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Social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and syndicated columnist Craig Kielburger likes to give back to the world in as many ways as he can. It’s a trend he’s followed since co-founding Free The Children in 1995, at the age of 12. Today, Free The Children is the world’s leading youth-driven charity and Craig remains a full-time volunteer. The organization has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a group of kids working out of a garage, with more than 1.7 million young people involved in its programs.

In North America, Free The Children provides comprehensive service-learning programs, including annual We Day celebrations, attended by more than 100,000 students from 3,000 participating schools. Internationally, the organization works in eight developing countries to provide a holistic and sustainable development model that includes education, health care, food security, clean water, and alternative income programs, each intended to help bring children the basic necessities to grow up. Its health and clean water initiatives alone have empowered more than a million people. Other programs include the construction of more than 650 schools in developing countries.

Together with his brother Marc, Craig co-founded Me to We, an innovative social enterprise. It advances an alternate vision of philanthropy, by providing socially conscious, environmentally friendly products and experiences that support the work of Free The Children. Half of Me to We’s annual net profits are donated to Free The Children while the other half is reinvested to help the growth and development of its social mission. They provide organic clothes, not manufactured in sweatshops or with child labor, as well as life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs, and artisan accessories handmade by local women.

As an author, Craig has written ten books and continues to pen a syndicated column called “Global Voices.” The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, National Geographic, TIME, and The Economist have all featured Craig’s work. He has 13 honorary doctorates and degrees, and has received The Order of Canada, The Roosevelt Freedom Medal, and the World Children’s Prize for the Right of the Child.

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    Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and syndicated columnist. He co-founded Free The Children in 1995 when he was 12-years-old. Today, he remains a full-time volunteer for the organization, now the world’s leading youth-driven charity.

    What began as a group of kids working out of a garage now has more than 1.7 million young people involved in its programs Free The Children in North America provides comprehensive service-learning programs, including its We Day celebrations attended annually by more than 100,000 students from 3,000 participating schools who earn their entry through service activities.

    Internationally, the organization works in eight developing countries providing a holistic and sustainable development model, including education, health care, food security, clean water, and alternative income programs. Free The Children programs include the construction of more than 650 schools and school rooms in developing countries. Its health and clean water initiatives have empowered more than one million beneficiaries.

    Craig is also the co-founder with his brother of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise that advances a new vision of philanthropy by providing socially conscious products and experiences that support the work of Free The Children. Half of Me to We’s annual net profits are donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvest to grow the enterprise and its social mission. Me to We provides sweatshop-free and organic clothes, as well as life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs, and artisan accessories handmade by women in developing countries.

    Craig is the author of ten books. The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, as well as National Geographic, TIME, and The Economist have featured Craig’s work. He has 13 honorary doctorates and degrees, and has received The Order of Canada, The Roosevelt Freedom Medal, and the World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child.


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Craig’s life changed forever when he read an article in the newspaper about a 12-year-old boy who had been murdered for standing against child labor. Craig himself was only 12 when he first went to visit Asia for 7 weeks, to see the effects of poverty and child labor. What he saw made him fight even harder to start a charity organization to help lift young people out of poverty, to help children in developing nations go to school.

As he says, “One of the most frequent questions we ask these kids is if you could have any dream at all, anything, what would it be? Their most frequent answer? A chance to go to school.”

Craig encourages young people to get active, to be involved in the wider world. He says, “Kids, when you go back to school you can start a conversation with your fellow students and teachers that says, ‘Imagine if our school got together and we adopted a sister village in Africa, or got involved here locally, imagine what we can do.’ It takes courage, it takes commitment, takes time. But as Dr. King once said, ‘We do this work not because it’s easy, we do this work because it is necessary.’”

Along with his brother Marc, Craig presses the issue of world poverty: “It’s very possible in our lifetime to end the worst forms of poverty in our world. Every World Bank study, U.N. Study, every Government agency, every academic who has ever seriously looked at this question says our world has more than enough. It’s a question of whether we care enough.”

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Craig Kielburger and his brother Marc offer several motivational and engaging keynotes. They seek to inspire action and social responsibility in young people especially, but they also have programs suited for the association and corporate worlds.

The motivational program “Me to We: How One Person Can Make a World of Difference” helps audiences implement the "Me to We" philosophy to create their own positive marks on the world.

Their program titled “The World Needs Your Kid: How to Raise Kids Who Care and Contribute” is directed towards parents and educators interested in raising and mentoring kids to be active, engaged citizens. Other informative talks are geared towards business leaders and their teams.

