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    Philipp Schmidt is infusing participatory learning into the open education space and building the first-ever open source lesson-planning platform.

    Ami Dar has created an online supermarket for social action which makes it possible for virtually anyone to act on their desire to change society. His organization, Action Without Borders, has built www.idealist.org—a network of hundreds of thousands of people and over 50,000 organizations addressing dozens of social issues across the U.S. and around the world.

    Sylvia Banda is working to combat the low demand for locally-produced, traditional food in Zambia by creating entrepreneurial hubs that guarantee markets for these goods and by fostering an appreciation for local food in both rural and urban areas. In this way, Sylvia is tackling the high levels of poverty in rural Zambia and facilitating the economic and social development of smallholder farmers by encouraging a shift from subsistence farming to commercial farming of local food.

    Nobs is addressing the root causes of child abuse through an “ecological” model focused on primary prevention on four levels – child, family, community and society – in order for every child to grow up in a safe and caring environment.

    The Sustainable Economies Law Center is developing the legal infrastructure necessary for a new, resilient, sharing economy to thrive in the United States.

    In Germany, which is experiencing an increasing disconnect between young people and the growing elderly population, Horst Krumbach is working to form relationships across generations to foster empathy, understanding, and life-long learning. Horst is changing how the elderly socially define themselves and how society perceives their value as persons.

    By consolidating and disseminating best practices–from service models to institutional funding strategies–Duke Kaufman is strengthening the response of citizen-led organizations combating AIDS in South Africa.

    Andrew is addressing the shortage and low retention rate of health personnel in rural South Africa through an education program that recruits, trains and mentors youth from rural areas in various health professions and then employs them back in the rural communities.

    Roshaneh Zafar is pioneering the development of a women-centered and women-managed initiative that combines a micro-level lending and savings operation with related training and support activities at the community level. The formula is currently being tested and refined in two Pakistani villages and is expected to serve as a model for similar undertakings in other parts of the country.