"...the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible."

- T.E. Lawrence

Keren Jackson

Age: 29
Country of Origin: Ireland

Nobody’s journey is easy: mine certainly hasn't been. I struggled through depression and an underlying belief that I'm not good enough: pushed through to pursue my dream in spite of having no contacts or work experience. I sacrificed a lot, even lived homeless. Through this I've learned that to overcome the 1,000 knocks life brings, you must sit still and listen to the great compass that is your own heart. I've had the opportunity to speak at One Young World, Tedx Dublin and become a Yunus&Youth fellow. Most importantly I've been able to mentor young people to ignore the limits put on us by others and go after their dreams. Life isn't easy, life's damn hard; when you accept this you find so much beauty and joy. This experience and understanding has led me to develop the social enterprise BlueFire. In just 2 years my team and I brought over 13,000 people together in celebration of cultural diversity. We want to do more.