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  • ACTIVE COMMUNITIES AGAINST TRAFFICKING



    Promoting a new way of fighting human trafficking.



    The rapid increase in the scale and complexity of the human trafficking problem, on a global level, requires effective, coordinated and innovative efforts if we are to successfully fight this...

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  • PRECIOUS PLASTIC



    "Try to shape a better world by making things"



    Design graduate Dave Hakkens introduces himself as someone who tries “to make the world better by making things”. Although his background is in Industrial Design, Dave has been receiving fair...

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  • BAREFOOT COLLEGE



    A powerful system to improve the life of people in poor rural villages.



    During Bunker Roy’s college years, his first visit to an Indian village, in 1965, shattered his world. The experience revealed a neglected society, suffering alone and dealing with starvation,...

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  • THE INDEX OF CHANGE



    How countries are changing and how transformational thinkers are altering the future.



    The project ‘Shaping Change’ (i.e mapping change) at the Bertelsmann Foundation, founded by Reinhard Mohn, can be divided into two structural components: the assessment of developing countries...

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  • PERMACULTURE, SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT



    Developing sustainable human environments.



    Permaculture means creating sustainable habitats that are compatible with natural processes. It can be translated into the practical and sustainable management of existing resources, which enables...

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  • BUILD A HAPPY TOWN



    What can you do to have a happy city?



    In 2001, the citizens of São Paulo were asked what they thought they could do in order to have a happy city, for an ‘Ethics and Citizenship’ project, which became known as the...

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  • THE UNIQUE BOOKS OF ELOÍSA CARTONERA



    The Cartonera publishing phenomenon in Latin America.



    The social project Eloisa Cartonera, was launched during the Argentinian crisis of 2001, and has succeeded in reducing the number of citizens living below the poverty line. Up until this point, many...

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  • THINKING DIFFERENTLY ABOUT DISABILITY



    How did Caroline Casey and Kanchi change the way the business world saw disability.



    Born with ocular albinism – a condition that made her legally blind – Caroline Casey hid her disability until well into her 20s, until her eyesight deteriorated to such an extent that...

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  • ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY



    Bringing safe shelter to disaster-prone communities and displaced populations.



    This story begins in the late 1990s, when the architect Cameron Sinclair and his partner, Kate Stohr, were watching the news. There, on the television, they watched the story of the Kosovo war and...

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  • AMPLIFYING THE WORLD’S VOICES



    What happens when millions of voices gain a powerful echo?



    Global Voices Online (GVO) is part of the Global Citizens Media Project, created by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, and which aims to study and understand the...

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  • THE UNIVERSITY FOR A GREEN WORLD



    'A transformative learning for a sustainable living' is the motto of Schumacher College.



    Inspired by the life and work of E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful, amongst other works, Schumacher College was founded in 1991. Schumacher College brings together international...

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  • WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED SO FAR?



    The eight Millennium Development Goals all have the same target year: 2015. Are we managing to keep the promise?



    The 3 day summit held on 6-8th September 2000 in New York was the largest-ever gathering of world leaders up until that point. It was the Millennium Summit. “Only through broad and sustained...

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