Primoz Kovacic: Development is personal

Primoz Kovacic is the co-founder and director of Spatial Collective, a Nairobi-based social enterprise that uses Geographic Information Systems for community development. Through data collection and visualization, Spatial Collective helps communities to identify available resources and apply this knowledge in development initiatives. 


Fred Swaniker: Reimagining university

Ranked among the "top 10 young power men in Africa" by Forbes Magazine, and as one of the top 15 social entrepreneurs in the world by Echoing Green, Fred Swaniker is leading a quiet revolution in Africa. He is training Africa's future decision-makers, politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists and Nobel Prize winners. This serial entrepreneur has founded 5 organizations that aim collectively to groom 3 million high-impact leaders for Africa over the next 5 decades.


Susana De Anda: Toxic California water

Susana De Anda is the co-founder and co-director of the Community Water Center (CWC), which helps build strategic grassroots capacity to address water challenges in small, rural, low-income communities and communities of color. Since opening its doors in 2006, CWC has worked with local residents from 82 California communities to improve access to safe, clean, and affordable water. CWC has trained over 2,674 residents as clean water advocates, and provided technical assistance to over 15 local water boards struggling to manage efficient and accountable water systems.


Donnel Baird: Energy Financing

Donnel Baird: Bloc Power

Donnel Baird works to create jobs and reduce energy costs for underserved communities.

Through his organization BlocPower, Donnel helps churches and community organizations to use their collective power to bargain for discounts on energy-efficient products ranging from insulation to solar panels, which are then installed for lower electricity bills.

A nonprofit arm of BlocPower trains community members to do the construction work for living wages. For Donnel, working with underserved communities in the Bronx and Washington, D.C. offers him an opportunity to bring a sense of community empowerment to communities where such resources are much needed.

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