The New York Times bestseller from the founders of WE Charity—a human rights organization that has lifted over 1 million people from poverty globally—Me to We is an uplifting and actionable guide for personal and social change and a call to action to helping others, featuring a new introduction by Academy Award–winning actress and activist Natalie Portman.
Me to We is an approach to life that leads us to recognize what is truly valuable, make different decisions about the way we want to live, and redefine the goals we set for ourselves and the legacy we want to leave. Both a manifesto and a manual, Me to We includes tales to inspire, studies and statistics to persuade, and practical advice to motivate and guide. Weaving together dynamic lessons and stories from the world’s top contributors to human rights and social involvement, the Kielburger brothers show us that the best way to grow and develop as human beings is by helping others.
Their philosophy, along with cutting-edge research on the nature of personal and social change, embraces the idea that we can all build a better life—and an ideal world—through reaching out to others. By redirecting our energies and focusing from “me” to the “we” of our communities, each individual can make an impact on our nation, and our world as a whole. Supporters such as Oprah Winfrey, Richard Gere, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Dr. Jane Goodall also share their original stories that inspire us to believe that a better world can exist for all of us. The Kielburgers teach us how to go about living our lives as socially conscious and responsible people, engaging in daily acts of kindness, building meaningful relationships through community, and focusing on the impact of “we” decision making.
Both modern in its fresh way of looking at the world and traditional in its return to the simplest, purest, and most basic impulse of humanity to reach out and help each other, this philosophy represents a dynamic shift in focus, and a new definition of success, happiness, and community.
Chapter One: Craig’s Story: “I’m Only One Boy!”
WE is a movement that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world.
Our unique family of organizations empowers people at home, around the world, and within our social enterprise.
WE Charity empowers change with resources that create sustainable impact. We do this through domestic programs like WE Schools and internationally through WE Villages. Our WE Schools program engages over 5.3 million students and 59,700 educators. Our WE Villages program is active in nine developing countries, creating a sustainable model of international development.
Overall, due to WE Charity:
More than 1,500 classrooms and schools have been built around the world to date, helping 200,000 students access education
Over $36 million worth of medical supplies has been collected and distributed
30,000 women have achieved economic self-sufficiency
More than one million people have been provided with access to clean water and sanitation programs and facilities
More than fifteen million nutritious meals have been produced to date by farmers and families with our support
WE Day is a powerful, life-changing experience with world-renowned speakers and performers, mixed with real inspirational stories of change. It is an opportunity for young change-makers to connect across the world and celebrate their year of action. WE Schools provides digital, interactive service-learning and social- and emotional-learning resources to educators and students, providing them with the opportunities and experiences to support their passion to learn through service, and to better the world in the process. In 2019:
12.1 million volunteer hours were logged by WE Schools participants
$14 million+ was raised for local and global causes
15 million+ meals were supported through food collected by WE Schools participants
84 percent of students felt a stronger connection to their local community
81 percent of educators said they are better equipped to teach about social issues through service-based learning
86 percent of educators agreed that youth taking part in WE Schools demonstrated better leadership among their peers
Craig Kielburger is a New York Times bestselling author who has written twelve books. He cofounded WE Charity, lifting more than one million people from poverty. He is an MBA graduate with fifteen honorary doctorates and has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Craig lives in Toronto with his wife, Leysa, and son, Hilson.
Marc Kielburger cofounded ME to WE Social Enterprise, engaging millions of customers to drive social change. He is a Harvard and Oxford graduate, and a Rhodes Scholar. He believes that purpose-driven business will change the world. Marc lives in Toronto with his wife, Roxanne, and daughters, Lily-Rose and Violette.