HRPA: Volunteer Appreciation - Living on $1 a Day: Innovation and Inspiration from the Forgotten Billion

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Starts:04/28/2022 6:30 PM

Ends:04/28/2022 7:30 PM

Registration Closes:04/28/2022 5:00 PM

Event Type: Webinar




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Over 1.1 billion people in the world survive on less than $1 a day. This talk will take you beyond this statistic and demonstrate how innovative families are surviving life on the edge.

Join accidental filmmakers Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, whose research project living on $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala led the duo to find an unexpected passion. What began as a moment of curiosity has grown into two award-winning documentaries distributed by Netflix, over $1.5 million raised in support of poverty alleviation, and a clear understanding that the poor are our best partners in ending extreme poverty.

Through engaging videos, personal stories, and research, Temple and Ingrasci will help you build empathy for others around the world, achieve a sense of gratitude for the opportunities at your fingertips, practice curiosity to discover your passion, and equip yourself with the tools you need to create change. This talk will also include videos from their unreleased feature documentary, Five Years North.


6:30 PM - Introduction 

6:05 PM - Chris Temple

7:30 PM - Event Wrap Up 

Registration Opens: March 28, 2022 at 8 AM

Registration Closes: April 27, 2021 at 5 PM

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Speaker bio(s)
Chris Temple

From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as a radish farmer and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple is an award-winning humanitarian, activist, and filmmaker. On stage, he demystifies some of the world’s most complex situations, leaving audiences feeling more connected and empowered to make a difference.

As a co-founder of Optimist, Chris has received widespread acclaim as a bold storyteller and compassionate leader in the fight for global equality — honored with the 2016 Muslim Public Affairs Council Annual Media Award, and recognized alongside Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie as one of the top 100 visionary leaders of 2015 by YPO’s Real Leaders Magazine. He has shared his expertise at TEDx, the United Nations, and the World Humanitarian Summit, and has been featured on CBS This Morning, as well as in major publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and Variety.

Chris began as an accidental filmmaker in college, when he spent two months living on $1 a day in a rural Guatemalan village. While there, he fought starvation and parasites, saw microfinance in action with local businesswomen, made incredible friends and, fortunately, captured the whole experience on film. In 2012, he released Living on One Dollar and set off on a cross-country tour in a renovated school bus. The film was #1 on iTunes for documentaries, highlighted on the homepage banner of Netflix, and called “A Must Watch” by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus.

His second feature documentary, Salam Neighbor, provides an intimate look into the lives of Syrian refugees, through his lens as the first filmmaker ever given a tent and registered inside of a refugee camp. Among its accolades, the film has been endorsed by Queen Rania of Jordan and was accepted into the 2016 American Film Showcase by the U.S. State Department. Both films can be found on Netflix.

Most recently, Chris collaborated with the UN Refugee Agency and Google to create Searching for Syria, an immersive online hub that answers the world’s top searched questions about Syria. In the first few days, the project received 25 million page views and resulted in over 8,000+ press articles to raise awareness about the crisis.

Equal parts filmmaker and humanitarian, Chris has been on the front lines fighting for human rights, and has raised over 1.3 million dollars to directly empower disenfranchised communities through microfinance, education, and refugee resettlement - including providing direct aid to beloved film characters and friends like Rosa and Ismail.

He’s evolved from a college student on a mission to an internationally recognized filmmaker. As a true example of his belief that everyone has the power to make a difference, Chris is inspiring others to do the same.