BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Awards 2016

Creating Impact

For us a Responsible Leader is a courageous, curious, bold thinker, a multiplier committed to searching for answers and developing initiative across sectors and disciplines.

The BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Awards recognize those Responsible Leaders who, in their professional or personal lives, develop and run exemplary initiatives for the common good. The awards are given in recognition of this personal commitment and the positive social impact of the initiative.

The BMW Foundation provides long-term assistance to these initiatives and organizes support through its Responsible Leaders Network and partners.

The award ceremony took place during our 5th World Responsible Leaders Forum, on May 20, 2016, in Munich.

Here are the videos of the two winners:



 

Dr. Michael Schaefer

Dr. Michael Schaefer

Dr. Michael Schaefer

Dr. Michael Schaefer studied law in Munich, Geneva, and Heidelberg where he passed his Second State Examination in Law in 1978. In the same year, he joined the Foreign Service. After postings at the United Nations in New York from 1981 to 1984 he served as Permanent Representative at the German Embassy in Singapore and as head of the Political Affairs Section at the German Permanent Mission to the Office of the United States in Geneva. From 2002 to 2007, he was Political Director of the Federal Foreign Office, before being appointed Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, a post he held until June 2013. Since July 1, 2013, Dr. Michael Schaefer has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt. 



Stefan Quandt

Stefan Quandt

Stefan Quandt

Stefan Quandt joined the supervisory board of BMW AG as well as the board of trustees of the BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt in 1997. In addition, he serves on various boards of family-owned companies, including as chairman of the supervisory board of DELTON AG, and chairman and managing director of AQTON SE, both Bad Homburg. Mr. Quandt is also a member of the board of directors of Datacard Corporation, Minneapolis and vice-chairman of the board of trustees of the Johanna Quandt Foundation. Stefan Quandt is a member of the BMW Foundation's Young Leaders Network. 



Carl-August Graf v. Kospoth

Carl-August Graf v. Kospoth

Carl-August Graf v. Kospoth

Carl-August Graf v. Kospoth has been Executive Director of the Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation, established by BMW AG, since March 2009. Graf Kospoth studied Industrial Engineering in Munich. From 1994 to 2009, he held different leading positions at the BMW Group. Since 2009, he has been responsible for the Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation, whose main mission is to find and develop sustainable, high-impact solutions to current challenges in education, employment, and sustainability. Graf Kospoth also serves on the advisory boards of numerous foundations and nonprofit organizations.



Andy Goldstein

Andy Goldstein

Andy Goldstein

Co-Founder & Managing Director of Deloitte Digital GmbH, a new entity dedicated to building digital businesses for Fortune 500 level firms. Andy is also Co-Founder & Executive Director of the LMU Entrepreneurship Center and the German Accelerator. A serial entrepreneur with 32 years experience in founding, building and accelerating companies, Andy sold his software company to the publicly listed Avanquest Software in 2003, served as COO Europe until 2009 and as a Board member until 2014. Andy is a Board member at Carpooling.com and Feingold Technologies. His accelerator at the LMU has spawned over 127 companies in 6 years and the German Accelerator, a project of the German government has graduated over 60 companies in 3 years. In the past 2 years Andy has also led the launches of The Allianz Digital Accelerator & The Volkswagen DataLab. Andy is co-founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie in Munich and a founding member of 4Entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneurial Think Tank of the 4 Munich Universities and holds teaching positions at the LMU, the HFF and at the EM Lyon Business School in France.



Dr. Helga Breuninger

Dr. Helga Breuninger

Dr. Helga Breuninger

Helga Breuninger is chairwoman of the board of directors of the Breuninger Foundation as well as founder and managing partner of Helga Breuninger Consulting. She has a PhD in psychology and a diploma in economics and her professional expertise is in learning disabilities and succession in family enterprises. She holds several honorary positions on the boards of non-profit organizations in the fields of culture and health. Helga Breuninger is also chairwoman of Bürgerstiftung Stuttgart.



