Digital Communities


Price: Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions


Cyberarts 2012 - International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica 2012

Crónicas de Héroes is a civic platform of positivism which through technology, art, education, direct insertion and other media focuses and promotes social values—responsibility, honesty, equality, respect, dignity, kindness, solidarity and cooperation. Crónicas de Héroes provides citizens with both online and offline tools to make public, carry out and share with other positive contributions to society. 

Since the launch of Crónicas de Héroes in Juarez, Mexico, in December 2010, many newspapers, radio stations and television outlets have picked up and written stories about the more than 1,300 positive citizens reports that have been logged and mapped on our website: The mapping tool illustrates both the location and density of positive actions happening in this city. The Juárez community has embraced the initiative as a tool to establish public activities aimed at regaining a civic presence in the city, such as collective public paints in collaboration with street artists and the community who have created murals in different spaces around the city inspired by the positive reports on our site.

Currently, Crónicas de Héroes is also being deployed in Monterrey, Mexico, ( and Tijuana/San Diego, CA (, our first bi-national platform. 

Crónicas de Héroes aspires to reach and to influence a broad community of all ages, genders, and economic status in these communities, using new and old media as well as grassroots activism. 

Crónicas de Héroes was originally established in New York after the 9/11 events as Hero Reports, a project carried out by Alyssa Wright, a student from the Center for Civic Media /MIT Media Lab. It was a reaction to the NY Metropolitan Transit Authority’s “See Something, Say Something” campaign, which focused on reporting suspicious activity. In contrast, Hero Reports directed civic energy toward reporting positive activities that encourage constructive societal changes.