Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1991


This profile was prepared when Lorenzo Pérez Alvarez was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1991.
The New Idea
Citizens and citizens' organizations working on social issues have special and interconnected information needs. Individual groups also often have developed a great deal of information that other groups could very profitably use but that they cannot access.Lorenzo began experimenting long ago with how to pull together relevant articles and other data and then to share it with social groups and others in his home state of Chihuahua in Northern Mexico. He started with printed digests, but now he is moving beyond paper to electronics.He is also now working to spread his network both more broadly within Chihuahua and also beyond it to other states. At the same time, he is deepening the flow of information, expanding the nature and quantity of interactions among the participants, and organizing complimentary workshops.In his own words, his goal is "democratization information."
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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