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Given the growing possibility of multiplying by 4 the number of forcibly displaced people by 2050, we need a new way of being able to respond to this crisis in a long-term and cost-effective way. Sonia sees the role that refugees themselves can play in designing relevant solutions by becoming recognized partners.
Huriye and her team are working with fisherwomen to disrupt the rooted gender roles in the Turkish aquaculture sector. Through trainings, education and advocacy, Huriye is alleviating the marginalization of women in the workforce, protecting coastal ecosystems and empowering women to be changemakers in their communities and their own lives.
Mesut established E-bursum to build a democratization and digitization movement aiming to make student scholarships and loans more transparent, fair and impactful in Turkey. Mesut is turning a dysfunctional financial instrument in education into an empowerment tool and fundamentally changing the ways scholarship givers and recipients interact with one-another.
Building on his own experience in establishing Romania's first citizen-led national parks, Florin is catalyzing a citizen-driven movement for the creation of a functional system for protected areas in Romania. By connecting urban and rural communities through nature, he is creating incentive structures for businesses and individuals to unlock and exchange resources, showing how they can gain benefits from conservation.
To hold transnational crime offenders accountable, Paul is developing an open global "intelligence" agency. His global network of investigative journalists, scientists, programmers and civic hackers builds necessary technology, do-it-yourself toolkits and provides free access to data, encouraging and enabling everyone to investigate the causes they care about.
While there is a growing understanding of science’s potential in contributing to solve the most pressing social challenges, numerous barriers still prevent scientific research to be deliberately and efficiently leveraged towards this goal. Mélanie is building the missing framework and standards to make impact-driven research a recognized, easily accessible and attractive field.
Gonzalo has created a new information-generating model to encourage a more informed public debate by influencing media outlets and policymakers worldwide to cover social issues in a new way. He helps society understand the reality of social challenges by ensuring that truthful information gets the relevance it deserves.
Rev. Steve Miller is linking historically black colleges and universities with the black church to collect and share stories of the everyday impacts of racism in the U.S., and then leveraging these alliances and stories as a way to engage religious leaders of all races in addressing racial trauma and healing across their ministries.
Helena is transforming peace processes worldwide. She bridges the gap between institutional and governmental organizations who officially lead peace processes and the communities who suffer the harsh consequences of conflicts, and who are generally excluded from peace-making decisions. She is democratizing peace processes by working with local peace activists worldwide and designing scalable peace interventions that connect local voices to decision makers.
Oriol is leading a paradigm change in the wildfire community by shifting the focus from fire extinction to management and prevention. He has built a global community of researchers, firefighters and civil society members to share knowledge and create new solutions to make the forests and rural areas safer and more prosperous.