Pierre Johan­nessen

Youth development activist

Pierre Johan­nessen

Youth development activist

Pierre Johan­nessen is show­ing young peo­ple from the slums of Bangladesh to the peaks of Nepal how incred­i­bly able they are as indi­vid­u­als, and how immensely pow­er­ful they are together.

In this talk at TEDx­Can­berra 2011, Pierre reflects on his priv­ileged upbring­ing as the son of a UN dip­lo­mat, his real­isa­tion that he could do more in the world, and the applic­a­tion of bas­ket­ball, his pas­sion, to inter­na­tional devel­op­ment and youth empower­ment.

Together we can

Pierre is a human rights act­iv­ist, journ­al­ist, spokes­per­son for the Aus­tralian Youth Ambas­sad­ors for Devel­op­ment, part­ner in a law firm and recip­i­ent of the ACT Young Aus­tralian of the Year award. He is also the vol­un­tary CEO and co-founder of the Big Bang Ballers, an inter­na­tional not-for-profit that uses the game of bas­ket­ball to fight youth poverty and social dis­ad­vant­age around the world.

Pierre believes our world needs more dream­ers, more people reach­ing for the upper lim­its of the stars. He also thinks you’re awe­some, and wishes you knew just how power­ful you are.