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During the Iraq war, the U.S. military relied heavily on local interpreters who risked their lives standing shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops. This mission-critical cooperation made the interpreters and their families targets for extreme anti-American violence during and after the conflict.

When an American Red Cross staffer blew the whistle on reneged promises to help survivors of Hurricane Sandy, Ben Smilowitz took action. A vigilant watchdog for survivors of disaster, Ben investigated inefficiencies, fired up the media, engaged members of Congress, and filed a complaint with New York’s Attorney General.

Kalimah Priforce is a determined man. Maybe it’s the second syllable in his surname or maybe it has to do with where he comes from: Kalimah grew up with his younger brother in a Bed-Stuy group home, staging a hunger strike there at age eight to get more books onto the premises.

2008 Fellow Elizabeth Scharpf has a dry wit, a sanguine outlook, and an unordinary perspective on what is possible. She's putting these qualities to work changing the dialog, and the market, around big taboos.

Anne Tamar-Mattis, 2008 Global Fellow and founder and director of Advocates for Informed Choice, says success is all about recognizing the people around you as your greatest assets.

While debates brew about immigration reform in the United States, Amaha Kassa is reframing the problem and turning his efforts to helping African immigrants in the U.S. improve their lives, the country they live in, and their countries of origin.

When Vanessa and Morgan started to walk for change, they realized they were doing more than building a women’s health organization—they were tapping into a narrative much larger than themselves.

Salif and Mohamed Niang experienced, studied, and had a deep concern about poverty and lack of food security in parts of Africa. That was enough to push them into action, jumping in to forge a solution even though it meant learning about engineering, agriculture, and entrepreneurship as they went.

Undaunted by staggering statistics and the political roadblocks to systemic change, Piyush Tewari trains local communities to provide emergency medical care for their neighbors, creating a chain of survival that he hopes to extend from India around the globe.

To radically redefine the sense of what is possible for young black men, 2012 BMA Fellow Neil Phillips seeks to reframe notions of success and failure. He’s also found it a constant effort to keep those notions consistent in his own life.

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