Marc Kielburger

Kofi Annan: Global Solutions Will Be Defined by Youth

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Is it just us, or does the world feel a bit scarier lately? The world needs experienced leaders -- grizzled global firefighters with the wisdom to staunch the flames and guide us through turbulent times. One is Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Remembering Greatness: Happy Birthday, Madiba

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Nelson Mandela would have been 96 this week. It's the first birthday since his passing -- celebrations replaced with mourning and reflection. With the passing of Mandela, humanity lost a quiet voice of reason -- one we still sorely need in an increasingly polarized world. In honour of Mandela's birthday, here are some of our own fondest memories of "Madiba."

To Save Lives, Canada Needs More Diverse Organ Donors

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The chance to save lives is simple--become an organ donor. The chance that someone from a particular ethnic group will receive an organ, like Canada's aboriginal and South Asian populations, is a little more complicated. We're a diverse country, but does our donor pool match that diversity? In Ontario's predominantly caucasian communities, up to 50 per cent of residents are registered. But in more diverse areas like the GTA, the registration rate is around 14 per cent.

Why Are There Mostly White Males on the Canadian Heroes List?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Make no mistake, everyone on that list is worthy of inclusion. They all made great contributions to our country and our world. But where are the women and non-whites who have contributed just as much? A pantheon so steadfastly monochromatic and male hardly reflects the diverse and multicultural nation we claim to be.

Afghan Illiteracy Can't Be Solved by Simply Slapping Up More Schools

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Since 2006, Canada alone has pumped more than $180 million into education in Afghanistan, according to the Canadian Foreign Affairs project browser. Thousands of schools have been rebuilt or rehabilitated by western nations. Afghan government statistics show more than -- up from just 5000 in 2001. So why is it that, despite this decade of massive investment, the literacy rate for women is still only 22 per cent according to UNICEF? It's the same problem we've seen so many other places: failing to realize that building a school is not the same thing as providing an education.

Poverty and Obesity: Neighbours In Our Own Communities

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens originally designed for emergencies now struggle to meet rising, chronic need. And in both the grocery store and the food bank, the cheapest and easiest food to come by is processed, packaged, and unhealthy.

Why the Holidays Aren't So Happy For the People Making Your Gifts

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Get informed about the products to avoid, and the products to embrace. Flaunt our best finds to our friends, in person and online. Share the knowledge and the excitement of shopping with a conscience, especially during this month of frenzied consumption and "great deals."

Passing Mandela's Torch to a New Generation of Leaders

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

If there were such a thing as a rock star politician, the man known affectionately around the globe as "Madiba" is one. Today's youngest generation did not witness his historic struggle, release or election. Yet they know his extraordinary messages of equality, hope and forgiveness. And they are ready to receive his torch.

Canada Should Have Been Better Prepared to Help Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It is almost inconceivable how little the world has actually invested in helping the most vulnerable countries be prepared. As we join the people of the Philippines in grieving, and helping them rebuild their shattered lives, we can also rejoice in the lives that were saved by good preparation.

Terry Fox Draws Crowd, 33 Years After His Death

CP | Adrian Lee, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - Marathon of Hope runner Terry Fox's attempted cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research earned him a place on Canada's Walk of Fam...

Me To We Awards Honour Six Everyday Canadian Heroes

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Impact

It's one thing to be idealistic and mean well in life, but it's another thing to go out there and kick the world's butt to actually make a difference....

Celebrating 50 Years of "I Have a Dream" (Video)

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It was the speech heard around the world. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" are some of the most recognizable words in history, and 50 years later, the March on Washington Square is an enduring example of the struggle for basic freedoms through peaceful assembly. Now, it's time for reflection.

Star Power: What Jesse Giddings Would Say to His High-School Self

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The story of how Jesse Giddings got his break in the entertainment industry reads like the opening act of a Hollywood film: star-hopeful moves from the suburbs to the big city with nothing but a duffel bag and a dream. We caught up with Giddings to find out what motivates him, and what he would say to his high-school self.

