OYW initiative Lead2030 recognised in Fast Company's World Changing Ideas 2019


Lead2030: Powered by World's Leading Businesses


Source: Fast Company's 2019 World Changing Ideas

The winners of Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced yesterday, honoring businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity. All of the finalists are highlighted in the May issue of the print magazine, which hits newsstands April 16.

Now in its third year, the World Changing Ideas Award showcases 17 winners, more than 200 finalists, and more than 300 honorable mentions, with Health and Wellness, Education, and AI and Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent judges selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 2,000 entries, such as Food, Energy, and Developing World Technology. The 2019 awards featured entries from across the globe, from New Zealand to Shanghai to Switzerland.

One Young World's Lead2030 initiative received an Honourable Mention in the General Excellence Category.

Lead2030, powered by some of the world's leading businesses, exists to find, fund and accelerate youth-led solutions to each of the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals.

The program seeks to meaningfully engage talented young leaders with the Global Goals, from tackling climate change and microplastics to reducing inequality and achieving zero hunger. Lead2030  innovators to scale impact in their area of expertise.

See below a full list of the winning initiative, finalists and Honourable Mentions in the General Excellence Category.

Winner - General Excellence

Aira, Aira

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Finalists - General Excellence

Amazon Go, Amazon

Article One, The OpenGov Foundation and Twilio

Boundless, Boundless Immigration

Call for Code, IBM

Charting a global path to digital peace, Microsoft

Climate-action strategy, Levi Strauss & Co.

Climate-positive menu, Max Burgers AB

Four-day workweek, Perpetual Guardian

The Human Account, Dalberg Design, Dalberg Advisors, Dalberg Research, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

MethaneSat, Environmental Defense Fund

Nori, Nori, Cloudflare

Perpetual Purpose Trust, Organically Grown Company and Purpose Network

Plastic-Free Aisle, A Plastic Planet

Tatami, Untitled Group


Urban95, Bernard van Leer Foundation

Wedew, Skysource/Skywater Alliance

Honorable Mentions - General Excellence

Andorra, Andorra

Atmosphere, Understory

Beyond Capital, Beyond Capital Fund

The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, The Billion Dollar Fund for Women

The Biomimicry Commons, Biomimicry Frontiers

ByFusion Global, ByFusion Global

Consumer Insights Collaborative, The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program

Darwin Home Wellness Intelligence, Delos

Delta Air Lines and Duke University Offset Program, Urban Offsets

Flood Concern, One Concern

For Days, For Days

Forefront Cultures, Forefront

Gender Equality Funds, As You Sow

Global Center for Cleantech Innovation, Greentown Labs

The Good Food Startup Manual, The Good Food Institute

Guardhat, Guardhat

Helm Personal Server, Helm

HP Metal Jet, HP

The ISS Cotton Sustainability Challenge, Target

Katadyn Universal Aquifer, Katadyn Group

Lead2030, One Young World

Live XYZ, Live XYZ

Microplastic-Sensing AUV, Sprout Studios and Draper

Million Waves Project, Million Waves Project

The Mother Board, Wongdoody

My Skin Track UV, L’Oréal USA

Open Road Ventures, Open Road Alliance

The Paper Bottle Project, Grow + Digitalist, BillerudKorsnäs, and EcoXpac

The Port of Rotterdam, Cisco, IBM, and the Port of Rotterdam

Power Ledger, Power Ledger

Project Debater, IBM

Reciclaya, Evrything and Recycl3R

Roo, Planned Parenthood and Work & Co

Sacred Vote, Sacred Generations

Safe work environment/sexual harassment clause, HoneyBook

Tech Bets for an Urban World, Dalberg Design, Dalberg Partners, UNICEF Innovation Unit, Arm Holdings

United States and Oceans of America, Activista and Surfrider

Virginia Treatment Center for Children, CannonDesign and Virginia Commonwealth University


About the World Changing Ideas Awards

World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.


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