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The World's Most Inspiring People

Updated on July 14, 2011

Who are the people who change the world?

Many people have changed the world for the better. This article highlights, remembers and champions only a few of those who have improved our world.

Here is a list of 10 people EVERYONE around the world should know about. These 10 people have changed the consciousness of nations and redirected the path of civilizations.

Ten Most Inspiring + 1

Martin Luther King Jr - Human Rights, Democracy, Non-violence, Peace, Social Justice, and Labor Rights.

Mahatma Gandhi - Non-Violent Resistance, Human Rights, Anti-Colonialism, Democracy.

Nelson Mandela - Racial Reconciliation, Human Rights, Social Justice, Democracy.

Susan B Anthony - Human Rights (Women's Suffrage), Democracy.

Oscar Romero - Human Rights, Peace, Democracy, Social Justice.

Mother Teresa - Human Rights, Children's Rights, Women's Rights.

Albert Einstein - Democracy, Social Equality, Peace, Science

Aung San Suu Kyi - Democracy, Peace, Non-violence.

Paul Robeson - Democracy, Social Justice, Racial Reconciliation, Human Rights

Jose Rizal - Human Rights, Social Justice, Democracy, Anti-Colonialism

Wangari Maathai - Environmental Rights, Social Justice, Human Rights (Women's Rights).

There are hundreds of great people like these throughout history (probably a hundred in each decade alone). You should check out the resources below to find out more inspirational people!


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      conradofontanilla 4 years ago from Philippines

      Voted interesting. However, I wonder why Mao Tse-tung, or Zhou Enlai or Deng Xiopeng of China are not included. They have changed China. In his meetings with Mao, Henry Kissinger, then national security adviser of Pres. Nixon of the US, said he had not changed any country while Mao had. China has provided some peace in the world since its alliance with the US. Before that, the Cold War between the US and USSR prevailed and the world was always in the brink of annihilation. There are still wars today but they are more or less localized, less threat of nuclear war. China has gone far ahead of the US on matters of land ownership. Private land ownership in the US may not be a problem now but it will be in the future when American population will have grown to a density that China now has.

      Jose Rizal is our hero but he is considered second only to Andres Bonifacio who organized the Katipunan that drove the Spaniards away. Rizal wanted cooptation.

      King Henry VIII who founded the Church of England and Martin Luther who made reforms in Catholicism deserve to belong in this list. The reform movement served as a break to the crusades that the popes were inflicting on Muslims. The psyche of the crusades still reverberate today. Hobbes and Hume who advocated democracy are also inspiring people.