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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

Rise Up, Canada, And Revoke The Licence To Hate

(5) 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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Mental Health First Aid Fights Stigma And Saves Lives

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2016 | 6:17 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

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2016 | 5:24 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 | 12:40 PM

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.


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These Canadian Humanitarians Died Trying To Create A Better World

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2016 | 2:15 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.


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How To Keep Your Cool With Eco-Offenders

(7) Comments | Posted August 4, 2016 | 4:29 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 | 5:52 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 | 11:52 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 | 10:48 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

(9) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 3:41 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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