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PhiLAnthropist: Five Community Leaders You Need to Know

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GOOD and Knight Rider's Community Leaders (Photo: Emily Lerman/LAist)

Last Wednesday, GOOD and Knight Pulse partnered up to honor the five individuals they awarded for their involvement in various community projects addressing local and global issues.

As a whole, the event tapped in to the power and potential of acting on and pursuing an idea; by the end, it was almost impossible to leave without feeling an invigorated sense of hope and inspiration to dig in and get involved.

The following is a quick rundown of each individual, their projects and why you need to know them.

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Alissa Walker, Design LA and deLab

Kind of a big deal because...she's solving LA's problems through good design.
Alissa Walker, who also hosted the excellent GOOD Design LA event back in December, was honored for her work centered around the concept of designing for change. For GOOD Design LA, she brought together a group of LA's finest members of the design community and assigned each with the task of solving a unique LA problem, from taco trucks to the water shortage. The event's success led to a recent adaptation; Pasadena Art Professor Petrula Vrontikis suggest they recreate the event and do it with his students. Again, the project yielded impressive and seemingly feasible results; one student proposed a FOX reality based TV show called CouncilSwap. Yes, 'swap a city councilman from El Sereno with one from Beverly Hills, and see how the respresentatives deal with unfamiliar problems (gangs and violence versus parking and traffic)'. That's worthwhile TV. Other highlights include CEOS's for Cities, Project H Design and Project M Blitz.