Status Go: Meet the 85 Finalists for the 2014 Fellowships



Tremble, Status Quo. You have met your match. Meet the eighty-five Echoing Green Fellowship Finalists whose collective mission is to disrupt the way society currently works in order to build a more just, peaceful world. Representing just three percent of the original application pool and vying for (up to) forty-two Fellowships, these individuals are armed to enact bright new solutions that scream Status Go.

From the highlands of Tanzania and the schools of Haiti to the urban neighborhoods of Baltimore, learn about the Fellowship Finalists for our newly launched Climate Fellowship (launched with support from the ZOOM Foundation), Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellowship, and Global Fellowship.


Finalists for the Global Fellowship

 

Brittany Martin
AbleThrive
Health & Healthcare
Transform the way people with disabilities live by connecting communities on a user-generated information support network.

Blair Glencorse
Accountability Lab
Public Service & Civic Engagement
Fight corruption in the developing world by co-creating the world's most innovative accountability ideas.

Benje Williams
Amal Academy
Education
Close the skills gap and improve the professional outcomes of marginalized Pakistani youth through a combination of soft-skills training and industry connections.

Lauren Burke
Atlas: DIY
Civil & Human Rights
Create a model community for immigrant youth by hosting an incubation space for education, empowerment, and community development

Ratul Narain
Bempu
Health & Healthcare
Prevent infant deaths and illnesses from hypothermia and temperature-related diseases in India by developing a simple and affordable baby temperature monitoring band.

Jonathan Marino
BOSCO
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Catalyze solar power microgrid development, Wi-Fi access, and entrepreneurial training in Uganda to build economies, preserve culture, and ignite learning.

Joseph Okumu
BOSCO
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Catalyze solar power microgrid development, Wi-Fi access, and entrepreneurial training in Uganda to build economies, preserve culture, and ignite learning.

De Andrea Nichols
Catalysts by Design
Public Service & Civic Engagement
Bring social entrepreneurship to economically impoverished communities in the U.S. by promoting design-thinking education amongst teens and young adults.

William Masson
Colibrí Center for Human Rights
Civil & Human Rights
Change U.S.-Mexico border policies by witnessing human rights violations on the border, serving the families of missing migrants, and producing reliable data-driven research.

Robin Reineke
Colibrí Center for Human Rights
Civil & Human Rights
Change U.S.-Mexico border policies by witnessing human rights violations on the border, serving the families of missing migrants, and producing reliable data-driven research.

Abigail Seldin
College Abacus
Education
Increase access to affordable higher education by enabling students and families to compare financial aid estimates from different colleges before deciding where to apply.

Jess Kutch
Coworker.org

Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Create a 21st century labor movement that uses technology to win improvements in the workplace.

Michelle Miller
Coworker.org
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Create a 21st century labor movement that uses technology to win improvements in the workplace.

Samrat Bhattacharyya
dot Learn
Education
Increase access to digital courses for bottom of the pyramid populations by making traditionally online education courses downloadable and accessible offline and on mobile phones with an open source platform.

Minhaj Chowdhury
Drinkwell
Environment
Transform the water crisis into entrepreneurial opportunity for rural Bangladesh by blending proprietary filtration technology with a franchise business model.

Gayatri Datar
EarthEnable
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Solve health issues associated with dirt floors in Rwanda by providing masons with skills training and a proprietary sealant oil to install low-cost and sanitary flooring.

Andrew Shirman
Education In Sight
Education
Improve academic performance of underprivileged students by providing them with free vision screenings, eyeglasses, and eyecare education.

Kago Kagichiri
Eneza Education
Education
Increase literacy rates and academic achievement for rural African youth by utilizing a mobile-based, gamefied learning system.

Toni Maraviglia
Eneza Education
Education
Increase literacy rates and academic achievement for rural African youth by utilizing a mobile-based, gamefied learning system.

