Nick Allardice is a social change advocate and entrepreneur, with a history of creating and leading high impact national campaigns and organisations on the critical issues facing the world today. Nick is currently the Australian Country Director of Change.org – the fastest growing platform for social change in the world, empowering over 5 million members (growing at 500,000 per month) to start and join over 1500 campaigns every day with the best online tools in the world.
Nick is also the co-founder of the Live Below the Line campaign. First created in mid 2010, over 9000 Australians have since taken the challenge to live on $2 a day for 5 days, and through doing so gain a greater understanding of extreme poverty for themselves, whilst raising awareness and money. In its first year the campaign raised an incredible $520,000, and in 2011 it expanded to the UK and the US – raising a huge $1.35 million in Australia alone for fighting poverty.
Nick plays a significant role in a number of leading Non-Government-Organisations. He is Deputy Chair of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and Non-Executive Director of award winning sustainability education NGO OzGREEN. Nick was previously General Manager of The Oaktree Foundation and was a member of the MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY Steering Committee. Through both these positions he lead significant MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY campaigns in Australia and internationally around issues of aid, development, health, and fairtrade – including coordinating the largest poverty focussed lobby day in Australia’s history by bringing 1200 people from every electorate in the country to Canberra to take a stand for the world’s poorest.
Nick has worked for the United Nations Millennium Campaign to design an Asia-Pacific youth mobilisation strategy to be rolled out across the Asia Pacific region, and is an ongoing commentator on significant social issues through his regular opinion editorials for state and national newspapers, and also through co-authoring books like “The Future By Us: Australia Beyond 2020”. In 2009 Nick was recognised with an Australian Leadership Award from the Australian Davos Connection.