Daniel Gerardo Raviolo

Ashoka Fellow
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Fellow Since 1991


This profile was prepared when Daniel Gerardo Raviolo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1991.
The New Idea
Since Brazil's return to democracy, countless community groups, residents' associations, and social change organizations have sprung up. These groups frequently go unreported in the main media, and they are hard-pressed to develop and pay for their own newsletters and journals.
Daniel has found a solution through the establishment of a publication network-cooperative and newspool for community and social movement newspapers, pooling the resources of some twenty-five grassroots organizations (so far) in his home city of Fortaleza. By producing publications centrally, the managers of the different organizations are spared much of the problems and cost of producing their own newsletters.
Daniel believes that this cooperative approach will allow small grassroots newsletters an economic viability and greater leverage of dissemination, which in turn should give the popular movement a far bigger voice, both with its immediate constituents and with policy makers.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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