52 generally excellent world-changing ideas tackling everything from deforestation to the food system

See the full list of honorees of Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards in the general excellence category.

52 generally excellent world-changing ideas tackling everything from deforestation to the food system

The general excellence category of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards honors the broadest ideas, whether they’re new government policies, new business models, or entirely new consumer categories. Anything that has the potential to effect true systems change or solve wicked problems. See the finalists and honorable mentions below, and read about the winner, an animal-free whey that makes everything from ice cream to protein powder taste like real dairy, no cows needed.



2-Nanometer Chip, IBM
Acre, Modern Mill
Argo 1000, Roboze
Autonomous Gate-to-Gate Flight Technology, Xwing
Create Structure, Better Shelter
Employee-Controlled Compensation Program
, Expensify
ESG & Sustainability Cloud, OneTrust
, FutureFeed
Gradient Comfort, Gradient Comfort
Infinite Recycling, Samsara
Mini GUSS, GUSS Automation
New Wave Shrimp, New Wave Foods
Touch Card, Mastercard
Woolly Mammoth De-extinction Project, Colossal

Honorable mentions

80 Acres Farms, 80 Acres Farms
AI to Eliminate Unnecessary Animal Testing, Smarter Sorting
AI-Enabled Plant Vision Technology, AeroFarms and Nokia Bell Labs
Blokable at Phoenix Rising, Blokable
Bridge Built by Citi, Citigroup
Bright Lab Innovations, Winston-Salem State University
Corporate Retirement Plan Sustainability Scorecard, As You Sow
DailyPay Balance Platform, DailyPay
Decentralized Clinical Trials, Curebase
Degree Inclusive, Wunderman Thompson Argentina and Unilever
Design for Women, IA Collaborative
Digital New Deal, Bitwise Industries
Don’t Choose Extinction, Activista
Experian Boost, Experian
Farmer Focus, Farmer Focus
Floral Farms, HKS
The Foodbank Project, The Salvation Army—New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga & Samoa Territory
The Global Cities Fund
, Mayors Migration Council
Grand Boulevards
, HDR | Calthorpe Associates
Grow Well Ecosystem, Vertical Harvest Farms
Global, cloud-connected vertical farming network, Infarm
The Kasasa Loan: Project Mainstreet, Kasasa
Kvarøy Arctic Salmon
, Kvarøy Arctic
The Lost Class, Change the Ref
, Sudoc
Net Zero initiative, WPP
Pipeline, Pipeline
Polestar 0 Project, Polestar
Primary Promise, Intermountain Healthcare
Racial Justice Fund,
Seed at the Table, Seed at the Table
Sustainable Energy Solution, VivoPower
SustainChain, U.S. Coalition on Sustainability
The SYNTAX Platform, DNA Script
Valisure, Valisure
Wave Drowning Detection Systems, Wave Systems
X4Impact, X4Impact
ZenBusiness, ZenBusiness