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XtalksWORLDlistens

location_on Mzuzu, Malawi

Coaching programme & global platform for young people without reliable online connectivity but a voice & message the world needs to hear.

Global platform and coaching programme for young people with poor online connectivity, but unique first-hand experiences the world could learn from. We find and showcase the untapped wisdom of teens in digitally harder to reach places. We coach them to hone their skills of communicating to a global audience with confidence and authenticity to supporters in 50+ countries.

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Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2021

HundrED 2020

2017

Established

1.85K

Children/users

14

Countries
Organisation
Not-for-profit
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
We believe every young person, no matter where they live, has an interesting story to tell the rest of the world. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could hear them all?
Alex Bell - Co-founder XtalksWORLDlistens

About the innovation

XtalksWORLDlistens

What we do?

We share a free of charge programme for schools and community youth groups in under represented communities in Africa and Asia to coach teens to tell their story – about the topics most important to them –  to camera and a live local audience for 5 to 7 minutes. 

We then share these around the world, on a secure platform, for others to watch and reply to, starting conversations across continents and cultures. We give these under-represented  young people a voice on the global stage. And we give the rest of the world their untapped wisdom. 

Why we do it?

We believe every young person, no matter where they live, has an interesting story to tell the rest of the world. Yes, it’s going to be quite a challenge to get those young voices heard across the digital divide from absolutely everywhere around the globe, but with the help of the HundrED community,  it’s not impossible… 

In 2017 in Northern Malawi, we started as MZUZUtalksWORLDlistens - a short, easy to implement coaching programme that helps young people find their voice and gives them a safe platform to a global online audience.  

Since then, we’ve expanded to other communities in Malawi, India, Sierra Leone and Vietnam and we’ve become XtalksWORLDlistens. We know the programme works in a wide variety of settings around the world, because the people who’ve tried it, tell us. "A truly outstanding and visionary  programme" Anna Msowoya-Keys

We also know that the young people who have been through our programme get huge boosts in confidence, in self-esteem and in making a difference to the world. We also know, because they tell us. "I know I'm a brave person. I just needed this push to prove it" Rachel, MZUZUtalks alumni

And, we know these young people become role models for others in their community, because after sitting in the audience of these talks, we have a waiting list of more young people wanting to join the programme and trying out their own talks themselves. 

And, for sure, we know what a profound effect these stories have on our listeners around the world. 

"Your stories are powerful. We hear you! Keep talking" Warren Murray - Editor, Guardian Briefing, Australia

"Truly moving. Your passion, skill & courage is an inspiration" Eric Liddell, Director QTS, UK 

"One of our teachers was almost in tears, she wants to work in your school" P Craven, Mongolia

"Wonderful! Good kids. SO good" B Devine, China 

"Dear Charity, Hey there! Yesterday our teacher showed us your Mzuzu speeches. I was really impressed with your speech and how you and everyone could take action to make a change. Your speech was awesome! It's so interesting to see students from other countries be really passionate about the politics and sociology of their country. I certainly hope you make a huge impact on your country as you continue to inspire others, like me, to take action!"  Nicolai - student USA

Our programme was written and developed by an award winning team of educators in England and Malawi and our promotional film made by an award-winning former CNN film-maker. 

 However, the whole project has been designed to run from start to finish in 6 hours over four days by youth leaders and young people themselves, using an easy to follow set of materials. This includes clear guidance for the young people to independently film the talks for themselves on basic equipment. All they need are two camera phones and one access point to the internet, no matter how slow or unreliable.  

 We won’t stop, until we’ve given every young person the chance to put their X, their story and their part of the world on the map…and everyone else around the world their chance to listen to this untapped wisdom.  

Our talks have been heard in 50 countries, so far. Voices emboldened by every listen, every response and every message the speakers get back, from around the world. 

 

 

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

XtalksWORLDListens is positively impacting young people around the world by providing the tools and platform to share their stories effectively and build connections and understanding globally. The easy to use platform can be scaled around the world.

