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Who's behind Global Citizen Festival?
The Global Citizen Festival is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyze the movement to end extreme poverty. An Australian grown project, The Global Poverty Project creates campaigns with the purpose of increasing the number of people taking action to end extreme poverty, with the vision of a world without extreme poverty, within a generation.
What is Global Citizen
Launched successfully with the Global Citizen Festival on September 29, 2012 in New York City’s Central Park, Global Citizen is an innovative online platform and mobile application that tracks and rewards activist action through a point-scoring system. Accumulated points are used as a currency to bid on live entertainment experiences like tickets to great concerts and a host of other entertainment events. Learn more about the idea of Global Citizen here, and about our impact and achievements here.
What is the Global Citizen Festival?
The Global Citizen Festival is an action-rewarded, awareness driven music festival, where fans engage with causes in order to win tickets. On September 29, 2012, more than 60,000 people attended the first Global Citizen Festival on the Great Lawn in New York’s iconic Central Park. The Festival featured live performances by Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, K’Naan and more. The Festival was a live entertainment event where tickets were accessed through points earned by taking action against extreme poverty, such as signing petitions and sharing information, on behalf of the Global Citizen partners. The Global Citizens Tickets initiative will use this same strategy, digital platform and technology to spur music fans and change makers alike to take action to help benefit the world’s poor. This concert is timed to coincide with the UN Summit to raise awareness and leverage government aid.
Who is supporting the 2013 Global Citizen Festival?
The 2013 Global Citizen Festival is presented by Cotton On Foundation, with the generous support of Kidnected World, Hewlett-Packard, Pratt Foundation, FedEx, Coca-Cola, The Color Run, and Riot House. The Festival is only possible because of the critical funding from the Sumner M. Redstone Foundation that allowed the Festival to move forward once again. Media partners include Clear Channel, Forbes, and more.
Who are the artists -involved in this year’s Festival?
The 2013 Global Citizen Festival will feature Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer.
How will this initiative change the world?
The Global Citizen Festival aims to raise the consciousness of a generation to make change inevitable. It’s an incredible tool to promote activism through something people love – live musical entertainment – and in turn, give our world leaders a clear and compelling mandate to commit to ending extreme poverty by 2030.
What role does music have to play in helping to end extreme poverty, hunger and preventable disease around the world?
Music transcends boundaries and languages and serves as an outlet for raising awareness around that face everyone. Through music, we have an opportunity to reach millions with the message that we can end extreme poverty in a generation, which means reducing gender inequality, eradicating preventable diseases like polio and malaria, increasing access to education, and more.
Where can a fan sign-up to be a part of the initiative?
Fans can visit They first register to become a "global citizen," which opens their account. Then they can begin their participation and start taking actions like watching videos, sending tweets, sharing information on Facebook about issues affecting the world’s poor, and more.
Is Global Citizen just another 'clicktivist' site?
In an age of online connectivity, online action plays an important part in affecting change. In fact, last year online action helped our campaign, The End of Polio, secure $118 million of additional funding for global polio eradication efforts. Global Citizen harnesses the power and reach of online and mobile technology to provide passionate people with opportunities to learn about issues and take online action anytime, anywhere. It will also provide a variety of offline action opportunities – offering users pathways and journeys to more, and more varied, action. Learn more about the idea of Global Citizen here, and about our impact and achievements here.
How does an online platform relate to social movements?
Throughout history, ordinary people have created extraordinary change. By standing up against injustice, raised their voices and shared their vision for a better world, they have formed movements that have shaped history. Right now, across the globe, millions of people are taking action to fight the injustice of extreme poverty - tackling some of the biggest issues of our time, and making remarkable advances. They have helped achieve massive progress, halving extreme poverty in the last thirty years, and bringing polio to the brink of eradication. Our generation has the opportunity to finish the job – to see an end to the injustice of extreme poverty. But to do it we’re going to need to build the movement of people taking action. Global Citizen has been designed to serve this movement. We’ve partnered with leading organisations to provide existing change makers with the information and opportunities they need to take effective action (now and into the future); and provided a dashboard to allow those taking their first action to find action opportunities that appeal to them. Put simply – we’ve created a platform to unite, and amplify the calls of the movement. Learn more about the idea of Global Citizen here, and about our impact and achievements here
Do you promote advocacy rather than fundraising?
The money we give as individuals is important, but to bring about the end of extreme poverty, we also need governments and businesses to play their part: by changing rules, practices and giving money themselves. For example, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative faces a $945 million funding gap that needs to be filled in the next 18 months. This is not something individuals can achieve by themselves. But collectively, we can work with governments to ensure stronger international commitments to tackle issues such as the eradication of polio. That’s why Global Citizen both supports individual charities, whilst also asking you to use your voice to encourage governments and others to play their part too.
What about domestic poverty issues?
The Global Poverty Project believes that extreme poverty is the greatest injustice facing our time. We believe that a world that sees approximately 1.2 billion people survive on the equivalent of US$1.50 a day and deprived of their basic rights and opportunities is unjust, and unacceptable. We believe that domestic issues of poverty and injustice are also important, and we believe that our society has the ability, and the resources, to address both.

