Social Entrepreneurs

Contextual Safeguarding Network

United Kingdom

During adolescence, the risk of abuse often shifts from a familial context to public/school/peer environments and peer influences. Based on this insight, Carlene shapes what she frames as ‘contextual safeguarding’, shifting the focus in the child protection system from the affected individual towards the conditions of abuse. In...

Craftivist Collective

United Kingdom

When thinking about activism negative connotations might come to mind. Sarah, who has been an activist her whole life, wanted to change this image of activism and founded the Craftivist Collective with the goal to create a kinder, more inclusive and effective form of social action by moving communities away from divisive activism towards more thoughtful changemaking.
She has created a methodology called craftivism (craft+activism), transforming the way people think about, engage with, and most...

Rural Schools Transformation Network

Turkey

Village schools in Turkey have long been neglected and often considered disadvantaged education ecosystems. Mine is reinventing village schools in rural Turkey by focusing on their strengths for a changemaker education and student empowerment, rather than their traditional disadvantages such as a lack of physical resources. She actively...

Turkey

The aquaculture industry in Turkey is dominated by men, and known to be an overwhelmingly unjust and sexist workspace for women. Huriye is working to negate these issues, identifying fisherwomen as critical agents of change able to empower impoverished small fisherfolk communities, improve their families’ conditions, provide new livelihoods for fishing communities and protect coastal ecosystems surrounding them. She has led a group of experts, women’s rights leaders and fisherwomen to build a hub of female-led...

Otsimo

Turkey

Zafer and Otsimo are a powerhouse creating innovative, affordable and impactful digital educational materials for families and children with autism in their early education period - a time that is key for learning integration skills and self-sufficiency. A game application for children, the Otsimo app enables children to spend time on numeric and alphabetic practices without getting distracted over time. Children using the application have shown considerable improvement in attention span and their ability to...

E-bursum

Turkey

E-Bursum is an online platform connecting students to available scholarships in Turkey. It aims to create a fast, reliable and fair system in which the entirety of scholarship processing is gathered under one roof, aiming to reduce the inequality of opportunity in education and bring together students and funders using technology. Mesut is re-inventing a previously dysfunctional scholarship system as an empowerment tool, fundamentally changing the ways scholarship givers and recipients interact to create systems...

Invitationsdepartementet

Sweden

With the vision of inspiring a welcoming society to address the growing segregation and exclusion in Sweden, Ebba mobilizes communities to take an active role in creating this welcoming social infrastructure by bringing newcomers and established residents together over home-cooked dinners, with trust-building and empathy as direct outputs. Invitationsdepartementet brings two social groups together – regardless of one’s family status, age, education or socio-economic background, who otherwise are not likely to meet....

Peppy Pals/EQidz

Sweden

Development of social emotional skills often remains as a neglected area as majority of parents and teachers do not have the knowledge or the tools to explain abstract concepts such as empathy to children. Through providing concrete social emotional learning tools, Rosie and Peppy Pals actively involve parents and educators into children’s emotional intelligence training. Targeting all children between the age of 2-9 regardless of their abilities, but primarily focusing on children diagnosed with...

Fundación Pau Costa

Spain

Wildfires are globally becoming an increasing threat to ecosystems and human life. Despite this, there is no common approach or knowledge-sharing for their prevention or management across countries. Oriol is changing the paradigm from a “fire extinction focus” to a “fire ecology approach”. He brings together researchers, firefighters and the general public to work together to design new solutions on forest management, fire ecology and fire...

Build Up

Spain

Build Up is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting the emergence of alternative infrastructures for civic engagement and peacebuilding. Helena works with local peace activists from Myanmar to Syria to the USA to design and roll out scalable peace interventions that connect local voices to decision-making processes and to the creation of public discourse. She is building an effective global movement of citizen participation in peace...

OCCRP

Romania

Illicit global money flows exceed 1.2 trillion USD making corruption an issue that affects all societies to different degrees. A global pioneer in investigative journalism, Paul has travelled around the world to track and report on corruption and organised crime and to train a decentralized global network of investigators to follow suit. OCCRP gathers over 40 organizations under one vision: creatively organized good people can outsmart and deter global criminals, by increasing the cost of corruption through public...

Kogayon Association

Romania

Despite the international recognition of Romania’s unique natural capital of virgin forests and faunistic diversity, proportionally there are 1/3 less natural protected areas in Romania compared to its neighboring countries. Even worse, 60% of all natural protected areas have no official administration, leading to illegal exploitation and uncontrolled tourism. Florin decided that nature is not a chore for the state, but the responsibility of all of us, and has established the first National and Natural Parks in...

