Meet the Social Innovation Fellows Class of 2011

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Erika Block

Erika Block

Erika Block created Local Orbit’s online tools to make local and regional food distribution more efficient, transparent and sustainable, support local economies and make healthy, locally produced food widely available and easy to buy.

Krista Donaldson

Krista Donaldson

Krista Donaldson runs D-Rev: Design Revolution, which works with local partners to bring state-of-the-art, user-centric products to empower the lives of the four billion people living on less than four dollars a day.

Rose Goslinga Donaldson

Rose Goslinga

Rose Goslinga leads the Syngenta Foundation’s Kilimo Salama, helping increase farm productivity and food security through the first micro-insurance product available to smallholder Kenyan farmers.

Sameer Kalwani

Sameer Kalwani

Sameer Kalwani helps provide clean drinking water to those without access through Sarvajal, a technology-enabled franchise business rapidly expanding in India.

Christopher Marianetti

Christopher Marianetti

Christopher Marianetti and Found Sound Nation work with youth and communities to create original music projects that unlock creative potential and build bridges between cultures.

David Mikkelsen Troensegaard

Christopher and David Troensegaard Mikkelsen

Christopher and David Troensegaard Mikkelsen founded Refugees United to streamline the process of reconnecting refugee families through web and mobile technologies.

Megan White Mukuria

Megan White Mukuria

Megan White Mukuria founded ZanaAfrica to address root causes of gender inequality across Africa and enhance girls' educational attainment through sustainable African-led innovations, beginning with the delivery of sanitary pads and related health information.

Dominic Muren

Dominic Muren

Dominic Muren's design lab, the Humblefactory, and design-sharing platform, Alchematter, help make object design and fabrication truly open and collaborative for communities around the world.

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy co-founded MASS Design Group to create well-built environments that help break the cycle of poverty through appropriate design, local investment and innovation.

Paul Needham

Paul Needham

Paul Needham co-founded Simpa Networks, which sells high-quality solar energy systems on a pay-as-you-go basis to underserved people in emerging markets.

Jake Porway

Jake Porway

Jake Porway launched DataKind to match nonprofits with pro bono data scientists to solve problems using data collection, management, and analysis in the service of humanity.

Nithya Ramanathan

Nithya Ramanathan

Nithya Ramanathan's Nexleaf Analytics leverages the power of affordable mobile technology for health and environmental impact studies, facilitating quicker feedback and more effective solutions.

Mohammed Rabah Salem

Mohammed Rabah Salem

Mohammed Rabah Salem provides locally built wind turbines and small-scale solar technologies to both Palestine and Israel, knitting together common needs in an otherwise deeply divided setting.

Amy Sun

Amy Sun

Amy Sun created Fab Folk to extend MIT’s Fab Lab program, building local technical capacity that gives people the tools to innovate and turn design ideas into real objects.