Dr. Frannie Léautier

Dr. Frannie Léautier

Dr. Frannie Léautier

Frannie Léautier is Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Mkoba Private Equity, a firm offering financing to small and medium enterprises that generate jobs and positive technological changes for sustainability in Africa. She has a rich career in the private sector and in international development, having been Vice President of the World Bank, Chief of Staff to the President of the World Bank, and Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). She is Founder of a risk management company, The Fezembat Group. She serves on the board of UONGOZI, a Leadership Institute in Tanzania focused on leadership for sustainability, MIT Open Course Ware, MIT Corporation visiting committees, is Director at Large on the board of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), and a member of the Haiti Task Force of the Qatar Foundation. Dr. Léautier holds a PhD and MSc from MIT, and graduated the Executive Program at Harvard University. She has been named among the top 100 most influential people in Africa and holds title of Nkosuohemaa - Queen of Development.



Chris Fowler

Chris Fowler

Chris Fowler

Chris Fowler is a Vice President with Creative Science Labs, leading business development and digital strategy efforts for the Washington, DC based digital design and web development agency.
A born storyteller and creative problem solver, Chris Fowler was raised near Syracuse University (New York, USA) where he later earned his MBA. Chris has over 15 years of experience in creative professional services and nearly ten in digital marketing and strategic communications, with experience spanning across creative agencies, start-ups and the foundation/NGO space.
Chris serves as Board Chair for The New American Leaders Project, which is the only national, non-partisan organization closing the representation gap in civic leadership by training first- and second-generation Americans to run for public office. Chris also serves as the national (US) Chapter Head of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network.



Shahira Amin

Shahira Amin

Shahira Amin

Union of Women Journalists

At a time when journalists in Egypt in general and women journalists in particular face enormous challenges including arrest and detention, smear campaigns, forced disappearances, and sexual assault, the Union of Women Journalists aims to provide a support network for female journalists. It consists of about 1,000 members working in broadcast, print, and digital media.

Shahira Amin joins this network with her rich expertise and experience in the industry: a freelance Egyptian journalist, she contributes mainly to CNN’s Inside Africa and CNN.com. She also writes for Index on Censorship, a portal for free expression. Amin was formerly deputy head of Nile TV, the Egyptian state television’s English-language channel, but she quit at the height of the uprising in protest at the state TV coverage of the developments in her country.

Through the Union’s mentorship program, veteran journalists offer guidance and advice to graduates on finding suitable jobs, how to resolve problems they may encounter at the workplace – including harassment – or any other advice they may need. The network also organizes mixed gender workshops on journalistic ethics and how to protect oneself when working in hostile environments.

Based in downtown Cairo, the Union soon hopes to scale the initiative across the country. It especially tries to reach aspiring women journalists in the provinces who are often prohitibed from traveling to Cairo, where all the available media opportunities are. The outreach also involves future collaborations with universities to give students access to training. Having a support network will encourage more women to work as journalists.

www.facebook.com/mediawomenegypt



Gonzalo Muñoz

Gonzalo Muñoz

Gonzalo Muñoz

TriCiclos

Open landfills are an everyday sight not just in Latin America. Often, people lack environmental awareness. Mostly, however, they lack the opportunities to recycle waste and feed it back into the system along the lines of a “circular economy.” Through his company Triciclos, Gonzalo Muñoz offers an efficient option to recycle waste even in places that do not yet have an official recycling system.

At attractively designed collection points in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Argentina, citizens can recycle up to 90 percent of their domestic waste, and companies too can have their waste recycled. The collection points are managed by former street waste pickers who used to work under dangerous and extremely unhygienic conditions. Gonzalo gives them a job and an opportunity to pass on their knowledge about raw materials and recycling to others.

After positions in conventional companies and not-so-nice first-hand experiences with huge amounts of commercial and industrial waste, the Chile-born social entrepreneur founded Triciclos to pursue a holistic approach that is one of a kind in Latin America! Gonzalo wants to globally scale his ideas of sustainability, environmental protection, and active citizenship; his ultimate goal is to develop integrated, zero-waste models and incorporate recycling know-how into the development of industrial products.