Prader Willi Association

Romania

There are over 1 million of the Romanians suffering from rare diseases, of which only approximately 7000 are actually diagnosed. Dorica identified the need for a central point of contact for these patients, which implies daily collaboration with experts in the country and abroad. Dorica's vision is a world in which all rare diseases patients have equal and free access to timely diagnostic information and are provided a tailored set of integrated services and therapies. These can ensure a good quality of life and...

SPEAK

Portugal

All across the globe there’s an increasing social exclusion of migrants and refugees, who often suffer from deeply rooted stigma based on cultural differences and ignorance. Integration solutions are often assistance-based, treating newcomers as disempowered receivers. Hugo is dedicated to destroying cultural walls using empathy as his bulldozer. He is taking language learning as the perfect excuse to foster the organic emergence and proliferation of communities which integrate, value and promote cultural diversity...

Girl Move

Portugal

In Mozambique 48,6% of women mary before turning 18 and have children before reaching adulthood. 70% of them will become single mothers. The culture and (male) leadership of the country sustains this situation. Alexandra is devoting her efforts to ensure the end of child marriage and pregnancy in the world’s developing countries. She seeks to give every woman the power and choice to pursue her studies and have a job. Girls Move offers an integrated approach...

Just a Change

Portugal

António is fighting housing poverty, which is an invisible problem affecting at least 4,8% of Portuguese people, who live in degraded conditions, often not having access to insulated roofs, sanitized water systems or a even a hot shower. This problem is widely ignored and the government is only able to provide social housing to a small portion of people who live in extremely dangerous or illegal situation. With Just a Change (JAC), António is leading a joint...

Stocznia

Poland

The concept of civil society is key for democracy and lies at the basis of freedom of speech and freedom of gatherings as essential pillars of any democratic society. In the times when the concept of civil society in Poland could be perceived as an obsolete utopia, Kuba started developing several safety mechanisms that could safeguard Polish democracy. He started his work in the 80's during a historic period of regime change in Poland. Since then, Kuba has built more resilient social capital among civil society...

Fundacja Łąka

Poland

Along with increasing urbanization, biodiversity has become scarcer and the devastation of natural resources is progressing. The green areas of cities are dominated by evenly mowed/trimmed
and regularly watered lawns, which are a monoculture. By bringing conversations about biodiversity back to the cities, Maciej is bridging rural and urban cultures and is empowering inhabitants of cities to have an active role in addressing this challenge. He envisions urban green areas as biodiverse zones where pollinators...

Explorable AS/Assisted Self-Help

Norway

As a psychologist working within the Norwegian public healthcare system, Oskar saw the constrained resources of the mental health workers and limited capacity for a more effective diagnostic and treatment process. By integrating web-based Assisted Self-Help (ASH) tools into the public healthcare system, Oskar responds to structural problems such as high thresholds to meet a mental health expert, long waiting times and stigma in society to seek mental help. He does this by providing access to web-based treatments for...

Youth Bank International

Northern Ireland

Vernon founded Youth Bank International (YBI) to transform relationships within and between communities by putting young people in charge of grantmaking organisations.
Youth Banks (YB) are youth-led grant-making groups or programmes within a host organization, that channel money into projects that improve the quality of life of local communities. As opposed to conventional philanthropy or youth development initiatives where young people are the recipients or ‘beneficiaries’, YBs are entirely run by...

Sea Rangers Service

The Netherlands

What if complex global problems can be targeted in a way in which they become each other’s solutions? Wietse developed an initiative that tackles youth unemployment, re-integrates veterans and protects and regenerates marine landscape, all at the same time. The Sea Ranger Service is the...

Treedom

Italy

Using digital technology, Federico has created an alliance between farmers and their virtual supporters to tackle deforestation and pollution. Treedom is an online platform that allows people and companies to plant trees online and offset CO2 emissions by directly financing small farmers. In turn, farmers start new agricultural enterprises, thus filling the time gap between planting a seed and growing a tree. Treedom combines an environmental and a social mission. That is why the reforestation activities take place in...

Interactive Map of Debt Executions

Czech Republic

9.7% of Czech citizens and their relatives are deeply affected by personal debt. By and large, this is a new phenomenon highly prevalent in former communist countries, which society and authorities are failing to deal with. It leads to a chronic social exclusion of individuals and families and negatively impacts the basic needs of children.
Radek has started to radically change the way politicians and journalists think and talk about people in debt executions. He proved it is not a problem of...

