TEDxYouth@Maastricht: “Go beyond your own limitations”

TEDxYouth@Maastricht: “Go beyond your own limitations”

TEDxYouth@Maastricht 2016 Out of Bounds: “Going beyond your own limitations.”  Getting up bright and early for this year’s TEDxYouth@Maastricht was not a big deal: the team had chosen to host their 2016 event in the former Augustijnen-church in the centre of Maastricht, just a short walk from my home. That made it easy to be there with plenty of energy to make the most of their excellent lineup of speakers! For the third year in a row it were United World College Maastricht students that organised TEDxYouth@Maastricht. Again, they put in a huge effort to make everyone feel welcome and to provide drinks and bites from all over the world and for all tastes and likes! The 2016 theme, ‘Out of Bounds’ was a promising one, a theme that made me think even before the first speaker got on stage: what does going beyond your own limitations mean and what does it do to you as a person? Does it change you or not?’ Speakers came from far and wide, with subjects that showed that wherever you are, whatever you do that despite the boundaries that you experience, taking action does work. There was Mirwais Wakil, an Afghan refugee, UWC Mostar graduate currently working with the Austrian Red Cross in shaping the definition of integration. Isin Onol, a Turkish writer and curator who slow but steadily works to realise Nesin Art Village, a village where young people from around Turkey can find a openminded learning environment curated by artists, writers and academics. But want to tell you a bit more about who I found to be one the most inspiring speaker: not...