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Entries by Craig and Marc Kielburger from 09/2012

The Headline That Got Us Thinking: "Can You Shop Your Blues Away?"

| Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Impact

We've all seen those parents in the checkout lines, bribing toddlers with disposable toys for a moment of silent reprieve. Admittedly, we've both made friends with a florist to make up for missed birthdays and forgotten anniversaries. Each of us harbours a bit of consumer guilt. You buy things, you give things. For an instant, all is forgiven. But there is meaning beyond the material. Here's how you can shop without the high.

One Way to Help Indian Youth? Bollywood

| Posted 09.07.2012 | Canada

The class is part of an innovative project called Kid Powered Media -- the creation of Canadian Alex Heywood. Heywood's career plans lay in the food services industry. In 2007, the chef at the Toronto Indian restaurant Heywood managed urged him to visit India and experience the food first hand. Coming home from the trip, however, it was not the cuisine he remembered but the poverty.

This Degrassi Cast Member is Making a Difference in Ghana

| Posted 09.10.2012 | Canada Impact

We've known Munro Chambers since his TV character, Eli Goldsworthy, pulled into the parking lot of the fictional Degrassi High in his vintage Hearse. Whether he's starring in a satirical fundraising video to benefit Haiti, or building a school in Ghana, 22-year-old Chambers is making a difference. We caught up with Chambers at a build site in Ghana, where he and his fellow Degrassi: The Next Generation cast members were volunteering to build a school.

If You Build it, They Will Come -- But Building's Not Enough

| Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada Impact

Many development projects are the product of the Field of Dreams Syndrome: the naïve belief that if you build a hospital, school or well, somehow, magically, doctors and teachers and maintenance workers will just appear to make the project a success. If we don't empower communities to manage projects independently, we might as well throw our money down the well we just drilled. It's more cruel to promise a better life and not deliver than to never offer aid at all.

Behind the Headlines: What We're Not Saying About Chris Brown's Tattoo

| Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada

The headline that caught our attention: Did Chris Brown tattoo a battered Rihanna on his neck? When we look behind this headline, the real issue is that no one is talking about the real issue. It's not just about Chris Brown or Rihanna. It's about domestic abuse. It's also about celebrity-issued get-out-of-jail-free cards.

Don't Expect Kids to Change the World Without Role Models

| Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada

We've all heard the complaints about today's "apathetic" youth, but it's the adults who seem reluctant to step up. We can't help but feel that adults are passing the buck. If we want our kids to make change, they should witness us fighting city hall, building a school or even casting a ballot. If we don't set an example, we are naïve to think children will forge their own paths.

ChangeMaker: Have a Learning Disability? This Principal Understands

| Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada Impact

Brent Kreuger was written off as "lazy" and "stupid" in elementary school in the 1960s -- a time before the "distracted student" was a mainstream social problem. So Krueger set out create a learning environment where outside-the-box thinkers were labelled "entrepreneurial" instead of "learning disabled." He founded the Praxis International Institute, the alternative high school he now runs as principal.

Star Power: One Woman's Journey From Suburbia to Savannah

| Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Impact

Robin Wiszowaty left the gleaming strip malls, street grids and coiffed lawns of suburban Illinois for the wilds of rural Kenya in 2002. And she's never looked back. What was meant to be a brief exchange from the University of Illinois to the small Nkoyet-naiborr community in Kenya's Maasai Mara has morphed into her life's adventure. Here, Robin Wiszowaty tells us how she fell in sync with the heartbeat of Africa, and how she found her home.

Our Trip to Nunavut With a Royal Couple

| Posted 09.26.2012 | Canada

We gazed out across seemingly endless kilometres of empty Arctic landscape. It's a vista that one Canadian in a thousand might ever witness, yet we were out on the tundra with a Canadian Ranger and His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Everyone we met seemed simply pleased the royals chose, of all the places, to fly to the top of the world and meet with them.