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By creating the first viable, sustainable and scalable alternative to the existing nuclear power production system, Julien Noé is helping transform the existing electricity market in France. Julien’s grassroots cooperative model incentivizes citizens to rethink their consumption practices and offers a real boost to the country’s renewable energy production capacity.
Agustin Sangines is a doctor working closely with the Diocese of Tehuantepec in one of the most remote southern regions of the state of Oaxaca. His main concern is to make preventative low-cost medicine available to everybody. To achieve this he is setting up a regional health scheme that aims to end malnutrition-related disease and sicknesses owing to bad housing conditions, lack of sanitation, overwork, unhygienic conditions and lack of vaccinations.
Geoff Cape is leading a movement to redesign urban spaces in a way that incorporates the natural environment more fully into public spaces and children’s learning environments.
Jacek Jakubowski, a psychologist and education reformer, is helping Polish young people break from patterns of apathy and anxiety and begin to generate youth-based development in which they start their own businesses, cultural groups and service organizations.
Jean-Louis Kiehl is pioneering a model to prevent excessive consumer debt and efficiently fight against social and financial exclusion. Through a wide range of social and legal support, trainings and innovative partnerships with banks and finance companies, Jean-Louis helps at-risk populations and also professionals manage financial issues, reduce the risk of excessive debt and shift current practices toward an improved and responsible credit system.
Georgina Gutiérrez first confronted the horror of HIV when her husband was diagnosed with the virus in 1988, but it was only when he was sent to prison four years later that she became aware of the sub-human way in which infected prisoners are dealt with in Mexican penitentiaries. Since then she has been developing the first program in Latin America to combine treatment and rehabilitation for HIV patients who are incarcerated.
Gerardo, appalled by the lack of productive alternatives the "street" provides, is spearheading a program where street children can create and direct their own future.
Víctor Hugo Palliaroli invented a methodology to develop the personalities and individuality of Mexico's poor working children and help them to grow into healthy citizens.
Mireya Vargas has created the first nonprofit management and training center in Venezuela which aims to help local nongovernmental organizations deliver their services more efficiently and effectively.
Two-thirds of children in developing countries suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies—so-called “hidden hunger.” Through grassroots mothers’ groups that provide essential health education, Stan Zlotkin is building a global network for distributing “Sprinkles,” a unique form of nutrition that enables families to inexpensively fortify many different foods.