These are just a few of the winners of Travel + Leisure’s third annual Global Vision Awards, representing the vanguard of people and organizations working to maintain the world’s vibrancy and variety. T+L editors and writers scoured the globe for projects that are transforming the way we approach culture, community, and the natural world. We assembled the nominations, and our accomplished judges weighed in. Read on for this year’s visionaries—and why they caught our attention.
President of the World Monuments Fund, devoted to the preservation of architectural and cultural sites around the world.
Founder of Lisa Lindblad Travel Design, a custom travel planner; former board member of Aid to Artisans, the nonprofit organization that won T+L's 2006 Global Vision Award for economic development.
Environmental author and activist, whose book, The End of Nature, helped jump-start public discourse on the greenhouse effect in 1987; The Bill McKibben Reader, a collection of essays, will be published in the spring.
Spanish historian, archaeologist, and general manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, where he helps to implement cultural programs in Muslim communities as catalysts for socioeconomic change.
Founder of the investment committee Environmental Quality International; his Adrère Amellal Oasis, a lodge in Siwa, Egypt, won a Global Vision Award in 2006.
Founder of the Slow Food movement, with 80,000 members in over 100 countries working to promote gastronomy’s connection to natural resources and cultural heritage; his latest book, Slow Food Nation, was published in May 2007.
M. A. Sanjayan
Lead scientist with the Nature Conservancy, which promotes sustainability through natural-resource management; he is also a faculty appointee at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Executive director of community and environmental responsibility at Aspen Skiing Company, a business whose green policies and sustainable practices are leading the travel industry.
Dr. Joseph Stiglitz
Nobel Prize–winning economist, former adviser to the Clinton Administration, and former chief economist of the World Bank; now a professor at Columbia University, where he chairs the Committee for Global Thought.
Plus: Honorable Mentions Click here.
Plus: Global Vision Awards 2006 Click here.