James Ephraim Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist, author and inventor. His 1956 invention, the “electron capture detector,” made it possible for scientists to measure just how much carbon dioxide exists in our atmosphere, which then led to postulation about the hole it has created in the ozone layer. Professor Lovelock is also the man behind the “Gaia Hypothesis,” the concept that the Earth is a self-sustaining organism that is ruled by a system meant to sustain life.

Annemarie Colbin is a widely-renowned and award winning nutritionist, health and food advocate, author, lecturer and entrepreneur who is most famous for establishing the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, the oldest natural food cooking school in the United States. She is also a very highly sought-after speaker and is one of the foremost personalities in the field of natural health.

Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales is the founder of the 5th most popular website in the world—Wikipedia. Wikipedia revolutionized the rather drab and monotonous presentation of facts by archaic encyclopedias. Rather than limiting the source of information to only come from experts, Jimmy Wales created a community where people can contribute to topics they are passionate about. He could have earned billions but he chose to make Wikipedia free and rely on donations. One of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World" in the "Scientists & Thinkers" section, Jimmy proves that something good can be derived from the Internet.

Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who was more popularly known as Daniel Schmitt, is a technology activist who was most famous for being the spokesperson for WikiLeaks, an international whistle blower organization that is based in Germany, until he left in 2010 to start his own organization, OpenLeaks.

How do you honor a legend? How do you live up to the expectations of the people around you if you happen to be the grandson of one of the noblest luminaries of the world? Arun Manilal Gandhi is faced with such a daunting responsibility being Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi’s fifth grandson. Out of the other male offspring of all his children, the calling to continue his grandfather’s legacy fell on Arun’s shoulders. He founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and The Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute as means to carry on his grandfather’s crusade for non-violence.

Mata Amritanandamayi is known all over the world as the “hugging saint.” She is called by her disciples and followers as “Amma” or Mother in English. Since the beginning of her spiritual vocation, Mata is believed to have hugged a total of 37 million people coming from all walks of life. She is regarded as one of the most revered spiritual figures by Hindus and other denominations. Coming from a very poor family, her devotion to her faith enabled her to help the needy by inspiring organizations to put up hospitals and schools.

A multi-awarded artist and philanthropist, Carrie Underwood is one of today’s most popular country stars, keeping this genre of music cool to the ears of this new generation who are used to hearing modern rock and pop music. Her multi-platinum albums and singles are an evidence of how much she has achieved all throughout her years of being a professional singer.

Mark Hyman is a professional doctor who is known for his take at treating diseases. He coined “diabesity” to refer to the most common illness of people in this processed food generation. Dr. Hyman is one of the most respected health gurus of today having founded The UltraWellness Center that introduces liberal and unconventional approach towards healing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. His books were mostly bestsellers and his Daniel Plan, a project he did with Saddleback Church’s Rick Warren, became so successful that it was adopted by many organizations thereby validating his genius in the health department.

A celebrated author, linguist, philosopher, logician, political activist and cognitive scientist; Noam Chomsky has truly made his mark in the world as one of our greatest intellectuals, and his influence spans many generations.

If we were to sum up the life and teachings of Joyce Meyer, it would be this: “No matter how bleak your past may have been, God is able to turn it around and give you the brightest future that you could never have even imagined.” And true to this statement, Joyce’s testimony of overcoming her past is indeed a powerful inspiration to many who get to listen to her speak either on their television screens, or live in person.

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