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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.

Entries by Craig and Marc Kielburger

Let's Break Out Of The Personalized Internet Bubbles Dividing Us

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2017 | 2:55 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Search engines can seem like magic. You have a question; the Internet has the answer.

But not all search results are equal. Everything from your location to previous searches and your social media habits builds a little content bubble. A personalized corner of...

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Make Giving Back A Family Affair

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2017 | 4:45 PM

Most holidays come with ready-made traditions--some important, some frivolous. Canada Day is for barbecuing and fireworks, and Thanksgiving is for expressing gratitude for our bountiful lives (while devouring a big bird).

Seven Canadian provinces have established a holiday in February to break up the bleak winter months with another long...

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The Power Of Letters In The Digital Age

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2017 | 5:48 AM

Growing up, there was an unspoken absence in Zainib Abdullah's life.

In Richmond Hill, Ontario, far from the home her family left in Iraq, she pieced together the story of her uncle. He had been unjustly arrested and disappeared years earlier by Saddam Hussein's government, without a trial or a...

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Canada Gets A Poor Grade In Civics Literacy

(3) Comments | Posted January 26, 2017 | 4:35 PM

You're stranded on a deserted island with 100 others. Organization is vital for survival. How will you choose a leader and make group decisions? What laws will you pass for your little society?

At Waterdown District High School in Ontario, Nathan Tidridge plays this simulation game with his

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Diverse Toys Could Help Children Become Compassionate Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2017 | 11:47 AM

There could be more at stake in the toy aisle than we realize.

The 2016 holiday rush capped off a record year of approximately $26 billion in toy sales in the United States alone. (That's a lot of Rogue One action figures). Meanwhile, toymakers have stepped up to...

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It's On All Canadians To Seek Out Indigenous Stories And Art

(3) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 1:18 PM

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Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie holds a note with the English translation of his indigenous spirit name while speaking during an honouring ceremony at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, Dec. 6, 2016. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)


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How The World Can Do Better In 2017

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2016 | 3:58 PM

"Have you tried switching 2016 off and back on again?" says an IT guy in a meme sweeping Facebook. Also making rounds online is a 2016 dumpster fire ornament. Festive and topical.

As 2016 draws to a close, social media is alight with jokes and posts...

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Looking Beyond A Cure For Autism To Build A Network Of Care

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2016 | 5:42 PM

At three years old, David Patchell-Evans' daughter seemed to retreat inward before his eyes. Once bubbly and bright, she began struggling with words she previously knew, stopped making eye contact and awoke screaming on many nights. When a doctor diagnosed Kilee with autism, he advised Patchell-Evans to institutionalize her and...

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Indigenous Cuisine Offers A Path To Reconciliation

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2016 | 4:37 PM

Chef David Wolfman remembers sitting at the kitchen table as a boy, gathering with his family over plates of wind-dried salmon and bannock.

A member of the Xaxli'p First Nation in British Columbia, Wolfman's mother left the reserve for Toronto, settling in Regent Park. Indigenous food in...

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Rise Up, Canada, And Revoke The Licence To Hate

(4) Comments | Posted December 1, 2016 | 4:52 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Go back to your f---ing country," the white man screamed at the non-white man.

This outburst was caught on camera, not in post-Brexit England or post-election America, but on a streetcar in the middle of multicultural Toronto.

Lately, Canadian headlines...

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Creativity Is The Future Of Senior Care

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2016 | 7:59 AM

Recently, we visited our Aunt Pat at her seniors' home to celebrate her 80th birthday. Marc's five-year-old Lily-Rose had seen the tiny rooms and lonely seniors there before, and this time insisted we bring a box of teddy bears. Residents were thrilled -- it was just what the doctor ordered.

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Successful Schools Of The Future Support Their Communities

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2016 | 5:31 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

It's the most macabre field trip we've heard of. In the fall of 2015, 22 participants in a McMaster University program hiked to a cemetery in Hamilton, Ont., to view the graves of city residents who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic.

The unusual excursion...

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How To Raise Gracious Winners In A Hyper-Competitive Age

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2016 | 2:08 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Donald Trump once had his own board game.

"It's not whether you win or lose," promised the ad, which ran in 1989, "It's whether you win."

Looking back on a tight and historically divisive U.S. election, fraught with harsh...

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No Packages, Boxes Or Bags: Welcome To Zero-Waste Grocery Shopping

(17) Comments | Posted November 3, 2016 | 6:43 PM

What's in your fridge? Perhaps there's bacon. Or the fixings for an omelet with cheese and tomato.

But how much is actually edible? How much of it is packaging?

Bacon slices are peeled out of a disposable plastic packet, while the eggs stand sentinel in a Styrofoam carton....

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Give Yourself A Healthy Dose Of Mother Nature

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2016 | 11:09 AM

As autumn paints the trees in glorious, vibrant colour, many Canadians are taking advantage of these final days to enjoy the great outdoors before old man winter chases us all indoors.

But a little saunter through the greenery (or red and orange-ery, as the case may be) offers more than...

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Canada's Unwritten Smash Hit History Musical

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2016 | 5:50 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

When we heard about Wexford Collegiate School in Scarborough receiving a cease-and-desist letter for their unlicensed production of Hamilton, we got to wondering. First, about heartless intellectual property lawyers. Second: why would a group of Canadian students risk a takedown notice to perform...

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Why Students Should Consider Taking A Gap Year

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2016 | 10:03 AM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Not every high school graduate knows what they want to be when they grow up (some adults we know still don't).

"Coming out of Grade 12 and already choosing what you're going to do with your life? There wasn't enough time to transition,"...

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Microvolunteering Makes It Easy To Give Back

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2016 | 2:22 PM

All the world's problems might be solved -- if only there were more hours in a day.

We may be exaggerating. But many Canadians don't volunteer because they don't have time, the top reason given in a national survey. Recent studies have turned up a whole library of research about...

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Can VR Help Us Develop Real Empathy?

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2016 | 2:28 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

The image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi lying dead on a Turkish beach etched the plight of Syrian refugees into Canada's consciousness. If only the world had felt his dinghy capsize, been thrown into the churning waters after fleeing a rubble-worn country. Maybe more would be...

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Extreme Gardening And The Future Of Food

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2016 | 12:09 PM

Greenhouses in the Arctic Circle. Underwater farms. Tomatoes growing on the moon.

It sounds like science fiction, but the fruits of these projects could soon be in your crisper drawer, or on the menu of that trendy gastropub you've been meaning to try.

Food demands on our planet will

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