One of the first volunteers at Globalcitizen.org, he helped secure the early key supporters and partnerships that facilitated its growth and a major charity music festival on the Great Lawn of Central Park, New York in 2012 for 60,000 people and a worldwide media and broadcast reach of over 2 billion people. This led to US$1.3 Billion in new funding commitments for the world’s poorest communities from world leaders and philanthropists during the UNGA meeting
- Featuring legendary artists Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’naan. The campaign garnished support from the likes of Larry King, Hugh Jackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Coldplay, Selena Gomez, Victoria Secret, Pearl Jam, Katie Couric, Jack Dorsey (founder of Twitter). The event continued secured support from foundations such as The Pratt and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations. Produced by AEG/Goldenvoice with partnerships with some of the world’s biggest charities. Supporting sponsors included Coca Cola, FCBarcelona, Square, FedEX, and Hewlett Packard. It was live streamed as the largest charity event syndication in history
- The Global Citizen festival has been run each year since 2012 with Global Citizens taking more than 11 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty globally – actions directly resulting in $30 billion in commitments from world leaders that are set to affect the lives of 1 billion people around the world
Highlights include Global Poverty Project’s Global Citizen Festival in NYC’s Central Park 2012 and 2013 where 60,000 joined musicians, leading NGO partners, dignitaries and philanthropists towards ending extreme poverty with $1.3bn new funding commitments announced. (http://festival.globalcitizen.org/).