The odds for change are good. Triciclos, the first certified B Corp in South America, works with all stakeholders concerned: producers, consumers, government and administrative authorities. And the company wants to be measured by solid figures: Triciclos not only regularly evaluates the satisfaction of its employees, it also measures its environmental impact on a monthly basis. It does so by offsetting the tons of recycled material against the volume of raw material that would have been used without recycling. Triciclos thus helps to save trees, preserve water and oil supplies, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

www.triciclos.cl



Verengai Mabika

Verengai Mabika

Verengai Mabika

Green Innovations Hub

The Green Innovations Hub is an initiative of the Development Reality Institute (DRI) in cooperation with Unicef which envisions a society that makes sustainable use of its natural resources and adapts to climate change. A priority for the organization is the topic of youth unemployment, as subsequent generations will be particularly affected by the consequences of global warming.

Verengai Mabika, director of the DRI, takes a holistic approach to these challenges: The institute’s activities include a Climate Change Virtual School. This e-learning platform already exists in more than 32 African countries, providing online courses to more than 3,000 people every year.

The Green Innovations Hub serves as DRI’s catalyst, providing incubation funding to young entrepreneurs with business ideas to address climate change. The money helps social entrepreneurs develop practical and scalable solutions that also create jobs. The Hub’s funding is given as part of an annual competition aimed at youth and young people in Zimbabwe. So far, the funding of up to USD 5,000 has been used to support projects in the fields of renewable energies, smart agriculture, and technology-based knowledge communications.

In the long run, Green Innovations Hub and the DRI, through their work, also want to change the legal conditions in Zimbabwe to facilitate the country’s adaptation to climate change and to make sure that the innovative ideas of young people are included in this process.

www.driafrica.org/




Dr. Tomicah Tillemann

Dr. Tomicah Tillemann

Dr. Tomicah Tillemann

Bretton Woods II

Bretton Woods II is unlocking the $25 trillion controlled by large, long-term asset holders for impact investment and creating a new asset class by demonstrating how properly targeted social impact investments not only generate competitive returns, but also reduce broader exposure to long-term risks and volatility. Tomicah Tillemann serves as the initiative’s founding director. He began developing the effort three years ago based on work as a senior advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton and Secretary John Kerry at the U.S. Department of State.

In April 2015, heads of the world’s leading development institutions recognized that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would require mobilizing capital far beyond what is available through traditional development assistance and philanthropy. The mission of Bretton Wood II is to mobilize 1 percent of the world’s $25 trillion in long-term investments on behalf of development, social impact, and good governance.

The initiative is harnessing the talent and resources of McKinsey & Co., the World Bank, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and specialized consultancies including Northfield and LeapYear to generate analytic insights that will inform the social impact investment decisions of large asset holders. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides the primary source for financial support for the Bretton Woods II initiative.

Bretton Woods II is reframing the value proposition around impact investing by demonstrating that properly targeted investments generate competitive returns. As a result, the key question for large asset holders is no longer whether they can afford to make investments in social impact, but whether they can afford to miss opportunities for investments in social impact.

www.newamerica.org/bretton-woods-ii/




Andrea Armeni

Andrea Armeni

Andrea Armeni

Transform Finance

Capital as an instrument for social change? One who firmly believes so is Andrea Armeni. He set out to change the investment world by establishing Transform Finance. Today, impact investing is often proposed as a panacea for social problems. But financial expert Andrea thinks that impact investing projects have not always benefitted those who need help the most.

This is what Transform Finance wants to change: The organization has built a global investors network and has already unlocked more than 850 million dollars. Andrea’s appproach is to seek direct contact with the investors and the people and organizations in which they invest. This way, he wants investors to become advocates for social justice. At the same time, Transform Finance helps social entrepreneurs not only refine their business models but also communicate their needs to investors.

Together with social entrepreneurs, the organization develops indicators and measurement tools that evaluate the impact of the investments from the perspective of the beneficiaries. This way, Transform Finance makes sure that the success or failure of an investment is assessed by the people whose lives it is designed to improve.

Andrea also relies on trans-sector cooperation and building bridges: The NGO is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and has worked with both the U.S. government and grassroots activists.

www.transformfinance.org




Andreas Nørlem

Andreas Nørlem

Andreas Nørlem

Educat

Educat is a social enterprise that supports entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises in Rwanda to create significant and positive change through economic development and job creation. Youth employment has been identified as one of the biggest challenges faced by sub-Saharan African countries, affecting overall state building, the ability to reverse climate change, improvements in human rights, and peace and stability.

