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Introducing Fast Company's World Changing Ideas honorees for 2021

Published May 04 2021 at 7:00 AM GMT
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  • For five years, Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards have recognized companies and organizations addressing the world’s most intractable problems through technology, science, design, finance, education, and philanthropy.
  • Our WCI coverage is an annual celebration of human ingenuity and passion, one of our most optimistic features every year.
  • So it seems fitting that we announce a new class of honorees just as we begin to recover, slowly but steadily, from the ravages of COVID-19, a health crisis that has thus far killed more than 3 million people worldwide, forced the closure of countless businesses, exposed the inabilities of many governments to protect their citizens, and revealed fundamental inequities across societies.
  • In the absence of a bold and united government response, we saw companies and organizations mobilize to manufacture masks and ventilators, and to distribute personal protective equipment to essential workers and food to hungry families.
  • Today, as we announce a new class of World Changing Ideas winners, we are undoubtedly at an inflection point: The US is now vaccinating roughly 3 million people every day, and more than half a billion people have been vaccinated across the globe (though distribution has been far from equitable).



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  • Published May 4, 2021 7:00 AM GMT