On June 16th leading youth leaders and organisations congregated to the top floor of the Lowry Hotel, Salford, for the Stand Up and Be The Change conference where the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people enraptured the audience with his philosophy of non-violence, compassion and resolution.
The conference, held before his appearance at the MEN Arena, shared a heartening vision for the next generation as he spoke of young people being the decisive catalyst for change.
“Self-confidence is most important,” he told his captivated crowd. “Honest and truth is what brings inner strength.”
The Dalai Lama continued to motivate the youth representatives in attendance by instilling in them their great responsibility for the young people of Britain.
He said: “You have the ability and opportunity to make work so young people have self-confidence.”
He added: “So in turn honesty and truth should be a part of your life. In that way we can change this world, we need a new vision.”
The Dalai Lama had spoken in great depths about scientific findings circulating around a young person’s need for nurture and love, however, what mailout really wanted to know was if the Dalai Lama believed creativity and the arts had any role to play in the lives of today’s youth.
Unfortunately, despite his best and very good intentions, his infinite wisdom was stumped at our question leaving a rather awkward and growing silence between us until he eventually replied;
“Oh, I don’t know! I think you’re the experts!”
Despite feeling slightly dejected about the response, mailout decided that this was an excellent opportunity for us ‘experts’ to inform the Dalai Lama on our world of work.
mailout are planning to send a letter to the Dalai Lama providing information on how the arts inspire young people and we need your help.
We are looking for contributions that can demonstrate how influential the arts are, especially for young people – this can be in a form of a letter, a narrative, a video or even illustrated by images.
Help us show the Dalai Lama why the arts are so essential to young people, please send any contributions to mailout at: firstname.lastname@example.org