Gina Clayton
Essie Justice Group
Civil & Human Rights
Build a women-led movement to end mass incarceration by uniting, supporting, and empowering women with incarcerated loved ones.

Emmanuel Owusu Addai
Farmerline Ltd
Food & Agriculture
Provide important and timely information for small-scale farmers in Ghana by sending voice messages in their local language via mobile phone.

Alloysius Attah
Farmerline Ltd
Food & Agriculture
Provide important and timely information for small-scale farmers in Ghana by sending voice messages in their local language via mobile phone.

Matthew Smith
Fortify Rights
Civil & Human Rights
Strengthen the human rights movement by providing technical support to human rights defenders while also documenting human rights abuses.

Solomon Benge
Fundi Bots
Education
Prepare Ugandan youth for jobs in the technology economy by teaching robotics education both in and out of school.

Noran Sanford
growingchange.org
Food & Agriculture
Create new, meaningful opportunities in rural regions by transforming the numerous closed prisons into full-service community centers and farms.

Ankur Garg
I for India Foundation
Public Service & Civic Engagement
Increase political accountability and political involvement in India by providing citizens with the tools necessary to actively engage with politicians and keep track of their performance.

Tarun Jain
I for India Foundation
Public Service & Civic Engagement
Increase political accountability and political involvement in India by providing citizens with the tools necessary to actively engage with politicians and keep track of their performance.

Aaron Perez
Ichima Farms Limited
Food & Agriculture
Contribute to national food security in Tanzania by increasing local production and improving nutrition standards through the cultivation of quality rice.

Adnan Khawaja
IdeaCentricity
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Improve incomes of low-skilled workers in Pakistan by creating a convenient and sophisticated marketplace for micro-work through the mobile phone network.

Frank Buchanan
Inukabuy
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Improve the purchasing power of small retailers in the developing world by organizing micro-retailers into buying groups and negotiating bulk discounts from wholesalers.

Megan Chapman
Justice & Empowerment Initiatives
Civil & Human Rights
Bring capacity-building skills and resources directly to poor and marginalized communities in Nigeria through a sustainable community-owned paralegal network.

Andrew Maki
Justice & Empowerment Initiatives
Civil & Human Rights
Bring capacity-building skills and resources directly to poor and marginalized communities in Nigeria through a sustainable community-owned paralegal network.

Miriam Altman
Kinvolved
Education
Revolutionize attendance tracking and data management in underserved schools by engaging families and their communities using a real-time web-based app.

 

 

 

Alexandra Meis
Kinvolved

Education
Revolutionize attendance tracking and data management in underserved schools by engaging families and their communities using a real-time web-based app.

Michael Lwin
Koe Koe Tech Co., Ltd.
Health & Healthcare
Revolutionize Myanmar's data-deprived health sector by creating a national data network involving all Myanmar health institutions.

Yar Zar Minn Htoo
Koe Koe Tech Co., Ltd.
Health & Healthcare
Revolutionize Myanmar's data-deprived health sector by creating a national data network involving all Myanmar health institutions.

Sumit Dagar
Kriyate
Health & Healthcare
Transform the life experiences and outcomes for the specially-abled by making revolutionary products that bridge the ever-widening technology gap.

Mark Brown
Kulemela Investments
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Bridge the gap between microfinance and impact investments and increase competitiveness in local agricultural markets by providing customized financing to small and growing Ghanaian agribusinesses.

Mina Shahid
Kulemela Investments
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Bridge the gap between microfinance and impact investments and increase competitiveness in local agricultural markets by providing customized financing to small and growing Ghanaian agribusinesses.

Tanyella Evans
Library For All
Education
Increase access to books and unlock knowledge in impoverished communities by building a platform to deliver e-books across mobile phone networks.

Rebecca McDonald
Library For All
Education
Increase access to books and unlock knowledge in impoverished communities by building a platform to deliver ebooks across mobile phone networks.

Swatee Surve
Litesprite
Health & Healthcare
Help individuals, caregivers, and clinicians manage health conditions like anxiety, depression, or diabetes with the aid of mobile games.

