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Fabrice Vil is the architect behind a new professional in the public sports and education sectors that promote positive civic engagement and community leadership at large. He is systematically transforming sports coaches into skilled “life coaches” to support vulnerable youth to overcome adversity, thrive and become leaders and active members of society.
Radek Hábl is developing an evidence-based, holistic and systemic approach to transform the current unfair ecosystem of debt, spur close cooperation among key actors and bring a million of over-indebted and excluded Czech citizens back to society.
Molly Burhans is transforming the way the Catholic Church and other holders of large, non-contiguous lands are able to respond to climate change and its attendant crises, using new technology tools for informed environmental planning beyond the border of the nation-state.
Katrina is transforming the U.S. funeral industry – and the lack of meaningful choices it offers - by creating and championing a dramatically new approach that reconnects death to natural cycles of life and reengages people through meaningful participation.
Through an intergenerational support model, Alexandra is selecting young women with big changemaking potential and equipping them with the tools, mentorship, and networks needed to become leaders in their fields. Also, by having them serve as role models and mentors of younger girls from primary school, she is creating a social vaccine that prevents early marriage and child pregnancy, thus opening more pathways to these girls to actively participate in their education and furthermore in society.
With SPEAK, Hugo fosters the organic emergence of local communities where migrants, refugees and locals meet and develop meaningful relationships as equals in a safe sharing space that values diversity, fosters deep human bonds and ultimately creates powerful informal support networks to enable the integration of newcomers.
Carla Fernandez is creating a movement to build an ethical and sustainable supply chain in the fashion sector by enabling artisans to be protagonists in the design process and promoting fairer industrial procedures throughout the value chain.
Miguel Duhalt is addressing the lack of financial inclusion and medical insurance for workers in Mexico’s informal sector by connecting them to the country’s biggest government, insurance and financial institutions through an online platform to make financial planning and access to health and safety net tools accessible to domestic workers for the first time.
Victor Moctezuma is helping economically vulnerable Mexicans reach income generating opportunities by democratizing access to empowering innovation skills in Mexico, using a practical methodology that spurs proven increases in social mobility. Directly impacting more than 60,000 Mexicans in just four years, his work changes mindsets under the logic that anyone, from any background, can break the cycle of poverty, given access to the right know-how and resources.
Mariana is strengthening democracy and increasing civic participation by creating new incentive structures that promote transparency and accountability among politicians and strengthen civil society, while driving a shift towards a culture of respect and empathy between politicians, citizens and civil society.