The Mexico Beehive
In 2009, One Global Economy held a stakeholders engagement workshop in Mexico City to map out the content for the Mexico Beehive. Infofácil.mx was launched in Spanish in 2010 at e-México computer centers and attracts more than 300,000 users daily. The information portal features global best practice and highly localized content on money management, health, employment, education and citizenship. Infofácil also contains hundreds of articles featuring online educational resources and tools for primary, secondary, and high school students, information on free and low-cost programs for adults seeking to complete their high school education, and helpful articles for employment-seekers.
Student Editors Program
Shortly after the launch of Infofácil, OGE continued to develop highly-localized content through engaging student journalists at Tecnológico de Monterrey and Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México in Toluca by offering them small stipends, community service and internship credit in addition to incorporating content creation into curricula and offering the Mexico Beehive as an online publishing outlet. OGE also held several competitions between the two Universities to award best articles. Through engaging student journalists, over 200 articles were developed for the Mexico Beehive. For more on the student editors program, see the micro-documentary below:
With support from the Symantec Corporation, OGE continues to work with student journalists at Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México in Toluca to develop a Toluca Beehive. OGE is also working with the University to equip the writing center with new hardware and software to support localized content creation and build students’ capacities in digital editing and IT skills.
Global Community Building in Rural Guanajuato
OGE has recently expanded its work to rural Guanajuato by supporting the development of sustainable Community Knowledge Centers in the villages of El Garbanzo and San Agustín. The program is heavily focused on cultivating Community Connectors and a core group of youth trainers, who will graduate from the course and conduct technology workshops for other community members, many of which have never been exposed to information platforms or digital tools.