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Utne Reader Names 10 New Yorkers as Visionaries  
National Magazine Selects New York Residents Among 25 People Who Are Changing the World

NEW YORK (Oct. 21, 2010) — Utne Reader, the best of the alternative press, names 10 New York residents as visionaries who are making the world a better place. They are among 25 people the magazine highlights in its November/December issue, on newsstands now.

“Throughout the year, as we read and plan issues, our editorial staff and select freelancers compile lists of people and institutions across disciplines that are doing work that challenges the status quo and promises positive, forward progress,” says David Schimke, Utne Reader’s editor in chief.

New York Visionaries: 
Natalia Allen, founder, Design Futurist: Allen is a graduate of Parsons School of Design who specializes in creating environmentally friendly fashions. Her design firm, Design Futurist, has advised high-profile clients, including Calvin Klein, Quiksilver and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Perry Chen, CEO and co-founder, Kickstarter: Kickstarter is a service that allows users to crowdsource funding for creative ventures. It provides artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors and explorers the opportunity to have their dreams financed. Chen is from Brooklyn and Kickstarter is based in New York City.

Bryan Doerries, founder, Theater of War Productions: Theater of War Productions performs readings from ancient Greek plays depicting the psychological and physical wounds on warriors to military communities across the U.S. Doerries hopes to de-stigmatize psychological injury in veterans.

Nina Dudnik, founder, Seeding Labs: Dudnik founded Seeding Labs as a student at Harvard University and expanded chapters throughout the East Coast at Boston University, Mount Sinai Medical School, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yale University Medical School. Seeding Labs distributes reclaimed lab equipment to scientists in developing countries to further connect them to the global scientific community.

Alex Gibney, documentarian and director, Taxi to the Dark Side: Gibney founded Jigsaw Productions in New York City and is an Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning producer. His work includes the documentary “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.”

Rebecca Onie, CEO, Project HEALTH: Onie founded this nonprofit organization in Boston, and it now has locations in Baltimore; Chicago; New York; Providence, R.I.; and Washington, D.C. Project HEALTH enlists volunteers to connect low-income patients at health clinics to housing, food, heating assistance and other vital nonmedical resources.

Victoria Pettibone and Sasha Eden, founders, Women’s Expressive Theatre (WET): Pettibone and Eden launched WET Productions in 1999 to advance the role of women in film and theater.  

Elizabeth Scharpf, founder, Sustainable Health Enterprises: Scharpf assists women in developing countries who are manufacturing and distributing sanitary products made from sustainable, locally available materials. Millions of women in these countries cannot afford the high costs of sanitary products so they are forced to miss school or work up to 50 days a year, limiting their potential for higher education and income.

Sandra Steingraber, author: Steingraber is an environmentalist whose book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, was made into a film. Steingraber is a columnist for Orion magazine and serves as a scholar-in-residence at Ithaca College.

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