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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

Impact Hubs Provide The Tools For Social Change

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 5:02 PM

Frederic Sune looked around his kitchen at all the expensive tools strewn on the floor. The web developer bought them for a tiling job, but would never use them again. What a waste, he thought.

At Hub Ottawa, a community space where entrepreneurs, professionals and activists gather to work and...

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6 Eco-Friendly Inventions That Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 2:48 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Our world doesn't look much like the ones envisioned in sci-fi flicks like Star Trek or Back to the Future, let alone the latest installment of Star Wars. Kids aren't buzzing around on flying skateboards, and we aren't...

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How One Canadian College Is Building Better Health In Tanzania

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 1:45 PM

By Craig and Marc Kielburger

Row after row of mothers wait patiently, babies fussing in their laps. A nurse in this small clinic in rural Arusha, Tanzania, calls them forward, one by one, and gives the squirming infants a shot that will protect them from killer diseases, like measles...

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Social Impact Bonds Will Transform The Way We Fund Positive Change

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 3:15 PM

Michelle was tired of slinging drinks as a bartender. At 42, she dreamed of a more fulfilling career. But as a high school dropout, her reading, writing and math skills were nowhere near good enough for the competitive Canadian job market.

So Michelle enrolled in an initiative at B.C.'s Douglas...

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The Transformative Power Of A Rafiki

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 10:11 AM

By Craig Kielburger

Sitting cross-legged on the grass under an old acacia tree in rural Kenya, actor Shay Mitchell was tutored in the art of intricate beading. Five Maasai mamas, dressed in traditional bright, patterned shawls, showed the Canadian star of Pretty Little Liars, how to string hundreds of tiny...

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We Must Help Vulnerable Countries Adapt To Climate Change

(40) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 1:29 PM

Ali Noor Gedi was so malnourished, the three-year-old was scarcely bigger than the average Canadian infant. Ali's mother let Craig stroke his cheek gently while nurses tried unsuccessfully to find a vein big enough to insert an IV in his twig-thin arm.

When Craig visited Dadaab, Kenya, four...

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B Corp Certification Is The 21st Century Standard For Business

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 5:43 PM

For Jay Coen Gilbert, it felt like someone took a wrecking ball to his dream.

American entrepreneur Gilbert and two college friends launched AND 1 in 1993. By the time Gilbert decided to sell the basketball apparel business in 2005 so he could move on to new projects,...

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Social Enterprise Is The Best Medicine For Global Health Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 5:03 PM

Nigerian babies were dying mysteriously. In 2008, 84 infant lives were lost before the culprit was identified: a counterfeit teething syrup laced with industrial chemicals.

In the U.S., Ashifi Gogo, a Ghanaian-born engineer and businessman, read about the tragedy and knew he could have helped prevent it....

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Refugee Child Labourers Are A Growing Side Effect Of Syria's War

(5) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Adad's proud grin shone through the dirt encrusted on his face. Standing in a farm field, he declared, "I am happy because I have become a man. I earn money."

Adad is only a boy. Roughly 10 years old, he is one of hundreds of young Syrian refugees in Jordan...

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Fight To Eradicate Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 10:25 AM

It's a bittersweet victory. Just last month, the world achieved the lowest rate of polio infections in history, UNICEF announced. It's all thanks to global vaccination programs.

Sounds epic -- except 2015 should have been the year humanity wiped polio off the planet.

"Unfortunately, over last few...

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The Truth About Toxic Stress And Healthy Brains

(10) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 5:55 PM

In a thick southern drawl, Olympia Dukakis as Clairee Belcher in the movie Steel Magnolias declares, "You know what they say: that which does not kill us makes us stronger."

In Calgary recently, representatives from the Alberta-based Palix Foundation showed us an intriguing video with scenes, like the...

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Imagine A World Without Juvenile Prisons

(24) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 11:13 AM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

The city of Seattle, Washington, plans to never put another young person in jail. Is it a naïvely utopian vision or an idea whose time has come?

In September, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a motion calling for zero youth incarceration. Seattle...

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The Future Of Business Lies In Sustainability

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 3:15 PM

Perhaps you've heard the news that everyone is doomed.

There's a crater-sized gap between rich and poor and our planet is running out of room and resources, among other calamities. Governments and charities are struggling to right the ship.

But what about business?

If all companies harnessed...

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We Need Fewer Obstacles To Education For Aboriginal Students

(23) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 2:29 PM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Canada's Saanich First Nation people have a word for success gained after much struggle: le, nonet (pronounced le-non-git). It means "paddling a canoe in a storm and making it through to the other side." For many Canadian aboriginal youth, a college certificate or university degree...

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Youth Mental Health Is an Election Issue That Affects Us All

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 1:03 PM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Jennifer watched as her 11-year-old son's symptoms grew worse by the day. Jacob wouldn't leave the house. Then, he spat constantly to purge the poisons he feared were contaminating his body. He ultimately stopped eating. In November, 2013 Jacob had a total breakdown at school,...

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We Need to Raise Kids Who Care

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 1:11 PM

Certificates of academic achievement emblazoned with gold seals and photos of triumphant children hoisting sports trophies clutter Canadian families' bulletin boards.

Well-meaning parents often ask us, how can we help our kids excel, and be their best? While standing out in sports and school is awesome, being kind and...

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Canada Needs a Federal Focus on Sustainable Youth Employment

(5) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 1:16 PM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

It was a gut-wrenching dilemma for Connor Smith. At 22, he had to decide whether to stick with a steady but dead-end job working the till at Costco, or take a chance on the offer of a two-month contract that might finally open real career...

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Teaching Postsecondary Students Consent Helps End Rape Culture

(3) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 11:01 AM

By: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Beers raised high, three young men look smugly at the crudely spray-painted sign planted on the lawn of their fraternity house. The message is worse than the scrawl: "Thank you fathers for your freshmen daughters."

In photograph after photograph taken at campuses across the United...

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The World Needs a Better Way to Measure the Well-Being of Nations

(4) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 9:44 AM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

The world's second-worst oil spill, the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, killed 11 people and poured 750 million litres of crude oil into the ocean.

But it was a boon for the U.S. economy.

Capping the underwater...

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Syrians are One Wave in an Ocean of Refugees

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 9:10 AM

by: Craig and Marc Kielburger

Abdibasi Ahmed Hussein hasn't spoken a word in eight years. Not since a cruise missile killed the 14-year-old boy's father and brother in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2008. Since then, over half his life has passed in Dadaab, Kenya, the world's largest refugee camp.

Abdibasi's frustrated...

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