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David Liknaitzky was so moved by stories that people told of their experiences growing up under apartheid in South Africa that he felt compelled to work more deeply with the inner oppression that prevents people, especially young people, from realizing their true potential. He has designed a program to deconstruct the psychology of apartheid that still exists in the minds of most young South Africans.
Clive Nicholson plans to link appropriate resources to the farming needs of small-scale, commercially oriented, black farmers through the establishment of Farmer Support Centres.
Germany’s welfare system treats abused children for the symptoms of their traumas and often sends them through a maze of referrals and insufficient treatment avenues. Claus Gollmann has created an inpatient diagnostic institution—Kind in Düsseldorf—that enables doctors, social pedagogues, therapists, families, and caretakers to build their treatment on a proper assessment of root causes and to work hand in hand with one another.
South Africa’s struggle to overcome the political, racial, and emotional oppression of apartheid is well-known. Pat Pillai’s Life College is readying students to tackle a new struggle—true liberation from the apathy, low self-esteem, and ongoing psychosocial oppression that is apartheid’s legacy. Developed over eight years, Pat’s model of education cultivates attitudes, behaviors, and competencies based on confidence, communication, project management skills, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
Paul Bradley is creating a scalable approach that enables the owners of manufactured homes to achieve full economic citizenship by cooperatively buying and managing the land on which their homes sit.
Ashok Khosla’s Development Alternatives Group innovates sophisticated technology, creates delivery mechanisms for widespread scale and equips local entrepreneurs in India to manage small enterprises. Ashok has pioneered a commercially viable model to integrate social development, economic development and environmental preservation in the citizen sector. Development Alternatives today is one of the premier development institutions in the developing world.
In schools across America, young children spend recess and lunch in a schoolyard enclosed by barbed wire, littered with broken glass, and dominated by the biggest, toughest kids. Decades of disinvestment in American public schools have eroded the capacity of schools in low-income neighborhoods to provide supervised recreation, physical education, and structured afterschool activities.
Don Shalvey is transforming the California public school system by building clusters of charter schools in targeted urban areas. By grouping a critical mass of high-performing educational institutions in underperforming neighborhoods, Aspire Public Schools aim to create such a groundswell of demand for excellent, entrepreneurial education that the existing public school system will be compelled to reform its educational offerings in order to compete for students and families.
Ralf Sange is pioneering the movement of supporting people over age 50 to become entrepreneurs with economically sustainable models and is activating their creative potential for solving social problems. In doing so, he targets the root of both concrete age discrimination against older entrepreneurs and the general view that citizens in their “Third Age” have little to contribute to society.