Garry Kasparov Author, Russian political activist and former world chess champion
I nominate the Arab street. The breathtaking democratic transformation that has swept the Arab world cannot be reduced to any individual or group. From Tunisia to Egypt to Libya, what they all had in common was the recognition by a critical mass of people, particularly young people, that their voices and their dreams would never find expression without action. Where there is unity and will, the soul's desire for freedom will create the opportunity.
Jennifer Egan Author of the Pulitzer Prize--winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad