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Bobby Bailey          

Co-Founder of Invisible Children; Co-Founder of Global Poverty Project USA; Award-Winning Humanitarian & Documentary Filmmaker

Bobby Bailey, along with two of his friends, founded Invisible Children in 2005 after a life-changing trip to Africa, where they discovered the story of the children in Northern Uganda who were being abducted from their homes and forced to fight as child soldiers by the rebel group the Lords Resistance Army. After returning home they made the documentary film ("Invisible Children: Rough Cut") and began showing the film to thousands around the world through screenings at high schools, colleges and churches.

Since then, Invisible Children has matured from its extremely humble beginnings at a staggering rate. In just over five years, Invisible Children has grown into a worldwide organization with offices in San Diego, London, Kampala and Gulu. Invisible Children's unique strength lies in the ability to connect a young global generation to sustainable development programs in Uganda in a personal way through the power of media and storytelling. The organization is impacting youth who have not previously connected with any other nonprofits or human rights work. Invisible Children is on the forefront of a growing cultural change, influencing youth towards the values of creativity, service, and sacrifice.

Since 2004, Invisible Children has reached more than 3 million people and raised more than $25 million dollars for awareness, advocacy, and development programs. Currently, Invisible Children is leading a massive grassroots effort to ask for an internationally led strategy to Rescue Joseph Kony's Child Soldiers. In 2010, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law to remove Joseph Kony from power and save the lives of millions of Ugandan citizens—largely as a result of Invisible Children's efforts. And yes, Bobby stood in the Oval Office with the President as he signed the bill into law.

Invisible Children is a social, political and global movement using the transformative power of story to change lives. By inspiring youth culture to value creativity, idealism, and sacrifice, the movement fuels the most effective, adaptable and innovative programs in the world.

Since Invisible Children, Bobby has worked for the UN and co-founded the GLOBAL POVERTY PROJECT in the United States. GPP works with premiere artists creating high profile events to garner commitments for world leaders to combat extreme poverty in a massive way. Currently, he consults and builds stories for brands defining their greater purpose. In June 2013, Bobby joined the board of directors for The SOLD Project, an organization that seeks to combat human trafficking, child prostitution, and sexual exploitation in Thailand.

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A Decade in Pursuit of Kony: Unorthodox Ways of Building a Movement

In this gripping presentation, Bobby Bailey walks audiences through the history of Invisible Children and their relentless pursuit of one of the worst war criminals of all time—Joseph Kony. From the early days on the ground in Uganda to the KONY2012 video which was viewed over 100 million times and subsequently revolutionized the power of social media, the organization has raised more than $25 million since 2004.

Re-Prioritizing The Entrepreneur

Products with a purpose: Everything we buy has a story. How good is yours? In a world with so much noise, the cultural leaders of tomorrow are turning to products and business models that give back on both ends of their process. Learn how Bobby Bailey has employed these strategies to build various organizations that have blurred the lines between the public and private sectors in order to create purposeful for-profit organizations that have changed the world.

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