As CEO and founder of Educat, Andreas Norlem’s role is to lead the implementation of the strategy and overall vision that essentially is to confront poverty by promoting entrepreneurship and strong leadership among youth and opinion leaders in Rwanda. Challenging them to take risks and think creatively, Andreas is supporting them to establish new and innovative business solutions that positively affect their community and thus to contribute to sustainable state building and a thriving private sector.

Educat’s approach combines for-profit with nonprofit work, thereby creating a social enterprise that is able to deliver high-quality services on a commercial basis to large corporations and institutions and leverage on this expertise and human resources in their work with young entrepreneurs. The NGO’s work additionally involves a strong advocacy component for rights and respect in the workplace.

Educat does this through publication of a quarterly business magazine called The Accelerator Magazine. It is printed in 5,000 copies and distributed throughout Rwanda and in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to all 31 Rwandan embassies and high commissions and selected locations in Uganda and Kenya.

http://www.educat.dk/n/




Tarek Alsaleh

Tarek Alsaleh

Tarek Alsaleh

Capoeira4Refugees

Tarek Alsaleh is a perfect example of a builder of bridges. He first came to Syria in 2007 as a businessman. What he brought with him was his passion for the Brazilian martial art Capoeira, which he also lived on the streets of Damascus.

He quickly realized that this struck a chord with many young Syrians. So he organized Capoeira classes for street kids, but also for refugee children and orphans, and launched the organization Bidna Capoeira. 

After four years of civil war Syria is devastated. Millions of people have fled the country. Many of them got stranded in the Jordan refugee camps Al-Azraq and Zaatari where Tarek Alsaleh, amongst other camps, heads the organisation Capoeira4Refugees. With his Capoeira classes he wants to protect children and young people from radicalisation and violence. His idea hits the spot. Young people of different backgrounds, who never spoke to each other before, suddenly dance together to the rhythmic Capoeira music forgetting the hardships of everyday life for a few hours.

Today, Bidna Capoeira organizes courses for more than 10,000 children in Palestine, Syria and Jordan. In the next five years, Tarek and his Bidna Capoeira want to reach out to thousands more children, especially in disadvantaged communities in more than 100 countries. Partnerships with UNICEF or the Norwegian Refugee Council provide a solid groundwork.

www.bidnacapoeira.org



Eirliani Abdul Rahman

Eirliani Abdul Rahman

Eirliani Abdul Rahman

National Campaign on Child Sexual Abuse

In 2014, there were 6,816 registered cases of child abuse in India. 555 of them came before the courts. In 2013, more than 34,000 cases of child trafficking became known. However, in New Delhi, the unofficial stronghold of child trafficking, just 20 cases were brought to trial.

The numbers show clearly the problem: India does not only have an obvious problem with child abuse. It also fails to provide abused children with access to the necessary legal means. Still, Eirliani Abdul Rahman says: “I believe in India."

Eirliani is a strategist. She knows that an appeal to public conscience is not enough. The campaign she wants to launch during her one-year sabbatical thus is aimed at many people: first and foremost, she, of course, wants to reach as many children as possible who are affected by sexual violence. They should know their rights as well as ways and means to fight back. Currently, there is no cross-sector cooperation in India to get a grip on this massive abuse of children. This is where Eirliani’s project comes in. A Round Table is to bring together all relevant stakeholders. Together, they are to develop a legal framework containing concrete measures to prevent and to punish child abuse – but also to make children and their families aware of their rights.

To reach her goal, Eirliani cooperates with Save the Childhood, an initiative started by Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi.



Ulrike Karbjinski and Daniel Kerber

Ulrike Karbjinski and Daniel Kerber

Ulrike Karbjinski und Daniel Kerber

Morethanshelters

Presently, more than 52 million people live in refugee camps – many of them for more than 20 years. The makeshift tents provide little space for the cultural and religious needs of their occupants. This is where the Hamburg-based social enterprise morethanshelters comes in. It developed the tent module „Domo“ which can be set up and adapted individually to create spaces for personal needs. At the same time it is stronger and sturdier than UN refugee tents, for instance.

