In January 2006, a confronting experience challenged Dan's perception of the world and inspired him to organise the Make Poverty History Concert. Dan was 18 and had no relevant experience. On the 17 November 2006, the Make Poverty History Concert inspired 50,000 Australians to sign up to the campaign to end extreme poverty. The concert's message reached a global audience of over 20 million people.
Following the concert, Dan travelled to South Africa to set up a project with the Oaktree Foundation linking schools in Australia with schools in the developing world. While in South Africa, Dan also coordinated an MTV documentary exploring the key issues facing young people in these communities.
Dan is passionate about the equity dimensions of climate change. In 2008 he completed an internship with the Garnaut Climate Change Review and gave the Victorian Human Right Oration on Human Rights and Climate Change – Protecting the Rights of Future Generations. Last year he organised a national youth vote on climate change with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. The initiative gave 37,000 young Australians, at 330 voting events around the country, the opportunity to vote for the world they want to inherit.
Dan was the 2008 Young Victorian of the Year.
Client Comments for Dan Adams
Dan Adams travels from Victoria Australia
- Dan really connected with the audience. The participants remarked that they could sense his passion for what he was doing and many commented that he reminded them of how they used to feel when they started their work in the community sector. Dan had a very interesting story and journey that was real and he did not present in such a way that put himself in the spotlight. He presented in an engaging and self depreciating manner that made him easy to listen to. His purpose was not to deliberately inspire people but to share his experiences as a young person. However the manner in which he shared his story meant that people were actually uplifted and engaged with what he shared.
Dan was genuinely interested in finding out about the work of Anglicare Victoria and this showed in how he presented and connected the work of our organisation with the experiences that he shared. He also spent time talking and sharing with others after his presentation during the next break.
- Dan Adams was absolutely fantastic. Of the sixty staff that heard Dan speak all of them thought he was amazing. He was extremely professional and was very generous with his time. I cannot recommend Dan highly enough. His insight, personal experiences and presentation style were a highlight of the day.
City Of Melbourne - Childrens Services
- Dan was an outstanding guest speaker and his professionalism and enthusiasm contributed greatly to the success of our event.
University of Southern Queensland
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