Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I was one of the founders of the "Movimento Elefantes", a collective of big bands of São Paulo that received in 2012 the prize from Secretaria de Economia Criativa (Creative Economy Secretary) for: 1) the collaborative management of a public theatre; 2) using the concept of "pay what is worth" (watch the show and contribute after it is over, when you are exiting it); 3) using the concept of "CDê e DVDê" ("CDgive and DVDgive"), in which who received the band's media is invited to copy it and share with their contacts, in order to connect the big bands and strengthen the brazilian instrumental music scenario.
// Also in the area of music, I received the prize FUNARTE ( National Arts Foundation) for the project "Onde Está a Fronteira?" ("Where is the Border"), through which I promoted a series of didactic concerts in public schools in the States of São Paulo and also at SESI chapter (a national organization that supports small business). SESI then hired me and the support crew for two consecutive years in order to tour the spectacle.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We are gifted to be able to rely on excellent permaculturists as our counselors. One of our great mentors and partner is the master Edison Urbano, who developed low-cost technologies and invented the rainwater harvesting barrel model we spread and many other technologies. We have participated in sustainability fairs together, learned and spread his inventions. Other masters who have great importance are Petter Web, Guilherme Castagna, Claudia Visoni, Lucas Ciola and Tomaz Lotufo, our teachers at the Permaculture Design Course who eventually participate at our working teams and help us connecting with and developing project.
We also have the support of the Professor Antonio Alves Cruz Public State School, that offers us their space to host the "Cistern School" and in the future it will be the headquarters to the Urban Permaculture School. We have support from the Institute Casa da Cidade, that offers workshops and their physical space for our working teams. In addition to them, we also have support from Instituto Kairós, that invites us to participate in several grant opportunities in order to power and expand our activities.