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Millennials, What’s Your Next Big Idea? Because It Could Change the World


Why Global Citizens Should Care
Global Citizen campaigns on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We believe that ending extreme poverty needs multiple strategies, including using innovative ideas to empower people to pull themselves out of poverty. We can #BeTheGeneration to end extreme poverty, and you can join us by taking action here

If millennials had a tag, it would be #TheTotalTakeOver. There is no status quo that has been left the same since the rise of this special generation of people who expect better from everything around them; more heart and soul, more accountability, visibility, inclusivity, and social impact. 

This is what makes millennials a force of nature — we are changing the world in ways unlike any other generation.

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This is because we are hungry for ideas that change the world in meaningful ways, and we are not waiting on anyone else to create that world. We are reimagining it, shaping it, and recreating it with powerful ideas.

Shake it up

So, what’s your next big idea? What’s going to be your mark in the revolution to shape the Africa that’s imagined by the UN’s Global Goals? Global Citizen partner, TEDxJohannesburg is looking for 100 millennials with 100 ideas that are doable, scalable, and replicable. They must respond to humanity’s most pressing challenges.

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These ideas could create wealth, and much-needed jobs. Or they could simply open people’s minds to new thinking that shifts horizons. These could be products, services, campaigns, or powerful new initiatives that spark movements; anything that lives up to Nelson Mandela’s ideal of an Africa that’s peaceful, prosperous, and youth-led. 

To honour Tata Madiba’s legacy, TEDxJohannesburg is looking for innovative African millennials to be part of their 2019 activation, 100Ideas100Millennials, which is an online mentorship programme running from January to December 2019. Applications close on 30 October.

The power of community 

So, how will 100Ideas100Millennials empower you? If you are chosen, you’ll get a ticket to the TEDxJohannesburg 2018: Decoding Greatness event on 30 November, where your idea will be profiled. Participants will also tap into TEDxJohannesburg’s network of contacts and expertise and participate in a 12-month TEDxJohannesburg community-led mentorship programme. 

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You’ll also be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets to Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, presented and hosted by the Motsepe Foundation, taking place in Johannesburg on 2 December. 

The festival will be headlined by Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’Banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid, among a galaxy of other superstars. 

More than being one of the biggest festivals to be staged in Africa, Global Citizen Festival:Mandela 100 will provide a platform for national and world leaders to pledge their commitment to ending extreme poverty, driving gender equality, tackling the world’s most pressing health issues, ending hunger and malnutrition, and achieving all the UN’s Global Goals.


The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 is presented and hosted by The Motsepe Foundation, with major partners House of Mandela, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Coca Cola Africa, Big Concerts, BMGF Goalkeepers, Eldridge Industries, and associate partners HP and Microsoft.

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