June 2017 Chat Recap: Young Leaders Bridging Divides
Positive change begins with connection and relationships. On June 28th , YouthActionNet and LeaderStories hosted a lively Twitter chat via #amexleads on what it takes to foster lasting connection and understanding across cultural divides.
The chat featured three young social change leaders who have navigated the challenges and opportunities inherent in building empathy and fostering social justice. They are:
- Gitanjali Babbar, Founder of Kat-Katha @KatKathaStories
- Leonardo Párraga, Founder of BogotArt @Bogotaart
- Qasim Aslam Founder of The History Project @historyproject
Here’s a recap of some of the insights shared during the hour-long chat.
“Approaching the Root Cause is Essential”
Positive social impact is hard work. Rather than default to reactive solutions to challenges and obstacles, the young leaders recommend addressing the root causes (and mindsets) behind the issues. This can build longer-term solutions.
Diversity Makes us Stronger
The first step to bridging divides in communities is realizing that we are different, and embrace that fact.
Change Must be Led by Community Members
Affected communities should be the changemakers in their own societies. For the rest of us, it’s our responsibility to empower them.
Other Notable Moments
Thanks to all who participated in this #amexleads Twitter chat!
We want to continue to hear your voice! Help select themes for future chats here.