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    Christophe Dunand has changed the way the Swiss social sector operates - making it more collaborative, bottom-up and oriented toward changemaking.

    Nadia Duguay is giving prisoners the reflective tools to be active participants of society, contribute to decision-making and improve their lives and communities. Through her courses taught at prisons, Nadia uses simple language to teach applied philosophy in a way that is accessible. As a result, the prisoners realize that they can positively impact their lives and communities by changing their perceptions and taking action to participate in society.

    Gilberto Dimenstein has pioneered the Neighborhood as School (Bairro Escola) initiative expanding communities’ learning spaces well beyond public and private schools. Engaging the energy, enthusiasm, and creativity of children and youth between the ages of 4 and 18, this venture has led to a series of activities that unite learning and action, draw on a wide range of community resources, and promote social cohesion and community improvement.

    Tatiana Fraser is creating change by transforming the way citizen organizations work with girls and young women to be more effective and impactful. Tatiana empowers young women to face the challenges in their lives by building on their strengths, giving them the tools, space, and encouragement they need to contribute their knowledge and skills to their communities.

    Across Indonesia, indigenous peoples are finding that they can no longer avoid contact with the outside world. Although they are often at the center of conflicts over land, forests, coastlines, they seldom participate in discourse and problem-solving. By giving indigenous youth access to education, Butet Manurung is preparing a generation of young people to become bridges between their communities and outside interests.    

    Jean-François is combating hunger and introducing healthy eating by substantially modifying the food consumption chain. He is identifying and empowering the most critical key players, chefs, to become leaders in food redistribution and in educating children and youth in healthy cooking. As a result, and through his innovative logistics system, huge quantities of previously wasted food are now distributed efficiently to under served populations.

    Ben Powell is equipping promising impact entrepreneurs – who run for-profit businesses that serve their community by successfully addressing social problems – with business knowledge and access to investment capital. He is igniting job creation in Nicaragua and demonstrating to the world that the previously unchartered field of socially impactful investment in small businesses that are located in developing countries is a feasible, and even profitable, means of economic development.

    Usha Tamba Dhar is introducing new perspectives to the field of literacy education in Canada by providing local organizations with effective tools, trainings, and microfinancing to engage youth in their own literacy education. Tamba is addressing the shockingly high illiteracy rates in Canada, creating an easy to use, culturally appropriate, and spreadable set of methods to combat illiteracy.

    Douglas Racionzer is bringing economic opportunity and social development to marginalized townships by transforming existing small businesses into successful enterprises that also serve as delivery networks for a variety of community services.

    Tonya is empowering the citizen sector by uniting previously dispersed citizen-led initiatives from across the sector. She is building a network of local and global shared spaces for social innovators designed to foster cooperation among diverse players with the aim of creating new initiatives responding to pressing social issues. Tonya has systematized her methodology and will release the details of her model, experience and license into Creative Commons by the Fall of 2009.