How do they win tickets through their participation?
Global Citizens earn points for each action they take. Each action yields a certain number of points. You must have 8 points to enter to win tickets to the Global Citizen Festival. There is an intrinsic reward for being socially engaged, but the Global Citizen platform give the public an incentive to engage by providing the opportunity for a tangible, immediate reward.
Who chooses the point value and on what is it based?
The Global Poverty Project determined the point value of 8 to enter to win tickets to this year’s Festival. Points are assigned to actions based on how much impact the action makes. For example, sharing a video on Facebook helps grow the movement, and gets one point. Signing a petition that helps demonstrate public support for a government or business action receives two points. Emailing a senator’s office is an even higher threshold, and clearly demonstrates that you care about an issue, so it's worth five points. And we know that when a lot of citizens stand together and take action, our government and business leaders respond.
How are the points per action determined, how they are stored in the Global Citizen account, and then how they are accessed/used for opportunities/tickets? (The mechanics)
Points are assigned to actions based on how much impact the action makes. Once the action is taken, the points are stored on Global Citizen under the participant’s profile. Once a participant has taken enough actions to earn the points needed, he or she can redeem them to enter to win tickets to the Festival.
What types of actions can people take?

The actions fall under two categories:

1) social sharing, education and movement building;

2) advocacy campaigning for what we can do for the world’s poor in the four focus areas for this year’s Festival: education, health, women’s equality and global partnership. Through the social sharing actions, participants will help to build the movement by sharing content like videos and infographics with their social networks. Through the advocacy campaigning actions, participants can sign petitions and send emails to their representatives to help influence policy efforts that affect the world’s poor. Both categories of actions are vital to the success of building the movement to end extreme poverty.

A fan would get one point for sharing a Facebook video -- can you be more specific? Like, a video from the GPP webpage?
We encourage Global Citizens to view and share on social media various educational videos from the Global Citizen partners about issues related to extreme poverty, specifically in the four focus areas for this year’s Festival: education, women’s equality, health and global partnership. These videos can include TED talks, etc.
What is the highest number of points somebody could earn for one activity?
The highest point-earner is to call your representative on a particular issue, which can be worth from 5-8 points, or to email your representative, which is worth 5 points. Signing petitions is worth 3 points. Taking quizzes and watching educational videos, which you can Tweet or share on Facebook, are worth 1 point each. All actions on Global Citizen are affiliated with the Global Citizen partners.
How do you track the actions people take, especially actions such as calling a representative? How do you know someone has actually placed a call?
The actions are tracked through the Global Citizen online platform and mobile app. Once a participant takes an action, for example sharing a video on Facebook, the points are registered to their Global Citizen profile. Through the mobile app, we are able to track, with the same technology, when a participant makes a call to their representative’s office.
How many points must a fan earn to get tickets? And it wouldn't be automatic, right -- the fan's name would be entered into a lottery?
To enter the prize draw for Festival tickets, users must have 8 points. Users may "spend" these points to enter into as many prize draws as they have points for. Winners will be informed via email when the draw is made.
How many actions will initially be available on the site?
To start, participants can share content via social media (e.g. posting a video on Facebook to help build the movement), they can sign petitions, email representatives, watch educational videos, read and share articles.

