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Jason McLennan, Ashoka Fellow, founded the International Living Building Institute, which is raising the bar for sustainability in the built environment from a "do less harm" approach to buildings that actually improve the environment. In Seattle, the Bullitt Center, which is being called the greenest office building in the world, was built under the Living Building Challenge.
Mary Gordon, Ashoka Fellow, founded Roots of Empathy, which works to reduce childhood aggression by teaching students emotional literacy and fosters the development of empathy. Her program, which consists of children hosting parents and infants in a classroom setting, has successfully reached 450,000 students in Canada, has scaled to four countries and is growing fast.
Sylvia Banda, Ashoka Fellow, founded Sylvia Food Solutions, which tackles high levels of poverty and the low demand for locally produced, traditional food in Zambia. Sylvia Food Solutions creates entrepreneurial hubs that guarantee markets for these goods and fostering an appreciation for local food in both rural and urban areas, encouraging a shift from subsistence farming to commercial farming of local food.
Rebecca Onie, Ashoka Fellow, founded Health leads, which believes in a healthcare system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. Health Leads enables healthcare providers to prescribe basic resources like food and heat just as they do medication.
Thorkil Sonne, Ashoka Fellow, changed the way society perceives autism by transforming it from a handicap to a competitive advantage. His Specialist People Foundation employs autistic people, who have a ten times lower fault rate in software testing and other tasks.