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"The goal is not to turn kids into your kind of adult, but rather, better adults than you have been. Progress happens because new generations grow and develop and become better than the previous ones.”

From Adora Svitak’s talkWhat adults can learn from kids.” In her talk, Adora makes a case for why adults shouldn’t underestimate kids. And they shouldn’t. Kids are doing amazing things. Let’s just take a second to think about how Adora organized her first TEDxYouth event when she was just 12.

This weekend, young people around the world are attending, organizing, speaking at, and watching TEDxYouthDay events — TEDx events dedicated to the ingenuity of kids worldwide. Every year we’re taken aback by the amazing things that come out of these events, and we think you should be, too. Find a TEDxYouthDay event near you to attend or watch live online here.

this is so effing important and i’m super impressed after read her transcript

jeezycreezysuperstar asked:

Hello! I hope crunch time isn't treating you too badly! When it comes to the questions surrounding the dogma and myths of DA - for instance, if the golden city was ever golden - do you sort of know the answers in your writer brain? Or is it something no one in DA would know and so neither do you? I guess, are they mysteries meant to solved or simply pondered? (I wouldn't be surprised if you've already answered this, but try as I might I can't manage to read everything you've ever said about DA.)


1) At one point I kept all the answers in my writer brain. Then, as time passed, my writer brain became pretty unreliable—as things changed (which they do and have done, particularly in the early days once we translated the initial world design into an actual game), I sometimes found it hard to remember the New Thing versus the Old Thing. That, combined with the other writers needing more insight into the big questions (beyond me occasionally piping up with, “hey, you know this thing you did? That contradicts the thing in my brain”), meant we eventually moved everything onto our new wiki… as a group, we wrestled many of the vague notions and made them concrete at last.

So it’s definitely written down now, in full. If I get hit by a bus, that stuff won’t be lost any longer. Doesn’t mean it will never change, of course, but it does mean everyone (including me) doesn’t have to rely on my piss-poor memory for the setting’s back story.

2) You may never find the answers to all those questions. All that information is there so we know the answers, and aren’t simply making things up as we go. I suppose some people may think we do so anyhow, and we certainly have both the technology and the wherewithal to pull lore wholesale out of our collective asses, but we generally don’t.

This doesn’t mean you will never discover the answer to any of the big questions, but I think some things are better off left a mystery. I, for instance, never intend to tell you whether the Maker is real.



Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part I)

The St Louis County Council wasn’t as bad as Ferguson’s Council, but still very few answers and virtually no accountability from the folks who unleashed unholy hell on the residents of Ferguson, following Brown’s murder. #staywoke #farfromover


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