Daquan unleashes the full genius of underestimated communities and activates a hive of activity and exchange, proving that youth are at their best when they actually build things, including small businesses, their own confidence, and a mindset of “future-readiness.”
Katie Plohocky has developed a framework for food security that proves that every community – no matter how economically disadvantaged – can engage neighbors (and others) and bring back fresh and healthy food stores. Not only does this improve local health outcomes, but when food security is positioned as an opportunity for community entrepreneurship and organizing in disenfranchised areas, it generates jobs, helps the environment, and enlivens the neighborhood.
Priti wants to reinvent the patent system, a key driver of the global crisis of drug affordability. I-MAK, the organization she cofounded with Tahir Amin, was among the first to challenge unjust patent monopolies to increase access to affordable lifesaving medicines, and is leading the charge to re-imagine the patent system to serve the public. Priti's work is effectively upending the idea that only lawyers and technocrats have the ability to influence patent decisions.
Stephen Manning is building communities and legal structures that protect immigrants from the imbalance of power and otherization that create abuses in our current system. He is doing this by reimagining how immigration and asylum law are practiced and creating new structures to support immigrant defense work in communities across the nation.