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 Tzintzún Ramirez

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.

Washington, D.C.

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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2015 Innovation Prize Awardees

Ruth J. Abram

Behold! New Lebanon

New York

A model for activating human capital in rural places, this “living museum of contemporary rural life” has helped inventive rural residents ignite a fresh sense of cultural and economic opportunity.

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Yasmine Arrington

ScholarCHIPS for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Washington, D.C.

To break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration, ScholarCHIPS supports college students in the Washington, D.C. area who are among the millions of children in America with incarcerated parents.

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Christopher Brown

Growing Veterans

Washington State

Through a unique blend of peer mentoring, community farming, and “dirt therapy,” Growing Veterans uses sustainable agriculture as a catalyst for ending veteran isolation.

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Gina Clayton

Essie Justice Group

California

This peer-support program’s “healing to advocacy” agenda empowers women with incarcerated loved ones to push for social and policy reform, while boosting their economic resilience.

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Brandon Dennison

Reclaim Appalachia

West Virginia

Tackling the economic, cultural, and environmental distress of West Virginia’s collapsing coal economy, Reclaim Appalachia creates new economic opportunities rooted in a vibrant spirit of place.

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Alan Lovewell

Bay2Tray

California

Bringing local fish into schools proves a powerful way to cultivate the next generation of ocean stewards, while promoting sustainable seafood and supporting a community’s fishing industry.

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Michelle Miller &Jess Kutch

Coworker.org

New York and North Carolina

To advance worker well-being, Coworker.org harnesses online tools to advocate for freelancers, independent contractors, and others in today’s gig-based workforce.

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Elizabeth Monoian &Robert Ferry

Land Art Generator Initiative

Washington State

A series of large-scale public art installations seeks to transform unloved clean-energy infrastructure into wildly inspiring cultural and economic assets.

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Jon Schull

e-NABLE

New York

A global network of tech-enabled partners uses advanced production tools to deliver life-changing prosthetic hands and arms to those who need them most.

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Elizabeth Vartkessian

Advancing Real Change, Inc.

Maryland

Using state-of-the-art investigative tools, legal defense teams can highlight an offender’s life history, reducing severe sentences and reshaping a retributive criminal justice system.

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