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A new breed of companies and social organizations are showing how innovation can be scaled for both business opportunities and global good. Led by resolute and independent thinkers, these companies are making dents in conventional ways of thinking to defy and fight for global change.

 

The Katerva Award identifies these companies and organizations as finalists annually in its global competition –– referred to by Reuters as "the Nobel Prize for Sustainability" –– with the Khan Academy, as the winning organization this year –– 2014.

Some 2,500 ideas were submitted to the Katerva Award council last year and Khan Academy was selected as this year’s winner, 2014.

The Khan Academy is an open, online educational resource that offers free, universal and personalized learning across disciplines. Evolving from a series of YouTube videos, the Khan Academy demonstrates the potential of open, accessible, and inclusive educational materials.

The platform contains over 5,500 instructional videos and 100,000 practice problems covering more than 30 subjects, encompassing everything from finance to biology and art history. Its open nature means that Khan Academy can bring educational value to all contexts and settings, from off-grid schools in remote areas to curious retirees. In the classroom, data dashboards help its 350,000 registered teachers to monitor their students’ progress and provide targeted assistance, with measured improvements in performance.

This open online educational resource enables universal and personalized learning across disciplines. Evolving from a series of YouTube videos, Khan Academy demonstrates the potential of open, accessible, and inclusive educational materials. The platform contains over 5,500 instructional videos and 100,000 practice problems covering more than 30 subjects, encompassing everything from finance to biology and art history. Its open nature means that Khan Academy can bring educational value to all contexts and settings, from off-grid schools in remote areas to curious retirees. In the classroom, data dashboards help its 350,000 registered teachers to monitor their students’ progress and provide targeted assistance, with measured improvements in performance.
 
With volunteer-driven translations in 28 different languages, impact has been amplified far beyond the boundaries of school campuses.
 
Katerva, founded in 2010 by business intelligence strategist Terry Waghorn, is a not-for-profit organization that finds, evaluates and accelerates disruptive, sustainable innovations that will show measurable impact on this planet in the next 10 years.

“Katerva is not just interested in 'good' ideas, the ideas we are after will create big changes in how we live on this planet,” says Waghorn. “Katerva's approach places emphasis squarely on action for a sustainable future—creating and implementing solutions to sustainability-related concerns,” he says.

Katerva is the first truly open worldwide platform for change.

Finalists in the following categories for 2014 include:

  • Behavioral Change: City and County of San Francisco Department of the Environment 
  • Economics: Bitcoin 
  • Environment: Biomatrix Water Active Ecosystems 
  • Food Security: Netafim 
  • Gender Equality: The Gender Equality Principles Initiative 
  • Materials and Resources: Modern Meadow 
  • Power and Energy: Retroficiency’s Building Efficiency Intelligence Platform 
  • Smart Cities: Power Plus Communications 
  • Transportation: Proterra’s EcoRide 

“To solve the complex sustainability challenges we face as stewards of our planet, will require innovative solutions across a wide range of disciplines and economic sectors. Katerva provides a much needed and novel forum for this to happen, as evidenced by the innovation and entrepreneurship embodied by this year's Finalists for the Katerva Award, “ states Antonio  J. Busalacchi, Jr, Director of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) and Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland, USA.

Katerva comes from the Latin word Caterva which means “crowd.” Katerva’s distributed networks of CEOs, heads of state, ministers and policymakers, experts and academics, international organizations, youth, and technology innovators are fundamental to finding and then accelerating technologies for dramatic, positive changes that can be seen in our lifetime.

Follow Katerva on Facebook or Twitter @katerva and find the nominee profiles at www.katerva.net.

 

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