For many years, the amazing London guide Urban Explorer has been our main source of inspiration in the planning of our weekends of cultural treats in our beloved city. So imagine our joy when we discovered that they were now planning their very own event, all dedicated to our favourite subjects, Creativity & Technology! Here, we catch up with its founder Ana, to find out a little more about the reasons behind An Audience with Urban Explorer.
Your event is such a fantastic idea Ana! As the Mum of a nearly teen boy, I am always looking for interesting things to do with him that we can both enjoy.
Tell us, what inspired you to do an event on technology, entrepreneurship and creativity?
Simply living in London and being surrounded by all these terrific people and companies, and realising kids do not get to meet many of them. It's important children (and parents) are comfortable with the possibilities of Technology and Entrepreneurship as an opportunity for their future. Technology, as a concept rather than a 'toy' is not something many children are familiar with, likewise entrepreneurship, which is quickly becoming a lifestyle option chosen by many. Creativity binds the two together and is a crucial element of original thinking. As it stands, the future of the job market is very different from when our generation was in school, and the predictable path of school, gap year, uni and a steady 9-5 is already wobbly, and likely to be a distant memory in ten years when these kids are finishing up their traditional path of education. It's important they understand there are other options and that they (and more specifically, their parents) are not intimidated by the opportunities.
Why this age range?
Because this is such an influential time in a child's life. They are open to new ideas and trying something different for the first time without worrying too much about what their friends might think. By the time most kids are 13+ they are choosing to spend time with their friends rather than parents, and trying new things is dependent on the reaction of their peers. Also, for an 8-12 year old, their parents are still choosing what they attend, and although a' talks' event may be a hard sell to a child, a parent who has watched an enlightening TED talk understands how inspiring this can be. Our talks have been specifically designed to be short enough to hold the attention of young kids, but long enough to inspire and empower them to want to find out more.
Couldn't agree more! You have some amazing speakers lined up. What made you pick these inspiring people?
London is full of amazing people. Inventors, creators, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs - they all live in this fantastic, enabling city. The opportunity for children to hear about their career choices, struggles, successes and creations can be very powerful. All the speakers do something interesting, create something magical or seem to achieve the impossible, but they were all kids not long ago and will hopefully be seen as mentors to the kids attending.
What do you hope children and families will gain from the event?
Children are naturally creative and curious, hopefully these talks will get them thinking differently about the possibilities available to them, and get them excited about the exceptional opportunities living in London brings, and aspiring to ensure they do what the love.
Thank you Ana, we cannot wait!
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