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Theme: We are Humanity

This event occurred on
April 4, 2014
1:30pm - 7:00pm -03
(UTC -3hrs)
porto alegre

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porto alegre, 90619-900
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Adriano Gambarini

Because of caves, Gambarini went to study geology at USP and started shooting. With a small camera, he experienced for the first time, the secrets of light and shadow. From there, eager to learn, he began to read all about the image. Then he made photography his occupation and became a wanderer. He crossed an immense and diverse Brazil and decided to " stretch their legs " in other lands. He harvested cherries in France, plunged into hot water and tasted the iced coffee of Greece; walked in the cold of Russia, felt how colorful China is, visited the ancient ruins of Cambodia; lived peace in Laos. He traveled Europe, Asia, Antarctica, Americas. In 20 years, he became a specialist in the interaction between man and environment. Today, it has the most diverse personal photographic archive of the country, perpetuating with the same sensitivity, laborers in mines and Buddhist monks, sacred art and wildlife, Parisian autumn and dry Northeast. Through Gambarini’s lens Indians, Orientals, whites, millionaires, farmers, hikers, like him posed. His photos illustrate national and international magazines , guides and exhibitions . He published thirteen books, two of them dedicated to poetry. Incidentally, Adriano Gambarini is not a photographer. He is a poet who writes with the light of a camera. ( Text of Laish Duarte Mota , Journalist TV Cultura )

Ana Livi

Ana is from Porto Alegre with a degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the Federal Univeristy of Rio Grande do Sul 2007. Over the past seven years, most of the time, she has been traveling, working and studying worldwide. She worked as manager of construction projects in post -war, the Non- Governmental Organization ' Jesuit Refugee Service ' (JRS), Liberia (2007-2008) and Southern Sudan (2008-2009). She was a fellow student in the Urban Mundus program, masters with a duo diploma in ' International Cooperation and Urban Development ', with emphasis on ' Sustainable Emergency Architecture ', at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and at the International University of Catalonia, Spain (2010-2012). She had her intership done at UNICEF in Rwanda. She participated as a volunteer in the Walk4heritage Project, cataloging Buddhist monuments in the Tsum Valley, Nepal (2012).She is certified in Permaculture (2013). She is currently working on various projects , but especially in the design of a collaborative platform for urban development , that will be launched in 2014 . The Ana’s main motivation is to contribute to the empowerment and development of the perception of self - responsibility of individuals in search of a more humane and harmonious life.

Andre Pase

He has a Post-doctorate degree in Electronic Games by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). he has Doctorate degreein Social communication from the School of Social Communication (Famecos) of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (2008). he is graduated in journalism (2000) with a master's degree in Social communication (2004) also by FamecosPUCRS. He has experience in the area of Communication, working mainly on the following themes: internet, journalism online, online video, video games, Digital TV, media convergence, mobility, digital music, digital culture, cross-media, TransMedia storytelling and comic books.

Berenice Goelzer

She is an occupational Hygienist and Civil Engineer with an Engineering degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and Master’s Degree in Public Health and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). She attended courses at the Schools of Public Health of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of North Carolina (worked on research project); several specialization courses in Brazil (e.g., Radiation Protection, Toxicology, Noise). For 35 years, she was certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH, USA) as CIH (Comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Practice); certified by the Brazilian Association of Occupational Hygienists (ABHO). International awards: “William P. Yant Award” (Washington, D.C., 1996) and “IOHA Lifetime Achievement Award” (Bergen, Norway, 2002). Past positions included: Scientist, Occupational Health Office, World Health Organization, Geneva, for 25 years; head of Occupational Hygiene at FUNDACENTRO (National OSH Foundation, under the Ministry of Labour) and visiting professor at the School of Public Health (University of São Paulo, Brazil), for 3 years; professor of Occupational Hygiene at the University of RGS (Brazil), for 5 years. Presently, she is a consultant in occupational hygiene (lectures, courses, publications),professional associations: ABHO (Brazil), American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH, USA – member of two scientific committees) and British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS, UK). Also, she was a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA, USA) for 40 years, and a founding member of the Société Suisse d' Hygiène du Travail, as well as editor of the IOHA (International Occupational Hygiene Association) Newsletter for 11 years, IOHA Board Member (3 years) and adviser (6 years).

Carmela Grune

She is a lawyer, writer, activist and journalist. Also, she is the Chief executive of the State Law Journal. She has experience in the area of education, with emphasis on methods and techniques of teaching, mainly in the following areas: law, citizenship, education and access to justice. She has a degree in Law and Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, a Master degree in Social Rights and Public Policy from the University of Santa Cruz do Sul;She defends the idea of a popular legal culture, suggesting that the Brazilian society understands law in their daily lives and thereby exercise citizenship seeking to break the judicialization of life, with the objective to create, promote and disseminate popular legal culture as a tool of citizenship. To do so, she enhances the conversation, the redemption of "feel" right as a cultural phenomenon and social achievement.