Pilot projects are under way in refugee camps in Jordan and Palestine. The next building site has also been selected: Morethanshelters will convert the Domo tents into temporary schools for children in mountain villages in Nepal that were affected by the devastating earthquake.

For new tents alone are not enough. The social enterprise morethanshelters wants to use its proceeds to establish creative spaces for people in refugee camps. Projects such as urban farming, recycling initiatives and educational institutions are to give the inhabitants a sense of participating in their immediate environment. For this is what makes a dignified life.

www.morethanshelters.org



Serra Titiz

Serra Titiz

Serra Titiz

The Future Is Brighter Youth Platform

What it feels like not to know exactly who you are and what career or job fits you best is something that Serra Titiz knows quite well. This despite her privileged upbringing as the daughter of a successful textile entrepreneur in Istanbul who, after finishing her studies, served for several years as director of her parents’ company. Her passion lies elsewhere, however: As a social entrepreneur, Serra Titiz wants to change Turkish society from within. To this end, she founded the online platform “The Future Is Brighter.” Her goal is to encourage young people to find their own way. The obstacles are many: an unemployment rate that stands at 18 percent, a rigid education system, as well as a lack of perspectives and role models.

Half of the Turkish population of 75 million is under 30 years of age, and most of them do not have a vision for a fulfilling career. With her initiative “The Future Is Brighter,” Serra Titiz wants to provide a broad-based solution to this social problem. Young people receive on- and offline career counselling and support from more than 400 experienced professionals. Coaches give valuable advice, mentors share stories of their career paths—and offer the future generation what they need most: hope and orientation.

www.gelecekdaha.net



Gonvindraj Ethiraj

Gonvindraj Ethiraj

Gonvindraj Ethiraj

IndiaSpend

Rather than adding fuel to the emotionally charged debates about social change, responsibility, and good governance in India, the business journalist Govindraj Ethiraj and his online platform IndiaSpend rely on the persuasiveness of hard numbers and facts. There is too much hysteria already.

Election times are when his nonprofit initiative is especially important – not just because of the platform’s wide reach in our digital age, but because it provides many Indians with an opportunity to obtain concrete information about the numerous candidates running for parliament. India has long fought against corruption and the abuse of power, which is why Ethiraj focuses on transparent data and hard facts. His principal target group is young people under 25, who account for more than half of the Indian population.

IndiaSpend also sends regular newsletters to decision-makers and key influencers in government, business, and the media. The journalists take their data mainly from public government sources and make them comprehensible to a larger audience. IndiaSpend does not sell advertisements, but is donation-based—thus setting a good example of transparency and accountability.

www.indiaspend.com



Blair Glencorse

Blair Glencorse

Blair Glencorse

Accountability Lab

From World Bank employee to founder of a successful grassroots movement in developing countries—Blair Glencorse’s career does not fit the usual mold. Nor does his entrepreneurial approach to development aid. His basic proposition: Those who hold power have to assume responsibility and transparently explain their actions. This holds especially for countries where people suffer from poverty, hunger and violence, and where a lack of responsibility deprives people of opportunities, destroys trust, and perpetuates injustice.

With his Accountability Lab, Blair Glencorse wants to provide people—no matter whether they can read or write—with the right tools to hold those in power to account. Such tools include the Accountability Film School in Liberia, where young people learn to make short films about the problems in their communities. Or Nalibeli, a community platform in Nepal, where people can find out, among other things, how to apply for a birth certificate.

The Accountability Lab deliberately embraces risk-taking and creativity. Failure is not seen as a mistake but as an opportunity to make it even better in the future—and to move beyond the often rather ineffective anti-corruption projects supported by traditional development aid.

