Community / Economics

596 Acres Living Lots
2015 Semi-Finalist

Living Lots, an adaptable, open source land-access platform and dynamic community empowerment initiative, works to identify unused urban spaces and catalyzes efforts to reclaim them as focal points for civic engagement. Living Lots allows formerly disenfranchised residents to both collaboratively engage with and directly challenge top-down city planning.

African Christians Organization Network
2016 Catalyst Program

This project supplies alternatives to the open fire 3-stone cooking method common in Africa. Their community-driven efforts address multiple environmental threats on local scale and provide new modes for income generation.

Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP)
2017 Catalyst Program

Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform is a transnational STEAM*-powered, intercultural/interclass stellate design initiative to transform the materials processing and recycling zone of Agbogbloshie scrapyard typified in global media as the world's biggest e-waste dump meme into a human-spatial network for distributed manufacturing and digital fabrication to drive a global circular economy.

Arctic Food Network
2012 Catalyst Program

Arctic Food Network is a series of strategically distributed shelters in Baffin Island, Nunavut (Canada). The network addresses food security, biological and wildlife species management, and provides a safe navigation system across the region. AFN is developed in partnership with the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth in Nunavut.

Barefoot College
2008 Runner-Up

Barefoot College is a non-governmental organization that has been providing basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities for more than forty years, with the objective of making them self-sufficient and sustainable.

2009 Semi-Finalist

BerkShares are an experiment in relocalization and economic democracy: a currency that engages citizens in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts in supporting and developing local businesses to meet local needs, thereby decreasing reliance on fossil fuel and imports from afar. BerkShares also inspire communities worldwide to create similar local solutions.

Boston Ujima Project
2017 Catalyst Program

THE BOSTON UJIMA PROJECT is a democratically governed multi-stakeholder organization, building a community-controlled business and finance ecosystem in Boston. We are challenging poverty and developing our communities by pooling our investment, consumer and political capital, to grow local wealth and ownership while meeting our own needs.

Bronzeville Line Urban Energy (B.L.U.E.)
2015 Catalyst Program

Our solution is creating community based renewable energy and urban agriculture on a vacated rail and electric substation. The structures are brownfield and create areas of refuse collection, vagrancy and danger to local children. The project provides an opportunity for our local community to contribute to renewable energy.

Built for Zero
2017 Catalyst Program

Built for Zero, an initiative of Community Solutions, works with 70 communities across the United States to help them end chronic and veteran homelessness.

2012 Semi-Finalist

Chalo is a design initiative that encourages systematic change in textile waste recycling by building an innovative business model with economic, social, and environmental implications in both large and small-scale garment production. The approach is holistic with a three-pronged strategy; business collaboration, design mentorship, and storytelling.

Chira Project
2014 Catalyst Program

This recycle and community center for Women Association ADATA on Chira Island, Costa Rica, includes a work and social area. Apart from recycling it will be used for environmental trainings for schoolchildren, other inhabitants and tourists, making of handicrafts from recyclables, a daycare-center for children and meeting space.

2016 Catalyst Program

Communitere builds capacity and community for holistic recovery in developing world post-disaster scenarios. Our inclusive design, maker-oriented ethos lifts all stakeholders in a process resulting in a locally-owned resource for those impacted by disaster to design and rebuild their own communities, and provide access to world-class advanced technology and design.

Concern America
2016 Semi-Finalist

Concern America is an international development and refugee aid organization that works with economically impoverished communities around the world to develop long-term solutions to poverty.

Cooperación Comunitaria
2016 Finalist

Cooperación Comunitaria has envisioned and is implementing a comprehensive model to radically improve these marginalized populations' living conditions by working with communities to rebuild their homes.

Dreaming New Mexico
2009 Runner-Up

Dreaming New Mexico is a bold, visionary and tangible methodology and tool kit for bioregional restoration applicable locally and globalocally. It addresses the systemic nature of restoration of natural and human systems, including governance and the restoration economy.

Earth Awards
2008 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: I propose to build and launch such a system which I devised and filed patent for several years ago -- a computer aided design (CAD) system for the collective design and funding of the highest ROI mechanisms for directing human effort and attention known: prizes, contests, and mass incentives.

2015 Catalyst Program

As the German word for tax is "Steuer," meaning "to steer," we develop a tax system for any land area, organized in watersheds, that "steers" the taxed away from depletion of resources, including soil and water, towards revitalization. Today's huge amounts of civil-satellite data, with many spectral readings, are mobilized.

Economics for the Anthropocene
2016 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: The Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) project seeks to displace the growth-insistent macro-economic framework which is destabilizing the Earth's life support system(s).

2016 Semi-Finalist

ECOTIERRA is a certified B corporation working to create a sustainable agricultural economy across the Andes cordillera, with plans to replicate their model in Cote d’Ivoire and Colombia. The company works as a matchmaker, connecting investors to coffee and cocoa cooperatives throughout Peru.

Educating Entrepreneurs Tool-Kit
2011 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: EARTH Univ. to develop an Educating Entrepreneurs Tool-Kit for African faculties of agriculture committed to transforming undergraduate curricula.