11/03/2011 10:46 am ET Updated Jan 03, 2012

10 Middle-Aged Activists That Shape The World We Live In

In Man and Superman, Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw famously stated, "the reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

In light of the recent uptick in protests and popular uprisings, we're presenting our list of 10 activists that shape the world we live in - by no means a definitive catalogue, but one we're sure you'll appreciate nonetheless:

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