www.accountabilitylab.org



Sayu Bhojwani

Sayu Bhojwani

Sayu Bhojwani

The New American Leaders Project

From grassroots activism straight to political office – this is what Sayu Bhojwani wishes for first- and second-generation immigrants. Immigration is a topic she has dealt with all her life: Born in India and raised in Belize, Bhojwani herself was an immigrant to the United States. Serving as Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs under New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, she established Immigrant Heritage Week, an annual event celebrating the cultures and contributions of immigrants. What she learnt during this time she now passes on to Asians, Latinos and Africans: how can you mobilize people? What makes an effective campaign? How can you generate donations? Bhojwani’s training programs transform idealists into political professionals. Her task of preparing immigrants for civic leadership also draws on her personal experience. Looking back, she considers it rather complicated to find one’s bearings in the American education, economic and political system. In order to achieve her goals, she had to work much harder than her colleagues. She also noticed that many people thought that changes in the demographic structure would automatically lead to changes in representation. Without role models, however, this will remain a pipe dream. Only a new generation of political officeholders will be able to usher in such change.

http://newamericanleaders.org



Timothy Wade

Timothy Wade

Timothy Wade

GreenHeat

It sounds a bit like the fulfillment of the old alchemists’ dream of turning muck into money. But money is only one aspect among many. People like Timothy Wade, who live and work in Ghana, are confronted daily with other problems: oppressive poverty, the absence of environmental awareness, a lack of sanitary hygiene, and the diseases that result from all of these factors. The amount of feces produced annually by the 2.3 million inhabitants of Ghana’s capital of Accra would fill 88 soccer fields one meter high. It hurts to know that this fecal sludge is flowing into the ocean unfiltered. Especially if you could put it to so much better use. For Timothy Wade, there is no waste – only resources. By taking the principle of recycling waste from the agricultural sector and translating it into the human sector, he is making fuel from feces, thus producing renewable energy. The pellets are sold to industries such as cement factories or power plants. What’s in it for the population? In order to guarantee a steady supply of resources, more and more households are connected to a functioning sewage system; in addition, renewable energies replace fossil fuels, which reduces the burden on the environment, especially the ocean.

www.waste-enterprisers.com



Clare Pearson

Clare Pearson

Clare Pearson

E3: Equal Education for Everyone

An education and a school leaving diploma is not a matter of course, if you are a child born in rural China. Clare Pearson is working to change this. When she thinks about how she has been influenced by her father, two things come to her mind: his love for China and his aversion to injustice. The fact that she, a lawyer, is currently living in Beijing is also owed to his colorful tales. Ever since her childhood in Zambia, Pearson has again and again witnessed great inequality. Instead of deadening her spirits, it has sharpened her perspective – including for the conditions she observes today in the People’s Republic of China: While metropolitan areas and big cities boast of rapid growth, rural regions lag behind. This is also apparent in the education system: Teachers in the metropolitan areas have available the most up-to-date teaching materials and are able to cater to small classrooms of 16 students. In rural areas, up to 100 children crowd into classrooms that contain only the barest essentials; poorly educated teachers try to prepare them for a life that they themselves know only from the perspective of the ordinary population. If you want to help the children, you have to start with the teachers. So Pearson asked herself: “What would my father do?” He would build bridges. Today, Clare Pearson is building bridges between city and country folk, the poor and the prosperous, by bringing 100 teachers from rural regions to Beijing for further training. They then pass on their knowledge to their colleagues – for the benefit of thousands of children.

E3: Equal Education for Everyone



Stephan Augustin

Stephan Augustin

Stephan Augustin

Terracooler

More than one billion people worldwide suffer from hunger – for a variety of reasons. One of them is the lack of appropriate technologies to cool and preserve food and grain. In his free time Stephan Augustin developed Terracooler, a cooling device that has the potential to close this gap. The Terracooler is a double-wall, bell-shaped terracotta cover that is filled with water; when the water evaporates, the temperature inside the cooler decreases by 25 to 40 percent. This extends the shelf life of the food stored inside, while also protecting the food against dirt and animals. In order for the Terracooler to be distributed as cheaply and widely as possible, Stephan Augustin has made the idea available online as donationware. Because it is cheap to manufacture and potters all over the world have the necessary skills to do so, the Terracooler can be manufactured and distributed locally. The Terracooler can also be used in the industrialized world. City apartments in particular often do not have appropriate storage facilities for vegetables, fruit, butter or jam. For lack of alternatives, these products end up in increasingly oversized refrigerators, where their quality often suffers from too cold temperatures. The Terracooler thus is an ecological storage alternative in a variety of climate conditions.

www.terracooler.org

 



