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Vanessa’s new idea is to cultivate real life ‘Planet Protectors’ by empowering young people to be environmental change agents within their family units. Through joy, humor, storytelling and arts-based play, Vanessa holistically cultivates lasting changemaker identities through the public-school...

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Jeffrey Cyr

Ashoka Fellow since Ago 2019

Canada

Jeff is structuring a new reconciliation economy to bring full economic citizenship to Indigenous populations that have been historically excluded and controlled by colonial systems in Canada. In doing so, he is putting power in the hands of Indigenous communities for self-determination and...

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Brett Matthews

Ashoka Fellow since Ago 2019

Canada

Brett is pioneering a science and design practice of ‘Oral Information Management.’ About a billion adults are illiterate or innumerate world-wide. Two-thirds of these are women. Based on published empirical research, Brett designs solutions for this ‘oral’ population to enable safe and independent...

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Shelly Elverum

Ashoka Fellow since Ago 2019

Canada

Shelly is creating a new role for Inuit youth in society by leveraging their unique abilities to bridge western and Inuit world views. In doing so, Inuit youth are empowering themselves as well as the Arctic communities of which they are a part to self-determine in a region with strong colonial...

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Laura Wilson Phelan

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2019

United States

By building authentic relationships among diverse groups of parents through structured dialogues about their backgrounds, race and equity, and goals for their children, Laura Wilson Phelan has developed a proven model that allows school communities to embrace the goal of “collective well-being,”...

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Elena Calistru

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2019

Romania

In a country with deep mistrust in politicians and policy-makers, with endemic corruption and clientelism deeply rooted in local culture and practices, with ineffective and unaccountable public administration, where civil society can easily become disengaged, Elena is using research-based, data...

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Arturo Hernandez

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2019

Mexico

Los Supercívicos is creating a movement of active, engaged citizens and more accountable governments by making civic participation easier and more accessible through the use of humor and technology.

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Carolina Contreras

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2019

Mexico

Miss Rizos works to eradicate the discrimination against the curly hair characteristic of Afro-descendant populations as a means of addressing broader issues related to race and color.

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Nina Simon

Ashoka Fellow since Mayo 2019

United States

Through OF/BY/FOR ALL, Nina Simon is building a global movement that challenges the expectations of “public institutions” by helping organizations of all kinds become of, by, and for their communities.

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Deagon Yi

Ashoka Fellow since Ene 2019

South Korea

Dea-gon Yi has created a citizen-led storytelling and publishing initiative to revitalize municipalities outside the Seoul metropolitan area. Through the “Hae-ri book village” model, and partnerships with education authorities and municipal governments, Dea-gon is demonstrating that cultural...

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