Brazil, Transition, Big Cities, Inspiring projects

I met some really amazing Brazilian girls yesterday on the walking tour and found out about the excellent work going on in the slums of Sao paulo and elsewhere…

InterAção (International network of community action)

+ Um Teto para meu País (a roof for my country)

We are a non-profit organization run by university students and young professionals that through the construction of transitional houses, works with families in extreme poverty in a social inclusion process that will allow them to develop as a sustainable community  (Originally started in Chile, now spreading widely in Sao Paulo and Brazil)

I was telling them of a few other amazing projects going on in Sao Paulo, which I found out about last year at the TRANSITION NETWORK CONFERENCE, earlier article previously posted here outlines that: Transition and Big Cities

There is some really inspiring stuff going on around the planet at the present, 2 of us travelled from Barcelona to participate in the recent Transition Conference in Liverpool, or “The Peoples Republic of Scouse” as Pete North put it, a few weeks back and while there we plugged in, connected with other people in transition. I connected as much as possible with people working in cities, who are addressing the challenges, applying the basic ideas of transition to the bigger macro scale.

Links: Transition and Big Cities | Forests invading cities: Latest on Brazil turning the tide #ttcon2011 (MP3 here) | transition brasil ning | Transition Granja Viana | Brasilândia | Transition Brasilândia (blog) | Verdejando Heliópolis | What strategies are working in big cities? (topic on transition network) | Transition in Cities and the #SpanishRevolution | A conversation about Transition in Cities (MP3 audio)

Here is an excellent audio, via transitionradio, from the Brazilians at the conference:

Forests invading cities: Latest on Brazil turning the tide #ttcon2011

Attached is a recording of a session titled Forests invading cities: Latest on Brazil turning the tide which was led by May East, Monica Picavea, and Isabela de Menezes and held on 10th July 2011 at the UK Transition Network Conference in Liverpool.


Transition Towns Brasil

Anyway, here is just a quick post to some of the audios and further issues of whats going on in the world of transition in the big big cities.

Special word has to be made for a FANTASTIC presentation (that could have gone on all day, but we were limited to an hour and a half) from whats going on in Brazil.

Transition Granja Viana

Unleashing of the First Transition Favela with Rap and Samba (6 Jan 2011)

It was a sizzling Saturday morning in December when members of the low low-income Brasilândia community of 247.000 people in São Paulo, gathered with great expectancy for the official unleashing of ‘Transixion’ Brasilândia. Led by the initiating group created earlier in May by members of the Stickel Foundation, with representatives from the arts community, environmental groups, health workers, educators, local authority the first part of the morning was dedicated to celebrate a remarkable chain of achievements.

Related: In his excellent presentation old time eco thinker Stewart Brand: Why squatter cities are a good thing (view vid below) points out that soon (maybe in 10 or 20 years) as present demographics are going 1 in 4 people will live in squatter cities. He points to the work being done by US journalist and political activist Robert Neuwirth ( see his TED vid: The “shadow cities” of the future below too). A more indepth view from Stewart Brand was outlined at a Google talk (view below)


Stewart Brand: Why squatter cities are a good thing
Robert Neuwirth: The “shadow cities” of the future
Stewart Brand was outlined at a Google talk
Transition Towns Brasilândia um bairro em transição
Rob´s message for Transition Brazil
May East Green Dreams CIFAL Scotland Director & worldwide transition towns
May East Executive Director of UN’s CIFAL Scotland and it’s Green Dreams project (among many other sustainability programmes) is convinced humanity and the world’s biosphere’s future is in transition for urban areas, and dreams of every village, town and city in the world becoming one over the next twenty years.

Over and out from dunk and juan from the Transition conference.

Thanks Natali and Ana, see you soon in Brazil, PS, Natali, those videos about the indymedia network and alternative media networks are here: N30: The day the political landscape changed forever


14 Responses to Brazil, Transition, Big Cities, Inspiring projects

  1. fuspey says:

    What Transition in Brazil means to both Brazil and the rest of the world

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    Brazil: An Inconvenient History

    At first glance Brazil appears to be an alluring playground of exciting carnivals, sultry samba, divine football and a vibrantly diverse people.

    But behind this dazzling facade lies a disturbing story of history’s largest-ever slave population.

    Astonishingly Brazil, a Portuguese colony, received ten-times more African slaves than the numbers transported to North America.

    This programme looks at those estimated 4 million people with whose blood, sweat and tears Brazil was built.

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    Brazil with Michael Palin

    Brazil is a travel documentary series by Michael Palin consisting of four episodes. Palin, had never been to Brazil which, in the 21st century, has become a global player with a booming economy bringing massive social changes to this once-sleeping giant which, as the fifth largest country, is as big as some continents.[1]

    criticism of the series: Why we don’t need Michael Palin’s ‘Brazil’

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    BBC series – Brasil, Brasil

    The series offers a detailed account of the years in which Brazilian music has evolved and constantly changed, while capturing the global imagination.

