<P>CULTURES Vol 1, Issue 3 » Page 17 the most important way to address the rami?cations of the con?ict. The con?ict in Syria has left civilians needing help with everything. No one can do it alone. We all need to help one another. Putting together everyones skills and strengths allows us to do the most good. Even beyond the collaboration of activists, the collaboration of organizations is crucial. Our collaborations are able to increase awareness and understanding of the con?ict, and, more importantly, of whom Syrians are and why they are ?ghting for freedom. Collaboration is not just a means of accomplishing a goal, it is also a way to open the doors of understanding. Collaboration is the key to e?ecting meaningful change in areas like Syria. It is through collaborations that many individuals, many minds, and many people with many di?erent passions can come together to work for the advancement of civilians. Without collaboration, it would be impossible to properly address the extremely di?cult issues that have arisen in places like Syria. Innovation is one of the only ways to properly be able to make the changes that are necessary. One of the problems with water ?ltration Syria is not that a water ?lter would not work – the problem is that there is not enough money to pay for something that would be used on a large scale. Therefore, a ?lter made of entirely reusable materials is the only option for places like refugee camps, where not only is there no running water, but there is also not much funding, and all the other funding would have to go to food in order to sustain the population. Truly successful innovation can only come through collaboration and from the di?erent perspectives of many minds that come together with one unique solution. During the design process, I consulted my professor extensively. Q: What advice can you give to young people your age about ?nding purpose and the importance of innovation, creativity, and collaboration in making a di?erence? 1. DO WHAT YOU LOVE: People ?nd their purpose in things that they typically love doing. So do what you love. Loving what you do not only gives you passion, determination, tenacity, and the will to be successful, but it also gives you the motivation and the dedication that is required over a long period of time as your work becomes challenging. If your heart is not in your work, then it is only a matter of time before your mind leaves it too. 2. FIND A MENTOR: Find a mentor who sees your strengths, weaknesses, potential, and believes that you can become the person you wish to be. Having a mentor is probably one of the most important, thought provoking, and rewarding collaborations anyone can take part in. 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