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    Laura Lang’s Climate Change Friendly Program draws upon the respective strengths of four institutional partners—a citizen organization (CO), two academic institutes, and a private company—to make carbon emissions trading accessible for ordinary citizens and small businesses in Costa Rica.

    Aaron Pereira is creating Canada’s first bank directly servicing citizen sector organizations (CSOs). His Community Bank Initiative will harness and redirect CSO strengths and assets, while investing all surplus generated back into the sector. When fully functioning, the bank will make CSOs financially stable, boost Canada’s economy, and improve community welfare.

    Almudena Ocejo is cultivating a culture of public accountability at all levels of Mexican government through the creation of civic surveillance organizations. By incubating what she calls “citizen-sector comptrollers” as well as pursuing accompanying changes in public policy, Almudena is bolstering civic participation in the decision-making processes of public institutions in a country that has been governed by a single political party for seven of the last eight decades.

    Gaps in the education system, such as shortages of teachers and resources, exacerbate already high rates of school absenteeism and dropping out. This is especially true in many First Nations and urban underserved communities. Gabriel Bran Lopez is recentering the education system around students and co-creating engaging programs with local university students. He is doing so by giving voice to students in planning their classes.

    This profile is dedicated to the memory of Peter Nares who passed away in April 2016. Poor people under welfare states are provided with enough income to survive but lack the opportunities to save and invest in a better future. Peter Nares has stimulated new forms of community practice and public policy to combat poverty by expanding the opportunities of those living in poverty to participate in and benefit from the mainstream economy.

    Harley Henriques do Nascimento is combatting the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in the poverty-stricken Brazilian state of Bahia through a network of peer educators based in the region's disenfranchised communities.

    An estimated 25% of aid and government projects’ value is lost to fraud, corruption and mismanagement in developing and war-torn countries. Fredrik Galtung is re-defining anti-corruption work from top-down finger pointing to bottom-up promotion of integrity at the community level.

    In the mid 1980s Yvonnick Huet pioneered a market-based model to solve poverty and food issues through the restructuring of viable local farming markets in developing countries. Unlike the field of development that has traditionally been charity-focused and culturally skeptical toward economy-oriented projects, Yvonnick has focused his efforts on small businesses as the key facilitator in development.

    Judith Marcuse, a choreographer, producer, teacher, and social entrepreneur, is increasing the effectiveness with which disparate communities use the arts as tools for promoting social change. Through her International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), Judith connects arts-based social change organizations and leading practitioners in the field within Canada and abroad, creating a global hub for collaboration, research, teaching and knowledge-exchange.

    What if the value of shopping for a sick neighbor, checking in on an isolated elder, or joining a neighborhood watch group could be “deposited” and “withdrawn” when citizens needed help? Edgar Cahn offers a way to combine monetary and service credits so that informal social care networks can grow and flourish across the country.