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Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, Co-Founders, Free The Children

Brothers and founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger are two of the world's leading figures in youth empowerment. Free The Children, which works with more than one million youth every year, is the world's largest network of children helping children through education.

Marc and Craig are syndicated columnists and co-authors of the New York Times bestseller, Me to We, and most recently, The World Needs Your Kid.

Their work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as on CNN, BBC, 60 Minutes and The Today Show, and in People, Time and the Economist.

Craig and Marc are represented by Me to We Speakers.

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How To Channel Your Inner Superhero - No Spandex Required

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 11:24 PM

Travis Price's favourite superhero is Batman. But it's not about the Dark Knight's fancy crime-fighting gadgets or self-taught martial-arts skills. "It's the bat signal that gets me," says the young Canadian anti-bullying crusader, referring to the floodlight with the Batman symbol that shines in the night sky to call Bruce...

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The Plastic Bank Fights Pollution and Poverty With Recycling

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 5:47 PM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

To his fellow citizens, Genaro Contraras is the lowest of the low--a waste picker. He makes his living gathering the plastic waste no one else wants from the plentiful heaps of garbage in Chorillos, a shantytown on the edge of Lima, Peru.

The world...

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The Sisyphean Plight of Women from Elections to Ghomeshi

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 8:58 AM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

In ancient Greek mythology, King Sisyphus was cursed for an eternity to heave a massive boulder up a steep hill, only to watch the rock roll back down again and again when he nears the top. Compared to the struggles of women everywhere for equality...

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How Canadian Bosses Can Boost Our Mental Health

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Canadians love reward programs. Air miles, groceries, power tools, and even a mopping robot -- you name it, we'll collect points to get it. Free stuff apparently makes us feel good.

Now there's an incentive program where even the act of earning points can help make us happier -- by...

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How These Canadians Helped Diabetes in India

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 12:50 PM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Dhaman Rakhra is haunted by the boyhood memory of his grandfather plummeting down the stairs. Poorly-controlled diabetes had caused the elderly man to faint. He suffered a broken hip and, in failing health, died months later. Rakhra thought of his grandfather when a colleague told...

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From Ayr to Here -- Studying the Scottish Experiment in Youth Voting

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 6:55 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

The entire school in Ayr, Scotland, vibrated with anticipation. The lunchroom sounded more like a debate hall than a cafeteria. Kirsty McCahill watched the clock tick down to the closing bell. She rushed home, then to the nearby community centre to do what no Scottish...

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#foodcrisis: The "Defining Challenge of Our Century" in a Graphic Novel

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 2:02 AM

It's Sin City meets Homeland with a touch of House of Cards; there's something for comic book junkies and global politics nuts, too -- and plenty of food for thought for the rest of us.

#foodcrisis is a new graphic novel that portrays the collapse of the world's agricultural system...

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How Young Canadians Become Jihadists

(18) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 1:24 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

To his friends, Collin Gordon was a "mellow dude" who played volleyball, studied business and threw the best parties at B.C.'s Thompson Rivers University.

With the income he earned as a carpenter, Somali immigrant Ali Dirie, 18, he was considering...

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What Companies Should Learn From Hollywood Romances

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 1:23 PM

In the film Crazy Stupid Love, Canadian actor and renowned ladies' man, Ryan Gosling, along with a hapless Steve Carell, both learn that finding true love requires a genuine effort to be more lovable. Perhaps today's corporations could use such a lesson, because the movie Wolf of Wall Street might...

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After Ebola, Let's Not Forget Sierra Leone

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 6:37 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

A decade before the Ebola crisis in West Africa, we stood at the Freetown dock in Sierra Leone's capital awaiting a shipment of health supplies for the country's eastern Kono district. The civil war had recently ended and the traumatized nation was beginning to rebuild....

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Annoyed at Your Homework? A Girl in Kenya Will Change Your Mind

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:51 PM

If we let North American teens choose their school hours, what would they seek? An afternoon start, of course, so they could sleep in. The day should end early enough to have hang-out time before supper. How about 1:30 p.m. to 2:15?

When the students at Kisaruni All-Girls...

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Attawapiskat Finally Has a Real School Again

(8) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 6:37 PM

For most Canadian schoolchildren, their biggest concern is a pop quiz or playground bullies. Chelsea Jane Edwards worried about getting frostbitten fingers while she took notes.

In the dead of winter, minus 40 degree winds whistled through gaps around doors and windows of the decrepit portables that made up...

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Racism Is Canada's Problem Too - Let's Talk About it

(50) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 6:40 PM

Irony -- when Canada's Minister of State for Multiculturalism is the victim of a racial slur. Minister Tim Uppal and his family walked into an Edmonton tennis club this past week and overheard a woman express disgust that the Sikh-Canadian family was allowed membership. She went on to...

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How the U.N. Exists in Thunder Bay

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:49 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

No more hockey. No more swimming lessons. For 15,000 Thunder Bay families living in poverty, the proposed funding cuts in 2005 meant the end of the only affordable sports and recreation programs available to their children. The council debate was rancorous. The motion looked ready...

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How Adult Literacy Is Transforming a Village

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 10:54 PM

In a mountain village perched high above the booming city of Xichang, students scribble eagerly in their notebooks under the lights of their newly built classroom. Their mouths whisper the syllables of each Mandarin character that their teacher etches on the chalkboard, and their eyes light up as they recognize...

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The Schools Keeping First Nations Kids From Turning into "Phantoms"

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 2:12 PM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

In the small First Nations community of Moricetown, in central B.C., teens haunt the convenience stores and gas bars, their lives adrift. Locals call them "phantoms." Cain Michell, then 14, was one of them.

The twisting yet hopeful path he has followed is important...

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The World's 51-Million Refugees Are Living in Limbo

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 9:10 AM

Clemantine Wamariya went years without taking a shower. Living with the filth and stench was still preferable to risking rape in a refugee camp bathroom.

Wamariya was six years old when, fleeing the 1994 Rwanda genocide. She walked through the gates of her first refugee camp, clutching her teenage sister's...

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Africa's Booming Population Needs Agricultural Innovation

(7) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 6:10 PM

Natana Kisemei was 14 and illiterate when her father married her off to an older man. Now 36, she has five children and struggles to feed her family amid a drought and poverty in Kenya's Rift Valley. Her life to this point could well be the story of her continent's...

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If You Give Women in Poverty the Right Tools, They Will Flourish

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 1:08 PM

One small cup of corn porridge for breakfast. One small cup of corn porridge for dinner. Day after day, the same inadequate meals fuelled the hard labour of Daisy Barengetuny, her parents and seven brothers and sisters. The farming family had always lived on the knife edge of poverty, made...

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Why Archbishop Desmond Tutu Is Focused on Forgiveness

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 2:37 PM

"An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind." - Mahatma Ghandi

It was March, 2002, when soldiers came knocking at the door of Tel Aviv mother Robi Damelin. A Palestinian sniper had ended the life of her 28-year-old son, David. The first words from her mouth...

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