Justin Matthys
Maths Pathway
Education
Transform maths education for students in Australia by replacing maths courses with a simple and effective cloud-based e-learning curriculum in schools and at home.

Richard Wilson
Maths Pathway
Education
Transform maths education for students in Australia by replacing maths courses with a simple and effective cloud-based e-learning curriculum in schools and at home.

Theodore Gonder
Moneythink
Education
Provide financial literacy to underpriviledged youth in the United States by utilizing the strength of mentorships paired with a cutting-edge mobile application to track learnings and successes.

Emily Cunningham
MoringaConnect
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Eradicate poverty and alleviate hunger by enabling small farmers in rural Ghana to participate in a global market with a demand for high value crops.

Kwami Williams
MoringaConnect
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Eradicate poverty and alleviate hunger by enabling small farmers in rural Ghana to participate in a global market with a demand for high-value crops.

Svetha Janumpalli
New Incentives
Health & Healthcare
Stop the spread of HIV from mothers to babies in Nigeria by using an innovative conditional cash transfer program that pays women to have healthy babies.

Katrin Kuhlmann
New Markets Lab
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Build economic opportunity and improve lives in developing markets through an innovative and inclusive approach to legal and regulatory reform.

Jenna Arnold
ORGANIZE
Health & Healthcare
Increase efficiency of the organ donation process by centralizing data for registries and creating more donation access points.

Greg Segal
ORGANIZE
Health & Healthcare
Increase efficiency of the organ donation process by centralizing data for registries and creating more donation access points.

Sohayle Sizar
OurStand Well-Being Project
Education
Foster emotional well-being in middle and high school students by utilizing an app that aggregates teacher feedback, character-building exercises, and an anti-bullying reporting system.

Sidhant Pai
Protoprint
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Drive economic development across India by equipping waste pickers with low-cost technology to recycle plastic into price competitive, fair-trade, 3D printer filament.

Abhishek Choudhary
SAAJHA
Education
Improve academic learning of Indian children by building leadership within their communities and equipping them to be active participants in governance of the public schools.

Saransh Vaswani
SAAJHA
Education
Improve academic learning of Indian children by building leadership within their communities and equipping them to be active participants in governance of the public schools.

Zubin Sharma
SEEKHO
Education
Boost Gross Village Happiness for all village dwellers in rural India by enabling local change-makers to run culturally relevant educational and well-being interventions.

Terra Lawson-Remer
Suma Justeco
Civil & Human Rights
Empower vulnerable communities across the global south to improve their livelihoods by providing training and resources necessary to protect community natural resources.

Nedgine Paul
Teach For Haiti
Education
Raise education outcomes in disadvantaged areas by recruiting and training outstanding teachers for existing Haitian schools.

Yohans Wodaje Emiru
Telemed Medical Services
Health & Healthcare
Optimize existing health resources for people in Ethiopia by leveraging technology that provides reliable, affordable, and immediate quality healthcare.

Siva Rajendran
Totus Power
Education
Turn used electric vehicle batteries into reliable energy sources to power schools across India.

Michael Wilkerson
Tugende
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Break the poverty trap for motorcycle taxi drivers in Africa by providing an affordable and transparent lease to own option.

Denise Rebeil
UNIDOS (United Nondiscriminatory Individuals Demanding Our Studies)
Education
Increases academic achievement and social justice efforts among under-represented Arizona youth by teaching an ethnic studies curriculum both in and out of schools.

Gabriel Schivone
UNIDOS (United Nondiscriminatory Individuals Demanding Our Studies)
Education
Increases academic achievement and social justice efforts among under-represented Arizona youth by teaching an ethnic studies curriculum both in and out of schools.

Noushin Ketabi
Vega Coffee
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Enable coffee farmers to increase their income by sustainably roasting their own beans and selling directly to customers via an online marketplace.

