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    Kohl Gill: LaborVoices

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    Nicolas Metro is redefining forest preservation as a human development issue, one that reaches far beyond environmental conservation. By positioning trees as central actors in creating economic opportunities and addressing social issues, Nicolas develops simple ways for companies and local communities to find common ground where entrepreneurial solutions are encouraged to flourish.

    Dennis Lennartsson is elevating sign language to serve a richer purpose in society by addressing the needs of individuals and communities across geographies and sectors.

    Reconciling the sectors of technology and social economy in France, Frederic Bardeau is developing new mechanisms of social inclusion and full citizenship. Based on the enormous demand for people who have basic digital knowledge such as coding and information technology, he is opening unexplored integration opportunities in the web sector to offer immediate sustainable work for at-risk populations.

    Built from his own experiences, Stéphane has developed the concept of "gathering opposites.” In a French context where social cohesion is increasingly crumbling, he bridges the gaps in the community by activating two powerful levers to peaceful coexistence: dialogue across differences and our desire to help each other.

    With a central philosophy that “it’s not worth giving, it’s not worth selling, it’s worth constructing together,” Pierre is addressing the unmet needs of diverse impoverished rural and urban communities in northern Argentina for cleaner and cost-effective energy solutions, thereby improving their income, health, the environment and livelihoods.

    Nicolas is merging the concepts of energy, housing and sustainability into a tangible, up to date and contextualized series of original development initiatives aimed at improving the housing conditions and living standards of the poorest sections of society in Uruguay and Argentina.

    Michihiko is revolutionizing the way Japan thinks about used materials by creating a Consumer-Participated Recycling Culture, whereby used clothing and such electronics as cell phones can be recycled and turned into bio-ethanol and precious metals, without leaving any waste. His method loops in both corporation and individual consumers as active players in the circulation of used produced into energy resources.

    Abdelaziz is popularizing medical information in the Arab region. He is doing so by facilitating access to medical information by creating and publishing updated, authenticated, Arabic medical content online. He is also facilitating the connection between medical doctors and patients, by enabling patients to ask questions and doctors to answer them with a variety of options instantly.

    Adventure Scientists is harnessing the skill, motivation, and geographic reach of people who recreate in the outdoors – hikers, surfers, kayakers, mountain bikers and more – and applying it to rigorous data collection for the purpose of environmental stewardship and conservation.