Bringing Sustainable Happiness to Life
By Julie Van Caeyzeele • June 7, 2016
Earlier this week I shared the social entrepreneur inquiry from teacher Ashley Pilatic. Today, we hear from Julie Van Caeyzeele. TakingITGlobal was the focus of her inquiry (Catherine O’Brien).
I had the pleasure of listening to Michael Furdyk speak at the NPDL Deep Learning Lab in Seattle last year. I looked at my notes from his session to find a very blank paper other than some links to websites and a couple of quotes. It’s not that I didn’t learn anything from him but quite the opposite. I wrote nothing because I didn’t want to miss out on anything he said. He is such an inspiration to youth and educators around the world. When given the opportunity I knew I wanted to learn more about his organization…When I looked back at my sparse notes based on Michael Furdyk’s session, I am struck by his quote “What would you do if anything was possible?” This is the mantra we need to instill in our students.. Julie Van Caeyzeele
TakingITGlobal was founded in 1999 by Jennifer Corriero and Michael Furdyk who were 17 and 19 years old. Essentially they created an online forum where youth can become involved in global and local change opportunities and where they are able to search for inspiration or information with youth around the world. The social network serves to raise awareness on global issues and encourage youth to take action. TakingITGlobal has been referred to as the world’s largest community for young people interested in positive change. Correiro and Furdyk later developed TakingITGlobal for Educators where educators can gain inspiration for global change projects, learn from other educators and collaborate with students across the world to foster change making in our classrooms.
Read Julie’s full article at: https://storify.com/julievanc/taking-it-global