Ying Zhang – We lack the ability to value the skills that only women can do

Ying Zhang has a passion for the social side of business, the purpose of education and sustainability, and well-being.

Ying enjoys discussing happiness and education with students. She helps them identify what matters in our life, and explores the relationship between that and education. In her talk, Ying points out that education has become a symbol of our social staples. Today, most people are educated similarly, yet the output is subjective.  

Looking at today’s market, we don’t have enough high-paying jobs for all students. This reality creates impatience, dissatisfaction, and threats for our social and even environmental. But what is the problem’s source?

First, we must look at the problem. The problem is that, as a society, we have developed institutions that replace people’s trust in one another. Our educational institutions have taught us to think objectively but these same institutions, through the subjective minds of others, say something completely different. And it confuses us.

Children develop ideas about education early on in their lives and there is a direct link between their education and future. When asked, children said:

“If you don’t have a university degree, you have a huge problem. You won’t find a job and become homeless. Better ranked educations equal better education, meaning you’ll get a better degree, a better job, more money and ultimately more happiness.”

Ying does not believe things are this black and white and is happy to share what her ideas are about how to make herself happy in the future:

  1. Find a partner.
  2. Give back to your parents.
  3. Call friends to meet frequently to discuss ideas.

She feels there are two tracks of reasoning:

The first track is to be defined by us - the competitive, individualist, this reasoning is all about inequality. The second is heart-based reasoning. A track where we love, share, collaborate and are equal. And this is where education can step up. It is meant to help people identify their uniqueness by respecting diverse education and inclusiveness.

Missed the event but still want to see Ying’s talk? Check out her TEDtalk here!