How a 10-Year-Old Blogger Is Changing the World

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.19.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Hannah Alper is a 10-year-old blogger with a resume that would make recent journalism grads jealous. She earned a press pass for the 2013 Juno Awards, where she worked backstage as their official blogger. The reach of her environmental blog, callmehannah.ca, has landed her in the hot seat as interviewee with the likes of CBC Television's George Stroumboulopoulos.

Behind the Headlines: Copying Celebs? Look Beyond Their Locks!

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Last Wednesday, singer Beyoncé Knowles posted a photo on Instagram that sent star-gazers into an uproar. Just once we'd love to see a Facebook status update like: "OMG! Beyoncé was collecting food for the food bank. I am so, like, going out tomorrow and doing a food drive!"

Behind the Headlines: What Millennials Want to Watch

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It's an intriguing concept: Help millennials answer life's big questions and change the world while watching television. But millennials, bombarded with information, tend to be skeptical, and they are notoriously elusive. Will they respond to calls to action presented on television?

Socially Conscious Reads for Summer Break

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Boredom is curable. Reading is the antidote. It's never too early to use the potency of story to illustrate a lesson. Kids have to learn about causes before they can care about them. Books with an overt moral message offer even more rewards as children learn about bullying, global issues, or the importance of helping others.

Star Power: Canadian Pop Singer Lights is a Global Citizen

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Lights became a seasoned world traveller long before concert touring had her crisscrossing North America with hits like "Toes" and "My Boots." She told us what advice she would give her high-school self, and why she believes that education can break the cycle of poverty.

Twelve-Year-Old Girl Plans to Be Prime Minister Someday

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Summer vacation is well underway, and off-duty students across the country are looking for "something to do." Well, why not become Prime Minister of Canada? At the very least, practice your campaign speech, like We Day favourite -- and future prime minister -- Sydney Brouillard-Coyle.

Behind The Headlines: Millennials Believe They Can Change the World

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The headline that caught our attention: "Millennials genuinely think they can change the world and their communities." It's the kind of headline that makes us smile. If you don't believe your efforts can make a difference, you're probably less likely to even try. So how do we build that optimism in young people so they do believe?

One Man "Changing the Cycle" of Violence Against Women

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Joachim Ostertag knows exactly where he's biking--5,300-kilometres westward, from his hometown to Vancouver. The question he's asking of social workers, advocacy groups and random strangers along the way is: How can men "change the cycle" of violence against women?

Star Power: Victoria Duffield on Role Models, Life Lessons and Legacy

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Don't call Victoria Duffield a triple threat; she's closer to quintuple or septuple in her numbered talents. The recording artist from Abbotsford, B.C., recently joined forces with Aussie teen heartthrob Cody Simpson for the single "They Don't Know About Us". Duffield co-writes most of her tracks, some in collaboration with songwriters from Justin Bieber's camp.

Behind the Headlines: Meet the Changemakers Who Raised 140,000,000 Pennies

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Toppled piggy banks lay discarded on dressers. Couch cushions litter living room floors, the remains of an archaeological expedition for loose change. Cup holders in family cars across the country are missing coffee money. Youth across Canada have been busy collecting coins, especially pennies, and creating change.

The Secret Investment That Will Change the World [VIDEO]

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The real world now has the largest generation aged 15-24 in history. Last year, 75-million young people were unemployed globally. In developing communities, investing in education dramatically increases economic and social capital, and even lowers health care costs. That's why J.R. Martinez calls youth the secret investment that will change the world.

Star Power: A Trip to Washington to Meet Kid President

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

On America's Independence Day, we find ourselves thinking about that time we went to Washington (state) to meet the (Kid) President. The president made an official visit to We Day Seattle with his brother-in-law and chief advisor Brad Montague, the guy behind the camera in Kid President's inspirational video series.