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J.M. Sampath is setting out to make psychology increasingly a part of the average Indian's skills. Since modern values depend on people being able to empathize with and thereby understand the impact they will be having upon others, popularizing psychology may well be critical to strengthening society's values.
In rural India, villagers live without easy access to trade, government, business, and health information. This makes them easy prey for intermediaries who control the flow of information and can demand high payments to allow villagers access to it. Satyan is building service kiosks in countryside villages to bring internet connections and ready, affordable access to information.
Sarah is changing the agricultural sector in the Arab Maghreb sub-region by introducing a new holistic farming approach to fight desertification. Her approach shifts the focus of the sector towards alternative, natural, plant based irrigation complemented by crops that fit the local context; in addition, she creates a change movement through which farmers adopt new and sustainable farming techniques and organize themselves into cooperatives, in order to manage the entire new farming cycle.
Over the last three decades, Jacob Radloff has empowered consumers, investors and industry with the information they need to act in the interest of the planet. The platforms he founded have amplified the voices of key sustainability mavens, created numerous citizen campaigns around their ideas, and kicked off the global market for comprehensive, easy-to-use corporate sustainability ratings.
Stanny Jebamalai is using legal aid as a starting point for establishing a grassroots human rights movement among tribal people in western India. By training tribal men and women to become paralegals, Stanny gives tribal communities the tools they need to fight for basic human rights, both in and out of court.
Silvia is working to balance social development and community-building with environmental conservation, focusing on sustainability over the long term. Working from this vision, she is the first Brazilian to address biological imbalances caused by foreign plant species. Unlike the United States and Australia, which carefully control nonnative vegetation, Brazil has neither public policies nor legal limitations on the growth of species that degrade the quality of soil and crops.
Armando Estrada is reviving failing democracies through a community engagement incubator comprised of leading educators that develop community participation strategies. These strategies transcend age and sector to enable the most disconnected communities to connect, mobilize their resources, and solve their most prevalent problems.
Parul and Falgun Sheth have adopted a multifaceted strategy to strengthen India's existing municipal education system as a way to prevent child labor. By encouraging parents, teachers, and citizens generally to act as change agents, Parul and Falgun are creating a network of individuals responsible for the development of these future citizens.
Haywood Hall is saving lives by cultivating public health capacity for emergency medicine in Mexico and Latin America.
During a time of crude home repossessions after loan default and resulting widespread payment boycotts, Charlene developed a vital intermediary between hostile lenders and borrowers. Armed with deep insights into the concerns of both groups, her Home Loan Guarantee Company (HLGC) created innovative insurance and risk management products protecting against HIV/AIDS risks and a portion of the borrower financial risk while requiring all parties to bear some risk.