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    Mihir Bhatt is redefining disaster mitigation by viewing it as a continuous process of social development and community participation rather than as a short-term rescue and relief effort. His organization, the Disaster Mitigation Institute, is addressing disaster risk management from the victim’s point of view and introducing a long-term social security component in the process.

    John Mighton invented a method of teaching mathematics that inspires measurable higher performance across the board, along with major improvements in students’ self-esteem and attitude towards learning. His organization, Junior Undiscovered Mathematical Prodigies (JUMP) spreads this method among public schools that serve low-income students in Canada and the United States.

    Michaela Wicki is providing a unique combination of services for homeless runaways in the Czech Republic. Her goal is to get them off the streets and into a loving and affirming environment in which they can grow into productive and happy members of society.

    Low-wage workers in the United States are often one crisis away from extreme poverty. Steve Bigari recruits employers to take a lead role in addressing the problems that make workers vulnerable, breaking the cycle of persistent poverty by helping workers achieve personal stability and develop the skills they need to get a foothold on the ladder to the middle class.

    An industrialist, enlightened banker, and now social entrepreneur, Ibrahim Betil has contributed to the advancement of full citizenship for Turkish workers and young people throughout his varied career. Starting five years ago, he turned his attention fully to putting in place opportunities for young adults to contribute to positive social action through their own initiative.

    Elliott Brown is helping low-wage workers develop the capacity to advance, while simultaneously showing employers the benefits of investing in their entry-level workforce. This employee development model promises to strengthen the 21st century workforce and give new hope to low-income workers.

    Through her web-based organization Saber Para la Vida, Carolina is empowering women entrepreneurs across Mexico by providing them with the tools to develop successful businesses that are compatible with their outside lives and the competing demands on their time.

    Aromar Revi is producing a comprehensive report and a film series on the state of and possible policies for human settlements/housing in India that will serve as usable yardsticks and frames of reference for policy-makers, activists and the public local as well as national.

    Anita Ahuja has turned discarded plastic bags into a valuable resource. She combines principles from enterprise and social service in a new venture that recycles plastic waste and provides employment for ragpickers, one of the most marginalised groups in urban India. Using a proprietary process, they transform discarded plastic bags into a variety of fashionable products that are sold in high-end retail outlets abroad.

    Rezaul Haq, a biologist and environmentalist in Bangladesh, is creating a new public perception of wetlands as a resource and teaching the inhabitants of such areas how to revitalize their local economy and preserve their fragile land.