Alan Clutterbuck

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008


This profile was prepared when Alan Clutterbuck was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The New Idea
Through a highly selective process, Alan has created a powerful network of politicians from a diverse array of parties and regions and provides them with the training, knowledge, and support they need to achieve lasting social change. Finally, to bridge the gap between government and the people, he creates firm links between his network, civil society leaders, and the media.

Because of the constant turnover rate among politicians and the political parties, many of Argentina’s elected leaders lack the skills and knowledge needed to institute needed reforms. Alan thus offers training programs designed to address a variety of issue areas, including matters of political reform, public sector management, and legislative development. He supplements these programs with information sessions on constituents’ concerns and leading issue areas, and tailors his programming to the interests of each particular politician. Held before the entire network, these programs are central to his efforts to foster collaboration and action plans amongst politicians with different ideologies.

More recently, Alan is reaching out to major players in the media and across civil society. He arranges regular meetings between politicians, CEOs, and social organizations as a way to better connect the government to the people and issues it is intended to serve. He aims to publicize the group’s achievements, in an effort to introduce new standards of excellence and an unprecedented culture of ethical leadership.

Thanks to a rigorous selection process, Alan’s Political Action Network (RAP) is comprised of a growing group of ethically proven politicians who pledge their commitment to the common good. Having started in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s center of political activity, RAP has developed a strong presence in three cities the country’s interior. With 108 members to date, Alan plans to grow his network to 400 members in the coming years.
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