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Christian Vater is using the concept of “rounding up” at the cashier to change attitudes toward social good by impacting each player along the value chain of getting products to market. Through this process, Christian is creating a social shift that everyone can and should be part of achieving social change.
Rita Thapa is breaking new ground in the field of philanthropy in Nepal by encouraging the mobilization of local resources in the country. Her organization, Tewa, aims to increase the self-reliance of Nepalis, particularly rural women, and ultimately reduce dependency on foreign donors.
Junto Ohki uses information technology to promote full citizenship of the deaf community in Japan by developing an online database of signs, thus increasing access to basic services and removing barriers between global sign languages. Junto is the co-founder and president of ShuR Group, the company behind a technology that combines aspects of social media and social enterprise to create the first sign language dictionary in the world, called SLinto, a Wikipedia for signs.
Suman Sahai, who describes herself as an amalgam of Indian and scientist, rose to be a professor of genetics at Germany's Heidelberg University before deciding to return to her native and notoriously slow developing eastern U.P., the heart of the Gangetic Plain, to see if she could find new ways of helping the region break out of its stagnation.
Princess Olufemi-Kayode is breaking the silence about the sexual abuse of children in Nigeria. She raises public awareness and seeks institutional support to meet the needs of abused children and to prevent the long-term effects of abuse from seeping into the health, safety, and productivity of Nigerian society.
Anil Agarwal is raising public consciousness of environmental issues through publications in order to create a sensible development policy.
Corina Lang has developed a simple low-cost method for integrating people with special needs into all social and public institutions in Argentine society. Her program is dismantling the stereotypes and misinformation that have long prevented Argentina's disabled from becoming fully integrated into society.
By introducing educational reforms in government-run schools, Sonam Wangchuk is encouraging communities to reinforce the cultural identity of minority ethnic groups that live along the northern border of India.
Dismayed by the lack of opportunities for women's leadership, Fatima Khanam seeks to ensure women's equal participation in all spheres of life by improving young female students's understanding of the status and challenges of women in Bangladesh society, and providing concrete employment and leadership programs during their studies.