Fellows by Category

The residents of Brazilian slums, or favelas, live in an environment plagued by poverty, violence, and unemployment. Celso Athayde is enabling young people of the favelas to become centrally involved in changing their communities for the better.

Organization: Intervozes

Bia Barbosa is strengthening the public will and institutional mechanisms needed to open the Brazilian media to greater public participation.

By teaching practical culinary and social skills, Simone Berti is preparing individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities to assimilate into society and be self-sufficient.

Organization: Oficina Municipal

José Mario is improving local governance by promoting communication between community leaders working across government, private, and civil society sectors.  By creating dialogue where there was none before, José Mario is building a system of governance that functions more efficiently and more accurately represents and serves the public. Through tailored workshops that train...

Organization: Projeto CASA DA CRIANÇA

Architect Patrícia Chalaça Moreira is creating a new social commitment among architects, construction material suppliers, and the media. Her program Casa da Criança transforms state-run institutions for abandoned and adjudicated children into stimulating learning environments at no cost.

Organization: Papo de Responsa

Roberto “Beto” Chaves, a member of Rio de Janeiro’s police force, is rebuilding trust between Rio’s police and its favela communities. Through loosely structured “chats” in the community between police, ex-convicts and youth, Beto is breaking down the stereotypes and misconceptions that each group holds about the others, and has opened new lines of communication between the police and the...

Organization: Acao Moradia

Oswaldo Setti de Almeida Filho, an engineer by training, is building communities in Brazil by strengthening community ties through shared space and overcoming concerns of adequate shelter.

Organization: Fonte Instituto para o Desenvolvimento Social

Antonio Luiz de Paula e Silva is finding new ways to involve young professionals with management skills in programs to improve the performance and efficiency of citizen sector organizations as they scale up their strategies.

In Brazil, where there have been few relationships between universities and poor rural communities, Emmanuel Falcão is building bridges between them by offering university accredited service learning. This is having a major impact on communities and is transforming students and universities.

An architect and university professor, Edgard Gouveia brings together favela residents and architecture students to design relevant, useful, and appropriate public spaces. This improves living conditions in the favelas, teaches residents that they can change their surroundings for the better, and influences the field of architecture to value community ownership and influence in public projects...

Organization: BVS&A

Celso Grecco’s Social Stock Market builds social investment mechanisms directly into the structure of Brazil’s largest stock exchange. The first of its kind, BVS pairs the financial efficiency of the stock market with the social demand for private investments.

Organization: Gastromotiva

With an emphasis on culinary skills, David Hertz and Gastromotiva offer a program for personal and professional development among marginalized young people from the favelas, enabling them to join the working world and even become entrepreneurs in their communities. 

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