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    Teresa Ogrodzinska has transformed the Polish education system by introducing alternative forms of preschool education. Teresa has done this by creating flexible and inexpensive community-based programs for children’s growth, that respond to the economic situations of rural and provincial areas in Poland. Teresa is also unlocking the potential of rural women by empowering them to play an active role in the creation of educational spaces within communities.

    By launching a network of adult education programs, collectively called the Kofoed School, Barbara Sadowska is helping formerly homeless people gain job skills, build self-reliance, and regain dignity and confidence.

    Janusz Korbel is grooming informed environmental activism in Poland by training specialized "guardians of nature" in how to influence development decision makers to be sensitive to environmental consequences.

    Anne Charpy has developed a unique approach to restore community in France’s poorest urban districts, by connecting disempowered inhabitants with each other and with mainstream society. In doing so, Anne restores their trust in each other as well as in public and private institutions. Through this model, millions of marginalized people in low-income areas ridden with high levels of illiteracy, unemployment, and crime are experiencing improved standards of living.

    Bohdan Skrzypczak is enlivening people in the small towns of rural northeast Poland with positive social energy and respect for others. He is introducing community-based eco-tourism that celebrates the history of peaceful coexistence local groups have enjoyed with each other and with the environment, and his leadership is having a ripple effect in the region.

    Andrzej Juros is enabling Poland's disabled people to build strategies for realizing their dreams and potential. His unique program, which involves volunteer professionals and college students, provides critical support to the disabled and is changing the structure of higher education in Poland.

    Adrian is reforming the way social welfare services are provided to the long-term unemployed and their families in industrialized centers in Poland. His approach builds on the foundational principle of partnership (rather than charity) and offers municipalities a low-cost alternative to rehabilitating some of Poland’s most underserved communities.

    Through creative use of media and advertising, Agata Stafiej-Bartosik is promoting television and radio as effective tools for empowering the civil sector and for advancing positive social change.

    Anna Machalica-Pultorak has designed a community employment center that focuses on the young unemployed in Poland's most impoverished slums and provides them with services that reintegrate them into the economy and the community.

    Adam is shifting the focus of Egyptian business culture to the green economy. He is creating a new generation of entrepreneurs with a green mindset (environment friendly and socially responsible) and empowering them through an enabling environment for inclusive, green businesses and social innovations in urban and rural areas.