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    As government recognizes it cannot possibly fulfill its pledge of affordable housing without going bankrupt first, Andrea Bolnick is demonstrating a new approach to providing “dwellings with dignity” to South Africa’s most vulnerable. Through active community engagement, Andrea is able to firmly place slum dwellers in the driver’s seat and bring about needed renovations to their homes.

    Working in villages in southern Thailand, Samart Sakawee has developed a novel savings group that not only creates new economic opportunities for its members, but also cultivates the central values of civil society–good governance, transparency, and participation–from the village-up.

    In the face of Zimbabwe's contracting economy and declining public services, Godfrey Mureriwa is organizing and training young people to find their own solutions and create their own ventures in order to develop sustainable livelihoods.

    Mitch Besser has developed a groundbreaking program to support programs that prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV by encouraging mothers living with HIV to become peer educators and provide support to similarly affected pregnant women and new mothers.

    The second largest employer in the United States, the restaurant industry, is home to seven of the ten lowest-paying occupations. Saru Jayaraman is leading a nationwide effort to transform this industry’s subpar employment practices by aligning worker, employer, and consumer interests.

    Ellen is working to establish a new cultural norm when it comes to end-of-life care: one in which individuals and families talk openly about their values and wishes—particularly with those who will make decisions for them if they can’t make them for themselves.

    Nadine Naidoo is reviving the culture of citizen service in South Africa and enabling it to flourish.

    Thorkil Sonne is transforming the way society perceives autism—from viewing it as a handicap to recognizing that it can become a competitive advantage. By demonstrating that autistic people can not only function in the business world, but can thrive as specialists in certain types of work, he is offering an often isolated population the opportunity for active, productive and fulfilling lives.

    Cofounder of the world renowned Rocky Mountain Institute, Amory Lovins has pioneered efficient use of energy resources and policy development, creating new models and incentivizing renewable solutions for government, corporations, and the community as a whole. Together with his team of researchers, Amory’s work has yielded breakthroughs in several industries in the U.S. and abroad.

    Dorothy Stoneman has built an international network of programs that offer disadvantaged youth the opportunity to develop skills, vision, and attitude to take themselves and their communities out of poverty.