How many free tickets will you be giving out to the Global Citizen Festival?
The Global Poverty Project will give away 54,000 free tickets to the 2013 Global Citizen Festival. All people who win tickets must be registered Global Citizens and have accumulated at least 10 points from actions taken.
When are raffles for tickets to Global Citizen Festival?
The Global Poverty Project will give away 54,000 free tickets to the 2013 Global Citizen Festival. Raffles will be held on:

o July 29: 5,000 double passes will be drawn
o August 8: 5,000 double passes will be drawn
o August 21: 10,000 double passes will be drawn
o September 2: 7,000 double passes will be drawn, plus any unclaimed tickets
o September 16: Re-lottery of any tickets not claimed within 7 days of notification.

These dates are subject to change. Note: Though we are holding 5 drawings, there is only one place to enter for tickets throughout (click here). In other words, we will be drawing several times from the same pool.
How will you prevent these tickets from winding up on the secondary market?
The best way is to ensure that people have to work hard for the tickets in the first place, and therefore value them highly. The currency for these tickets is effort. And the more effort involved, the more value received.
Is there a limit to the amount of prize drawings one person can enter?
Participants are able to enter multiple prize draws, and there is a limit to the number of prize draws a person can enter. As long as they’ve taken the actions to earn the required number of reward points for the prize draw, they can enter.
How do I buy VIP Tickets?
VIP Tickets are available through our ticketing partner Ticketmaster. Click here to visit their site and learn more about VIP ticketing.


Why is education one of your policy goals this year?
We’ve reduced the number of children who do not go to school by 48 million since 2000. And yet, 1 in 10 children worldwide still go through life without even a basic primary education. Today, of the 57 million children who go without an education, 31 million are girls (UNESCO Institute for Statistics). This September, we will shine the international spotlight on this education emergency to call on world leaders to commit the funding needed to put education first - and push for girls to have equal access to education. It is vital that global citizens act now to ensure that no more lost generations fall through the cracks, destined to a life of poverty and powerlessness. As we stand up to call for immediate action on the education emergency, momentum is building. We could help trigger the tipping point.
What are you asking for specifically?
We’re asking the global community to answer the call of parents and young people everywhere for the schooling all children deserve – from the earliest years to adulthood. Specifically, we’re asking governments of developed countries to uphold their pledge to put every child into school by increasing financial support for the Global Partnership for Education, the only multilateral partnership devoted to getting all these children into school for a quality education. It provides much needed grants to governments to expand schooling to the most marginalized and impoverished communities – and cannot keep pace with requests for support from countries; committing to allocate at least 10% of their foreign aid budget towards basic education. Currently donor aid programs commit on average less than 3 percent of their aid to basic education, though it is core to the success of all other development efforts.
How do your sponsors play a role in reaching these goals?
The Cotton On Foundation believes in the power of education to create meaningful and long-term change. They believe without doubt that education is the single most important catalyst in ending global poverty. The organization invest not only money, but also time and resources in participating in the change. Cotton On Foundation has provided resources for the quality education of over 3,500 students, helping the student pass rates in Mannya Village in Uganda increase from 26 percent in 2008 to 95 percent in 2012.

