Rivers of Meeting (Amazon)
The project is based in Cabelo Seco, the oldest community in Marabá, second most violent city in Brazil. Every month, 12 young artists aged 9-16 years create, organize and perform a cultural action for 150 people inside their community and for more than 1000 pupils and teachers in their nearby schools, to sensitize their families and an entire city. Stimulated through doorway dialogues, street workshops and collectively produced cultural gifts (intimate presents, calenders, CDs), and in collaboration with a nucleus of mothers and journalists, these actions affirm empathetic and reflexive leadership, cultural self-knowledge and confident imagination, as the bases of sustainable community.
The dialogical approache proposed by Dan Baron-Cohen initiates, strengthen, contributes to the emergence of a community of new leaders, and more importantly, new listeners. I have had the priviledge to collaborate with him on projects and I have seen the profund impacts of the empathic seeds generated.
Transformance Institute: Culture & Education