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    Rezaul Haq, a biologist and environmentalist in Bangladesh, is creating a new public perception of wetlands as a resource and teaching the inhabitants of such areas how to revitalize their local economy and preserve their fragile land.

    Hisham El Roubi provides young adults with more and better volunteer and job opportunities, allowing them to develop technical and leadership skills early on, pursue rewarding careers, and contribute to social and economic advances.

    Donna Morton is using tax shifting as one of many techniques that aim to align social and environmental needs with the market drivers and a range of economic incentives.

    John Mighton invented a method of teaching mathematics that inspires measurable higher performance across the board, along with major improvements in students’ self-esteem and attitude towards learning. His organization, Junior Undiscovered Mathematical Prodigies (JUMP) spreads this method among public schools that serve low-income students in Canada and the United States.

    Marc Kielburger is building leadership development and social engagement into the education system so that young people have opportunities to contribute in practical ways to building an improved global community.

    Larry Silberman is methodically building a sustainable national children's theater program for Mexico. In so doing, he is fundamentally transforming a field characterized by a weak financial base, declining government support, inadequate management and inappropriate productions into a positive force for social progress.

    An industrialist, enlightened banker, and now social entrepreneur, Ibrahim Betil has contributed to the advancement of full citizenship for Turkish workers and young people throughout his varied career. Starting five years ago, he turned his attention fully to putting in place opportunities for young adults to contribute to positive social action through their own initiative.

    In order to enhance the quality of life and the security of disabled persons, Al Etmanski, who is based in Vancouver, B.C., is weaving a safety net that can withstand both the death of their care-giving parents and the unpredictable changes in government-funded support services. Its strength derives from secured networks of family and friends, increased financial independence, and avenues for true contribution and citizenship.

    Frank Escoubès harnesses the power of civic creativity to create a new market for citizen experts to contribute to public and private policy change. By channeling citizens’ knowledge in a structured process, everyday citizen changemakers become “inventors of a world that is possible” with direct influence on institutions that wouldn’t otherwise have access to this rich knowledge.

    Guillermo Monteforte is empowering indigenous communities in Mexico to broaden internal debate on their place in Mexican society, while providing a new generation of leaders with a powerful tool for communication and expression.