Every year The Audacious Project invites change-makers to submit their best, boldest ideas for tackling the world’s biggest challenges.

Last month the eight winners for 2019 were announced live from the TED stage in Los Angeles, and one of these was the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

The Salk Institute embodies Jonas Salk’s mission to dare to make dreams into reality. Its internationally renowned and award-winning scientists explore the very foundations of life by seeking new understandings in neuroscience, genetics, immunology, plant biology and more. 

Joanne Chory is a professor and director of the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute and her TED talk from last month's event is the first 2019 Audacious talk to be shared.

Joanne’s inspiring presentation explains how supercharged plants could help fight climate change, and includes details of the work Joanne and her colleugues at the Salk Institute are doing to amplify plants' ability to take carbon dioxide out of the air and store it deep underground for hundreds of years. 

Virgin Unite, The Audacious Project, Salk Institute

At a time when our need for positive global change has never been greater, The Audacious Project continues to encourage the world’s greatest change-agents to dream bigger, to shape the best ideas into viable multi-year plans, and to present those ideas in a compelling way to potential supporters. It has a simple, ultimate goal: to make philanthropy more collaborative and more effective. 

The project was brought to life through the collaboration of some of the most respected names in the non-profit world, including Skoll, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Scott Cook & Signe Ostby and more. Virgin Unite is proud to be one of the key partners to have joined forces to help make this possible.