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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

Can VR Help Us Develop Real Empathy?

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2016 | 1:28 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 | 11:09 AM

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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Mental Health First Aid Fights Stigma And Saves Lives

(3) Comments | Posted September 2, 2016 | 5:17 PM

There's a deadline looming at your office. Stressed by his workload and afraid of being fired, your colleague starts to panic, breathing rapidly. It might be an anxiety attack.

What do you do?

A close friend has been depressed, absent and withdrawn for weeks. Suddenly you get a chipper...

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Social Media Wins Gold For Sexism Backlash

(5) Comments | Posted August 25, 2016 | 4:24 PM

The Rio Olympics have now come to a close, but here's a satirical spectator sport for those of us who were frustrated by the nightly highlight reels belittling female athletes. It's called "Olympic media sexism bingo."

Comedian Megan Ford posted the game card on her Twitter account. When a sportscaster...

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'World Schooling' Turns Travel Into An Educational Experience

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2016 | 11:40 AM

Ed Gillis wanted to teach his sons about how glaciers are formed, so he took them to the top of New Zealand's Fox Glacier and let them fire questions at a pair of geologists.

For eight-year-old Heron Gillis and his brother Sitka, six, the world is their classroom.

In...

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These Canadian Humanitarians Died Trying To Create A Better World

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2016 | 1:15 PM

An emotional mother demanded to know what Tim Stone had done to her daughter.

Stone was a soft-spoken Canadian aid worker who had a way with kids, recalls Jean Lash, his former wife. Improving children's health in places like Afghanistan, Cambodia and Mali was his life's work.

In...

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How To Keep Your Cool With Eco-Offenders

(7) Comments | Posted August 4, 2016 | 3:29 PM

Your next door neighbour is watering the sidewalk. Again. As the precious resource evaporates under the summer sun, the steam rising from the pavement matches the steam coming out your ears.

For many of us, poorly-aimed lawn sprinklers are an environmental pet peeve.

Drought shaming became a popular pastime...

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Social Intrapreneurs Are The Change They Wish To See At Work

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2016 | 4:52 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

In Central Australia's sprawling outback, Mark Glazebrook met a 15-year-old boy straddling a bike -- a typical teen pose but for the gas can strapped to his face. A sniffing epidemic had ensnared local aboriginal youth in the spring of 2002, and Glazebrook travelled...

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Meet The Fundraiser On An Epic Journey To Change The World

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 10:52 AM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mark Quattrochi rode up a rough, dusty path into the small village of El Trapiche on a bicycle laden with bags.

The 28-year-old Ontario teacher had peddled more than 20,000 kilometres from China to Nicaragua. A group of local boys on bikes watched the stranger...

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Is Your Teen Safe On The Job?

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 9:48 AM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Ryan Pearce's very first job was also his last.

Pearce, 19, loved working with tools and was thrilled to land a gig in construction. Three weeks into the job, the Toronto resident was working in the basement of a house when it collapsed. By...

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We Shouldn't Be Filling Up Our Landfills With Clothing

(10) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 2:41 PM

In university, Craig achieved infamy for the fashion crime of wearing far too many yellow shirts. His friends staged an intervention, removing all the offending garments from his closet and sending him on a shopping spree for trendier threads.

Recently, our staffers got together for what's become an annual...

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Insects: The Latest World-Changing Food Trend

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 4:48 PM

Have you heard about the next big food trend? You won't find it growing in your garden, but you might find it crawling there.

On the shelves at Summerhill Market, a Toronto grocery store, there are mealworm protein balls and scrumptious cricket key lime pie. Last year,

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Paul Martin Talks About Reconnecting With Aboriginal People

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 5:50 PM

Hitch hiking across Canada as a teen, Paul Martin took a summer job as a deckhand on a tug boat in Canada's far north, toiling elbow-to-elbow alongside Dene First Nation, Inuit and Métis crew. When the work was done, he'd talk with them late into the night. His mates were...

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There's A Good Reason Canadians Won't Give Up Their Libraries

(22) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 2:16 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

If you really want to rile up a Canadian, threaten to take away their library.

Craig got his first taste of activism speaking out to save our local library. We've noticed ever since then that when provinces and cities experience a budget crunch, libraries...

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Failure To Launch, Or A Smarter Way Of Living For Everyone?

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 3:30 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

A twenty-something slacker lounges in his parents' basement, beer in one hand and TV remote in the other. We've lost track of how many times we've seen this cliché character in television shows and movies.

The media loves to heap scorn on prodigal youth...

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The World Needs Parents To Let Their Kids Fail

(18) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 1:54 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Silicon Valley has an unofficial motto: "Fail."

Whenever we visit the California tech hub, we see evidence of pro-failure leanings. Facebook's office features posters that read "Fail Fast." Failing "often" and "early" are also encouraged. There's even a global conference for tech entrepreneurs, called...

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Art Is A Powerful Way To Transform Women's Lives

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 10:05 AM

Julie was a drug addict living on the streets of Toronto. Then a pottery wheel changed her life.

Seven years ago, Julie (her name has been changed) joined Inspirations Studio. The pottery social enterprise is run by the Toronto non-profit, Sistering, which helps low-income women who have experienced...

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Having The Freedom To Make Choices Can Empower Lives

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 5:24 PM

Every day presents us with so many choices, we often take them for granted.

Hit the gym for hot yoga, or a spin class? Have a nutritious and responsible kale smoothie, or indulge in a whip cream frappuccino? The choices we make -- even the little ones -- shape...

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The Canadian Entertainment Industry Needs To Address Diversity

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 9:08 AM

As a young theatre student, Lorne Cardinal dreamed of performing Shakespearean plays at Ontario's internationally-renowned Stratford Festival. An older actor chuckled at his ambition. Didn't Cardinal know indigenous actors like himself never got roles for non-aboriginal characters?

"He was right. For years I was only ever asked to do parts...

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Protect Water Resources From Becoming A Weapon Of War

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 1:46 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

When the people of Aleppo, Syria, turned on their taps in early March, they saw clean, running water for the first time in months.

In January, the Islamic State seized the sole water plant that serves the entire city of Aleppo and...

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