These dudes... (#1)

When working on the priorities I wanted to push forward, many faces and names came into my mind. Whether they are activists, social entrepreneurs, journalists or artists, these young people are change makers. Each of them inspires me in a way...


Today, some people who fight for participation in a broad sense, whether we talk about access to information, fight for human rights, transparency or ethical politics.




is a collective of young journalists from Romania. "Disillusioned by mainstream media, [they] have opted to live together in a big house which they have converted into a newsroom and social hub. Open to the public, this unsual building is the source of a series of journalistic experiments which are shaking up the landscape of Romanian media" explains Cafebabel.








is a 16 years-old US citizen. He doesn't vote (yet) but has created an app that exposes the corruption in the US Congress: Greenhouse. He sees his tool as a means to engage people in this matter. He "designed Greenhouse with simplicity in mind, so that everyone - even kids - are able to understand it". He reckons that Greenhouse won't solve the issue of corruption on its own but believes that raising awareness is a needed first step.








is a dictator’s nightmare. A prominent human rights activist from Bahrain, Maryam, 26,  considers activism to be in her family genes (her father and sister are also strong activists). Very active online, Maryam recalled in a documentary on hacktivists (Guardians of the New World) that it is “unfair” to call the revolution in Bahrain the “Twitter Revolution” and recalls it is a “youth revolution” (that's worth reminding!).







is a Taiwanese-American artist who challenges, the conventional perception of public space and the role it can play in the well-being of the community and the individual. Renowned for interactive public installations that provoke civic engagement and emotional introspection, she’s developed projects in many cities worldwide. Her projects are a way to make participation closer to people and they allow more interactions between people often improving their neighborhood [watch her TED Talk on "Before I die I want to...].


Photo credits: Vlad Ursulean | Observator Cultural | Vice - Hannah Ewens | Egyptian Streets | Karen Eng


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