Why is women’s equality one of your policy goals this year?
Empowering girls and women is the most effective way to end poverty and build healthier, wealthier and educated countries. Today, there are still 31 million girls who are denied education (UNESCO Institute for Statistics), 300,000 maternal deaths per year and 222 million women who don’t have access to modern contraception. When girls and women are healthy and empowered, families, communities and nations thrive. Investing in women and girls is the smartest investment we can make.
What are you asking for specifically?
We are calling on the UN Secretary General, together with the countries that comprise the working group drafting the successor to the Millennium Development Goals, to embrace a bold post-2015 agenda placing the equality of girls and women as its core priority. Specifically, we’re calling for the Secretary General to push for measures to keep girls in school and reduce dropout rates, for every girl and woman to have access to a comprehensive package of sexual and reproductive health services – including education on sexual health, and for women’s equality measures to be implemented across all goals. We are also encouraging individuals to support increased access to contraceptive services and information for the 222 million women around the world who have no access to modern contraception by joining the It Takes Two campaign.
Why is health one of your policy goals this year?
Since 2000, we’ve made extraordinary progress in reducing the number of deaths from preventable causes. Yet, many countries are still struggling to make progress toward the health related Millennium Development Goals. Too many children continue to die before their fifth birthday and too many women die in pregnancy and childbirth, simply because they live in areas beyond the reach of health care. In fact, one in five children currently misses out on even the most basic vaccines and nearly half of all pregnant women in some parts of the world have no access to prenatal care or skilled providers during labour and delivery.
What are you asking for specifically?
We’re asking for 2 things:

Number 1) we’re calling for 1 million more community health workers to deliver life-saving health care services, including vaccines, to the poor rural communities that need it most.

Number 2), we’re calling on the global community to provide the resources needed to ensure a future where all children are fully immunized, regardless of gender, geography or wealth. We now know that children who are vaccinated and grow up health have a much better chance of living a successful life. They do better at school, and contribute more to their families, communities and societies.

How do you plan to achieve that?
We’re calling on the telecommunications, African governments and the Broadband Commission to ensure no health worker has to pay for airtime when a patient's life is at stake. Armed with smart phones that enable them to get training, advice, data and access to emergency services, community health workers are able to make decisions that save lives, identify sick neighbors in their homes, and visualize hotspots of activity that require further inquiry. Second, we are asking the world’s leading funding agencies such as the Global Fund, the The World Bank Group and wealthy countries to answer the calls from African governments for the funds needed to train and deploy hundreds of thousands of health workers. We’re also asking the UN Secretary General and other world leaders to embrace a bold, ambitious post-2015 agenda that embraces the concept of the “fully immunized child” - a declaration that all children should receive the basic vaccines recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Why is "global partnerships" one of your policy goals this year?
A world without extreme poverty is only going to become a reality if we - as Global Citizens - create and commit to a new global partnership that involves us, charities, companies and governments around the world working together. Through the 2013 Global Citizen Festival, we’re showcasing some of the leading global partnerships out there and we’re working to announce new partnerships that can create a real impact for the world’s poor in the future.
What are you doing specifically?
Many of our sponsors and partner organizations have are committed to specific programs that highlight and contribute to our four focus issues through global partnerships. We are partnering with Kidnected World to foster a whole new generation of Global Citizens by connecting children around the world. We are working with HP to share its commitment to education and innovation through its HP LIFE program. We are showcasing Liberian entrepreneurs in partnership with Forbes magazine and we are working with Women Deliver to increase access to family planning services across ten countries.

Is there a specific action tied with your education focus?
Yes – one of the first actions Global Citizen will feature is the Stand with Malala petition, which demands emergency action to help the 57 million children without access to education. This petition is part of a global effort to establish universal primary education by December 2015, the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals.
Is there a specific action for women’s equality?
We're encouraging Global Citizens to sign our petition to the UN Secretary General and member-states involved in putting together the Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for a bold, ambitious post-2015 development agenda that places the equality of girls and women - so crucial to the alleviation of extreme poverty in so many ways – as its core priority.
Is there a specific action for global health?
We’re have three actions for global health:

1) Encourage Global Citizens to send emails to Mark Dybul, the head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria - one of the world's largest multilaterals - to answer the calls from African Governments for the funds needed to train and deploy hundreds of thousands of health workers across Sub-Saharan Africa.

2) Encourage Global Citizens to sign a petition to the telecommunications industry asking that they provide free airtime and data to community health workers across Sub-Saharan Africa. This will ensure that no health worker has to pay for airtime when a child's life is at stake. The petition will be addressed to Carlos Slim (the world's second wealthiest man), President Paul Kagame (President of Rwanda), Dr Hamadoun Toure (Secretary-General of the International Communications Union), and Irina Bokova (Director General, UNESCO), who collectively oversee the work of the Broadband Commission, which consists of high-powered representation from the telecommunications and broadband industries, including CEOs, senior policymakers and government representatives. 3) Encourage Global Citizens to sign a petition to world leaders to ensure a future where all children are fully immunized.


