A person’s childhood is as fragile as it is precious. Everyday, millions of children around the world are forced to deal with the realities of life, thrown into situations they neither asked for nor deserve. In most societies, these children often remain invisible, while the issues they face are considerably neglected. For Dutch social activist, author and online strategist Jojanneke van den Bosch, raising awareness of the plight of this group of children has become a personal calling, especially since their life-altering experiences are similar to her own.
At the upcoming TEDxDelft Event on February 27, 2015, Van den Bosch shares how a sad twist of fate permanently changed her life and the steps she took to overcome it. “In my talk, I will focus on and illustrate a particularly vulnerable and rather challenging situation that millions of children are facing everyday,” the activist says, hoping that her message will resonate with the TEDxDelft attendees. “In the last seven years, I discovered that not so many people are aware of this issue and that it is in fact considered a taboo. My mission is to break this taboo and to improve the circumstances of the many youngsters who are dealing with this everyday.”
As founder of online strategy and communications consultancy Eos Online Communicatie, Van den Bosch is no stranger to being on stage. Since 2006, she has been giving various presentations and professional seminars, developing the world’s first online training program for online strategy and social media. Be that as it may, the strategist still considers speaking at TEDxDelft as both a unique and challenging opportunity. She hopes that her presentation will open many possibilities for young people in order for them to understand what they are going through and what is necessary to build a good life for themselves.
“Preparing for this TEDxDelft talk is something special,” Van den Bosch admits. “I have given hundreds of speeches and presentations, but this one is different. It demands even more focus and clarity than usual because you want to make a point in a very limited time frame. Since I feel so strongly about the issue I’m addressing at TEDxDelft, preparing for this talk is a journey in itself. It teaches both the attendees as myself something new. I’d like to think that’s a good thing. It makes me feel grateful.”