Mohamed Ali: The link between unemployment and terrorism

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As urbanization intensifies throughout the whole planet, competition is becoming increasingly harsh in major cities.

This is deeply felt in nearly all countries, whether industrialized, developing, or chronically poor. As a consequence, millions of people, particularly those of young generations, are becoming unemployed as the side effect of such competition. Throughout the long, painful periods of waiting for a job, as described in this TED talk as ‘waithood’, many of these people, disenchanted with diminishing hopes and possibilities, resort to extreme measures to express their anger with the long wait they have to do. Whether they join terrorist organizations, engage in riots, join gangs and other mafias, or commit other extreme crimes to survive in big cities, more and more such reports are circulating around the mass media worldwide, and the rate is increasingly alarming.

Mohamed Ali, a Somalian-born human rights advocate, gives his thought-provoking talk about how to eradicate seeds of terrorism, one of which he proposes is to cultivate entrepreneurship and incubate innovation among these youth. He takes some examples back from his hometown, Mogadishu, to justify his argument. And without him, though, we won’t be as easily optimistic about the fate of this state as he is; we have to be very grateful that someone like him still has unwavering optimism on Somalia, despite all the troubles we still hear on mass media nowadays.

Be enlightened with his talk below.

The world according to Adora Svitak


In a world that becomes increasingly complex and more intricate than ever, with population approaching the 10 billionth mark and beyond, it can be inferred that more problems will emerge, and may require solutions that have never been used before to solve problems in the past.

The question is: if we have brand-new ideas which may sound totally novel, too imaginary, or perhaps – as the adults may call it – overtly ‘childish’, are we ready to implement them in our daily lives?

Adora Svitak, now a 14-year-old child prodigy who has had authored 3 best-selling books, instead proposes a notion which sounds contradictory in the masses’ minds: be proud to be ‘childish’ (but not in terms of daily behaviors). It’s true that we can’t cling on the similar solutions as the main approach to resolve different problems, and that’s where the ‘childish’ term discovers its own omnipotence. To prove that, she has currently organized a TEDx event (find it: TEDxRedmond, to ease out your search, as there have been more than 2000 TEDx events held worldwide), which is mainly aimed for the ‘nation’s below-18 best and brightest’. To date, she has invited adventurers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, activists, critics, scientists, musicians, and philanthropists – all of whom are aged below 18 – to give out their best ideas to help creating a better world in the youth-only conference.

Will you agree on her notion?

Listen to her TED Talk here about being ‘childish’ enough to change the world.

And read more at her latest blog to know in full depth and insight the world according to Adora Svitak.

Businesses not as usual as usual


In times of financial malaise, Matthew Osborn had two full-time jobs worth only 6 dollars per hour each, and a wife and a son whose basic necessities he needed to fulfill. People often say that creativity is often unleashed in situation in which someone is very likely to be in their own tethers, and it seems that Osborn served as the perfect epitome. Having been inspired by the abundant poop throughout his surroundings, he instead had devised an unusual business idea to turn poop into bucks, while others instead had considered poop as simply poop: poop-cleaning service. Originally thought to be out-of-the-box, this idea had in the long run made Osborn a multi-millionaire 20 years later, and provided jobs to over 700 people.

Osborn’s idea might be deemed insane by many, but doesn’t entrepreneurship teach us to be courageous enough when it comes to implementing ideas that are eccentric, and beyond everyone’s imagination? This is what that remains lackadaisical in majority of us when times are difficult to seek permanent jobs. Everybody needs to be their own Osborn. And, most importantly, the fearlessness in unleashing your true creativity.

Note: there’s one business idea you perhaps should not practise – providing online affair service for married people.


Read it at Oddee.