If you could tell the world about the future you want, what would you say?

If you had two minutes to tell the world about the future you want… what would you say?

Throughout history young people have been the drivers of change, transforming the socio-political landscape of the planet. Severn Suzuki’s speech as a 12-year-old at the 1992 Earth Summit remains an iconic moment remembered byhundreds of leaders, thousands of concerned individuals and has been downloaded around 18 million times.

The Date With History contest is asking young people aged 13 – 30 to submit a two minute video speech answering the question: If you could tell the world what kind of future you want, what would you say? This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to have a voice and influence the future. This inspiring contest will leverage technology to bring hundreds of young voices, from all walks of life and all parts of the world, to reinforce the need for urgent action to assure the future we want.

The winner will have the opportunity to deliver their speech in Brazil this June for Rio+20, the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, as an example of many young people who are concerned about the future they will inherit.

If you want to enter or know someone who would, here’s how:

  • Upload your 2-3 minute speech reflecting on “The Future I Want” on the Date With History website or via the Mobli™ app
  • When the submission and public voting periods have closed, the most popular speeches from each region, as determined by the number of votes online, will be shortlisted as finalists.
  • A broad jury made up of prominent individuals, from the worlds of entertainment, sustainability, philanthropy and especially youth leadership, will review the shortlist and select a winner on 15 May.
  • The winner will travel to Rio and deliver their speech in person at the Rio +20 Earth Summit.
  • Be sure to check out these tips for entering before submitting your video.

What happens next?

In partnership with The Guardian, the organizers will follow the winner’s journey to the Summit, creating a “behind-the-scenes” web documentary of this unique experience. All finalists’ videos will be promoted as part of the journey to Rio and beyond by tcktcktck and our partners, including Music For Relief, reaching at least 60 million followers worldwide.

If you or someone you know enters the contest, be sure to let us know. We’ll rally the Intent community to vote for your video!

Be the change you want to see in the world.”