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Working with health insurance companies, Mukteshwari “Mukti” Bosco is establishing a comprehensive health education and health financing system that will enable the poor to access fair, cost-effective, high-quality medical treatment.
Margarita Barney helps companies, rural communities, and societies change their perceptions about the environment and her demonstration centers increase awareness; showing the wide range of options that are compatible with their production, lifestyle habits, and the environment.
Some 1,500 suspected war criminals may be living in Canada. With many refugees and immigrants in Canada having experienced torture, rape, and other atrocities, it is common for survivors to come face-to-face with someone in their community who perpetrated these horrific crimes against them or their family.
Lisa Brown is integrating individuals with mental health issues into society by using art as a means to build a deeper and more empathic understanding of mental health challenges in Canada.
Krzysztof Czyżewski is introducing a new civic space where citizens can peacefully discuss the conflicts that separate them. Focusing on educating a new generation of young people who are tolerant and sensitive to diversity in a contemporary world, Krzysztof is establishing a network of cultural and social centers that brings together local residents from diverse backgrounds to develop their communities.
Aureliusz Lezenski is building a nationwide system to assure young adults successful transition from institutional foster care to independent living, and working to shift the mentality of local communities responsible for educating and providing opportunities for them to become active citizens.
Climate is changing rapidly, the exploitation of natural resources is growing, social inequalities are deepening, pollution and over consumption is increasing in the North as well as in the South. Faced with such large social and environmental crises, individuals often dismiss the role they can play in creating change. Sidney Ribaux has built a social/environmental movement fueled by the power of individual consumer choices.
Ellen Moir is improving learning for students—and especially underserved students—in America by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers. She does so by building the world’s first corps of professional education mentors composed of expert teachers.
Sarah Otterstrom is collaborating with the government, private and citizen sector and involving the citizen sector in Nicaragua’s biologically diverse dry tropical forest, in order to create a form of development conservation that both empowers local populations and changes the culture of environmental stewardship. Sarah has adapted the concept of environmental corridors so that it continues to support biodiversity, but integrates a concept of human thriving as a part of ecosystem health.
C.V. Madhukar is changing citizens’ roles in Indian democracy by opening the process of lawmaking to greater public engagement and scrutiny. He provides citizen organizations, lawmakers, and the general public with vital information about policy issues, and creates forums for these groups to communicate with each other.