Pedro Diniz on Agroforestry in Brazil

Originally posted on The Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0:

Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0 participant Pedro Diniz shares a gorgeous video about his organization’s pioneering research and work in Agroforestry in Brazil.

Agenda Gotsch apresenta Agrofloresta em Grande Escala – Fazenda da Toca from Agenda Gotsch on Vimeo.

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Vertical Limits | Brazilian Alternative Public Housing

Originally posted on The New World Lusophone Sousaphone:


Topic: Verticalization of the Shantytowns: Where?

Theme: Federal My House, My Life Program

Source: GGN

Sabetai Calderoni is an urban planner, economist and member of the Superior Council on the Environment at Fiesp. José Pedro Santiago is an agriculturalist and member of the same council.

Both have demonstrated greater social sensitivity than the Ibre-FGV researchers cited in the previous post. Both have demonstrated greater social sensitivity than the Ibre-FGV researchers cited in the previous post. Calderoni and Santiago published the following article (Valor, Feb/02/15), evaluating the Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV) federal housing program.

GGN reproduces the arguments of the Valor article.

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The Reporter at the Ayahuasca Tea Ceremony

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

In a piece for the Financial Times John Paul Rathbone wrote about the murder of Glauco Villas Boas, one of Brazil’s best-known cartoonists. Glauco was a leader of the Céu de Maria church, one of the many churches in Brazil that treat hallucinogenic ayahuasca tea as a sacrament. The young man charged with murdering Glauco had partaken in the religious rituals of the church, and the murder provoked a heated national debate about the dangers of ayahuasca. While reporting the story Rathbone took part in an ayahuasca ceremony at Céu de Maria, which is described in the excerpt below:

Beatriz pointed me to a seat near the front and rang a captain’s bell to announce the start of the service. The congregation filtered in, some 200 people chatting easily among themselves. There were all types: young, old, fat, thin, black and white. Some looked like pirates, their faces etched with poverty; others like bank managers with…

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Meet biracial twins Lucy and Maira Aylmer who appear to be two different races

Originally posted on Universal Journal Review:

New York Post: There’s a set of biracial twins in the UK who are turning heads because one is black and the other is white.

Born in 1997 to a white father and a half-Jamaican mother, the sisters have grown accustomed to getting mistaken for being just friends — and they have even had to produce their birth certificates in order to prove they are in fact related, Barcroft Media reports…


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Professer Edery and the Circadian Rhythm

Originally posted on It's just a phage.:

There are few inventions more important to modern society than the timepiece. Clocks adorn walls all around the country. Watches can be found on the wrists of countless men and women walking around the city. The screen of a smartphone illuminates and the first things to appear are the date and time in bright, glowing numbers. Time dictates how this society works – coffee at 1:00PM, meeting at 3:00PM, dinner at 6:00PM. However, the most important clock in this world cannot be found on walls, wrists, or LED screens. This is the circadian clock, and it resides within our bodies through complex biochemical mechanisms. Just as the man-made clock is essential to the proper functioning of society, the circadian clock is essential to the proper functioning of our very bodies. This biological clock, which roughly corresponds to a 24-hour period, determines when we feel tired or active. It determines at…

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Carnival’s all over the world

Originally posted on Vreal Publications:

As New Orleans rounds up their celebrations on Mardi Gras so does the rest of the Caribbean, and South American countries who celebrated carnival through out the month of February. From colorful parades by day, many turn out by night for concerts where some of the biggest artists in Latin America take the stage.

Colorful floats take over Rio de Janeiro's street where each float transcends a message. Colorful floats take over Rio de Janeiro’s street where each float transcends a message.

In Brazil, carnivals are the most anticipated event of the year. Millions of brazilians take the streets as they are gathered by the music of samba bands. The carnival is kicked off by a gala funded by Vogue Brazil where some of the world’s top models and famous faces from Brazil gather in luxurious costumes. One of the most well known parades in Brazil is in Rio De Janeiro when some of the top schools in the country compete with their songs and…

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Sambas: cantando e contando (signing and counting)

Originally posted on Sobre o Samba:

Since samba originated under the influence of a number of musical styles and rhythms, it is natural to assume there is a variety of samba types. And in fact, there are different styles of samba that all have their specific meaning.

Here is a short list of sambas:

  • Samba enredo – samba created for a samba schools’ participating in the Carnaval. Usually it is built around some social or cultural issue that is presented in the choreography and decoration of the desfile.
  • Samba do partido alto – the style of grandes mestres do samba. Sambas of this type describe life on the hills of Rio and other underprivileged regions.
  • Samba canção – a slow and romantic samba.
  • Samba exaltação – patriotic sambas praising Brazil and its beauty.
  • Sambalanço – samba with elements of jazz.
  • Samba de breque – samba with sharp pauses for a singer to interject something fun or…

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Stay humble

Originally posted on This Is Irma:

Disclaimer: To any new readers, I’m not a writer. Just an FYI.

At the beginning of this year, I created a new motto for myself: Stay hungry, stay humble and keep learning. After spending 2 days in Brazil, I have a new understanding of what it means to keep learning, to stay hungry and especially about not just staying humble, but BEING humbled.

I was humbled for the first time on the plane ride from Miami to Sao Paulo. Literally everyone but me was Brazilian. Unfortunately for me, I don’t look American at all, so guess what was spoken to me the entire time on the plane (and honestly, what’s been spoken to me the entire time here)? Portuguese. What do I not speak? Portuguese. I was so embarrassed that I could barely even tell the flight attendant what I wanted for dinner. The girl next to me had…

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Samba de Gafieira – samba from gafieiras

Originally posted on Sobre o Samba:

Arcos da Lapa Arcos da Lapa

I had a great start of this year – on an early morning of January 1st I landed in the Rio de Janeiro International Airport Galeao. All the time that I was getting ready for my trip I was expecting that I will hear samba music from my first steps on the Brazilian soil. However, it did not happen until our first baile of the year – and it happened not in any place but in a gafieira Lapa 40 Graus. So I started my dance year in the bohemian heart of Rio, the cradle of samba de gafieira.

One of the reasons I am so fascinated with samba de gafieira is that it has a lot of history and culture intertwined into all aspects of the dance – names of the steps, outfit, dancefloor etiquette etc. All of this can be understood in the context of gafieira.


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Culture and fashion: Carnival couture

Originally posted on Jour à Nuit:

This past weekend Emily, Meredith, and I took an accidental trip to Geneva, Switzerland. We took a day trip to Annecy, a quaint, medieval town in south-eastern France with a beautiful back drop of the mountains. Or so we thought it was quaint until we arrived…


Upon boarding the bus to Annecy from Geneva we couldn’t help but notice two Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 3.52.03 PMmen dressed up in some very bizarre costumes. I couldn’t help but laugh and take a picture. We were all honestly pretty confused, but no one else around us seemed to care too much.

When we arrived in Annecy the streets were swarming with people in costumes and masks, who made the strange men on the bus look plain. Little did we know the Venetian Carnival was going on this weekend. The streets were packed with people photographing the people dressed in costumes who paraded through the town.

The costumes were really works of…

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