Prigi Arisandi

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2004


This profile was prepared when Prigi Arisandi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
While most people think scientific data is the exclusive domain of academics, Prigi believes even ordinary citizens can collect and use scientific data. He introduced a simple way to collect environmental data that anyone, even children, can use. Prigi’s “Surabaya River Detective Program” educates children to become agents promoting a healthy environment campaign. Such activities make clear the connection between human health and the environment.
In addition, Prigi is teaching communities how to use the media to persuade their government to enforce industrial waste discharge regulations. He instituted a Posko Ijo (Green Post) in which representatives of communities meet with government officials and industry owners to discuss positive solutions together.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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