Social Entrepreneurship: What For-profit Companies Can Learn from High-performing Non-profit Organizations

Many non-profit organizations have no product, operate on small budgets, offer no benefits and pay employees low salaries. So how are they attracting and retaining some of the best talent in the marketplace? The Kielburger brothers founded one of the most successful international non-profit organizations in recent history. In this presentation, they examine best practices from the non-profit field to help retain and inspire staff, engage customers and become more profitable. Learn six simple lessons that non-profits can teach for-profits: trust, empathy, community, gratitude, celebration and legacy.

Me to WE: How One Person Can Make a World of Difference

This speech introduces the remarkable story of how the Kielburger brothers founded Free the Children, which has grown into an international humanitarian organization active in 45 countries with more than 2.4 million young people involved. He shares with audiences the ME to WE philosophy, developed through more than a decade of humanitarian work, as encapsulated in his New York Times bestseller ME to WE: Finding Meaning in a Material World. Audiences come away knowing how to use the ME to WE philosophy to create their own unique path to leave a positive mark on the world and make a real difference.

The World Needs Your Kid: How to Raise Kids Who Care and Contribute

Based on the national bestseller The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children who Care and Contribute, this talk delves into how to raise kids who are committed to changing the world. In these groundbreaking lessons learned through working with more than 2.4 million youth, the Kielburger brothers focus on how to raise nurturing kids who care about the world around them. Learn how small, everyday actions can have a lasting influence on a child’s life—resulting in new friendships, improved grades and higher self-esteem. Get tips on helping young people help others—ultimately helping themselves—and become valuable contributors to a more caring and peaceful society.

Philanthropy: Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Change

In an age when social responsibility is more prevalent than ever, philanthropic opportunities seem to be around every corner. The Kielburger brothers show audiences how to maximize change—not only through their wallets—but through work and personal lives. They also share with audiences how to capitalize on the new age of social entrepreneurship to create change that’s powerful and sustainable. Audiences leave with a better understanding of intergenerational philanthropic partnerships and the power of social entrepreneurship.



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"Me to We boldly and brilliantly challenges us to step beyond the world of self and into the world of others. Craig and Marc Kielburger have powerfully and practically captured in these pages the journey we must take as individuals, families, and nations."
Matthew Kelly, author of The Seven Levels of Intimacy

"I have hosted Craig for special events at two separate occasions and he has in both cases been enormously successful, not just in educating, exciting and entertaining a group, but much more uniquely in inspiring a group to action. One of the audiences was the San Diego Chapter of YPO [Young Presidents′ Organization], and this particularly discerning group rated Craig and his team our strongest event in the entire year."
Michael Stone, Young Presidents′ Organization, San Diego

"To date, Craig has shared his moving and educational messages to our clients, field sales groups and employees on 14 separate occasions. Each time, Craig greatly exceeds our expectations and seldom have our events created the level of positive feedback and excitement that we have seen with these events. Perhaps, more importantly, at every event Craig has made himself available to spend time with each audience member who desired to speak to him after each presentation."
Neil Taylor, Vice President, Marketing, Investors Group




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"Me to We boldly and brilliantly challenges us to step beyond the world of self and into the world of others. Craig and Marc Kielburger have powerfully and practically captured in these pages the journey we must take as individuals, families, and nations."
Matthew Kelly, author of The Seven Levels of Intimacy

"I have hosted Craig for special events at two separate occasions and he has in both cases been enormously successful, not just in educating, exciting and entertaining a group, but much more uniquely in inspiring a group to action. One of the audiences was the San Diego Chapter of YPO [Young Presidents′ Organization], and this particularly discerning group rated Craig and his team our strongest event in the entire year."
Michael Stone, Young Presidents′ Organization, San Diego

"To date, Craig has shared his moving and educational messages to our clients, field sales groups and employees on 14 separate occasions. Each time, Craig greatly exceeds our expectations and seldom have our events created the level of positive feedback and excitement that we have seen with these events. Perhaps, more importantly, at every event Craig has made himself available to spend time with each audience member who desired to speak to him after each presentation."
Neil Taylor, Vice President, Marketing, Investors Group


The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute / Edition 2
The Dalai Lama has observed that the greatest challenge facing our time is that we′re raising a generation of passive bystanders. If he is right, then the most vital work in this moment belongs to parents, grandparents, mentors and teachers. Inside this inspiring guide, you′ll find life lessons from remarkable individuals, committed parents, and compassionate children.

Contributors include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mia Farrow, Jane Fonda, Robert Kennedy Jr., Jason Mraz, and Dr. Jane Goodall. Read revealing stories and insights from the not-so-typical childhoods of Craig and Marc Kielburger. The brothers, whose work now inspires more than a million youth every year, share groundbreaking lessons on teaching kids to care. Discover how small actions every day can make the world a better place. Find out how those same small actions can have a lasting influence on your child′s life. After all, it′s a proven fact that doing good for the world does a world of good for friendships, grades, and self-esteem.
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Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World
In this profound and practical book, Craig and Marc Kielburger outline their life-changing philosophy one that redefines success and happiness by turning the focus away from "me" toward "we" our communities, our nation, and the world.

