Proco Joe Moreno shatters the image of a stereotypical politician. Claiming the title of the youngest alderman to serve Chicago’s 1st Ward, Moreno subscribes to the progressive caucus, is an avid supporter of the arts, and is passionate about expanding culture, eliminating bureaucracy, increasing opportunities in education and creating honest dialogue between the city government and the people of Chicago. (Phew!) All this do-gooding has earned Moreno the label of “hipster” politician. Word it how you want, this guy is making change.
Patrick Martins knew that if he wanted to save the Red Bourbon turkey, or the Gloucestershire Old Spot pig, he was going to have to eat them. He turned this realization into Heritage Foods USA, a company that works with local farms to raise disappearing breeds of farm animals.
Shantell Martin is a Brooklyn-based artist from London, and everyone is talking about her crazy lines. Martin expresses herself in a range of mediums: she performs live shows that integrate digitally projected drawings with light and music; she makes clothing, and last year she designed a limited edition shoe for NikeID, and collaborated on a needlepoint project with her grandmother. But it’s her style of wild, stream-of-consciousness line drawing, with which she compulsively covers every surface in her vicinity, that has already made Martin’s work iconic.
Her work is internationally acclaimed and includes everything from free-association drawings on bedroom walls to digitally projected drawings in Tokyo nightclubs. And if there's any indication that she’s been inducted into popular culture, Martin even appeared as herself on an episode of Gossip Girl. Her mantra: Do Less. Be More.
Talia Leman who, at age ten, encouraged her peers to trick-or-treat for Katrina Relief, raising almost $10 million dollars through 4,000 schools nationwide, is now the CEO of RandomKid.
The nonprofit, which works to empower children all over the world, has brought together more than 12 million kids in 20 countries to provide aid to four continents. The teenager is also UNICEF’s national youth ambassador and recipient of the National Jefferson Award.
“RandomKid has launched all sorts of initiatives, brainstorming exciting ways to take youth ideas for a better world and increase their impact substantially for the causes they care about,” Leman says. “The way we do this is by giving youth free tools and resources to succeed—from web pages, to seed funds, to a nonprofit umbrella, to green product branding, to an online storefront, to consultations, and so much more.”