2012 Global Leadership Summit Session 3a: Marc Kielburger

Marc Kielburger - 2012Session 3 – Against Apathy
Marc Kielburger

  • Co-Founder, Free The Children;
  • Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Me to We, Toronto, Ontario
  • At the age of 18, co-founded Free The Children with his brother Craig Kielburger
  • The world’s largest network of children helping children through education, Free The Children has built more than 650 schools and school rooms in developing regions
  • Co-founder and Co-CEO of Me to We, a social enterprise providing better choices for a better world including international volunteer trips, leadership training programs, a socially conscious clothing line and resources that address issues of positive social change
  • A Rhodes Scholar with a law degree from Oxford University, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University

Session Notes

  • Interviewed by Christine Caine
  • Started as 12 12 year olds, now 1.7 million members
  • They build schools around the world.
  • #1 reason girls don’t attend school in Africa is because they need to get water.  From there they started doing water projects.
  • Started doing health care, and later doing micro-loans.
  • They are also empowering kids in the developed world to help those in need.
  • What type of legacy do you want to leave?
  • We don’t sell something tangible, we sell hope.
  • Why co-lead? 2 leaders are better than one.
  • We are really good at 2 things: communication and alignment.
  • Showed “We Day” video
  • Gift + issue = better world.
  • Let young people know everyone has a gift, help them find their gift.
    • Look for young people to have empathy.
    • Show not tell
    • Shameless idealism
  • Talked about the importance getting teens out of their comfort zone on short term mission.
  • Showed video of getting water in Kenya
  • We can do no great things, but we can do small things with great love. -Mother Teresa
  • We are the generation that we’ve been waiting for.

What impacted you from Marc?  What action will you take as a result?


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