MagikMe

Hungary

In Europe there are 4 million disabled children that are normally left out at the playgrounds due to the lack of appropriate toys for them. Even though some play areas are wheelchair accessible, they don't have toys for these kids that are not strong enough to sit on or hold on to. Eszter wants to integrate those children and their families, breaking their isolation and changing the image that society has of them. MagikMe works in three areas: 1. Playground toys: designing and placing suitable equipment on...

Tandemploy GmbH

Germany

While the world has moved from an industrial to a service and then to a knowledge economy, working conditions have not evolved similarly. Jana and Anna are shifting the practices of a work environment which still seems to belong to the industrial age. They are supporting companies to live up to modern working requirements through practical and adaptable solutions, advice and ongoing companionship through this transformation process.

On the one hand, Tandemploy offers the world's first job-sharing platform,...

Tandemploy GmbH

Germany

While the world has moved from an industrial to a service and then to a knowledge economy, working conditions have not evolved similarly. Jana and Anna are shifting the practices of a work environment which still seems to belong to the industrial age. They are supporting companies to live up to modern working requirements through practical and adaptable solutions, advice and ongoing companionship through this transformation process.

On the one hand, Tandemploy offers the world's first job-sharing platform,...

Futuro Forestal

Germany

While tropical deforestation is a widely known and complex ecological and social challenge, existing concepts fail to turn the wheel. This is also true because natural tropical forests are not widely acknowledged to be a source of value creation but are often seen as a hurdle to it. Also, the sustainable management of natural systems is widely detached from global market structures, which leads to a lack of investment and incentives for action. Based on this insight, Andreas uses his experience in the field to pull...

Urban Refugees

France

60% of the global refugee population resides in cities, in precarious conditions, and beyond the reach of most humanitarian aid. Sonia works with refugees at the center of solutions, to ensure they have the means to thrive. Urban Refugees supports them by collaborating with refugee leaders across the globe through intensive, in-person...

Activ'Action

France

Unemployment consists of an escalating spiral of loss of confidence and self-esteem, as well as loneliness. Émilie focuses on tackling the roots of the psychological implications of unemployment by opening up free and accessible spaces of personal development for unemployed people across territories through Activ'Action. Émilie envisions a society in which unemployment periods are perceived and lived as opportunities to develop one's full potential and works at making lifelong learning a reality for the unemployed....

Yes We Camp

France

Nicolas Detrie is convinced that cities need a new type of public spaces specifically designed to trigger individual and collective fulfilling initiatives that serve the common good - what he calls "collective capacity". In other words, this is an "enabling public space" where every citizen can feel he/she has the power, the right and the legitimacy to contribute, to experiment and even to fail, while connecting with people from diverse backgrounds.Nicolas has experimented and documented a unique process that makes a...

Soscience

France

While there is a growing understanding of science’s potential as a contributor to solving the most pressing social challenges, numerous barriers still prevent scientific research to be deliberately and efficiently leveraged towards solutions. Public and private organizations that perform scientific research lack knowledge, incentives and tools to integrate social impact as an explicit goal of their research planning process. To sustainably remove these barriers, Mélanie is building the missing framework. She designs...

My HumanKit

France

Living with a disability is seen as a limitation. Yet, people living with disabilities are experts of their own needs and leaders in designing technical solutions, once put in the right spot and surrounded by the right resources. With My Human Kit, Nicolas uses this mechanism to change mindsets about disabilities, by facilitating...

Les Ptits Doudous

France

French hospitals are under budget pressure and heavy hierarchical processes. Turnover and staff burnout levels are high. Health professionals work in silos and struggle to bring decent care to patients. To address this issue, Nolwenn is creating changemaking opportunities for all health professionals, within their career path. She gives healthcare professional opportunities to engage in double-impact projects that improve patient’s care, while being more cost-effective for the system. Nolwenn designed and packaged a...

DUO for a JOB

Belgium

Frédéric and Matthieu founded DUO for a...

DUO for a JOB

Belgium

Matthieu and Frédéric founded DUO...

dahir

Austria

As the traditional approach of affordable housing reaches its limits, Dagmar goes beyond affordable housing: she is building a new market for housing centered on community and trust, that makes normal private-market properties accessible to previously underserved communities. Property owners tend to lack the tools and methods needed, in order to rise to complex challenges, such as tenants failing to pay rent or clashes between diff erent cultures within the properties they manage/own. On the other hand,...