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Silvia is working to balance social development and community-building with environmental conservation, focusing on sustainability over the long term. Working from this vision, she is the first Brazilian to address biological imbalances caused by foreign plant species. Unlike the United States and Australia, which carefully control nonnative vegetation, Brazil has neither public policies nor legal limitations on the growth of species that degrade the quality of soil and crops.
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.
Parul and Falgun Sheth have adopted a multifaceted strategy to strengthen India's existing municipal education system as a way to prevent child labor. By encouraging parents, teachers, and citizens generally to act as change agents, Parul and Falgun are creating a network of individuals responsible for the development of these future citizens.
Haywood Hall is saving lives by cultivating public health capacity for emergency medicine in Mexico and Latin America.
During a time of crude home repossessions after loan default and resulting widespread payment boycotts, Charlene developed a vital intermediary between hostile lenders and borrowers. Armed with deep insights into the concerns of both groups, her Home Loan Guarantee Company (HLGC) created innovative insurance and risk management products protecting against HIV/AIDS risks and a portion of the borrower financial risk while requiring all parties to bear some risk.
Edward Edilbi is introducing a new way to empower, integrate and build social capital in scattered, immigrant populations that have been affected by a political crisis or natural disaster. Using diaspora networks, he enables refugees to play an active and productive role, thus changing their status from helplessness to independence and promoting positive perceptions of refugees.
Language rights are guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996) but are not properly administered or protected. A leader in improving equality in the corporate workplace, Margaret “Margie” Owen-Smith has developed a program that increases the number of students learning African languages and the efficiency of their learning.
Faustino Zapico has reformulated the structure of the prison system to break the subculture that transforms these institutions into schools of crime. Where the “law of silence”, confrontation, and mistrust have been the prevailing attitudes, now trust and values are transmitted through micro-societies that are co-managed by the inmates along with the prison workers.
Martina Bodnarova is tackling the challenges of the Slovakian education system in order to ignite a movement of cooperation, empathy, and creativity to spread beyond the classroom walls.
Swapnil is changing the widespread practice of open defecation in urban slums, by strategically influencing key emotional and rational decision-making. Through the principles of human-centered design, he is improving the condition of community toilets to create “compelling experiences” for its customers while also building a sustainable model in collaboration with the municipality, FMCGs and local businesses.