Encompassing millions of globe-spanning innovative ideas and projects, PeaceJam’s One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign recognizes individuals and companies that have taken it upon themselves to change the world for the better.
Led by 14 Nobel Peace Laureates, such as the likes of Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchu, and The Dalai Lama, the campaign encourages innovators, community builders, and peacemakers to build creative solutions to some of the hardest issues faced by humanity. These leaders and other Nobel Peace Prize winners have worked with PeaceJam for over 21 years mentoring over one million youth worldwide.
The semifinalists for 2017’s Hero Awards are divided among six categories, with two potential finalists within each. The categories with their finalists are:
- Best Youth Act: Aerobotics 7 and Plant for The Planet
- Best Community Act: Veteran’s Community Project
- Best Up and Coming Peacemaker: Wheels of Hope Rising Foundation and Young Women Inspiring Social Engagement
- Best University Act: Curtin University and University of Oregon
- Best Business Act: The Ocean Cleanup and Riot Games
- Best Nonprofit Act: Foundation for Democracy and Bead for Life
The philosophies of these innovators and their solutions to great challenges are as widespread and diverse as the companies themselves. Some are tackling issues such as slavery, poverty and better support of Veterans, while others are creating new technologies to dismantle landmines and clean the oceans.
The Co-founders of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff, have been nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Google served as the Lead Donor and Tech Developer for the campaign.