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In Brazil, as in many other parts of the world, high and inefficient electricity consumption are directly linked to the construction of large hydroelectric dams, waste of water, various types of air pollution, and excess spending by poor populations. Augustin has created the Low Cost Solar Heater (Aquecedor Solar de Baixo Custo, or ASBC), a do-it-yourself system for domestic hot water heating.
By involving communities in restoring ancient, historic buildings, Jacek Jakubiec is preserving Central Europe's rich cultural heritage and creating economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and community pride in the process.
In rural Poland, Kazimierz Jaworski is modernizing long-neglected physical infrastructure, starting with telephones, in a way that generates independent local organization and investment.
Based on his long and successful experience launching diverse small-producer economic enterprises in Oaxaca, Hector Marcelli is now creating a network to link "fair trade" producers, advisors and distributors across Mexico to maximize their access to international markets
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.
Ernesto Canales uses his many years of experience working in criminal law and fighting for the defense of low-income citizens who have been unjustly accused as motivation to push for a reform of the criminal and judicial systems in Mexico.
Vicente Fenoll is creating an ecosystem for ethical banking in Mexico using innovative technology that allows both savers and receivers of microloans to transparently interact and drives costs down, and provides all users with financial education that will help them to make better financial decisions, leading to social and economic development.
Through Ocean Planet, Kirsten Forsberg is educating and empowering coastal communities to sustainably manage their marine environment while also becoming primary players in developing comprehensive and mutually beneficial collaboration with other organizations, businesses, and governments that operate in the ocean ecosystem.
Alicja has created a hands-on, civic educational model toteach Polish children about participatory Democracy. Herschools encourage student involvement at all levels, fromcurricular design to student discipline, and lay a strongfoundation for responsible citizenship. Alicja's vision is to build an international network of these "civic" schools through extensive teacher training and multi-national exchange programs.
Şehnaz Layıkel’s Initiative for Human Rights in Mental Health (RUSIHAK) model empowers individuals with mental disabilities and their families by helping them become decision-makers, bringing full citizenship to a strategically important group that has too often faced systematic discrimination, social isolation, and poor quality of life.