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    In the mid 1980s Yvonnick Huet pioneered a market-based model to solve poverty and food issues through the restructuring of viable local farming markets in developing countries. Unlike the field of development that has traditionally been charity-focused and culturally skeptical toward economy-oriented projects, Yvonnick has focused his efforts on small businesses as the key facilitator in development.

    Judith Marcuse, a choreographer, producer, teacher, and social entrepreneur, is increasing the effectiveness with which disparate communities use the arts as tools for promoting social change. Through her International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), Judith connects arts-based social change organizations and leading practitioners in the field within Canada and abroad, creating a global hub for collaboration, research, teaching and knowledge-exchange.

    What if the value of shopping for a sick neighbor, checking in on an isolated elder, or joining a neighborhood watch group could be “deposited” and “withdrawn” when citizens needed help? Edgar Cahn offers a way to combine monetary and service credits so that informal social care networks can grow and flourish across the country.

    Christophe Dunand has changed the way the Swiss social sector operates - making it more collaborative, bottom-up and oriented toward changemaking.

    Nadia Duguay is giving prisoners the reflective tools to be active participants of society, contribute to decision-making and improve their lives and communities. Through her courses taught at prisons, Nadia uses simple language to teach applied philosophy in a way that is accessible. As a result, the prisoners realize that they can positively impact their lives and communities by changing their perceptions and taking action to participate in society.

    Johannes Hengstenberg is convinced that climate protection is not abstract and complicated, but a question of sound communication and access to information. Johannes developed a hands-on system that shows how easy it is to save energy: He provides online tools that enable every consumer to track their energy consumption and allows them to take action to reduce it. He is changing how citizens consume, modernize, or build houses, by demonstrating the additional value of “saving energy.”

    Gilberto Dimenstein has pioneered the Neighborhood as School (Bairro Escola) initiative expanding communities’ learning spaces well beyond public and private schools. Engaging the energy, enthusiasm, and creativity of children and youth between the ages of 4 and 18, this venture has led to a series of activities that unite learning and action, draw on a wide range of community resources, and promote social cohesion and community improvement.

    Tatiana Fraser is creating change by transforming the way citizen organizations work with girls and young women to be more effective and impactful. Tatiana empowers young women to face the challenges in their lives by building on their strengths, giving them the tools, space, and encouragement they need to contribute their knowledge and skills to their communities.

    Shaun Loney is using economic solutions based in the creation of local environmentally-friendly economies to bring employment and prosperity to Aboriginal peoples in Canada. He is targeting and engaging those most vulnerable to unemployment and supporting them to establish green solutions to pressing community problems.

    Across Indonesia, indigenous peoples are finding that they can no longer avoid contact with the outside world. Although they are often at the center of conflicts over land, forests, coastlines, they seldom participate in discourse and problem-solving. By giving indigenous youth access to education, Butet Manurung is preparing a generation of young people to become bridges between their communities and outside interests.