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    With an initial focus on the coffee industry, Paul Rice is using Fair Trade to transform global trade practices and ensure that farmers in developing countries earn a fair price for the goods they produce.

    Sustainable economic development is not only a question of industrial space, infrastructure, or even investment—a lack of entrepreneurship can be a major barrier to economic growth and social development. José Manuel Pérez (Pericles) realized that few young people were thinking and acting like entrepreneurs, so he developed a strategy to infuse a more innovative, entrepreneurial mindset into society through the formal education system.

    Mike is creating an initiative to serve as the global source for online education at a time when community college is an underfunded and underdeveloped educational resource. His free form of online community college offers everything from computer courses to English classes, and opens up employment opportunities for users.

    Working with health insurance companies, Mukteshwari “Mukti” Bosco is establishing a comprehensive health education and health financing system that will enable the poor to access fair, cost-effective, high-quality medical treatment.

    Raghda Butros is working in Jordan to engage citizens of all economic classes in local development policies and programs, aimed at fostering a spirit of mutual social responsibility. Through funding from private donors, she is organizing community-driven projects to revitalize the Levant region and decrease Jordan’s dependency on foreign development aid.

    Fermin Torrejon is taking advantage of a historical moment in Peru to recast citizens as active players in local economic and infrastructure planning. Fermin uses information technology to integrate community- and citizen-level activities with the government planning and funding processes where they currently separate. 

    In a nation where natural disasters strike often and with devastating effects, Dr. Parag Mankeekar is helping India’s children master disaster preparation and response planning. Parag’s training camps and computer games create simulations that teach children how to be effective first responders for their families and communities following a disaster.

    Ellen Moir is improving learning for students—and especially underserved students—in America by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers. She does so by building the world’s first corps of professional education mentors composed of expert teachers.

    C.V. Madhukar is changing citizens’ roles in Indian democracy by opening the process of lawmaking to greater public engagement and scrutiny. He provides citizen organizations, lawmakers, and the general public with vital information about policy issues, and creates forums for these groups to communicate with each other.

    Climate is changing rapidly, the exploitation of natural resources is growing, social inequalities are deepening, pollution and over consumption is increasing in the North as well as in the South. Faced with such large social and environmental crises, individuals often dismiss the role they can play in creating change. Sidney Ribaux has built a social/environmental movement fueled by the power of individual consumer choices.