Ricardo Hernández Arellano
This profile was prepared when Ricardo Hernández Arellano was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Ricardo believes that communities equipped with the basic ability to resolve conflict can develop their own methods for solving social conflicts. His approach is based on the multidisciplinary understanding of opposing views. Ricardo analyzes experiences to develop management and problem-solving techniques to deal with issues experienced by individuals and groups from different social and class backgrounds regardless of gender or race. In addition, Ricardo is collaborating with members of citizens groups, civil and religious organizations, and government agencies to develop a national network of peace promoters. These efforts will advance the public discussion of the conflicts, some of them armed, taking place in regions across the country.