Clelio de Paula

He is travelerer, an engineer of Storytelling , a world citizen, and aneEngineer of interaction . He believes that people want to help one another, and we " technologists " we must make it happen . He studied electronic engineering and computing at UFRJ , and it was there that he realized that technology is useless if it does not deliver solutions to people. He worked on projects developing marine vessels using solar energy in building sustainable homes concept and development of immersive environments , using technologies such interfaces controlled by gestures and voice. He was curator and organizer of TEDxUFRJ because I felt an overwhelming need to make connections , talk and exchange experiences. We founded a company called “We Sense” , a technology company focused on experiences , where he creates products and services capable of activating emotions in people . His background in electronics instrumentation has allowed him to create interactive modules using concepts of internet of things and invisible technology. Human beings are hardwired to connect

Dani Besouchet

A journalist, who in recent years, has lived in different cities in search of professional opportunities and personal experiences. Since 2012, however, decided to slow down to devote exclusively to his new life plan: have her first child. She stopped working in the beginning of 2013, when she discovered she was pregnant, to take care of her body and mind to welcome the baby with more tranquility. In the search for experiences that contributed to the birth of her child more naturally, full of love, affection and respect, she discovered the humanization of childbirth. Then, She realized that what the French surgeon Michel Odent has talked for a long time was true - "to change the world we must change the way we are born,".Therefore, her husband and she opted for the humanization of childbirth at home, an experience that marked their lives and certainly made a difference in their child's life and the person he will become.

Juliana Monguilhott

When she started the Nursing College in 2003, Juliana felt that her professional achievement would be in midwifery, watching women and babies in the divine process of child birth. When, she graduated she went to work in the Florianópolis City Hall with pregnant women with positive HIV diagnosis. In the following years, she worked in other places and got a specialization at Pre- Emergency Hospital and Family Health. However, it was necessary to go deeper to approach her initial call. In 2010, she completed the post-graduate studies in Obstetric sand Neonatal, with a focus in home childbirth. Every class, every birth that accompanied with Hanami team was closer to accomplish the dream of helping families to give birth in a respectful and singular form, going back to the mother and baby process. In the same year, she took an Intensive Course in Mexico, with the midwife Naoli Vinaver that made her understand that she is just a facilitator of the physiological process of childbirth. She made herself available as a collaborator at Hanami Team in October 2011 and was invited to join the team, where she is up to now as a volunteer nurse. She is currently a professor at the Federal Institute of Science and Technology Education and participates in GRUPESMUR - Research Group on Nursing in Women and Newborn Health as a doctoral graduate program in Nursing - UFSC.

João Gabriel Alkmim

He is a 19-year-old Business Administration, forester of Brazilian Mahogany, founder of franchisor Waterless Car Wash and Cleaning. Also, he is a founder of Up Group Young Travel, founder of the ECCOlógica startup and Master Coach. He was a finalist for the award in 2013 Inspiring Young presenting ECCOlógica application, designed by him and developed by Ethical Solutions and sponsored by Sebraetec. The application aims to modernize the education system, prompting to take more interaction and dynamism to the classrooms.

Jorge Hoelzel Neto

Married, father of two kids, Jorge was born in Santa Cruz do Sul - RS. He has a degree in Business Administration with specialization in Foreign Trade from UNISINOS- 1985. He has MBAs and Executive Courses from FDC and Amana-Key. He has been working at Mercur S.A. since 1986, where he was part of several areas of the company and currently he is a member of the Board of Directors and Facilitator. Jorge has been doing significant business management changes since he began to question the legacy and the purpose of the company.

Juliana Hoch

She is 20 years old from Rio Grande do Sul, chemistry technician, who is studying Materials Engineering and dreams to save lives. Passionate about research, she has participated in scientific and technological exhibitions since 2009 in different parts of the world. The number of organ donors increases daily in Brazil, but the lack of resources prevents more than half of transplants to be performed. With the objective of reducing the cost of liquid preservatives used for organ transplants, she received an award from the American Chemical Society Scholarship, medals, UNESCO recognition and has a patent registration. She believes that in this way, most transplants will be performed and the number of lives lost will decrease. He is currently working on an environmental consulting company and knows that small ideas put into practice can make changes significantly of the reality of those who dream together. She participates in Youth Leadership Course, loves the arts and does not exchange anything for a good Chimarrão.

