Craig Kielburger

  • Founder and Chair, Free the Children
  • Co-Founder and Director, Me to We
  • Bestselling Author
  • Co-Founder, We Day

Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and syndicated columnist. He co-founded Free The Children in 1995 when he was 12-years-old. Today, he remains a full-time volunteer for the organization, which has become the world’s leading youth-driven charity.

 

 
  

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Me To We: How One Person Can Make a World of a Difference

In their two decades of humanitarian work, Craig and Marc have visited dozens of countries, meeting people from all walks of life. They have learned from some of the greatest spiritual, political and social leaders of our time, including Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela, and have shared simple meals ...

In their two decades of humanitarian work, Craig and Marc have visited dozens of countries, meeting people from all walks of life. They have learned from some of the greatest spiritual, political and social leaders of our time, including Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela, and have shared simple meals with families struggling in the world’s slums and war zones. Along the way, they have discovered a simple but profound truth—that real fulfillment starts with having the courage to reach out and help others.

It all begins when we make the shift from me to we. In this speech, Craig and/or Marc will help you discover the Me to We philosophy, described in their New York Times bestseller, Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World.

Tangible takeaways:

  • Learn how to create your legacy while meeting the demands of a busy life.
  • Achieve a deeper sense of gratitude for life’s simple pleasures and moments.
  • Find inspiration in the teachings of the world’s heroes and take your first step to making lasting change.
  • Equip yourself with practical tools for living the Me to We philosophy through daily choices and actions.
  • Take steps toward a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment in the workplace, in your relationships and in your family.

The World Needs Your Kid: How to Raise Kids Who Care and Contribute

For all those who help to shape children’s lives: parents, caregivers, educators, communities Today, more than ever, the world needs your kids. Through their work with Free The Children, an international charity driven by youth, Craig and Marc have empowered more than two million young leader ...

 For all those who help to shape children’s lives: parents, caregivers, educators, communities

Today, more than ever, the world needs your kids. Through their work with Free The Children, an international charity driven by youth, Craig and Marc have empowered more than two million young leaders to take action to better their local and global communities.

Based on their international bestseller, The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute, this speech will provide key insights on guiding children to be compassionate and engaged global citizens. Their research is based on over a thousand interviews with experts on mentorship and early childhood development, and will help you guide young people through rites of passage, address materialism and foster empathy.

Tangible takeaways:

  • Learn how to help children realize their own unique gifts and discover the causes they care about.
  • Explore the Three C’s for raising socially conscious kids: Compassion, Courage and Community.
  • Discover how everyday actions can have a lasting influence on a child—resulting in new friendships, improved grades and higher self-esteem.
  • Learn how to introduce service-based learning programs into schools.

What For-Profit Companies Can Learn from High Performing Non-Profits

Thought-provoking and informative for business leaders For a new generation of business leaders and social entrepreneurs, making an impact means more than the bottom line. As the founders of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise, Craig and/or Marc will share insight on how to infuse your compan ...

Thought-provoking and informative for business leaders

For a new generation of business leaders and social entrepreneurs, making an impact means more than the bottom line. As the founders of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise, Craig and/or Marc will share insight on how to infuse your company with a sense of purpose, elevate your brand, differentiate your products and inspire your employees.

In this speech, you’ll discover how to celebrate the positive impact that your company and employees bring to the world. Me to We has partnered with leading companies such as KPMG and Virgin Atlantic to build robust corporate citizenship programs, resulting in more engaged employees and clients and an improved brand reputation.

Tangible takeaways:

  • Highlight your brand’s social impact through storytelling, and celebrate this impact with your employees and customers.
  • Discover how to attract and retain the best talent and inspire employees by infusing your workplace with purpose.
  • Learn how the Kielburgers built one of the largest social media followings in the world and how to connect people to amplify your message.
  • Gain insight on communicating with the millennial generation of employees and consumers who seek to make an impact through their work and purchases.

Putting Our Families First Experience

A 3-4 hour workshop for parents and youth age 8+ In this workshop for parents and youth, Craig and/or Marc Kielburger share ground-breaking lessons on nurturing children to care about the world around them. Based on the Kielburgers’ international bestseller, The World Needs Your Kid: Raising ...

A 3-4 hour workshop for parents and youth age 8+

In this workshop for parents and youth, Craig and/or Marc Kielburger share ground-breaking lessons on nurturing children to care about the world around them.

Based on the Kielburgers’ international bestseller, The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute, this workshop experience will provide you with practical tips for raising socially responsible children, strengthening family bonds and changing the world—all at the same time.

The workshop experience:

  1. Begins with an inspirational keynote address for the whole family.
  2. Two simultaneous break-out sessions—one for parents, led by Craig or Marc Kielburger, and one for children, led by expert youth facilitators who help children identify their unique gifts and passions.
  3. Wrap-up session where children and parents share action plans for a family volunteer activity.

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Biography

Craig Kielburger co-founded Free The Children in 1995 at only 12 years of age. Today, he remains a passionate full-time volunteer for the organization, now an international charity and renowned educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.

Free The Children delivers innovative programming to more than 6,000 youth groups and hundreds of thousands of young people in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. As the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, the organization has worked in over 40 countries and built more than 650 schools and school rooms in developing regions, providing education to more than 55,000 children every day.

Every year, Craig and his brother Marc Kielburger organize We Day, Free The Children’s signature domestic event that reaches 160,000 students from 4,000 schools in person and more than 5.7 million through televised broadcasts. We Day has 3.7 million likes on Facebook, making it one of the largest charitable causes in the world.

Free The Children has a proven track record of success, having formed successful partnerships with top school boards and leading corporations—including Oprah’s Angel Network, KPMG and Research In Motion.

Craig is also the co-founder of Me to We. An innovative social enterprise, Me to We provides people with better choices for a better world, including socially conscious and environmentally friendly clothes and accessories, as well as life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs and materials, a speakers’ bureau, and books that address issues of positive social change. In addition, half of Me to We’s net profit is donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.

He has shared the stage, and his voice, with Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors and pop icons, including Former President Bill Clinton, Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson and many more.

With Marc, Craig writes “Global Voices,” a weekly column about the pressing issues of our time, syndicated in the Vancouver Sun, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Winnipeg Free Press, The Huffington Post and Huffington Post Canada online. The Kielburgers also write a weekly advice column in the Globe & Mail called “Ask the Kielburgers.”

Craig is a New York Times bestselling author who has written nine books. His latest is Living Me to We: The Guide for Socially Conscious Canadians.

Craig has a degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto and is the youngest-ever graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees, The Roosevelt Freedom From Fear Medal, The World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, and is one of the youngest recipients of The Order of Canada. Craig’s work has been featured on multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, 60 Minutes, Piers Morgan Live and The Today Show; and in People, Time and The Economist.