Aleph Molinari studied Economics and Critical Theory at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In 2006, in conjunction with the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), Aleph conducted an in-depth study on the effects of solid residue disposal and urban approaches to Mexico City´s periphery. The study formed the conceptual basis of a documentary film on the processes of Mexico City’s trash cycle and the lives of trash pickers living in the outskirts of the city.
In 2008 Aleph Molinari founded the Fundación Proacceso, a nonprofit organization that uses the educational benefits of technology to drive the social and economic development of people living in marginalized communities. The Fundación envisions a world in which everyone is digitally included and where access to technology and education empowers people to become active citizens. Its main project is the Red de Innovación y Aprendizaje (RIA), or Learning and Innovation Network, a group of education centers connects underserved populations to quality education and information and communication technology. The RIA aims to bridge Mexico’s digital divide and provide its users with the tools they need to participate in their communities and the world at large.
In just over two years the Fundación Proacceso has built 70 educational centers in 34 municipalities and has registered more than 210,000 users, with more than 55,000 graduating from its courses. Today the RIA is recognized as an exemplary model for digital inclusion and has been presented at the World Bank, the OECD, Harvard University, TED Talks and the World Technology Summit. In 2011 the RIA was featured as one of the 60 exemplary educational facilities around the world in the OECD’s Designing for Education.