September 30, 2014 by Speakers' Spotlight
Spotlight On: New Thoughts on Social Change
In our increasingly divided world, the need for progressive social change is obvious. Our speakers not only advocate for causes such as human rights, the protection of children, for peace, and for the environment—they make a difference, and inspire others to make a difference, too.
They are the rock stars of social change. Arenas are jam-packed with hundreds of thousands of inspired students for We Day events. Students learn that one person can make a world of difference. Free the Children started as a group of 12 kids, and has since become a major worldwide phenomenon, saving the lives of countless children around the world. Read and watch more.
One of the most original and influential voices in the humanitarian field, Dr. Samantha Nutt—a medical doctor, bestselling author, and a founder of the internationally renowned non-profit War Child—has been on the front lines of many of the world’s major crises. She understands the brutality of modern conflict and what must be done to prevent children being held in its terrifying grip. Watch her powerful talk.
A renowned documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, Alexandre Trudeau shares his often-controversial views on the political, social, and economic forces of our times. Having gained widespread recognition for his edgy and insightful humanism, for his brave iconoclasm and fierce dedication to social justice, Trudeau doesn’t fit into any boxes and never fails to surprise, provoke, and inspire. Read more.
Simon Jackson’s quest, at the young age of 13, to save the Kermode bear gave rise to the world’s first and biggest youth-run environmental movement and the largest land protection measure in North American history. Discussing his phenomenal personal story, Simon inspires audiences to realize the “power of one” and to re-think how we tackle complex environmental challenges. Watch his TEDxYouth talk.
From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on one dollar a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci use immersive storytelling to raise awareness and inspire action around pressing global issues. Watch them explain their work.
He was a child soldier. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel Chikwanine grew up amid the terror of the Great War of Africa. He witnessed the torture of his father, the rape of his mother, and endured torture of his own. He now inspires others to believe in their ability to make a difference, maintain a sense of hope through social responsibility, and create a desire for change. Read more.
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