Every holiday season I seek out something charming and inspirational as a small “gift” to readers, and this year I’m pleased to share this History of the Universe in 127 seconds, from Now This News, which I saw on the Atlantic website.

As much as change accelerates, much remains the same, this fast paced video demonstrates.  It concludes with these words:

our social circles expand, we move toward hope, we move toward freedom, the challenges never stop, but we hold onto hope, because that is what we do best.

These last few words are accompanied, you can see, by a picture of Pakistani youth blogger, Malala Yousafzai.

In just a few short months, this young woman has become, inspirationally because of the way she uses digital media to voice her passion for justice (and, of course,  tragically because of her near martyrdom), the face of hope for our human civilization– and a Time Magazine runner up for Person of the Year.

We need to keep doing all we are doing to give all students voice and access the tools and the power of the web to access the world, connect with others in meaningful and safe ways, and contribute their individual points of view and wishes for justice and a better world.