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.