2017 Innovation Prize Awardees

Sara Chester &Molly Hemstreet

The Industrial Commons

Western North Carolina

Connecting cultural heritage, youth retention, and economic revival, The Industrial Commons helps small to mid-size manufacturers convert to worker-ownership.

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Gator Halpern &Sam Teicher

Coral Vita

Washington, D.C. and San Diego, CA

Seeking to restore imperiled coral reefs, Coral Vita is leveraging for-profit tools to build a network of high-tech coral farms.

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Victoria Herrmann

Rising Tides

Washington, D.C.

Rising Tides brings expertise on climate adaptation and cultural heritage directly to vulnerable communities to save America’s histories, traditions, and cultures.

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Rachel Johnson-Farias

Esq. Apprentice

California

Seeking to reimagine the legal profession, Esq. Apprentice creates a no-cost pipeline for low-income youth of color to become fully licensed attorneys.

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David Muhammad

Neighborhood Opportunity and Accountability Board (NOAB)

California

A neighborhood-led model for youth justice seeks to re-route resources spent on locking youth up, and instead invest in young people and their communities.

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Swapna Reddy &Elizabeth Willis

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP)

New York

ASAP offers a model for “lawyering in a crisis” by crowdsourcing short-term volunteers to provide rapid legal services to asylum-seeking families.

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Carmen Rojas

The California Harvesters

California

Through the nation’s first farm labor trust, immigrant farmworkers are reaping the benefits of worker-ownership while strengthening America’s food economy.

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Cristina Tzintzun

Jolt Initiative

Texas

Jolt is pioneering a Latino youth-led movement across Texas to fight for stronger immigrant protections and rewrite the immigration narrative.

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David Walfish

Ho‘oulu Pacific

Hawaii

Ho‘oulu Pacific’s win-win model of “distributed agriculture” provides income for household farmers and healthy, affordable food for Hawaiians.

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Tony Weaver Jr.

Get Media L.I.T.

Georgia

Get Media L.I.T. combats media misrepresentation of minority groups through literacy learning tools that disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

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