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    Santiago Andrade is motivating youth volunteerism by creating alternative spaces which allow young people to organize for the benefit and service of their communities, assume roles as citizens and leaders, and commit to productive projects which help their communities confront the conditions of poverty.

    Lucy Auwalu trains HIV positive women to provide for their own material, physical, and psychological well-being, and recruits them to care for other women and children living with HIV.

    Nalini Nayak (India 1989) has, over the last two decades, played a central role in helping the small scale, traditional fisherman of Kerala's coast develop their first marketing co-ops and unions. Now she's turning her organizational skill and substantive expertise to helping all the many actors involved work out how to manage the land as well as ocean environment in order to ensure the fisheries do not continue to produce less and less.

    David Erickson is breaking the cycle of homelessness and addiction in inner cities through an innovative project that combines decent, affordable housing with a sequence of rehabilitation services.

    Blind since childhood, Dipendra Manocha has used technology to build a communications and training infrastructure that enables the disabled to put their abilities to work alongside other citizens in mainstream society.

    Drawing upon years of experience in the housing industry, Francesco Piazzesi Tommasi is addressing the lack of decent housing for Mexicans at the bottom of the pyramid through Échale a tu casa! This auto-construction model is focused on community-based financing and construction of safe, ecologically friendly, and adequate homes, in order to offer both dignity and (re-sale) value to low-income homeowners.

    A successful inventor, Juan Carlos encourages Peruvians to use local materials and their own creative talent to improve living conditions among the poor.

    Through interventions based on modern technology in Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Orissa, India, Rikin Gandhi is focusing on the efficiency of information dissemination and application and creating new knowledge networks for agriculture extension services. Rikin’s method entails replacing the old architecture of agriculture extension services with a new one; and the community is involved in the creation, dissemination, facilitation, and evaluation of locally relevant content.

    Marcelina Bautista is leading the movement in Mexico to unite and elevate the social status of domestic workers and to secure for them the same rights enjoyed by other laborers, including fair wages, sick leave, and freedom from sexual exploitation.

    Martina Teminova-Richterova is the founder and director of an alternative drug treatment community in the Czech Republic. Her approach treats addicts with respect and teaches them in incremental steps how to take responsibility for their own recovery.