Fellows by Category

Organization: BNI

Starting at Brazil’s most prestigious business school, Felipe Bannitz has launched a nationwide initiative to integrate university resources into the social sector, providing financial and technical assistance to microentrepreneurs through the first “junior bank.”

Through the “Banco Palmas” (a People’s Bank), Joaquim is pioneering a community-based economic system by identifying and developing the assets of his community.

José Dias is empowering small farmers in Northeastern Brazil to collectively manage and appropriate resources for drought-resistant technologies. His model aims to break the dependence of small-scale farmers on government support by providing them with sufficient autonomy to invest in new infrastructure and appropriate technology as they see fit.

Organization: BVS&A

Celso Grecco’s Social Stock Market builds social investment mechanisms directly into the structure of Brazil’s largest stock exchange. The first of its kind, BVS pairs the financial efficiency of the stock market with the social demand for private investments.

Organization: Sistema B

Juan Pablo is changing the way in which Chilean society relates and solves problems. Through a series of initiatives and related organizations, he is driving collaboration between all social sectors, promoting social innovation in B Corporations, government, and civil society to generate solutions to current social and environmental issues.

Organization: Preservação

Alexandre Martinez is instituting financial and legal mechanisms to promote private conservation and effective land management in Brazil. Despite growing interest in using cash incentives to encourage environmental conservation, the government’s related tax schemes have been rendered ineffective by misuse and corruption, and as a result, have failed to stem the growing threats to the country’s...

Organization: ACOOD - Fundação de Cooperação e Desenvolvimento

Manoel “Bael” Arnoud Peixoto is enabling rural development in northeastern Brazil with a financial system that accounts for the entire production chain—from supply through income redistribution—of community-owned cooperatives. Bael’s approach focuses not only on economic growth, but also on reinforcing family structures that are the backbone of the cooperative system.

Organization: Comum - Catarse

Through Catarse, Luis Otávio Ribeiro is pioneering a new way of mobilizing citizens to be more active in the citizen sector, by using technology to enable participation.

Anaclaudia Rossbach is creating a way to work deeply with poor communities, helping their residents to form as a group, build credit, identify needs, goals, resources, and represent these to institutions who can lend their support, particularly in the area of housing. 

In light of the rapid advance of sugar cane monoculture in Brazil, the devaluing of family-scale agriculture, and the deepening of social inequalities in the Northeastern backlands, Lílian do Prado Silva supports youth entrepreneurship in the field of organic family agriculture, offering access to credit and formal guidance in the implementation of businesses.

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