going on.

Hence, to make this great thing work, we need to work together. We have dreamed up a few factors that are simple, high value for everyone involved and generate the feel that makes this effort of taking time off the core mission, and coming together not work but MAJOR FUN AND UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE AND PART OF THE MISSION.

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1. Know

why you are doing this and who you are meeting?

These are the Gandhis and Gryffindores of our time. The people that give humanity hope for people and planet. Cheesy celebrities and the super rich have nothing to offer you to to protect what you love, and to achieve your dreams.

You get to meet badass changemaker athletes, noble knights, genius visionaries. These are your coaches for creating the world that your heart desires. 

How will you use this special moment in your life?

2. Prepare

KNOW THEIR STORY 

These are humanity’s finest, and they are busyDo not waste their energy, your time, limit your experience. Read up on their story and solution using our Multimedia Hero Profiles, poster sets and action guides. This enables a much more meaningful encounter :

As their story sinks in, some group members will have ideas, come up with burning questions to ask. As you take action, you will have your own story to share, something to give and celebrate! This way, you can meet at eye-level. And as you become part of one story, you can dream up next steps together. I mean, wow …

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3. Make it Memorable

GIVE BACK

to them. What is their dream? How can you help achieve their vision and soothe their hearts? The Action Guides tell you how to support and replicate their initiative locally and globally.  

to the planet. What is Her dream? That you make grand positive impact for her innocent children alive today and in the future. What can you dream up together to make a relevant impact. What could cause ripple effects, create a mark on Earth, weave a thread into the fabric of human history, small or big, that never stops?

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4. Make it a Breeze

Make it fun. 

  • How can you make it casual and enjoyable?
  • How can you totally mess it up?

Discuss this with your students. It’s a learning experience of lifelong value.

Test the tech and have it set up. Appoint a student tech crew to arrange it well before the meeting. Honor them for it.

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5. Document Your Experience

Add student journalism : form a volunteer crew to take casual photos and notes on preparation, student voices and ideas, your activities, the meeting and testimonials to share with

  • your personal, club and school news and social media
  • with local news media
  • us and YL Magazine
  • changemakers’ social media feeds

Another excellent multi-faceted learning experience that honors everyone’s efforts + boosts local and global youth leadership + calls on audiences to join the movement.

 

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6. Take it Easy

Expect the unexpected. Be it inter/national conferences or google hangouts, we have seen everything fail. So, imagine the worst case, and to laugh about it, take it as an exercise in real life, also tell your students. Classic surprise worst cases

  • snow blizzard
  • students on leave for chess championship
  • emergency – exam repetition, a regional revolt
  • forgot a major religious or family matter
  • they are bombing Yemen
  • no stable internet or sound though it was fine earlier
  • mixed up time zones, alarm clock fails
  • sudden invitation to major event or talkshow
  • it’s nighttime at your hero*ine’s wilderness camp
  • hero*ine falls ill
  • you fall ill

No one to blame, life happens.

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For changemakers, as well as for teachers and school students, live-meets are an exception, neither you nor us have a million dollar budget. We all try our best. In any case

> Preparation exercises are a rich experience by themselves

> Eric and YL Staff can jump in and save the day

Let us collaborate in this casual spirit of friendship.

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With our school class, we watch theatre plays and movies at the local cinema.

We pay $/€ 3 to 7 per student, plus travel, sometimes an ice-cream.

Fees

We honor and value the lifetime of the finest changemakers on the planet no less. 

Every contribution goes into their cause. If we care not to support their cause, we have no reason to meet them, anyway*.

* Please view Understanding Teenage / Adult Changemakers above. 

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