HundrED Academy Reviews
This is such a simple, yet effective idea that is clearly having an impact for the people involved. These young people are being given a chance to work with talented people to build up their confidence and self-awareness so that they can learn how to be budding leaders of the future.
This is also fantastic! Anyone anywhere could organize a forum to tell real stories of people you know and people you do not know. How are we ever going to understand each other locally and globally if we cannot hear real stories from real people.
- Academy member
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Media

Luke’s BlackLivesMatter Poem
BLACK LIVES MATTER: I’m just a kidIn the next of our #Xtalks series amplifying youth voice on #BlackLivesMatter, we are extremely proud to present this powerfully poetic Xtalk from 17 year old Luke Azille in association with the prestigious BRIT school https://www.instagram.com/thebritschool/ with alumni including Adele & Amy Winehouse.Thanks to Luke (https://instagram.com/luke_azille?igshid=ioo342kr4q1h ) and his dad and mentor Patrick Azille for this compelling testimony.Take a look here: https://youtu.be/PJ0N2e472M4https://hundred.org/en/innovations/xtalksworldlistens
Systemic Racism Exists: Gentrification| Xtalks
Black Lives Matter - “Get Out Of The Hood”Xtalks proudly partners with www.RemakeLearning.org to present the first of our Black Lives Matter series. This one delivered by teen Amira Johnson in Pittsburgh, USA. 
Xtalk with Alicia
https://youtu.be/HoYbvNUX228Xtalks commissions Alicia Jones, member of the UK Youth Parliament and a Young Carer to give the final of our lockdown related Xtalks of 2020 with her important call to action to hold adults to account no matter how young you are. @aliciajones_02
Xtalks Escola Sant Gervasi-2
Xtalks Escola Sant Gervasi-2. Students in Catelonia in Spain share their wisdom and experience of Covid 19 lockdown with Xtalks.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0mICr0LOFI&feature=youtu.be
Xtalks Escola Sant Gervasi-1
Students in Catelonia in Spain share their wisdom and experience of Covid 19 lockdown with Xtalks.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9Xc03EgU28&feature=youtu.be
BCC XTalks Nekoda Ellis
A poetic Xtalk from talented teen Nekoda in Barbados musing on life in lockdown during the Covid 19 epidemic. 
Xtalks - Nigeria ( The pandemic, COVID-19)
Xtalks partners with the Innovative Child Network Nigeria to share wisdom and lived experience of ideas in Covid 19 lockdown
XTALKS-Germany
Xtalks has commissioned young voices from all over the world to share their experience and wisdom of lockdown during the Covid 19 pandemic. Meet Leni from a British army school in Paderborn, Germany with her own  Covid 19 Xtalk. Many thanks to Leni and her amazing teachers at Attenborough School, Normandy Barracks for their great collaboration with us. 
Xtalks.org - Nathalia - Venezuela!
https://youtu.be/avtmlRIQyrI
CoVid-19: Here's hope from Vietnam (GMD XTalk)
Covid 19: Hope from Vietnam
2019 talks_Rachel
Rachel - I Don't Need A Husband Yet
XtalksWORLDlistens explained
https://vimeo.com/337877745
MZUZUtalksWORLDlistens 2018 - the forerunner to XtalksWORLDlistens
Watch “Mzuzu Talks World Listens” on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/270647696?ref=em-share

Steps

Choose who you are

Once you have signed up with us, all of our easy to follow and easy to download instructions are available free of charge. We offer telephone or online support to everyone who signs up and wants help with implementation. But it helps us to know who you are and to get to know your aims and needs with running the Xtalks programme in your community. Then we can guide you as much or as little as you like.  

Use your passion to find the talk within you

Once you have signed up with us, all of our easy to follow and easy to download instructions are available free of charge. We offer telephone or online support to everyone who signs up and wants help with implementation. But it helps us to know who you are and to get to know your aims and needs with running the Xtalks programme in your community. Then we can guide you as much or as little as you like. 

Define & refine the top 10 things you want to tell the world

Once you have signed up with us, all of our easy to follow and easy to download instructions are available free of charge. We offer telephone or online support to everyone who signs up and wants help with implementation. But it helps us to know who you are and to get to know your aims and needs with running the Xtalks programme in your community. Then we can guide you as much or as little as you like. 

Know, feel & do

Once you have signed up with us, all of our easy to follow and easy to download instructions are available free of charge. We offer telephone or online support to everyone who signs up and wants help with implementation. But it helps us to know who you are and to get to know your aims and needs with running the Xtalks programme in your community. Then we can guide you as much or as little as you like. 

Getting the details right

Once you have signed up with us, all of our easy to follow and easy to download instructions are available free of charge. We offer telephone or online support to everyone who signs up and wants help with implementation. But it helps us to know who you are and to get to know your aims and needs with running the Xtalks programme in your community. Then we can guide you as much or as little as you like. 

The world wants to listen to you

Once you have signed up with us, all of our easy to follow and easy to download instructions are available free of charge. We offer telephone or online support to everyone who signs up and wants help with implementation. But it helps us to know who you are and to get to know your aims and needs with running the Xtalks programme in your community. Then we can guide you as much or as little as you like. 

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