Michelangelo Cestari: Empowering a nation with food 

Michelangelo Cestari: Empowering a nation with food 
“You go to some cities in Latin America and the people there say the best restaurants are Italian, Spanish or French. Why is that? It’s evidence of a lack of confidence, but now 100% Bolivian products are trendy. That generates something that money cannot buy. It is an intangible asset—pride.”

Located in La Paz, Bolivia, Gustu (Quechua for “flavor”) is a fine dining restaurant with a twist. The restaurant was started by Melting Pot Bolivia, a nonprofit organization established to promote Bolivia’s biological diversity and cultural heritage. Its aim is to leverage gastronomy to grow national development and pride for Bolivian people. The CEO of Gustu, Michelangelo Cestari, is committed to this mission and has grown Gustu to include a variety of programs that impact the entire gastronomic sector in Bolivia, from development of the workforce to supply chain strengthening.

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Federico Ast: Making justice accessible for all with Crowdjury

Federico Ast: Making justice accessible for all with Crowdjury
“Philosopher Jeremy Bentham believed 18th century institutions are founded upon three pillars: the court system, the postal service and uncensored newspapers. The postal service and delivery of news have already been dramatically changed by the internet and other technology. Crowdjury is a step towards revolutionizing the court system.”

Federico Ast is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Crowdjury, an online platform that crowdsources judicial proceedings, including the filing of complaints, evaluation of evidence, trial and jury verdict. It is designed to reach a true verdict for each case quickly and at minimal cost, with the aim of making justice affordable and accessible for all.

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Hemant Chanrai: A social entrepreneur bringing solar power to Indonesia

Hemant Chanrai: A social entrepreneur bringing solar power to Indonesia
“Nothing I do is really special or proprietary to me. I took an interest, collected some money, and went out and did what I thought was important. It’s not only well-connected people that can do this. Anyone can do what I’ve done.”

A recent study by the United Nations found that one in six people living in Indonesia did not have adequate access to energy. Consider a neighborhood without power: Students cannot read after dark. Business owners cannot charge any of the electronics that connect them with information on markets. The streets aren’t lit, and often less safe as a consequence, after dark. Families use cookstoves to prepare meals, which generates smoke that can impact respiratory health. I could keep going.

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Maite and Federica: Using Innovative Design to Improve Access for People with Disabilities

Maite and Federica: Using Innovative Design to Improve Access for People with Disabilities

Maite Sánchez Mancebo and Federica Flores Cadenas are the founders of Tashnika, an agency of designers in Uruguay seeking to solve tough problems through design. By working together as a small team and contracting required skills through their large professional network, Tashnika provides its clients with a full suite of design services, from product design to industrial and visual design. In all of its products, Tashnika aims to solve social and environmental problems through innovation and creativity.

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