12 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World in 2012



Every year, Utne Reader puts forward its selection of world visionaries, people who have that extra twist of imagination and determination and energy, people who don’t just concoct great ideas but also act on them and lay their souls on the line for change. We’re proud to present you with 2012’s lineup of dreamers and doers.

by Utne Reader staff and contributors

Nance Klehm, photo by Jason CrepsNance Klehm
Radical Ecologist 

The phrase “radical ecologist” may have connotations, but traced from Latin and Greek these words amount to a roots-based study of the relationships between living things. There couldn’t be a more accurate summary of Nance Klehm’s work, which ranges from landscape design and art experiments to writing and leading urban weed-eating tours. Connect the dots between all of these activities, and you have an outline for re-connecting city-dwellers to their habitat.

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