Misan Rewane
West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE)
Education
Transform life opportunities for West African youth by offering employable skills trainging and career opportunities.

 

 


Finalists for the Climate Fellowship

Launched in partnership with the ZOOM Foundation

 

Rustam Sengupta
Boond Engineering & Development (P) Ltd.
Environment
Provide clean affordable energy access to the poor in rural India by partnering with financing institutions and distributing products at the village level.

Manuel Aguilar
CASSA
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Green the social housing market in Guatemala by building and selling affordable and sustainable houses that offer clean water, clean energy, and sanitation.

Brooke Anderson
Climate Workers
Environment
Transform the U.S. labor movement into a powerful champion for climate justice by building the power of union workers to oppose extreme energy and lead campaigns for good jobs in climate-restoring industries.

Trang Tran
Fargreen
Food & Agriculture
Prevent social and environmental problems caused by burning rice straw waste in rural Vietnam by instead using the materials to build sustainable, prosperous mushroom farming communities.

Daniel Hill
Green Impact Campaign
Environment
Prepare the next generation of climate leaders by training and supporting university students to conduct free energy audits for local small businesses.

Tom Osborn
GreenChar
Environment
Sequester carbon and reduce deforestation in Kenya by selling clean charcoal briquettes and smokeless cook stoves as alternative household energy solutions.

Brendan Coffey
GreenWave
Food & Agriculture
Restore ecosystems, mitigate climate change, and build a blue-green economy by supporting a new generation of ocean farmers and innovators.

Bren Smith
GreenWave
Food & Agriculture
Restore ecosystems, mitigate climate change, and build a blue-green economy by supporting a new generation of ocean farmers and innovators.

Adeyemi Adepetu
NovaGen Power Solutions
Environment
Create affordable energy and reduce harmful landfill gas while creating jobs locally by harnessing unmanaged waste in emerging economies.

Ian Monroe
Oroeco
Environment
Mitigate climate change with information technology and social accountability that informs and incentivizes everyone to scale personal actions into a societal shift.

Ali Raza
PAK-Energy Solution
Environment
Provide in-house clean energy and income opportunity to poor villagers in Pakistan by introducing an affordable and eco-friendly Natural Gas Digester that transforms cow dung to energy.

Sarah Kearney
PRIME Coalition
Environment
Foster the creation of transformational innovation that mitigates climate change by educating, encouraging and enabling philanthropists to invest in high impact energy ventures.

 

 

 

Nigel Carr
Qorax Energy
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Ensure low-income communities with sub-standard energy access employ renewable solutions by partnering with entrepreneurs in low-income communities to create clean tech businesses.

Senthil Balasubramanian
Sistine Solar
Environment
Drive the mass adoption of solar by captivating the public's imagination with never-before-seen solar designs.

Ido Salama
Sistine Solar
Environment
Drive the mass adoption of solar by captivating the public's imagination with never-before-seen solar designs.

Sean Collins
Student Energy
Education
Create a global movement of young leaders to transition our world to a sustainable energy future by engaging and educating students around the world on issues of Climate Change.

Kali Taylor
Student Energy
Education
Create a global movement of young leaders to transition our world to a sustainable energy future by engaging and educating students around the world on issues of Climate Change.

Salinee Tavaranan
SunSawang Company Limited
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Provide long-term energy solutions to the rural poor by selling, distributing, and maintaining personal use solar systems.

Philip Calabrese
Superior Ecotech
Environment
Reduce emissions by converting waste CO2 into alternative sources of fuel and other valuable algae-based oils.

Daniel Higgs
Superior Ecotech
Environment
Reduce emissions by converting waste CO2 into alternative sources of fuel and other valuable algae-based oils.

Ryan Kushner
The Hero Hatchery
Environment
Mitigate climate change by identifying, training and promoting leaders who can galvanize public and political will for a price on carbon pollution.

Katrina Spade
Urban Death Project
Environment
Create a meaningful, equitable, and ecological alternative to existing options for the care and processing of the deceased by building urban body composting centers.

