Meet 10 of the 2016 GOOD 100

Meet 10 of the 100 individuals improving the world in 2016.

Each year, GOOD celebrates 100 people from around the globe who are improving our world in creative and innovative ways—advocates, inventors, educators, creatives, business leaders and more who are speaking up, building things, campaigning for change, and ultimately refusing to accept the status quo.

Over the course of March, we’ll be rolling out content featuring our honorees. For now, here’s a teaser of 10 of our 100. We hope you find as much inspiration in these incredible individuals as we do.

Amr Al-Azm

Photo by Andrew Spear


The Syrian historian, professor, and cultural vigilante defending his home country’s historical artifacts from behind a computer screen in Athens, Ohio.

Miki Agrawal

Photo courtesy of Thinx

LOCATION: Brooklyn

The entrepreneur and innovator whose Thinx ‘period panties’ are destigmatizing the conversation around menstruation.

Charlene Carruthers

Photo by Peter Hoffman


The leader of unapologetically black activism and the national director of Chicago’s black feminist collective, Black Youth Project 100.

Marije Vogelzang

Photo by Willeke Duijvekam

LOCATION: Dordrecht

The eating designer rewiring mindless consumption with creative interactive projects that upend our relationship with food.

Winnie Byanyima

Photo by Marco Kesseler


The Ugandan diplomat, activist, and aeronautical engineer fueling social justice projects in over 90 countries as executive director of Oxfam International.

Ekene Ijeoma

Photo by Lili Peper

LOCATION: Brooklyn

The designer illuminating the human face behind data with interactive projects that explore the reality of social disparity.

Fahad Albutairi

Photo by Rasha Yousif


Saudi Arabia’s first professional standup comedian, who is challenging his conservative country to think big.

Rolof Mulder

Photo by Willeke Duijvekam

LOCATION: Apeldoorn

The designer and entrepreneur behind Hospitainer’s shrink-and-ship medical micro facilities focusing on administering healthcare in areas that need it most.

Asha de Vos

Photo by Zack Piánko


The Sri Lankan marine biologist on a mission to protect her country’s blue whale population from the hazards of international shipping vessels.

Betsy Reed

Photo by Rebekah Campbell

LOCATION: New York City

The editor-in-chief behind the incisive and investigative journalism site The Intercept, a publication putting big business and government under the microscope.

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Former Secretary of State, first lady, and winner of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, sat own for an epic, two-and-a--half hour interview with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show Wednesday.

She was there to promote "The Book of Gutsy Women," a book about heroic women co-written with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

In the far-reaching conversation, Clinton and the self-proclaimed "King of All Media" and, without a doubt, the best interviewer in America discussed everything from Donald Trump's inauguration to her sexuality.

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Offering parental leave for new fathers could help close the gender gap, removing the unfair "motherhood penalty" women receive for taking time off after giving birth. However, a new study finds that parental leave also has a pay gap. Men are less likely to take time off, however, when they do, they're more likely to get paid for it.

A survey of 2,966 men and women conducted by New America found that men are more likely to receive paid parental leave. Over half (52%) of fathers had fully paid parental leave, and 14% of fathers had partially paid parental leave. In comparison, 33% of mothers had fully paid parental leave and 19% had partially paid parental leave.

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Bans on plastic bags and straws can only go so far. Using disposable products, like grabbing a plastic fork when you're on the go, can be incredibly convenient. But these items also contribute to our growing plastic problem.

Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

Cocostation Set of 2 Vietnamese Coconut Bowls and Spoons, $14.99; at Amazon

Solar powered phone charger


Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

Dizaul Solar Charger, 5000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank, $19.95; at Amazon, $19.95; at Amazon

Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

Planter Pro's Herb Garden Cedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazonedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazon

Reusable Keurig cups

K & J

Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

K&J Reusable Filter Cups, $8.95 for a set of 4,; at Amazon

Low-flow shower head


Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

Speakman Low Flow Shower Head, $14.58; at Amazon

Bamboo safety razor


Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

Zomchi Safety Razor, $16.99; at Amazon

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