Topic : Imprenditoria Sociale
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Upon first coming into contact with a child suffering from cerebral palsy, Pedro Guimarães’s life immediately changed—instead of seeing a disability, he saw the enormous potential and intelligence behind a body that failed to obey. This inspiration led him to the realization that traditional treatment and therapy were not enough.
In the vast peripheries of Sao Paulo, the poor suffer human rights violations, such as police violence, every day. Valdênia Paulino defends their rights by providing them with education and access to legal mechanisms of protection. Courses on legal rights identify patterns of systematic abuse while local public hearings ensure such abuses are dealt with properly.
Pablo Capilé has created a model for a successful professional livelihood in music, art, and other cultural arenas based on collaboration and collective work as a viable alternative to the often-false hope of individual fame and fortune.
Güney Haştemoğlu established an entirely new field and built capacity of others for crucial interventions that previously did not exist for one of Turkey’s most disadvantaged groups: children and youth in the justice system. In 25 years, she made these invisible, bottom-of-the-pyramid citizens visible; weaved a safety net of organizations and procedures, built the first ever crime prevention and empowerment tools for potential and existing children and youth in justice system.
Barbara Muller is dedicated to the development bonding of primary caregivers to babies at risk, particularly during delivery and in the first few months of the newborn’s lives through two new ideas: Het Babyhuis (‘The Baby House’), offering a safe and supportive home to mother and newborn, and De Beschermde Wieg (‘The Protected Cradle’), a foundling room geared towards future reunification possibilities and support for mother and child.
Raquel co-developed an innovative platform to connect and engage young people in public affairs. She wants to change the pattern in which youth learn about and participate in public affairs. Engajamundo is run by young people who want to work together in a non-hierarchical and respectful environment. They develop new solutions for global problems they consider to be important and have peer-to-peer capacity building trainings. Raquel aims at creating a new generation of young leaders.
Markus Gander is giving young people across Switzerland the chance to connect with each other through a platform that facilitates youth engagement and brings younger and older citizens together to work towards social change.
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.
Mírian Assumpção e Lima is teaching police officers and community members to work together to reduce violent crime and improve public safety in Brazilian cities.