Julio Vacaflor

Ashoka Fellow
Argentina,
Fellow Since 2003

Citation

This profile was prepared when Julio Vacaflor was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Julio has recognized that the depth of Argentina's social crisis demands a rebuilding of the social fabric and widespread stimulation of civil society from the community level up. For a project of this scope and breadth, Julio realized that powerful, relevant motivational forces are needed. Julio is using the symbolic power of the Argentine flag and the communitarian power of a national-scale project to stimulate civil society involvement in a country desperately in need of identity, unity, and progress.

The national-level project–Alta en el Cielo ("High in the Sky")–is Argentina's version of the Pledge of Allegiance, and it provides a platform from which to invigorate civil society broadly through forging connections and facilitating ongoing collaborations. In a 10-year span, the flag project will both literally and metaphorically sew a new social fabric for Argentina out of small, dispersed pieces of cloth. High in the Sky will then live on past the completion of the flag project, sparking future change in communities across Argentina.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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