Mohammad Asadi-Lari on Thinking Globally but Acting Locally at TEDxYouth@WestVancouver 2019Written by Muslim Canadian TED Talks
In 2019, Mohammad Asari-Lari was a speaker at TEDxYouth@WestVancouver in Vancouver, BC.
Mohammad along with his sister Zeynab, died in the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 in Iran on January 8, 2020.
According to TEDxYouth@WestVancouver, "Mohammad Lari hopes to share the motivation he’s drawn from his first-hand experiences in youth-driven initiatives. Mohammed illustrates the importance of being strong-minded and determined to pursue one’s passions and goals, by learning from one’s failures and taking action locally but thinking globally. In his talk, he explores how the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change locally can result in larger impacts globally. Mohammad is currently an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, and a UBC honours physiology graduate. Three years ago, he co-founded a non-profit organization called STEM Fellowship with a teacher in Toronto. The organization now has a presence across Canada (with more than 300 people involved in some executive or ambassadorial capacity) and works on a range of initiatives including Big Data Challenges to drive awareness of local and global sustainability issues, a peer-review journal to publish high school and undergraduate research, the Canadian Young Physicists’ Tournament (CaYPT) and dozens of mentorship and internship opportunities (which they collectively call: STEMpowerment). He has also been a youth engagement advisor to the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Canadian Red Cross and Science World."
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