Coral Vita, 2017 Innovation Prize awardees, officially opened the world's first commercial land-based coral farm on Friday, May 31st. They have teamed up with leading coral scientists from Plant a Million Corals Foundation and the Gate Coral Lab, integrating their methods to grow coral up to 50x faster while strengthening their resiliency to climate change. You can learn more about them on their website.
Musings Magazine interviewed Coral Vita about their innovative vision for large-scale restoration of coral reefs. Read the article here.
Dr. Victoria Herrmann was named to Apolitical's list of 100 most influential people in climate policy. Read more about her, and the other leaders listed, click here.
Inside Philanthropy featured The J.M.K. Innovation Prize for its efforts to seek out nascent projects across the United States, not just in the small handful of metropolitan areas that have seen an increased concentration of philanthropic wealth.
Coral Vita was part of the team that won XPRIZE Visioneering, a competition that convenes a select group of leaders and experts to evaluate, prioritize and fund competition designs. As a result of their efforts, there will be a "Coral Survival" XPRIZE that calls for innovations that can scale coral survival 1,000 fold to help replenish our coral reefs. Read more at XPRIZE's website.
Innovation Prize Awardees Industrial Commons and Coalfield Development Named Amongst Grantees of Communities Thrive Challenge
Innovation Prize Awardees Molly Hemstreet and Sarah Chester of Industrial Commons and Brandon Dennison of Coalfield Development were named two of the ten grantees of the Communities Thrive Challenge, a collaboration between the Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities across the country. Grantees will receive $1 million to scale their solutions, as well as technical assistance. Learn more by visiting the Communities Thrive Challenge website, watch the videos of Industrial Commons and Coalfield Development, or read the press release.
Yasmine Arrington and five of her ScholarCHIPS scholars were interviewed by long-time journalist, Barbara Hasrrison, on NBC 4. Watch the full video here.
Christina Fialho, co-founder of Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC), offers insight into the abuses of our current immigrant detention system and how community-based alternatives to detention, such as her Revolving Immigration Detention Bond Fund, offer a more humane and cost effective solution. Read more in her interview with Ashoka, featured in Forbes: The Alternative To Immigrant Detention Everyone Should Know About.
Cora Vita will soon begin constructing the world's first land-based coral farm in the Bahamas. In these farms, they intend to not only grow coral faster than it grows in the ocean - but to help make the coral more resilient. Read the whole article on Fast Company.
California Harvesters, a project of The Workers Lab and 2017 Innovation Prize awardee, is transforming agricultural labor practices and improving the treatment of farmworkers. Read Fast Company's full article here: How a Small Worker-Owned trust Could Transform Agricultural Labor for Decades