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Dan Acher is using creative placemaking to combat the isolation and separation between urban residents and build a shared sense of belonging. In doing so, he encourages citizen ownership of public spaces and invites residents to take responsibility for their city, ultimately leading to a more active and empowered citizenry.
José is empowering Mexico’s construction workers to achieve higher levels of education and certification through highly accessible programs that strengthens them as learners, professionals, and people so that they can take control of their lives and break the cycle of illiteracy within their families.
Noticing safety issues in his own neighborhood led Andrés Gallardo to create an app-driven network which allows neighbors to quickly respond to emergencies and communicate with each other about pertinent issues in their communities.
Building on his own experience in establishing Romania's first citizen-led national parks, Florin is catalyzing a citizen-driven movement for the creation of a functional system for protected areas in Romania. By connecting urban and rural communities through nature, he is creating incentive structures for businesses and individuals to unlock and exchange resources, showing how they can gain benefits from conservation.
Brandon Dennison is showing the workforce development sector how they can pioneer new and viable economic markets while at the same time creating direct employment and personal development opportunities for disadvantaged workers, dramatically transforming a stale field and helping whole regions see and seize their potential.
Merlong is helping small farmers in the state of Piaui overcome historically defeatist attitudes to become more productive. Through CERMO, a non-profit educational and consulting organization he co-founded, he hopes to help the region's small farmers become more productive and combine to achieve greater market power.
The state of Roraima along Brazil’s northern border was the last state to be colonized through a process of dislocation and enslavement. Through the Indigenous Council of Roraima, Joênia Wapichana enables indigenous people to take charge of their rights.
Delfina Irazusta is stimulating economic development and improved governance in under-resourced municipalities in Argentina. Through workshops and cross-city visits with mayors and municipal staff, she offers a framework for collaboration and new tools so that municipalities can tackle their own and each other’s local challenges.
"On estime que d’ici 2050, 40% de la croissance urbaine mondiale se fera dans des bidonvilles. Les enjeux sanitaires de cette croissance sont immenses, en premier lieu desquels l’accès pour des millions de familles à une eau de qualité. Philippe de Roux (Fellow Ashoka) rencontre la réalité des bidonvilles lors des trois années passées à arpenter ceux de Manille, où il travaille alors pour une association de micro-crédit."
Jean-Louis Kiehl is pioneering a model to prevent excessive consumer debt and efficiently fight against social and financial exclusion. Through a wide range of social and legal support, trainings and innovative partnerships with banks and finance companies, Jean-Louis helps at-risk populations and also professionals manage financial issues, reduce the risk of excessive debt and shift current practices toward an improved and responsible credit system.