They are the doers and the dreamers, the truth tellers and the trendsetters. For the third year in a row, Fast Company asked our readers to tell us about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The results were overwhelming. More than 1,650 entries—the most we've ever received—poured in from around the world, generating more than 15,000 comments online. The range of entrants was remarkable, from heads of multinational corporations to garage inventors. Follow along with the winners for a year, and trace an inspirational chronicle of creativity, struggle, and triumph.
MEET THE WINNER'S OF THIS YEAR'S FAST 50Also check out this year's honorable mentions
|January 1, 2003|| Pursuing a Higher Calling |
Father Bernard McCoy
Abbey Steward of Temporal Affairs and CEO, LaserMonks.com
|January 1, 2003|| Going for Growth |
President and CEO, Raindrop Geomagic
|January 6, 2003|| Sticking to a Vision |
CEO, MagnetNotes Ltd.
|January 8, 2003|| Saving Kids' Lives |
CEO, RJE Technology
|January 11, 2003|| Marketing with a Whisper |
Senior Brand Manager, Pabst Brewing Co.
|January 21, 2003|| Cooking Up Fresh Ideas |
Founder and CEO, Chipotle
|January 21, 2003|| Sniffing Out Trouble |
CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, HiEnergy Technologies Inc.
|January 31, 2003|| Making Ready |
Lieutenant Colonel Donald Donahue
Medical Operations Officer, Office of the Chief, Army Reserve
|February 21, 2003|| Improving Quality |
Nanotechnology Program Leader, General Electric
|March 3, 2003|| Putting Information Technology To Work |
President, Global Public Sector, Unisys
|March 15, 2003|| Giving Voice |
Ben and Mena Trott
Founders, Six Apart
|March 20, 2003|| Designing for the Future |
Founder and executive director, Architecture for Humanity
|April 12, 2003|| Driving for Success |
President, Incredible Technologies Inc.
|April 17, 2003|| Getting Beneath the Surface |
Chief Technology Officer, AuthenTec Inc.
|April 28, 2003|| Building an Information Gold Mine |
|May 12, 2003|| Refreshing a Category |
J. Darius Bikoff
Founder and CEO, Energy Brands Inc.
|May 13, 2003|| Cleaning Up |
President, Universal Separators Inc.
|June 11, 2003|| Acting with Courage |
Former Executive, Stern Asset Management
|June 11, 2003|| Creating A Spectacle |
Vice President of Research, Philips Electronics
|June 12, 2003|| Putting Your Best Foot Forward |
Ken Block and Damon Way
Cofounders, DC Shoes Inc.
|June 17, 2003|| Trusting Your Instincts |
Editor, Little, Brown & Co.
|June 19, 2003|| Turning—and Saving—a Leaf |
CEO and COfounder, New Leaf Paper
|July 1, 2003|| Making Smart Material |
CEO, ETREMA Products Inc.
|July 8, 2003|| Channeling Energy |
Executive Director, Latino Public Broadcasting
|August 1, 2003|| Making Constant Improvements |
CEO, Seventh Generation
|August 7, 2003|| Stretching an Idea |
President and COO, Integrated Medical Systems Inc.
|August 12, 2003|| Offering That Personal Touch |
|August 14, 2003|| Applying Energy |
Senior Vice President and COO, Green Mountain Power Corp.
|August 14, 2003|| Shedding New Light |
Founder, Agroeletro Sistema de Tecnologia Adequada
|August 14, 2003|| Supporting Bright Ideas |
William Drayton Jr.
CEO, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
|August 21, 2003|| Gunning For The Honor Roll |
Mark S. Wrighton
Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis
|August 28, 2003|| Preserving Precious Assets |
Founder and CEO, Organ Recovery Systems
|August 30, 2003|| Dishing Up Results |
CEO, Replacements Ltd.
|September 9, 2003|| Setting an Expiration Date |
CEO, Flexplay Technologies Inc.
|September 10, 2003|| Cushioning A Blow |
CEO, CMI Enterprises Inc.
|September 24, 2003|| Inventing A Better Way |
Founder and inventor, Dyson Ltd.
|October 16, 2003|| Partnering For Profit |
President and CEO, EMC Corp.
|October 26, 2003|| Raising The Bar (Code) |
MIT Professor and Founder, MIT/Auto-ID Center
|November 3, 2003|| Scouting For Insights |
|November 4, 2003|| Changing The Game |
Special Projects Manager, R&D, Sony Computer Entertainment America
|November 19, 2003|| Empowering The Little Guy |
12,008 Independent Booksellers
|November 26, 2003|| Tracking The Consumer |
Founder and President, Sorensen Associates
|December 1, 2003|| Factoring Growth |
CEO and Chief Science Officer, Biomed Comm Inc.
|December 1, 2003|| Reporting Reality |
CoFounder and Vice President of Engineering, TimesTen Inc.
|December 1, 2003|| Connecting For Growth |
|December 4, 2003|| Building In The Green |
COfounder, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry
|December 9, 2003|| Going Against The Grain |
Founder and CEO, MLX.com
|December 9, 2003|| Litigating For Less |
CEO, Axiom Legal
|December 12, 2003|| Making The Call |
Founder, President, and CEO, UTStarcom
|December 31, 2003|| Thinking Locally, Acting Globally |
Roberto and Andy Milk and Armenia Nercessian