Hello, my dear readers! How are you doing? Myself, I am enjoying a quiet weekend in my dorm, and I’m loving it. Nothing better than a chance to boost your productivity, right? Especially watching TED talks! God knows how much I love TED, and I’m proud to confess it has inspired me in many ways. One of the talks, which truly touched my heart this week is called “My year reading a book from every country in the world” and it was given by Ann Morgan.
In her short speech Ann Morgan discuss her project of… reading the entire world! Up to some point Ann considered herself to be a well-read, open-minded reader, and then she realized 95% of books she had read were written by the English speaking authors. She asked herself: am I really well-read if I haven’t got to known the points of view of the rest of the world? Her answer was: no. One thing led to another and she challenged herself to read a book from every country in the world. In the process she gained knowledge, friends and awareness of the world’s complex diversity. Hearing her story I came to realize one thing: my art choices have also been narrow. When there’s a problem, there’s a solution, so here’s my idea how to save the day and give diversity a chance!
I challenge You… and Myself!
Just like Ann Morgan challenged herself to read, I would love you to join me in my one-week challenge called “discovering the world”. I’m not very good at design, but I felt like it needed a picture, so here I am with one.
Let me say more abotu each paragraph.
- Listen to a foreign song – by foreign I mean something you’re not familiar with. If you are not an English native speaker – like me, but you listen to English music quite a lot, I would suggest you to go for completely new language! My song choice for today is an Arabic song – “Inta Eyh” by Nancy Ajram.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cchy6MEoi6A
- Watch a short movie – Youtube’s full of short movies, which are beyond amazing! I love watching Arabic, Spanish and French short movies with English subtitles on. Youtube’s magic can do it all!
- Say something in a langauge you don’t know – may sound ridiculous , since, well, you don’t know that language, but google and youtube can help, and you can easily say one sentence with their help. Tasting a bit of a language is like discovering a small piece of its soul!
- Learn a word you don’t know in your own language – the world around us is also full of the unknown even if we don’t notice! Especially the language. Find a word you don’t know and learn it — who knows when it might come handy!
- Read a short story from the author from another continent – every culture has differents ingridients, therefore a different way of seeing the world. Step into somebody’s else shoes, and give diversity a chance!
- Watch a TED talk – TED talks are full of inspiring ideas, which change the world. Through Ted.com I’ve discovered many shades of the world I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
- Learn more about the place you know little about – there must be this special place on the Earth you’ve heard about, but still don’t know much about. Do your reaserch, enrich your mind and enjoy it!
That would be all for today. I would be honored if you joined me in my challenge! You can follow my progress via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tweet me, tag me, whatever you want, I would love to hear from you! Thanks for sticking with me!
Have a lovely day,