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Utne Reader Names Three Boston Residents as "Visionaries"
National Magazine Selects Locals Among 50 People
who are Changing the World

BOSTON (Oct. 14, 2009) — Utne Reader names three Boston residents as visionaries who are making their individual marks on the world. Nawal Nour, Kristian Olson and John Wilbanks are among 50 people the magazine has included in its November-December issue, on newsstands Oct. 20.

During her OB/GYN residency, Sudanese native and Macarthur fellow Nour developed a center for African women who have been circumcised. She continues to run that reproductive health care organization, African Women’s Health Center, in Boston.

As the program leader for the Global Health Initiative, Olson works to improve the effectiveness of health care providers in low-income areas of the world by combining local customs with sustainable technologies and thorough training.

Wilbanks serves as executive director for Science Commons, a member of the Creative Commons organization. The group works to facilitate the sharing of scientific work and resources more widely to spur innovation and create greater opportunities for discovery.

“Each of the inventors, environmentalists, media activists and community organizers we chose to celebrate this year are fueled by an inexhaustible desire to serve the greater good. Labors of peace, love and justice are rarely celebrated these days, and given the many challenges facing our world, it was exciting to give readers 50 reasons to believe in a brighter future,” says David Schimke, Utne Reader’s editor in chief.

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