It has become almost impossible to ignore all the travel options. Multiple sources of information are accessible, lots of people blog about their adventures, offer advice, or write travel guides, and low-cost companies are expanding the possibilities of travel while offering combinations that are literally endless. Being travel-wise can for sure be counted as a crucial skill in modern society. With all the gadgetry we have, we can make it through foreign countries, google cheap accommodations, and so forth. But still, even today lots of people would like to take the “daredevil” approach and step out of the digital nest. They rely on maps and local people, miss buses, get lost, get into exciting situations and enjoy all the adventures that the non-digital world has to offer. Andrew John Ganner is one of those travelers. His almost 30 years of travelling are recorded in travel journals. He was kind enough to schedule an unfiltered conversation with us about why he chooses to stick with old-school ways and what makes non-digital travel unique.
Husband and wife Milica and Milivoje, both marketing and brand management experts, lost their jobs on the same day, after working in the corporate world for many years. When it happened, they were the parents of two kids, expecting the third one. For many people, these circumstances would be devastating, but for this unique couple it was a sign that it was about time to start their own business, one they had been thinking about long before losing their jobs. So – their oven became their office, aprons their business suits, and members of the family their main assistants. They started making homemade oat cookies they called Andjeli (Angels). Beginning modestly with door-to-door deliveries, they developed their business into a serious Serbian brand that produces 30 tons of cookies each year! Milica and Milivoje are sharing their special story with readers of YT Magazine.
It is not easy to raise a child with special needs, and many families all around the world are facing this issue. Based on what she experienced while volunteering in the special needs community while still a high school student, Julie Averbach (18) from New Jersey, noticed a lack of innovative resources to support the siblings of special needs children. So, this is what she did: with the help of a few artists, she created a witty comic book that helps brothers and sisters of kids with special needs to deal with every day challenges more easily. This project has brought her the Gold Award of GSUSA, and she has become one of only ten girls in the USA named a 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction. Today her comic books are used in schools and health institutions all around the USA, Canada, Brazil, England, and Australia.
It is hard to believe there are still many fatal, not sufficiently explored diseases in the 21st century. One of them, Ebola, took more than 11.000 lives during a three-year-long outbreak in West Africa. In order to increase the public’s awareness of this issue and help students to understand more about how Ebola is diagnosed and treated, Sadhana Anantha, only 19, has designed a simulation of the diagnostic test for this illness. The way she did it and the feedback afterwards brought her the title of 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the USA. This is her story.
The Youth Global Forum 2016 in Jakarta has concluded. Over the course of four days, more than 100 young people from 29 countries were gathered together to come up with interesting solutions for sustainable social development. Seven youth initiatives “battled” for the Forum’s main prize – a realization grant. And the winner was a young, but experienced, social entrepreneur from Russia: Olga Lakhnova, with a project targeted to fight the isolation of elderly people by allowing them to help with educating children. Olga plans to launch a social club in Moscow where local retirees will be able to use their knowledge for good by educating children through one-on-one instruction or in “classes” consisting of small groups. According to Olga, this will help elderly people to fight isolation and will give children the opportunity to obtain additional education for free. In this interview Olga explains the concept behind her winning project.
Clemence Digiovanni and Clara Pulja, both only 25, are already successful entrepreneurs. They get up every morning at 4 a.m. and work more than twelve hours so their customers can be happy and well fed. Although each of them originally decided to choose different life paths, an unplanned encounter in Northern France brought them together and allowed them to become business partners. Belgrade’s unique vibe enchanted them immediately, and without much planning they picked it as the right hot spot for their culinary adventure. Today they are the proud owners of the only genuine French bakery in the Serbian capital, called La Petite Cantine. In less than a year it has become a place that people talk about and rush to in the early morning hours, so they can grab their almond croissants while they’re still hot. And while their guests praise Clara and Clemence, calling what they do pure magic, they claim their business is just a reflection of themselves, representing the simplicity of life's pleasures at their best.
Scientist and also Deputy Director of the Petnica Science Center, Nikola Bozic (38) left the audience speechless with his TEDx Zemun talk about the latest discoveries that will soon shape our future. From electric cars and cyborgs to DNA editing, extra-solar planets, and distant life forms, for instance, he put reality and imagination together. Although the world is struggling with numerous issues regarding the use of energy sources, climate change, and the misuse of modern technology, Nikola hopes we will be smart enough to use all scientific knowledge in the centuries ahead for making the Earth a planet to be proud of. Precisely for these reasons, he believes, science and education should never be seen just as expenses for the government budget, but crucial investments in the future.
His parents thought his photography was just a childish phase, until they saw that the number of people on Instagram supporting his work was rapidly growing. Still, they did not think it would go further than being just a hobby. The only person who realised it was becoming a long term passion was his granny, who bought him the first serious camera he ever owned. He started learning, practising, and improving more and more until he applied to the International Photo Contest in Luxembourg and – won.
In the middle of November, a press conference was held at the Russian Center of Science and Art which was dedicated to the project “The World in the Palm of the Hand: Prague Dreams on Christmas 2”. The premiere of the project will take place on the 23rd of December at the “Hybernia” theater.
Imagine life with no steps. No running. No dancing. Imagine shouting words that nobody hears or eyes that look but are not being looked at. This feeling of resentment and weakness, as well as striving to help, has made Bogdan Stevanovic (28) – also known as Blogdan – sit in a wheelchair and spend eight days as a disabled person in the middle of Florence trying to experience all the obstacles disabled people face on an everyday basis. This project was part of his Master’s Thesis, and he talked more about it at this year’s TEDx Zemun event, held in Belgrade. After the project was over, the city of Florence took the first steps to make more places accessible to people in wheelchairs, but Bogdan says the rest of Europe needs to wake up, too. Instead of feeling sorry, this is what he did.