Mauro Pozatti

Mauro is a physician (UFRGS), specialist in Transactional Analysis (UNAT-BR) and Systemic Family Therapy (CEAPIA). He got his Master’s (UFRGS). Doctorate (UFRGS) in Education and he is a Professor at the Social Medicine Department - Faculty of Medicine-UFRGS. He is a former Outpatient Department coordinator at Hospital de Clinica de Porto Alegre - HCPA-UFRGS. Nowadays, he is the Academic Director of UNIPAZ-Sul, a student at T.II FHB / DF. Also, he is a mentor and facilitator of male groups of a program called “Guardians of Tomorrow”, that works with the emergence of a new masculine identity, with people of different age groups (Unipaz-South / Council of Women and Men in Porto Alegre). In addition, he works as a psychotherapist.

Nigel Cameron

He is a strategist and writer who leads theWashington think tank - Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies(, -. He is also director of business advisory network Platform of the Future and Re-framing, LLC ( He writes about technology in relation to politics, business and human values - including corporate social responsibility and applications, social media and the Internet of Things IT. He also serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, chaired the Commission for Social and Human Sciences and represented the United States in diplomatic delegations to successive meetings of the General Conference of UNESCO.

Pedro Vitoriano

Nomad from the countryside of São Paulo, Pedro Henrique has a degree in Production Engineering at USP, in São Carlos. On August 2011, he went to UK, where he studied his Master’s in Sustainable Development at Cambridge University. There the idea of Brasil27 was born, a research project on social business that currently he works with. He is also a founding partner of Outliers!, a training business school located in the countryside of São Paulo.

Fabio Serconek

Fabio is passionate about his Goias, his city. He left it to study Mechatronic Engineering at USP in São Carlos, with a major in new product development. He worked in Sao Paulo for two years, at large national steel , cosmetics and footwear companies. He moved to Europe in 2010, where he took his Master’s in Global Innovation Management at the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and Technical University of Hamburg (Germany). In late 2012, he refused proposals to work for international companies to undertake the project called Brasil27, a research project on social business that he is now working with.

Roberto Junior

He was born in Santa Rosa, but has lived in Frederico for 15 years ago .In an internship college, he set up a social project for his Final College Paper and then never stopped. For five years he has been of the coordinator CUFA-Central Unica das Favelas (NGO with a primary goal of providing positive opportunities and alternatives for at-risk youth from low income) - in Frederico Westphalen and surroundings. Today, there are 32 social projects running in 6 cities, and more than 60 sports, cultural and social events held each year, uniting the public and private sectors for the development of communities. In 2012, as a way to enhance communities, the Communities Orchestra Project was launched, that teaches classical music to children who are 6 years old or older. The objective is to form a community orchestra and the guaranteeing children’s social rights in some neighborhoods of the city. Junior manages circus, cinema, football, dance, skate, music, and employability projects by creating many opportunities for children and young people from Frederico Westphalen communities

Sam Richards

Identifying himself as "an iconoclast from Toledo, Ohio," and identified by David Horowitz as one of the "101 Most Dangerous Academics in America," Sam Richards is one of the most provocative, and popular, sociology teachers in the country. Every year 725 students at Penn State University take his course on race and ethnic relations, where he attacks, with humor and courage, questions most would choose to avoid. He is also the founder of the World in Conversation project. Every year, more than 7,000 students participate in its mission is to create a conscious dialogue around the politically incorrect thoughts of the participants, bringing them out in the open for inspection.

Sonia Rodrigues

Sonia is an author and screenwriter, with doctorate in literature and post-doctorate in digital products for creative writing. She is the creator of the online platform called Almanaque da Rede that 15,000 young people have participated to learn to write with fluency and creativity.

Thomas Eckschmidt

Thomas is an engineer, former producer rural, who lived outside Brazil for 10 years and worked in over 20 countries providing consultancy working capital. He came to Brazil to come back to his origins. With a small child at school age, the idea of growing away from the family made no sense and much less previous professional life. In 2006, with three other partners, he founded a company that aimed to bring technology to the base of the food chain. After a few years, they found out that they had created a platform for collaboration between producers, distributors and retailers, reducing waste, increasing productivity and most importantly, improving relations between the production chain. In 2010, he got closer to the Conscious Capitalism movement in the United States. Therefore, in 2013, he was one of the founders of the movement in Brazil.

Daniel Goodwin

Daniel Goodwin joined the Simons Foundation in 2014 to work on computational neuroscience initiatives at the Simons Center for Data Analysis. Prior to coming to the foundation, Goodwin was active in Silicon Valley as an engineer, designer and founder. Most recently, he was chief technology officer and cofounder of Mobile Data Labs, a company focused on building world-class products in the nascent ambient data sector. Before he started Mobile Data Labs, Goodwin worked at IDEO, a leading global design firm, as an entrepreneur in residence. He also served as an entrepreneur in residence at StartX, the Stanford University student startup accelerator, helping other startup companies succeed. Goodwin holds a B.S. in engineering with a focus in economics from Harvey Mudd College, where he was a De Pietro research fellow, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

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Porto Alegre, Rs, Brazil