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This is, we will readily admit, an eclectic mix. An architect-turned-mayor, a couple of hands-dirty do-gooders, a bunch of revolutionaries, the boss of a public sector pension fund and a handful of New York neighbours. From Cairo to Congo, Brooklyn to Bristol, what links them is the practical way they have all gone about their jobs – the almost ordinary nature of their extraordinary actions.

When asked for their three top tips, it’s striking how many talk about the importance of belief; that you are able to succeed if you believe what you are doing…



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