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Hero Reports/Crónicas de Héroes
Hero Reports is a web based campaign of positive thinking established in New York during 2001. The most successful instance of Hero Reports --a Spanish version called Crónicas de Héroes--is deployed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, since December 2010 and currently implemented in other cities: Monterrey and Tijuana/San Diego, the first bi-national platform of the initiative.
Crónicas de Héroes is civic platform of positivism which through technology, art, education, grassroots activism, and other media focuses and promotes social values - responsibility, honesty, equality, respect, dignity, kindness, solidarity, cooperation. Crónicas de Héroes provides to citizens both on- line and off-line tools to make public, carry out and share with other positive contributions to society. We seek to guide citizens participation towards positive activities and attitudes, that can drive social change.
Some of the main objectives of this initiative are:
- Local: inject positive energy, provide tools as change agents for strengthening social ties, values and education, promote citizen participation, civic pride, recover and give rise to optimism.
- International: Modify the existing image and narrative, showing the other side, the other story that also exists in these cities/regions, create links and promote diversity.
A short term goal for Crónicas de Héroes is the inclusion of new applications on the websites, allowing individuals to send reports via mobile devices, including SMS and MMS as well as voice mail. These tools, which will be incorporated into a geo-location system are currently being developed with support from the Center for Civic Media.
Crónicas de Héroes is a non-profit project. We work with the support of the community; therefore, we want to invite more institutions, groups, NGOs, ACs, etc. to contact us. Everyday there are heroes among us and they did not sit around to wait for better times, thus lets follow their example and grow together for a better present.