World Outside My Shoes –


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Time of Remembrance – I’m Not Leaving with Carl Wilkens from SECC on Vimeo.

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Carl introduces Rwanda's stories and the impact of the 1994 genocide and the regrowth & recovery that the country is currently experiencing!

Carl introduces Rwanda’s stories and the impact of the 1994 genocide and the regrowth & recovery that the country is currently experiencing!


Great conversations happen during classroom visits!

Conversations of RESPECT leading to EMPATHY leading to INCLUSION



Speaking at a Teachers' Workshop at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Speaking at a Teachers’ Workshop at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum


 “Carl Wilkens is, hands down, one of the best speakers I have ever introduced to my students.  He is inspiring, honest, kind, passionate, and genuine.  He is an extraordinary, riveting storyteller.  Most of all, he will gently challenge you to examine your life and your connections with others.”

— Noah Bopp
Founder and Director
The School for Ethics and Global Leadership


Carl’s TEDx presentation at Ursuline College – October 23, 2015


I’m Not Leaving Trailer from Hound Brothers on Vimeo.


 I’m Not Leaving

Film link available upon request.

Wide release 2017



STORIES and SERVICE are our most effective tools to build bridges, to build peace and eliminate ‘Us versus Them’ thinking.  This message is not only conveyed through the sharing of Wilkens’ own experiences but also through the stories of others he met and worked with during the genocide.

Carl uses his own pictures and Google Earth to tell the story of what his family experienced during the genocide.  He doesn’t focus on the horror and loss near as much as he focuses on those who stood up against the wrong.  He also shares the amazing recovery process Rwanda has been going through for the last 20+ years, including pictures from his January 2013 trip.  Carl’s purpose is to leave tools and hope, enabling those in attendance to make a positive difference locally as well as internationally.


World Outside My Shoes is primarily funded by donations made from schools where Carl gives his presentations.  A donation is suggested, along with covering travel & accommodation costs.





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All donations to World Outside My Shoes go directly to making visits at these schools possible.

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