I came across these two amazing pictures of children. 

Marjah, Afghanistan: A girl looks at US Marines during a foot patrol.

Which do you think is more likely to represent the future?

If you are an optimist like me, you will believe, hope, that Adora Svitak, twelve when she gave this TED Talks presentation in February 2010, demonstrates the kind of insight, and wisdom, that will lead us to a better future, when we are ready to listen.

You can stop listening at the 8 minute mark, when the adults start taking again. 🙂

The Wikipedia entry for Adora Svitak:


Adora Lily Svitak (born October 15, 1997) is an American child prodigy and internationally published author, known for her essays, stories, poems, blogs, and full-length books. Adora first became known to the public when, at the age of 6, she was recognized on local news in Seattle, Washington, for her writing abilities. Adora became an object of national interest at the age of 7 when she appeared with Diane Sawyerr on Good Morning America Her book Flying Fingers describes Adora’s abiding love of language and writing and contains tips and hints for other aspiring writers. In 2005, at the age of 7, Adora began writing blogs and keeping an online journal, where she comments on matters of both international significance and subjects of personal interest. Since Nov, 2005 Adora has been promoting literacy and interest in reading and writing. She has lectured before large audiences of both students and adults across the United States, and in Great Britain.

As of January 2007, Adora is completing her first full-length novel, Yang in Disguise, serving as a spokesperson for Verizon Reads campaign for literacy, and editing a novella, “The Pickpocket Princess”. She has now finished her second book, Dancing Fingers — which her older sister Adrianna, who is a musician, helped write. In January 2009 she appeared in a Channel 4 documentary, The World’s Cleverest Child and Me, presented by Mark Dolan.