What if every live event that brought people together simultaneously collected and directed funds to emerging world crises? What would the world look like if the power of existing crowds was leveraged to raise large sums for global change? Marika Anthony-Shaw, founder and CEO of PLUS1, is turning these questions into reality.
Almost ten years ago, Marika and her fellow Arcade Fire band members initiated a simple campaign. For each concert ticket sold, they would add $1 to raise relief funds for Haiti. Today, Marika has effectively built a global movement for good by partnering performing artists with high-impact nonprofits. With over $7 million raised and granted to over to 250 organizations, the PLUS1 community continues to grow every night and create opportunities for everyday people to have a meaningful and direct impact on world events.
In this empowering keynote, Anthony-Shaw discusses her work with philanthropic organizations and reveals strategies for individuals to get involved with causes for which they care most. Offering realistic plans for engaging one’s communities, whether on campus or online, she outlines how any individual can join people together in a shared mission to harness the power of collective energy and positive action to make a real difference in the world.
About the Speaker:
Marika Anthony-Shaw played the viola as a touring member of Grammy award-winning band Arcade Fire for nine years. She also led the band’s philanthropy and community outreach. While playing on stages around the world, Marika and her fellow band members could feel the incredible energy of thousands of people coming together to experience something profound. Motivated by this potential, Marika dedicated herself to building a new organization, PLUS1. PLUS1 empowers artists to partner with their fans to drive awareness, advocacy, and resources for organizations doing proven, measurable work to increase equity, access, and dignity for all.
Marika was raised in British Columbia by her mother, a linguist and academic who works with First Nation communities in language revitalization, who taught Marika the value of identity and the power of language. Marika has degrees in Music Performance and Education from McGill University. She sits on the Board of Directors of Partners in Health Canada, and the PIH Board of Trustees in Boston. She frequently advises and speaks on the power of collective impact and the intersection of effective philanthropy, art, and social justice including at C2 Montreal, the Forbes Under 30 Summit, universities and other engagements globally. She lives in Montreal with her husband, record producer Marcus Paquin, and their young daughter.
The Collective Speakers Series is presented in partnership with the Colorado Chautauqua and Collective Speakers. The Boulder-based agency represents dynamic individuals working for the greater collective and takes pride in their core values of bringing awareness to their areas of specialty, including diversity, social justice, mental health and education. Founded by Sean Lawton in 2018, the agency is pleased to present a new series of lectures that challenge and inspire the Boulder Valley community.