Are there other organizations involved, and how were they chosen?
The Global Poverty Project carefully selects the world's most effective charities and organizations to partner with and promote through Global Citizen, selecting organizations and campaigns that will maximize outcomes for the world's poor. They share a commitment to collaboration, and are passionate about energizing the fight against extreme poverty, and inspiring greater action. The Global Citizen partners include: Global Partnership for Education and UN Special Envoy for Education, The Earth Institute, the UN’s Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals Jeffrey Sachs, The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), Women Deliver, World Food Program USA, The World Bank Group, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Make Roads Safe, CARE, charity: water, Toilet Hackers and more. The Festival is also partnering with leading innovators in the field of global partnerships to fight poverty such as Cotton On Foundation, Kidnected World, HP Life and more.
How do these partners help determine "actions”?
The actions highlighted on Global Citizen through the Global Citizen partners are those related to extreme poverty, the through-line for the greatest challenges of our time: 1 - Achieve equal access to education, 2 - Promote women’s equality, 3 – Make progress toward health-related Millennium Development Goals, 4 – create global partnerships.

What time do the gates to Central Park open? What time does the Festival start and end?
The gates to the Great Lawn open at 2pm. The Festival is projected to begin at 4pm, and end by 9pm.

What are the set times or order the Artists are playing?
We will not be releasing set times, or the order of Artists. We’d love you to be there for the whole Festival!

What am I allowed to bring into Central Park? What is prohibited?
The prohibited and allowed items are listed on your Tickets.

Will there be food/drink sold at the Festival?
Yes, there will be food and drink vendors.

Where is the exact location we should enter the park? My ticket only says West or East gate.
Depending on the West or East gate marked on your ticket, for General Admission the entrance to the park is East 72nd Street and Central Park East, or West 72nd Street and Central Park West.

Where is the VIP entrance?
West 81st and Central Park West.

Where is the ADA/handicapped accessible entrance?
East 84th and Central Park East.

I, or someone I’m attending the Festival with has a disability. What should we do?
Please email and we’ll handle it case by case.

Will there be chairs in the VIP areas, or ADA areas?
No, there will not be any chairs in the VIP or ADA areas. If you or someone you are attending the Festival with needs the option of sitting, we would suggest renting a foldable wheelchair to bring to the festival with you (normal lawn chairs will not be allowed into the Park).

Both of my tickets have my name on them. Is that okay?
Yes! Please make sure you enter the Festival with your guest.

What if I earned a second pair of tickets and both have my name on them?
If you were lucky enough to win a second pair of Global Citizen Festival tickets, and you are giving them to a friend or family member, please log into your Ticketmaster account, and go into ‘My Tickets’. Find the second pair of Global Citizen Festival tickets, and use the ‘Ticket Transfer’ option to transfer tickets to your friend or family member’s name.

I think I earned tickets during two different raffles. Is that possible?
Yes! If you entered the ticket draw more than once, it’s entirely possible to win more than once. Your entries go into all future draws. If you win a second time, this has no effect on your first pair of tickets. Just use the Ticketmaster ‘Ticket Transfer’ option to change the name on the second pair to whoever it is you give them to.

If I arrive at the Festival a few hours after my friends and want to meet up with them, will this be difficult?
Yes. We strongly suggest arriving at the Festival with the person/people you are attending with. People will be sectioned off in pens on the Great Lawn according to their time of arrival, and will not be able to jump around between pens.

How many times can I enter the ticket draw?
You can enter up to 6 times! That is 6 times throughout the entire ticket draw process (5 draws); you cannot enter 6 times for each draw.

I have a baby and want to bring her/him. Does she/he need a ticket?
Yes! Everyone entering the park, regardless of age, will need a ticket. If you do not earn enough tickets for yourself, partner, and baby, please email and we’ll handle it case by case.