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Piotr Pawlowski is pioneering Poland's first serious disability mainstreaming and public education effort. He is doing so through structured workshops in secondary schools, targeted at teenagers and educators. He is also setting up the country's first resource center for newly disabled people and their families in order to ease the first pangs of sorrow and confusion with reassurance and practical advice.
Sylwia Chutnik has created a number of initiatives to prevent the social, economic, and cultural exclusion of mothers. She is reforming institutions and influencing society to make the public sphere accessible and friendly for mothers with small children.
An engineer of Poland s environmental movement, Radoslaw (Radek) Gawlik has introduced multiple environmental laws, policies and programs that have helped to form and sustain a vibrant, cross-sector framework for environmental protection across Poland.
Pawel Jordan is trying to increase civic participation by introducing the "new" concept of volunteer service in Poland and other post-communist countries that do not have a history of volunteerism.
Teresa Tomaka is creating a system of advocates to protect the rights of the disabled in Poland's most deprived areas. Youth leaders are taught to use issues as a rallying point for strengthening community awareness while changing attitudes and policies surrounding disability.
Michal Wroniszewski, a physician, is creating a national movement to accept disabled or "special" individuals as integrated members of society in Poland, with a primary focus on autistic and mentally retarded children and their families.
Maria Schejbal brings those challenged by disabilities or addictions out of isolation and integrates them as active members of society. By partnering with a network of institutions like social care centers, drug rehabilitation centers, and mental hospitals, she is developing positive joint initiatives that push both the abled and the socially disabled beyond their psychological and physical borders.
For the past 30 years Dr. Arnold Noyek has identified health issues common to Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians, and fostered cross-border cooperation to build lasting solutions to high-priority health concerns. By building such bridges, he is contributing to the type of cooperation needed to underpin the viability of future peace agreements. Dr.
Samar empowers Arab youth to become active citizens in their communities, as she transforms young people’s sense of apathy, loss of identity, alienation, exclusion & prejudice into civic engagement. Whereas existing initiatives in the region often perceive youth as a homogeneous group without addressing the different layers of exclusion and prejudice they face, Samar designs custom-made solutions and civic engagement channels suited to each group's needs.
Drawing on his considerable experience as a publisher of local newspapers, Dominik is creating a new operating model to ensure that all Polish citizens have access to independent local press. His bottom-up approach has created a movement among first generation local publishers, strengthened their watchdog capabilities, and uncovered new sources of financial sustainability. Dominik’s Association of Local Newspapers is increasingly seen as a reference point for neighboring countries.