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    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.

    Nicole Rycroft is safeguarding the biodiversity and the long-term survival of ancient forests by shifting heavy paper consuming sectors away from products that originate in the ancient rainforests of British Columbia and endangered forests globally. Simultaneously, she is creating the market demand for ecologically viable alternatives.

    Celina de Sola is accelerating community development by tearing down walls between government, business, and community groups, building a new culture of shared responsibility and cross-sector collaboration, rooted in trust.

    Andrzej Augustynski is transforming after-school education and social welfare through a system of urban facilities for at-risk children and marginalized youth. His “Siemacha Centres” help youth regain their social skills and self-confidence by encouraging initiative and leadership.

    Katarzyna Winkowska-Nowak improves the quality of the education system by engaging teachers and local communities in an online and offline self-empowering community of shared practice in the fields of math and science. Katarzyna uses a combination of information communication technologies (ICT) and offline interaction to equip teachers with new teaching tools, encourage interaction, and illustrate to the community the collaborative effort necessary to educate young people.

    Katia Gomez’s program Educate2Envision (E2E) is teaching 12 to 18 year olds in the most rural parts of Honduras to fight poverty from within their own communities. In exchange for secondary-school scholarships, E2E brings together the young people to design and implement (with 120 hours of service a year each) a project to transform their own community’s needs.

    Ida Karpinska is redesigning the medical system in Poland to expand the care currently provided to women affected by gynecological cancers. In doing so, Ida is changing the paradigm of women’s health and sexual education in Poland. Ida’s goal is to create a preventive infrastructure that engages medical personnel, legal support, media channels, decision-makers and female patients.

    Marian Chwastniewski is introducing a new educational approach in Poland that fosters creativity, open-mindedness and student engagement. He works with teachers in predominantly rural and suburban schools to develop creative teaching methods currently lacking in public school curriculum.