People Of Pace: Isabella Brammer

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Sam Barlow

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People Of Pace: Isabella Brammer

Isabella Brammer has always advocated for educating herself and others about our diverse world every day. When a unique opportunity arose to do just that, she of course took it. Brammer is a member of a Youth Diplomat program, a global project to educate teens more about their world. Over the summer, The Experiment Digital, or TED,  social media project took off to connect teens from different countries over live-chat to educate each other about their cultures. “I love any opportunity to collaborate with new people, especially on a global scale. Applying for the Experiment Digital Project seemed like such a good way to do it,” Brammer said.

After Brammar had been accepted, she was excited to learn more about her world. “The main goal was to engage in cross-cultural activities and learn more about the way of life in the home countries of the other participants. I skyped with a small group of teens from other counties every day. We explained things going on in our countries, and we found that we share a lot of similar issues. We bounced ideas off of each other, learning new problem solving skills and building our leadership skills,” Brammar said. The project taught her much more about the world, while gaining a unique group of friends from places like Algeria, Iraq, and Yemen. While the project may be over now, the group of friends remain close, and keep up with each other online. “I think it’s really important to step out of your comfort zone and listen to those with a different perspective. I’m grateful for the opportunity, and I do miss my TED family. I’m excited to see what they’ll do with we we learned from each other,” Brammer said.

Lifelong lessons and cultural conversations taught Brammer many things, and inspired her to keep up that fascination.  “Open mindedness and diverse thinking are key elements to productive conversations, and The Experiment Digital definitely encouraged that,” Brammer said. Her future in global education seems just as promising. “I’m in the application process for another international program. I’m excited for every opportunity to learn, and I can’t wait to do something like this again,” Brammer said.