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    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.

    Karen Mattison is changing the United Kingdom employment market to create high-quality, part-time employment opportunities for women who need a flexible schedule to accommodate family and other personal needs. Through Women Like Us, Karen is both creating a pipeline of experienced, skilled women for very senior roles and reducing the high levels of “worklessness” among women by helping employers open up more flexible working opportunities across all sectors and salary brackets.

    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.

    Mel Young has dedicated over two decades to tackling homelessness in Scotland, in the UK and around the world. As serial entrepreneur, his most recent achievement is catalysing the global use of football as a means to engage and empower homeless people to change their lives, and successfully bridge them into a sphere of inclusion.

    Judy Stuart is an award-winning dairy farmer who is using her expertise to address rural youth unemployment and curb critical tapering of the South African agricultural industry by breeding a new generation of highly proficient farm managers.

    Charlie Howard is taking mental health work out of the clinic and onto the streets, successfully engaging young people involved in gangs and antisocial behavior. Charlie is revolutionizing the way mental health services are delivered to these excluded young people, removing existing barriers to access and bringing all stakeholders together for a new, preventative solution to serious youth violence.

    Zafer Kıraç is transforming Turkey’s closed penal system by building bridges between prisons and society. Bringing some of Turkey’s leading civil organizations (COs) and universities into the prisons, Civil Society in the Penal System (CISST) acts as a platform to provide social and educational support to prisoners and prison personnel.

    Working with communities in Brazil’s drought-stricken semiarid regions, Carlos Simão builds shallow tube wells that provide water and generate income for rural farmers, empower local communities, strengthen ties between communities and government, and prevent rural-urban migration.