Gavin McCormick
WattTime
Environment
Empower people and smart devices to get their electricity from energy sources they believe in by using energy at the times when it's cleanest.

Anna Schneider
WattTime
Environment
Empower people and smart devices to get their electricity from energy sources they believe in by using energy at the times when it's cleanest.

David Back
Zoom
Environment
Improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions by creating India's first car sharing company.

 

 


Finalists for the Open Society
Black Male Achievement Fellowship

Launched in partnership with the Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement

 

Curtis Johnson
About Phace
Public Service & Civic Engagement
Advance voter participation and civic engagement by helping American citizens acquire their state issued voter identification card.

Christina Lewis Halpern
All Star Code
Education
Increase academic achievement and career opportunities of black and latino high school students by providing training and immersion in the high technology field.

Fagan Harris
Baltimore Corps
Public Service & Civic Engagement
Build a stronger Baltimore by mobilizing, training, and retaining a new generation of leaders committed to scaling effective social innovations throughout the city.

Larry Irvin
Brothers Empowered to Teach Initiative
Education
Close the achievement gap for black youth by incentivizing education as a career choice and providing in-class role models for black men.

Kristyna Jones
Brothers Empowered to Teach Initiative
Education
Close the achievement gap for black youth by incentivizing education as a career choice and providing in-class role models for black men.

Aaron Walker
Camelback Ventures
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Transform the life outcomes of entrepreneurs of color by providing targeted support and resources that will position them for success.

Donnie Smith
Donda's House Inc.
Arts & Culture
Close the achievement gap for black boys in Chicago by providing pathways to success and career opportunities using high quality, arts-based apprenticeship programs.

Rachel Johnson-Farias
Esq. Apprentice
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Create a no-cost pipeline to legal careers and skills for non-traditional law students by leveraging and bolstering the California apprentice program.

Jillian Hishaw
Family Agriculture Resource Management Services
Food & Agriculture
Combat poverty and land loss among black farmers and landowners by providing them with key resources and legal supports critical to sustained financial independence.

Glenn Martin
JustLeadershipUSA
Civil & Human Rights
Amplify the voices of people directly impacted by crime and incarceration by organizing, educating, and empowering them to become leaders in the justice reform movement.

 

 

 

Shannon Pollock
Out of Court Solutions
Civil & Human Rights
Reduce recidivism and incarceration rates in the U.S. by diverting defendants out of the court system and into restorative justice programs.

Yscaira Jimenez
Plexx
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Create a pathway out of poverty for young people without college degrees by offering mobile phone job training and employment matching services.

Hilary Abell
Project Equity
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Build economic resiliency in low-income communities by developing scalable cooperative businesses, and creating local entrepreneurial ecosystems that increase worker ownership.

Alison Lingane
Project Equity
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Build economic resiliency in low-income communities by developing scalable cooperative businesses, and creating local entrepreneurial ecosystems that increase worker ownership.

Brian Barnes
TandemED
Public Service & Civic Engagement
Equip communities to self-design educational content that will instill young black men with purpose and increase their academic achievement.

Dorian Burton
TandemED
Public Service & Civic Engagement
Equip communities to self-design educational content that will instill young black men with purpose and increase their academic achievement.

Alexandria Lee
The Anew School
Education
Transform African American boys into scholars and community leaders by establishing a two-year boarding school in Ghana to develop their academic skills and socio-emotional competencies.

William Jackson
Village of Wisdom
Education
Enhance the academic achievement of African American boys by equipping parents, guardians, and community members with the tools and training critical to supporting success of their black boys.

Lauren Fine
Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP)
Civil & Human Rights
Improve the life outcomes for court-involved youth by providing key supports before, during, and after incarceration.

Joanna Visser Adjoian
Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP)
Civil & Human Rights
Improve the life outcomes for court-involved youth by providing key supports before, during, and after incarceration.

 

 


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