What Does It Mean To Be A Citizen Of The World?
Co-Founder & CEO at Global Citizen/Global Poverty Project
Global citizens are people who self-identify, first and foremost, not as members of a state, nation, or tribe, but as members of the human race. Hugh Evans believes these people will be the ones who tackle our world's greatest challenges. While charity is necessary, he says, it’s not sufficient. We must take action. In hyper-inspiring talks, Hugh shares how he has organized and motivated millions. He reveals why global citizens are our future—and what we can all do to support (if not become!) them.
Hugh Evans’ breakthrough brand of action-oriented humanitarianism has mobilized millions to end extreme poverty, climate change, and gender inequality around the world. A riveting speaker and irresistible motivator, Evans’ passion and purpose have captured the attention of heads of state, business leaders, billionaires, and a growing list of influential admirers such as Bono, Bill and Melinda Gates, Bill Clinton, Hugh Jackman, Arianna Huffington, and Ben Affleck. The annual Global Citizen Festival that Evans founded attracts headliners such as Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Coldplay, and Ed Sheeran to perform every September in New York’s Central Park, rewarding activist attendees and raising awareness of the organization’s transformational work.
Hugh’s activism began at 14 when the young Australian spent several weeks doing community service in the heart-wrenching slums of Manila. Driven by a mission to end extreme poverty, he went on to volunteer with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in India and found Australia’s Oaktree Foundation. In 2008, Evans co-founded the Global Poverty Project, giving rise to the Global Citizen online platform and community. Along the way, he was named Young Australian of the Year, made Forbes’ “30 under 30” list, raised millions, and earned a master’s in international relations from University of Cambridge. All before he turned 30.
For Hugh, speaking to a broad array of college, corporate and nonprofit audiences is an extension of the world-changing journey that he began at 14. An inspiring humanitarian and innovative social entrepreneur, Hugh makes conquering the world’s most daunting global challenges seem achievable and motivates all of us to make a difference in our communities, companies, and around the world.
Becoming a Citizen of the World
Expanding upon his main stage TED Talk that created a worldwide sensation, Hugh Evans delivers an impassioned keynote that will energize your worldview and activate your global citizenship. With heart-rending stories and inspiring examples, Evans makes the case that the very future of our planet depends on “global citizens”—those who identify not as members of a state, nation or tribe, but first and foremost, as members of the human race. He envisions an army of millions, growing to tens of millions that are “connected, informed and unwilling to take no for an answer” when it comes to ending extreme poverty, conflict, climate change, and gender inequality. With brilliant storytelling and infectious optimism, Hugh motivates us to embrace the possibilities of the world we share—and join together to make change.
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