City School meets BuildWoW

On November 2nd, Building Walls of Wisdom was invited to speak to the students at City School in Toronto.

We shared with the students how living in developing countries differs to first World cities, like Toronto. Examples of disparity between the first and 3rd world were presented; for example, Canada has a clean, household water system, while Africans spend 40 billion hours per year fetching unsanitary water. Through these types of examples, students began to understand the disparity that truly exists in this World.

After a brief overview of BuildWoW, we challenged the students to each make an effort to change the World in which we live. We showed how small actions can lead to substantial change, and we showed that if people were more informed, perhaps we would re-prioritize how we spend our time. (Take a look at slide 47 to better understand that statement.)

The presentation is included below. Obviously, it is better understood when accomanied by a speaker, so if you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section below.

We were ecstatic to meet such a great group of students, especially those that have already committed some of their time to trying to make a difference. This experience reinforced one of Building Walls of Wisdom’s priorities in helping raise awareness about World poverty and how education can be used to help break that cycle.


  • Great Job Russ!! I think this could be a long-term part-time job…public speaking of course.

    Justin PoirierNovember 4, 2011
  • Thanks Justin!

    As you know I love hearing the sound of my own voice so public speaking is a natural fit 😉

    russNovember 4, 2011
  • Russ, this is a fantastic presentation! I’m thinking about putting together a presentation to have for a college-aged audience about BWoW and this has definitely inspired me (:

    Olivia SchaferNovember 7, 2011
  • Thanks Olivia! That is great news that you will be spreading the word in Cincinnati. Any help you need in pulling together your presentation, let me know!

    RussNovember 7, 2011

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