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M. V. Mathew is organizing communities in India to address violations of human rights. By building local coalitions and educating citizens on constitutional and legal protections, Mathew is teaching communities how to become public advocates and effectively access legal representation.
Annette Habert understood that with changing family realities society needs to step in to create support systems focusing on enabling regular and healthy relationships between parents and their children in post-separation situations.
Kevin Lee is enabling vulnerable communities in the Philippines to demand, create and sustain water and sanitation systems through a new governance approach that simultaneously channels consumer needs and increases local government capacity to deliver.
Rakesh Jaiswal is bringing together diverse groups in a coordinated effort to curb further pollution of the Ganga River, one of the world's largest, and increasingly most polluted, river systems.
Ken Banks is bridging the digital divide in the citizen sector by bringing the tech revolution to the last mile: To the isolated, small, and resource-poor organizations in the developing world.
Octavio Duque is developing new strategies for mobilizing rural communities to address the twin concerns of sustainable production and environmental conservation.
Ilona Dougherty is fostering civic participation among apathetic youth by enhancing their democratic literacy. To do so she has created a multi-layered strategy using popular music concerts, workshops, and a youth-oriented online platform to cultivate volunteerism and increase civic engagement. She also builds bridges between Members of Parliament, elected officials, and youth, opening opportunities for direct dialogue.
Shaheen Mistry is providing engaging supplemental education for poor children living in slums. By exposing them to schools, teachers, and educational resources generally available only to middle class Indian children, Shaheen is improving the children's job prospects and involving middle-class schools in combating high levels of illiteracy among the urban poor.
Olivier-Hugues Terreault is preparing Brazilian society to be able to care for their growing elderly population. Through an innovative clowning therapy, he is equipping caregivers and seniors themselves with tools for communication, meanwhile his work with decision makers and the general population creates policies and social norms that will ensure seniors’ wellbeing in society.
Armando Estrada is reviving failing democracies through a community engagement incubator comprised of leading educators that develop community participation strategies. These strategies transcend age and sector to enable the most disconnected communities to connect, mobilize their resources, and solve their most prevalent problems.