hold these truths to be self-evident: That, whenever any Form of
Government becomes destructive of [Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of
it is the Right
of the People to alter or to abolish it,
and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such Principles
and organizing its Powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely
to effect their Safety and Happiness....
- United States Declaration of Independence, 1776
GET INFO...GET ACTIVE!
Feeling powerless out there?
Well, here's the scoop... So are most people, even the adult people
in charge. But look, knowledge is power. If you don't get up to
speed about what's going on around you and what exactly your government
and the rest of the adults in charge of your destiny are doing in and to
the world and then act on it, you just may not be around to tell these
war stories to the next generation.
Time has come for you to take some responsibility for your destiny.
Figure things out and make some changes. Well, why the heck are we on
the brink of WW3 anyway? Wasn't life just grand on September 10th? Or
were things going on that affected the global public interest that you
should have known about?
If you live in a democracy, you you you (yes, you) are supposed to run
the government through the representatives you elect with your vote. If
you aren't old enough to vote, you still can influence them with your
opinion - or just tell your parents how to vote.
"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or
values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying
organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact,
non-Westerners never do."
Samuel P. Huntington,
Weatherhead III University Professor and
Chair of the Harvard Academy of International and Area Studies
However, in order to make sure the people in charge of your life are
doing what's in the best interest of our planet, you have to be aware of
the issues and then stay on top of them with e-mails telling them how to
vote on any given issue.
Then, if your surrogates create or vote for policies that are globally
unresponsive, you need to vote them out. Or tell your parents what's
going on (they might not have time to be on top of things like you) and
tell them how to vote.
Not a real choice of candidates out there, you complain? Goobers and weirdos and power freaks with no courage or brains? Then go to out and
run for office or school board or student body or jump start a movement
and elect someone who cares about the world, not just about keeping power
in a world that is slowly (well, quicker now) getting more and more
If you don't see a leader out there, get out and be a leader yourself. Show
the baby boomers and the greatest generation that they ain't seen nothing
Okay, admittedly, it's hard to keep up with all the policies when next
month's bills are piling up or you've got an exam to take (or both).
And, frankly, the folks in charge make things so confusing that you need
to be a lawyer or a lobbyist to figure out the latest bills and
compromises and who has power over what. And, the news is boring, gory
and irrelevant, you say?
Well, iWYNN hopes to change that and break down political issues that
affect you (even the ones way over in the middle east that you never
thought would have anything to do with you) in a way that is interesting
and creative and interactive, so you can see what's what and who's who.
Then, we are going to make it easy for you to send your opinion on each
issue to the folks in charge via the wonderful
world wide web.
You can also log onto the potato farm and play interactive games to help
solve the global problems the previous generations haven't yet figured
out. Like why war all the time? Why such poverty in the world?
How do our emotions work? Why global warming? Why are women
treated with such violence in every country in the world? Why does the
stock market act like an addict? Why the difference between the rich
and poor is growing, not shrinking.
You can challenge youth from other countries or cooperate with global
teams of your choosing. Like picking sides in a b-ball game. Look, it's
fun and interesting (or we wouldn't be doing it!)
We need the voice of youth to posit creative ways to end the cycle of
destructive behavior on this planet that the adults just can't seem to
figure out (as you may have figured out by now). But no one in charge
listens to you, you say? Well, we are going to work on that end of
There is power in numbers. If as many young adults voted as watch MTV,
you'd be listened to, believe us...
iWYNN will do the dishing,
you do the acting... Yes, we have a perspective, it's set out clearly. We
want what's good for the most amount of people in the world, even if it
means sacrificing a little. Take that into consideration when you read
our news. We want the truth out there.