Young people are open, they’re imaginative, they’re collaborative, and I think because of technology and communication, they’re more interconnected with each other across the globe. So I feel that empowering young people will allow them to put all their knowledge, their imagination, their passion and everything that they believe into good use. And it will allow them to create a better future for themselves and for the next generation to come.
— Anousheh Ansari

Duets is a Peace First storytelling platform that pairs leading artists, entrepreneurs, activists and thinkers together with young people engaged in peacemaking work for powerful dialogues that explore the most important issues of our times. These conversations will help us all foster compassionate insights into our biggest problems, imagine new solutions, and build new allies to address our shared concerns.

In our third Duets, Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian-American astronaut, joined Peace First CEO Eric Dawson and her niece Yara Shahidi, star of ABC’s Black-ish, for an inspiring conversation this weekend in Los Angeles. As part our Peace First’s Duets storytelling campaign they discussed the importance of intergenerational conversations like these and what we can be doing, right now, to ensure the young people of our community feel empowered to take on the injustices most important to them. Check out some highlights of the conversation below.

Right now, these conversations feel more essential than ever. We must continue to bring together people of different experiences, different backgrounds, different demographics, to create an environment of compassion and collaboration.