Gaurav Mehta

Gaurav Mehta

Gaurav Mehta

Project Dharma (Special Award)

You go for a walk in New Delhi. You leave your office tower, you stroll through elegant business districts, you walk on and on until you suddenly realize that you have come to a slum. The contrast makes you stop in your tracks. This is what happened to Gaurav Mehta. In particular, he could not forget the small child asking him for money. Only a few rupees so that he could buy a shoe shine kit and earn some extra money. Because of the enormous poverty in rural India, year after year countless young people leave for the big cities – only to find out that there are already millions like them looking to make their fortunes. Agricultural workers in India are unemployed for an average of six months a year. Outside of the metropolitan areas, the lack of clean drinking water, medical aid, and an unreliable electricity supply are part of the daily routine. So how do you help villages get on the path to sustainable development, so that people can stay in their home regions? By promoting entrepreneurship among young people, says financial expert Mehta. His Project Dharma brings together hopeful young people from rural areas and experts to encourage, advise, and teach them. By including these young people in business network, entering into business relations with them and helping them develop and distribute products, you are offering rural areas a perspective for the future.

www.dharma.net.in/gaurav.html



Horst Krumbach

Horst Krumbach

Horst Krumbach

Generationsbrücke Deutschland

In the last few decades, the composition of the global population has changed enormously. The average life expectancy has gone up, and, in 2050, people over 60 will outnumber children for the first time in human history. Germany is particularly affected by this development. For this reason, our society should pay significantly more attention to elderly citizens, especially care recipients, and their needs. Generationsbrücke Deutschland initiates, directs, and supervises regular meetings between nursing home residents and groups of preschoolers/schoolchildren – with the goal of enhancing the long-term quality and enjoyment of life of all involved, especially of dementia patients, and raising young people’s awareness for the lives and needs of elderly people and care recipients. Having tested this approach in Aachen since 2009, Horst Krumbach now wants to scale the idea throughout Germany.

www.generationsbruecke-deutschland.de



Alejandro Litovsky

Alejandro Litovsky

Alejandro Litovsky

The Earth Security Initiative

The Earth’s resources and ecosystems are being depleted at an alarming speed, with consequences already visible for humans in many areas. We now know that in crossing ecological limits, we are affecting the planet’s capacity to sustain us. The production systems on which we depend face unprecedented risks from crop failures, water scarcity and energy production, with economic and political consequences that we must be prepared to manage. Staying within ecological limits is the defining challenge for humanity's prosperity on this planet. The next two decades will define whether we will succeed or not. The Earth Security Initiative is an organization created to increase the urgency and the creativity needed to move to action. It engages a range of stakeholders to target and understand the risks involved, to integrate various areas of scientific and economic knowledge into actionable ideas, and to cross boundaries between financial markets, industry, government and civil society to improve how these risks are managed in specific investment and policy agendas. The ESI identifies 'land' as a practical nexus that provides an opportunity to manage the inter-dependent challenges of deforestation, water scarcity, soil resilience, energy and human security. The ESI's 'Land Security Agenda' has defined a new practical sustainability vision to involve investors, governments, scientists, civil society and communities on the ground on a vision towards long-term value and prosperity. Alejandro Litovsky, founder of the initiative, is convinced that we must reorient a definition of security to focus on cooperation and stewardship of the planet. Through research papers, workshops and a global, cross-sector network of leaders, the ESI will over the next three years develop practical responses to the challenge of keeping humanity within ecological limits.

www.earthsecurity.org



Gergana Aneva

Gergana Aneva

Gergana Aneva

Teach me to Fish

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) stipulates that orphans should receive the same attention and opportunities as children who grow up in their biological families. In Bulgaria, this principle is only poorly enforced by the government. Although there are sufficient funds, there are not many programs that focus on improving the lives of orphans. Through her many years of experience in the Bulgarian non-profit and youth work sectors, Gergana Aneva is well-acquainted with this situation. Through her project “Teach Me to Fish,” she aims to improve the situation of orphans in Bulgaria. The key objective is to integrate orphans into a natural social environment. This includes providing them with opportunities for building contacts and learning social skills through workshops. The activities focus above all on bringing together children who are socialized in different ways. Orphans aged 6 to 16 are primarily encouraged to spend a lot of time with children who grow up in families. By attending art workshops together, the children are to learn from each other and develop and strengthen their social skills. Orphans aged 16 to 18 are prepared for their job trainings. The goal of the project is to build a nationwide network of volunteers in Bulgaria.