Weaving together lessons, stories, and inspirational contributions from people all of walks of life, Me to We shows readers how to grow and develop by being socially conscious and responsible, engaging in daily acts of kindness, building meaningful relationships through community.

Both a manifesto and a manual, Me to We offers ways to get involved such as:

  • Reading the newspaper as a family to build empathy among children
  • Enjoying a different type of summer vacation one based on service to others
  • Building your legacy one smile at a time
  • Celebrating heroes with young people
  • Inspiring your workplace to care about the community
  • How to change your life and the world in ten minutes a day

Me to We offers nothing less than a plan for a new way of living and celebrates the purest, most basic impluse of humanity reaching out to others.
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Free The Children: A Young Man Fights Against Child Labor and Proves that Children Can Change the World
Craig Kielburger is an activist prodigy who, at 12, was talking to national leaders, lecturing in public forums, and following the burning passion that would not allow him to overlook cruel injustices thrust upon children around the world. Inspired by a newspaper article about a young boy′s murder at the hands of his boss in Pakistan, Kielburger set forth on an international crusade against child sweatshops, virtual slave labor, and the abhorrent working conditions to which many children worldwide are subjected. An inspiring book about the power young people can wield to change the world, Free the Children is a must-read from a remarkable young man.

The author has appeared on 60 Minutes and CNN and has been featured in People, React, and the New York Times.
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Social Entrepreneurship: What For-profit Companies Can Learn from High-performing Non-profit Organizations

Many non-profit organizations have no product, operate on small budgets, offer no benefits and pay employees low salaries. So how are they attracting and retaining some of the best talent in the marketplace? The Kielburger brothers founded one of the most successful international non-profit organizations in recent history. In this presentation, they examine best practices from the non-profit field to help retain and inspire staff, engage customers and become more profitable. Learn six simple lessons that non-profits can teach for-profits: trust, empathy, community, gratitude, celebration and legacy.

Me to WE: How One Person Can Make a World of Difference

This speech introduces the remarkable story of how the Kielburger brothers founded Free the Children, which has grown into an international humanitarian organization active in 45 countries with more than 2.4 million young people involved. He shares with audiences the ME to WE philosophy, developed through more than a decade of humanitarian work, as encapsulated in his New York Times bestseller ME to WE: Finding Meaning in a Material World. Audiences come away knowing how to use the ME to WE philosophy to create their own unique path to leave a positive mark on the world and make a real difference.

The World Needs Your Kid: How to Raise Kids Who Care and Contribute

Based on the national bestseller The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children who Care and Contribute, this talk delves into how to raise kids who are committed to changing the world. In these groundbreaking lessons learned through working with more than 2.4 million youth, the Kielburger brothers focus on how to raise nurturing kids who care about the world around them. Learn how small, everyday actions can have a lasting influence on a child’s life—resulting in new friendships, improved grades and higher self-esteem. Get tips on helping young people help others—ultimately helping themselves—and become valuable contributors to a more caring and peaceful society.

Philanthropy: Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Change

In an age when social responsibility is more prevalent than ever, philanthropic opportunities seem to be around every corner. The Kielburger brothers show audiences how to maximize change—not only through their wallets—but through work and personal lives. They also share with audiences how to capitalize on the new age of social entrepreneurship to create change that’s powerful and sustainable. Audiences leave with a better understanding of intergenerational philanthropic partnerships and the power of social entrepreneurship.



Keynote Speech


Craig’s life changed forever when he read an article in the newspaper about a 12-year-old boy who had been murdered for standing against child labor. Craig himself was only 12 when he first went to visit Asia for 7 weeks, to see the effects of poverty and child labor. What he saw made him fight even harder to start a charity organization to help lift young people out of poverty, to help children in developing nations go to school.

As he says, “One of the most frequent questions we ask these kids is if you could have any dream at all, anything, what would it be? Their most frequent answer? A chance to go to school.”

Craig encourages young people to get active, to be involved in the wider world. He says, “Kids, when you go back to school you can start a conversation with your fellow students and teachers that says, ‘Imagine if our school got together and we adopted a sister village in Africa, or got involved here locally, imagine what we can do.’ It takes courage, it takes commitment, takes time. But as Dr. King once said, ‘We do this work not because it’s easy, we do this work because it is necessary.’”

Along with his brother Marc, Craig presses the issue of world poverty: “It’s very possible in our lifetime to end the worst forms of poverty in our world. Every World Bank study, U.N. Study, every Government agency, every academic who has ever seriously looked at this question says our world has more than enough. It’s a question of whether we care enough.”

Introduction


Keynote Speech