IARSLCE 2014: Reaping What We Sow: Growing A Culture Of Community Engagement. New Orleans, USA.

IARSLCE 2014: Reaping What We Sow: Growing A Culture Of Community Engagement. New Orleans, USA.

September 29 – October 1 2014.

The annual IARSLCE Conference is pleased to return in 2014 to the association’s home city of New Orleans, LA and will be hosted by Tulane University. The conference will held at the historic Roosevelt Hotel.

Program Chairs are Barbara Moely and Vicki Mayer

Keynote Speaker: Hugh Evans, Founder and CEO, Global Poverty Project.

Hugh Evans’ work speaks to anyone who has ever asked, “What difference can I make?” His resolute belief is that every individual can take meaningful action towards ending extreme poverty within a generation. His work involves creating opportunities for individuals to take action that will have monumental impact.

Evans’ journey began in India and South Africa, working with those living in extreme poverty for three years. Upon returning to Australia he founded the Oaktree Foundation, which has grown to become the largest youth-run aid organization in the country, providing education to over 40,000 young people around the world. The Oaktree Foundation produced the Make Poverty History concert in 2006, which mobilized thousands of young people to put pressure on political leaders. The concert ultimately led Australia to double its foreign aid budget, releasing $4.3 billion in funds for the world’s poor.

In September 2012, Evans produced the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York. This massive advocacy event brought together 60,000 global citizens and artists, including The Black Keys, The Foo Fighters, and Neil Young to urge political leaders to take action to end extreme poverty. Over $1.3 billion in new commitments were raised for life-saving interventions in the developing world.

Evans’ bold and daring vision has captured the attention of movie stars, business tycoons, and academics alike, from Bono and Hugh Jackman to Jeffrey Sachs and Bill Gates. In 2012, he was listed as part of Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30″ for social entrepreneurship.

Evans is now the CEO and founder of the Global Poverty Project (GPP), an advocacy organization working to eradicate extreme poverty. He has passionately spoken out against extreme poverty at many forums, including the Commonwealth Day Address at Westminster Abbey by invitation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Sir Keith Murdoch Oration in Melbourne, and the Montreal Millennium Summit alongside Al Gore. He has also spoken at international conferences around the world, including presentations in Singapore and Colombia.

Conference Schedule at a Glance