Nov 26, 2019

Take Action to Make Change Happen

Von Seba Nazary

Seba Nazary studies industrial engineering and lives in Berlin. She is a Fulbright Diversity Initiative Alumna 2017 and won this year with her team at UNLEASH in her Sustainable development Goal (SDG): Quality education track.

SDG: Quality in education team @ Unleash 2019:

  • Seba Nazary (Germany)
  • Sajjad Gilani (Pakistan)
  • Munashe Musarurwa (Zimbabwe)
  • Ilona Miettinen Langgård (Denmark)
  • Franklin Morales (Panama) 

UNLEASH is a global innovation lab that brings together people from all over the world to transform 1,000 personal insights into hundreds of ideas, and build lasting global networks around the Sustainable Development Goals. UNLEASH is a non-profit started in 2017. Since 2017, UNLEASH has been held in Denmark and in Singapore. In 2019, UNLEASH will take place in Shenzhen in China.

My mother and father arrived in a divided Germany after fleeing from their homeland, Afghanistan. While Germany was divided into two different territories at that time, it was in better condition than my parents‘ destroyed homeland. Germany was not as we know it today. Although I was not around at the time, the impact it had is still noticeable today. Living in such conditions is unimaginable for our generation. We enjoy the freedom of walking around without worry. We do not have to think about borders or walls dividing us.

Thanks to a Fulbright grant, I had the opportunity to visit Texas in 2017. My stay there took an unexpected turn when I was confronted with a reality that was drastically different from my expectations. Although we live in a free Germany compared to 30 years ago, I noticed a big difference between the American and German mindset. I really enjoyed and appreciated the warm welcome I received in America.

Traveling on a Fulbright grant pushed me out of my comfort zone and showed me that the possibilities in life ahead are endless. Texas opened my eyes and made me realize it was only a first step in my journey. I had to take action to make change happen!

In 2019 came an opportunity to visit China as part of Unleash, where I had the chance to meet like-minded people from 162 other countries. Unleash is a global innovation lab that gathers 1000 talented people from all over the world to develop the United Nations' sustainable development goals. The unity created by our shared vision to make the world a better place astounded each of us: we were paving the way to a brighter future for all by connecting as innovators on climate, health, infrastructure, equality, industry and education. The entire experience and people with whom I engaged have changed my conception of the world, showing how important it is for us to take action and learn from the mistakes of prior generations in being able to prevent history from repeating itself.

Seba Nazary @ Unleash 2019, Shenzhen, China

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