    A three-part series on BBC Four
    From Friday 23 November 2007

    first clip from youtube

    Brasil Brasil -1- Samba To Bossa

    Filmed at Brazils massive carnival celebrations in the lawless favelas the extraordinary maracatu ceremonies of the northern countryside and in the music clubs of Salvador and Rio these three hour-long films chronicle Brazilian music from the birth of samba right through to the hip-hop baile and funk scenes.Samba To BossaThe series starts in the days of slavery when an estimated 4 million Africans were forcibly moved to Brazil and traces the development of samba from the poor black areas of Salvador and Rio where it was initially banned to its fusion with European styles and its move to the mainstream.The programme follows the career of sambas most successful and glamorous international star Carmen Miranda and the growth of the samba schools that dominate the Rio carnival. It traces the fight-back by musicians from the poor Northeast who used a rival style forro to sing about the harsh realities of their lives and shows how politics helped the development of a sophistcated new samba-jazz fusion bossanova from the Fifties that was to bring international success to Joao Gilberto and Tom Jobim.The programme ends with the military coup that ended the optimistic easy-going bossa era.

    Brasil Brasil -2- Tropicalia Revolution

    The second programme in the series covers the military era in Brazil from 1964-85 and discusses the role that musicians played in leading the fight-back and how they suffered as a result. The era began with the left-wing protest movement headed by singers like Nara Leao that was matched against rival styles that ranged from the passionate singing of Elis Regina to the rousing pop songs of Jorge Ben with television song contests developing into a battle-ground between supporters of different styles.All this changed in the late Sixties with the emergence of the experimental tropicalia movement determined to shake up Brazil just as military hardliners took control of the government. The programme chronicles the careers of the tropicalia stars from Os Mutantes to Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso who were both jailed and exiled to Britain (and includes never shown footage of them both performing at the Isle of Wight festival). It describes the military censorship campaign against such leading musicians as Chico Buarque Milton Nascimento and even Jorge Ben. And it shows how black musicians in Bahia state responded by developing new and often militant black styles like samba-reggae.

    Brasil Brasil -3- A Tale Of Four Cities

    It shows how musicians like Chico Science in the northern city of Recide reacted against the American-influenced rock scene of the Eighties to create their own new fusion in which rock and hip-hop were mixed with local traditional styles like maracatu.In Sao Paulo it examines how Racionais MCs created a new Brazilian form of hip-hop that made them heroes of the poor predominantly black suburbs the favelas. Meanwhile in the smart down-town area producer Suba created a new style of electronica and achieved international success through his work with Bebel Gilberto.In Rio de Janeiro there were similar divisions: here the citys funk clubs were closed after disturbances and the music moved to the rough favelas now often a battle-ground between police and drug gangs. The programme examines how funk and hip-hop have developed in the favelas and how bands like AfroReggae have tried to bring social change in the most lawless parts of the city.It shows too how samba has continued to develop in Rio developing a new following both through hip-hop fusions and the return to fashion of old-style big band samba. The programme ends in a fourth city Salvador where the axe pop style dominates the spectacular carnival but black musicians complain they are being left out.

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    WIDE ANGLE | Brazil in Black and White

    “Am I black or am I white?” Even before they ever set foot in a college classroom, many Brazilian university applicants must now confront a question with no easy answer.

    BRAZIL IN BLACK AND WHITE follows the lives of five young college hopefuls from diverse backgrounds as they compete to win a coveted spot at the elite University of Brasilia, where 20 percent of the incoming freshmen must qualify as Afro-Brazilian. Outside the university, WIDE ANGLE reports on the controversial racial debate roiling Brazil through profiles of civil right activists, opponents of affirmative action, and one of the country’s few black senators.

    Published on Mar 11, 2012

  7. fuspey says:

    Black in Latin America – Episode 3 – Brazil – A Racial Paradise

    In Brazil, Professor Gates delves behind the façade of Carnival to discover how this ‘rainbow nation’ is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy.

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  9. fuspey says:

    hopefully find urban eco architectural bike work in state of parana, seems like great bike stuff underway..

    UFPR Promotes Bicycle Use:

    Teachers, technicians, and students of the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) have a mission to promote the use of bicycles for transportation, leisure, and sport. Through research, teaching, and extension activities, the Ciclovida program promotes a new culture within urban mobility and unites the fields of Psychology, Architecture and Urban Planning, Physical Education, Environmental Engineering, Production, Electrical and Civil Engineering, Social Communication, Design, and Law.

    The newest project on the Ciclovida agenda is a cycling calendar, which includes bike rides open to the community. (Check dates and destinations in the table below.) Ciclovida coordinator José Carlos Belotto believes about a hundred cyclists will participate in the events.

    em portugese

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    What would real democracy look like?

    Participatory budgeting lets residents decide how to spend their city’s or municipality’s public budget through a process of popular assemblies in the neighborhoods and the districts. It was first developed in the city of Porto Alegre in Southern Brazil in the late 1980s when the Brazilian Labour Party, PT, won the municipal elections after the end of the military dictatorship. Since then, it has spread to hundreds of cities and municipalities in Latin America, Europe and the United States.

  12. fuspey says:

    For transitioners in Brazil this might be interesting They are part of the International Partnership for Transformative learning in Europe, and want to tour Brazil and make connections…

    via: Transition in Big Cities

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