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Mexico: Hero Reports, Mapping Acts of Kindness
Written by Ernesto Priego On 6 September 2011 @ 15:30 pm | 13 Comments
In 7 Billion Actions, Arts & Culture, Digital Activism, English, Feature, Ideas, Latin America, Mexico, Spanish, Technology, Video, War & Conflict, Weblog
Heroreports  is a non-profit project dedicated to crowdsourcing and mapping reports of citizen courage and positive social behavior. It started in Ciudad Juárez, México  as an initiative of the MIT Center for Civic Media  called “Crónicas de Héroes“, under the direction of Yesica Guerra , a researcher in urban design with a master's degree in Architecture and Urbanism from MIT. Ciudad Juarez is known for being one of the most violent cities in the world , due to drug cartel violence and female homicides .
Yesica Guerra describes the project in this video interview with the Knight Foundation  blog [en]:
The following video is a trailer in Spanish for the Juárez Heroreports [es]:
According to Maite Fernandez from the International Journalists’ Network , the idea for the project came about in 2009 when Christopher Csikszentmihályi , director of the Center for Future Civic Media  visited Ciudad Juarez as part of a delegation that would suggest ideas for improving life in the city.
The initial success of the Juárez Heroreports, which has documented and geo-located some 1045 accounts of positive civic actions, has been followed by other sites in Monterrey, México, the border between Tijuana, México, and San Diego, California, USA , and even Kazakhstan . While they are all part of the same networks, each site has its own individual design and personality. Nevertheless, the focus and goal remain the same.
Un día que regresaba del Paso Tx. Iba una señora caminado mayor de edad que regresaba de trabajar y traía muchas bolsas pesadas vi como un joven le ofreció ayuda hasta que la subió al camión.
Projects like Heroreports show an innovative way of employing digital media in local communities. The benefits are manifold, bridging the realms of online activity and “the street”. The potential uses and results cannot be fully predicted. Already, some submissions read more like literary short stories than mere reports.
The Heroreports websites are empowering individuals to speak up and focus on positive citizen behavior in densely-populated areas that suffer from conflict, and are becoming useful sources of comparative socio-geopolitical documentation.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://juarez.cronicasdeheroes.mx/reports/map
 Heroreports: http://heroreports.org/
 Ciudad Juárez, México: http://juarez.cronicasdeheroes.mx/
 MIT Center for Civic Media: http://civic.mit.edu/
 Yesica Guerra: http://civic.mit.edu/users/yesica
 most violent cities in the world: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/03/08/mexico-remembering-the-women-of-ciudad-juarez/
 female homicides: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_homicides_in_Ciudad_Ju%C3%A1rez
 Knight Foundation: http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2011/7/15/online-stories-courage-draw-juarez-residents-outdoors/
 Maite Fernandez : http://ijnet.org/blog/director-crowdsourced-website-mexico-go-offline-build-participation
 International Journalists’ Network: http://ijnet.org/
 Christopher Csikszentmihályi: http://www.media.mit.edu/people/csik
 Monterrey, México, : http://mty.cronicasdeheroes.mx/
 Tijuana, México, and San Diego, California, USA: http://tj-sd.cronicasdeheroes.mx/
 Kazakhstan: http://www.heroreports.kz/
 is described: http://civic.mit.edu/projects/c4fcm/hero-reports-crónicas-de-héroes
 on April 9, 2011: http://juarez.cronicasdeheroes.mx/reports/view/1148
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