Meet Olivia.

  By Olivia, Minnesota

By Olivia, Minnesota

Girls Design the World is a unique program because of its collaboration with the sister museum in Nairobi. This is the aspect of the program I found especially attractive; I have a strong interest in international relations and value connections made in the global community. I believe that as global citizens it is our duty to listen, learn, educate, and compromise with other countries.

Since environmental issues and economic sustainability affect everyone and everything on earth, it's particularly important to collaborate and incorporate the ideas of people from all over the world when designing solutions. This allows the solutions to be more applicable on a global level. Communication with other parts of the world will allow us to become aware of other environmental issues taking place that, while not directly affecting us, are significant and demand our awareness. Though it may not seem urgent for us to solve these problems, our recognition is crucial because there is a delicate balance among the earth’s ecosystems.

In a world where globalization is rapidly taking place, it is vital that we learn how to do these things—exchange ideas and compromise, despite cultural differences—to ensure our advancement as a country. I hope to strengthen my skills in international relations and making connections within the global community through Girls Design the World, so that I am able to use them as I move forward in life. I am looking forward to working with and learning from all of the girls in the Girls Design the World program; I feel as though we can make a lasting impact with the resources we have been given.