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Through Edible Garden City, Bjorn has been leading a grow-your-own-food movement to change the Singaporean mindset around farming. He is inventing a new way of integrating urban farming into the cityscape and using it as a community-building tool. He leads a sizeable “farm-lab” in the city that incubates other start-up and encourages more urban farming entrepreneurs to pilot urban food and waste solutions.
Natalia Viana is redefining independent journalism in Brazil focused on human rights. She has created a unique model of information production to guide the traditional press on transparency and human rights. In addition, Natalia focuses on an innovative journalism school format based on entrepreneurship, freedom, ethics and innovation to foster democratic debate and the production of quality information on key issues for society.
Diane Sousa is changing the demand of children and young people for the human right to play and to practice different sports in a safe and inclusive way in marginalized rural and urban areas by the resignification of community spaces (squares and schools). With innovative methodologies, she wants to form a generation of changemakers who take ownership of their rights and thereby participate in local decision-making.
Raquel co-developed an innovative platform to connect and engage young people in public affairs. She wants to change the pattern in which youth learn about and participate in public affairs. Engajamundo is run by young people who want to work together in a non-hierarchical and respectful environment. They develop new solutions for global problems they consider to be important and have peer-to-peer capacity building trainings. Raquel aims at creating a new generation of young leaders.
Amanda is building a curated system for social enterprises, responsible businesses, and conscious consumers to come together, support each other, and catalyze the transition to a 21st century economy that is good for people and good for the planet.
“With its inclusive projects in the fields of work, leisure and education, Blindspot - inlcusion and diversity Switzerland - empowers people with and without disabilities and with a social impairment to participate actively and self-sufficient in everyday life. Blindspot aims to change existing structures and ways of doing, working in partnership with institutions at a local, regional and national level, such as the Swiss Federal Office for Sports, motivating them to adopt an inclusive approach
Prasanna is building an ecosystem to address the immediate and unmet needs of patients and families with rare diseases. By creating a unified coalition of stakeholders that includes the Public, Private and Citizen Sectors, he is introducing the social, physical and policy infrastructure that is needed to diagnose and treat patients.
Bharath is creating tools and methods to allow different stakeholders to discuss, collaborate, disagree and function together on creating relevant and usable policy.
Zarah has created a new strategy for supporting refugees to find long-term employment by using a temporary employment agency model to overcome the integration barriers for both refugees and companies. In so doing, she is also easing the social integration of this rapidly growing population in Germany.