Rene Silva

At 11 years old, Rene Silva created the Newspaper Voz da Comunidade and has since assumed an important role in the national and international stage. On November 28, 2010, during the invasion of state forces in Complexo do Alemão, Rene reported to the world the details of the raid in real time through the microblogging, Twitter, all the information about the action of the police, the reaction of bandits, and daily life of the community. His online presence attracted the attention of personalities from around the world and he has since released a book and has won several awards such as: “It Makes the Difference” Award (Prêmio Faz a Diferença) from the newspaper O Globo which celebrates the moment of peace and development of Rio and Brazil, the Shorty Award which honors the best people and organizations on Twitter and social media, the top 100 most influential Brazilians in the country by Epoca magazine, best content producer in the innovation category by the New York Times, and many more. Today, Rene develops social projects in his community and connects approximately 162 thousand people and businesses through social media. In addition, he frequently lectures to large enterprises relaying case accounts of entrepreneurship and success and motivating teams across the country.

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