Fellow Since 2003
Fundación Participación Ciudadana
This profile was prepared when Guillermo Worman was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
In Argentina, where disruptive and violent demonstrations have been the public's main channel for registering dissatisfaction with the major changes of the past two years, Guillermo has developed programs through which regular people become involved in the political process and influence the decisions that affect their daily lives. By opening spaces for public forums within government buildings and training community members in advocacy, he provides an outlet for the constructive redirection of participants' frustration, based on better understanding of policy and civil rights. He develops trainings and tools to inform social leaders, students, and their neighbors on current issues and on the best ways to sway forthcoming decisions on those issues. Guillermo's focus on current topics and the underlying trends and policies that cause them attracts the critical mass to impact public decision-making that has eluded most other advocacy projects.