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Introducing the new cohort of The Audacious Project

Anna Verghese, Executive Director of Audacious Project, and Chris Anderson, Director of TED, on stage at TED2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The 2021-22 cohort features nine bold responses to some of the world’s greatest challenges. (Photo: Dian Lofton/TED)

Communities around the world are struggling with division and uncertainty. Lasting, transformative change on the world’s most pressing challenges will require us to work together and find common ground. At The Audacious Project, we aspire to be a lever for courageous collaboration, supporting those who reinvent and rebuild our systems to better meet the demands of this moment.

Last year, the Audacious community came together to catalyze over $900 million for nine audacious projects. Sourced from our global network and supported by our team over the past 12 months, these projects hope to create clear pathways to a better future.

The winners of the Audacious Project 2021-22 are:

  • Code for America: Harnessing Technology to Transform America’s Social Safety Net
  • Center for Tech and Civic Life: Strengthening Local Election Administration in the United States
  • ClimateWorks: Drive Electric: Accelerate the end of the internal combustion engine
  • Glasswing International: Building essential mental health support for the Northern Triangle
  • The International Refugee Assistance Project: Release legal rights so refugees can resettle safely
  • myAgro: Empowering Smallholder Farmers to Invest in Themselves
  • Noora Health: Train caregivers to help their loved ones heal
  • The land facility: Securing land for indigenous peoples — for justice and our climate
  • Woodwell Climate Research Center: Integrating permafrost into our global solution to climate change

These projects reflect an ongoing collaboration between a group of global partners, philanthropic organizations and committed individuals who believe in the power of pooling significant, long-term resources in the service of impact. We hope this will inspire others to get involved in the work as well.

This new cohort joins an existing Audacious portfolio of 29 projects, with more than $3.1 billion in philanthropy catalyzed since 2015. Four cycles into this program, the Audacious projects together reveal a powerful truth: the problems we face are not intractable, and the status quo is not inevitable.

We look forward to sharing these new projects with you next week at TED2022 during the Audacious session co-hosted by Oscar nominee and Emmy, BAFTA, and Peabody Award winner Ava DuVernay, and we sincerely hope you’ll join us. to support and amplify their work far and wide.

With gratitude and determined hope,
Anna Verghese, Executive Director of The Audacious Project
Chris Anderson, TED Director