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Driven by the increasing estrangement of people in urban surroundings with nature and its potential for human well-being, nutrition and education as well as the ecological consequences of maltreatment towards the environment, Heike Boomgaarden introduces a new way of “eco-human” development for urban settings bringing people back in touch with the environment and (edible) nature where they live.
Klaas Glenewinkel is kick-starting markets for private media advertising in post-conflict regions. This allows local print, radio, and television media to become more independent from political and religious groups and it enables companies from around the world to support pluralistic societies through their advertising budget.
Dr. Sanjeev Arora is using communication technologies to dramatically reduce disparities in care in the United States for patients with common chronic diseases who do not have direct access to healthcare specialists.
J.B. Schramm is bringing new educational opportunities to students from economically disadvantaged areas by helping them enter college.
Philipp Schmidt is infusing participatory learning into the open education space and building the first-ever open source lesson-planning platform.
Ami Dar has created an online supermarket for social action which makes it possible for virtually anyone to act on their desire to change society. His organization, Action Without Borders, has built www.idealist.org—a network of hundreds of thousands of people and over 50,000 organizations addressing dozens of social issues across the U.S. and around the world.
The Sustainable Economies Law Center is developing the legal infrastructure necessary for a new, resilient, sharing economy to thrive in the United States.
Suraiya Haque is addressing the issue of work place based day care centers in Bangladesh. She has developed and implemented working models for factories, offices, and community based centers. Her organization also provides training on management of day care centers so that the factories and offices are eventually able to run the centers themselves.
Marta Maglio has changed the consciousness and behaviors of thousands of Argentine citizens and health professionals with regards to the importance of breastfeeding as a crucial avenue to ensure the physical and emotional health of parents and children alike. By focusing on the first months of parents’ relationships with their infants, Marta is strengthening family bonds and creating an enabling environment for the development of empathetic skills.
Falk Zientz is building a self-sustaining microfinance distribution system which links traditional banks and non-banking organizations in Germany. Through this new system of micro lending, Falk is empowering tens of thousands of entrepreneurs to access new forms of capital and create lasting change for themselves and their communities.