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    Larry Rosenstock is promoting a new form of urban education that fuses traditional liberal arts curricula with innovative, hands-on learning projects for all students–regardless of the socioeconomic status and educational background of their parents.

    As a youth, Andrew Nyathi left his village and fought for years for Zimbabwe's independence. Now, building on the success of the uniquely disciplined and independent farming cooperative and co-op of co-ops he has built, he is fighting for the future of such collaborative undertakings in the wake of the collapse and disgrace of so many of the (politically sustained) cooperatives created over the last decade.

    Concerned since childhood with the endless hours of low-yield drudgery that is a rural women's daily lot, Victoria Dunmade is launching an effort to develop new appropriate food-processing technologies designed for use (and control) by rural women.

    Every year, big companies spend billions of euros in procurement, but discriminate against local entrepreneurs who lack the right networks or the right reputation. Majid El Jarroudi is bridging this gap by setting all entrepreneurs on an equal footing through a unique platform that connects procurement officers’ needs with the potential of entrepreneurs in disadvantaged areas.

    With the conviction that Africa’s greatest assets are its people, its cultural heritage, and its natural resources, Noel de Villiers is creating a continent-wide network of community- owned and operated tourism routes that leverage these resources to create economic and social development opportunities for African rural areas, towns, and cities.

    Zackie Achmat is spearheading a grassroots social initiative to provide affordable AIDS medicines to the public in a way that will not only staunch the epidemic's growth but also transform the public health system and enable communities to counter the host of other social challenges they are facing.

    Andrew Mangino is introducing a new character into the American education system: full-time Dream Directors, tasked with helping students to name whatever it is that they are passionate about and to design “Future Projects” to bring those passions to life.

    For the past several years, Fatima Shoriwa, the first Zimbabwean woman to work as a trained carpenter and welder, has operated a successful business where she has trained several other women who continued to work with her. Drawing on that experience, she is now establishing a training center for women and an associated production facility with the ambitious aim of transforming traditional attitudes toward women and giving the women themselves new skills and opportunities.

    With the understanding that persistent poverty and social challenges cannot be solved without developing strong and resourceful leadership, Eric Glustrom partners with Ugandan schools to provide a practice-based social entrepreneurship program that empowers young people to think, and act, like changemakers.

    Virginia Mupanduki is building up a broad national organization consisting exclusively of previously illiterate women and using the power of that organization to eradicate illiteracy, teach skills development, and create a political voice for them.