Changemakers: Why I believe in the power of storytelling to build a better world for all

Hi World! This is my first message to you 🙂 Through connecting with people, let’s make this world a better place for all of us!

Some of the globally acclaimed storytellers who inspire me are the people behind Humans of New York, The Atlas of Beauty and Nas Daily. Yet, most of all I am inspired by the people I meet who are overcome numerous challenges to do what they are passionate about.

One of those inspiring people is Zeina. She is a girl from Iraq whom I met in Istanbul when we were both on a study exchange there. Zeina dreamed of travelling all over the world. But for her it was not that easy to make that dream come true: she has an Iraqi passport, which does not give an easy access to a lot of countries. Also, she wears a hijab. By launching The Zeina Diary, she started a blog about her travels to inspire anyone who really wanted to travel but didn’t for one reason or another. In doing so, she proved that where there is a will, there is a way…

Recently I met Ishara at a hostel. He is from Sri Lanka and put all his savings together to come to a conference about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in Europe. At home, he is a social entrepreneur. He built a team of volunteers to provide job training to young people, especially girls who could not attend school, so that they would develop their skills to find a good job. Over the years, the organization he founded had trained 8000 young potentials successfully. He is working hard every day believing in the societal impact they created. Yet, he had still not been able to achieve his own dream: attending university.

Everywhere I kept meeting wonderful people started projects with the goal of creating positive change. For a long time I was thinking, “so what will be my project as a positive contribution to the world around me?” And then I came up with a project that would combine my interest in other people and what they are passionate about: to have people tell own their stories and to share these stories. I am convinced that sharing personal stories is the best way to create a connection with other people in a globalized world and towards a collective future. Through connecting with people and have them tell their stories, I hope to inspire you as well with The World We All Share!

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