http://bigstart.info



Amani Eltunsi

Amani Eltunsi

Amani Eltunsi

Girls Only Radio

Amani Eltunsi wants to challenge dominant stereotypes about girls and women in Egypt and other Arabic countries – young women get married as soon as they graduate from college or university, women don’t live on their own, good wives don’t get a divorce – and give a voice to the new generation of young women in the Middle East. From a small studio in Cairo, Girls Only Radio broadcasts eight hours daily via the Internet, the news is courtesy of Deutsche Welle. Amani Eltunsi has been able to attract 30 fellow activists who put out their message, get in touch with female listeners via the radio or the website, and create short documentaries using a digital camera. So far, the project has been funded solely by Amani Eltunsi, from her income as a graphics designer, the proceeds from a book she published, and through bank loans. Girls Only Radio addresses the every-day concerns of young women as well as serious issues such as sexual abuse and violence. Amani Eltunsi has been able to reach five million female listeners, but she aims even higher: Beside the primarily listeners in Egypt, her goal is to reach more women all over the Arab region and the world.

www.banat9bass.com



Heather Cameron

Heather Cameron

Heather Cameron

Boxgirls

Through its programs in Berlin, Nairobi, and Cape Town, Boxgirls supports thousands of girls and women, their families and neighborhoods. Boxing helps the girls and women gain new experiences, physical strength, and social skills. Through empowering the program participants, Boxgirls in South Africa has proven to be particularly successful in fighting violence against women. In order to improve women’s status and self-esteem, it is also necessary to help them become more financially independent, teach them financial skills, and strengthen their confidence when it comes to dealing with money. Based on the boxing programs in the Cape Town area, Heather Cameron is planning to also launch such financial trainings for girls and women.

www.boxgirls.org



Matthias Scheffelmeier

Matthias Scheffelmeier

Matthias Scheffelmeier

Youth Changemaker City

Over the last decade, economic and social transformations in many European countries have increased the pressure on young people. This manifests itself, e.g., in lower starting wages, high youth unemployment, and little social participation. Through its Youth Changemaker City initiative, Ashoka’s Youth Venture wants to break down barriers to young people’s activism and encourage and enable young people to actively participate in shaping their environment and in solving problems that affect young people in particular. To this end, a team of excellence, composed of local youth activism experts from a wide variety of social sectors (e.g. youth organizations, politics, media, and civil society), will be established in what they call a Youth Changemaker City. Next, youth activists will draw on their personal experiences to identify the major obstacles to youth activism in their environment. Finally, there will be a public competition, inviting the city’s youth to submit solutions and project ideas to dismantle such obstacles. The best youth projects will be assisted and supported by the team of excellence and Ashoka’s Youth Venture. In Germany, Youth Changemaker City has been launched in Potsdam and Frankfurt/Main; initiatives are planned for additional German cities as well as cities in Spain, the Netherlands, South America, and South Africa.

www.changemakercity.de



Stephan A. Jansen

Stephan A. Jansen

Stephan A. Jansen

Rock Your Life!

Hundreds of mentorship projects have been launched in the last few years. Their goal is to do what the German education system fails to do: to promote children in a way that their education and life is defined not by their background but by their talents. There is hardly a project that is more successful in that goal than Rock Your Life! The program pairs up Hauptschule students with university student mentors to help the former make the difficult transition from school to work. The coaching pair meets every two weeks to talk about the coachee’s job aspirations or to work together on an internship application. Both benefit from the two-year interaction. The Hauptschule students receive concrete support. The university students are trained for their roles by Rock Your Life! and develop new social skills. Almost as a side-effect, social cohesion also comes out a winner when future graduates and socalled “educational losers” get along so well with each other. Stephan A. Jansen, president of Zeppelin University, as a mentor has submitted his students’ idea to the competition. The prize money was used to set up the social franchise enterprise, which today oversees 25 student associations all over Germany.

www.rockyourlife.de