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Brandon Dennison is showing the workforce development sector how they can pioneer new and viable economic markets while at the same time creating direct employment and personal development opportunities for disadvantaged workers, dramatically transforming a stale field and helping whole regions see and seize their potential.
Lam Ho is changing the field of legal aid to make it more accessible and responsive to underserved communities and to strengthen its role as a vehicle for social justice.
Incarcerated women in the US are particularly unwell and routinely denied access to quality healthcare in a system that was designed “by men, for men”. Through Ostara, Erica Gerrity transforms the experience of health education and prison birth and – in so doing – correctional facilities themselves.
Through Farm Commons and starting with sustainable farmers, Rachel Armstrong is reforming legal services in a way that respects the client as a primary source of knowledge, inspiration, and solutions and helps changemakers thrive.
Eszter uses playgrounds as a means of building community and turning segregated kindergartens into inclusive places where disabled and non-disabled children can play together, helping both develop into more emphatic, cooperative and tolerant adults.
Federico co-founded Treedom, an online platform that allows people and companies to plant trees remotely and offset CO2 emissions by directly financing small farmers in economic hardship. He is creating an alliance between farmers and supporters willing to make reforestation a sustainable source of long-term income for smallholders. Treedom empowers local communities to start new agricultural enterprises by helping them fill the time gap between planting a seed and growing a tree.
Today, unemployment is essentially seen as an economical problem with widespread negative psychological consequences. Emilie wants to turn it into a positive “learning life experience”. To equip unemployed persons and society with the core capabilities to seize such an opportunity to learn and grow, Emilie came up with a unique framework for the unemployed to self-organize in local optimist communities.
Wietse founded the Sea Ranger Service to revolutionize ocean conservation. His model combines the empowerment of unemployed youths and re-integration of navy veterans to provide a concrete solution to severe global human capacity shortages in the monitoring of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
During adolescence, the risk of abuse that young people face often shifts from a familial context to public/school/peer environments.
To face a heavy trend of social and spatial fragmentation in urban areas, Nicolas Détrie is inserting new room for experimentation within cities. He does so by temporarily occupying vacant buildings and outdoor spaces to test lively urban prototypes that both mix social groups and capacitate citizens to develop new social, cultural or economic initiatives.