The orchestra of dreams

28/09/2012 | mktvirtual | Blog, Responsabilidade Social | Tags: Tags: , , , , , , ,

by Virgílio Varela*

One day the city woke up full of people looking for things. They spoke of things that existed in abundance in the community, asked the residents for their talents and smiled after each question. The community was confused, especially the adults that didn’t understand what was going on. The children talked and talked and took them to all corners of the city, as if to validate the knowledge they had.

Then the next day the same people showed up to ask about dreams. Those who had forgotten how to dream responded by saying they didn’t have dreams and that it was something they hadn’t done for a long time. But because the people asking had the twinkle in their eyes of someone who likes to change the world, smiles on their faces and did not accept “no” as an answer, the people responded and soon the sound of an orchestra of dreams began to arise. Once the orchestra was in tune in the most beautiful sort of way, the people asking the questions and the community turned the dream into reality – a dream full of flowers, inspiring words, perfectly combined colors, scraps of wood transformed into new tables and chairs… and at the end of the day, when the sun was just about to dip below the horizon, everyone danced to “Alma” a song by the Brazilian musician Zelia Duncan which when translated says “Soul, let me touch your soul, with the surface of the palm of my hand.”

The Oasis at Casa da Boba was a unique community experience and happened because the community took to the streets to dream.

The Oasis game took place during the month of September 2012 with the participation of 27 young people, community leaders and social workers.

The initiative was part of the Hub of Social Innovation EDP Foundation program.

Click here to read the text written by Andreia Marques>>

Oasis Capão: saiba como foi o Olhar e Afeto

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Por Ana Avelar e Renata Laurentino

Somos da nova geração de guerreiros sem armas; vivemos a formação em julho deste ano. Quando pensávamos que estávamos indo para casa descansar e assimilar tudo que vivenciamos em um mês muito intenso e de muito trabalho, recebemos uma notícia espetacular: fomos convidadas a facilitar um Oasis no Capão, um bairro da cidade de Garopaba, em Santa Catarina. O Oasis Capão é uma iniciativa da Evoluos Foundation como forma de estimular o desenvolvimento local naquela comunidade.

Acabamos de vivenciar o OLHAR e o AFETO, numa expedição surpreendente. Todos os pequenos medos e receios de quem facilita um Oasis pela primeira vez estavam presentes, mas eles foram sendo dissolvidos em cada conversa, abraço, sorriso e história que ouvíamos. Também tivemos uma surpresa muito agradável, que foi a companhia da facilitadora Thaís Polydoro nesse primeiro contato com a comunidade. Ela foi uma grande inspiração na forma como se relaciona com as pessoas, e sua experiência nos ajudou a deixar nossas relações mais harmoniosas e verdadeiras. Valeu, Thaís! Sua presença foi E-P-E-T-A-C-U-L-A-R!

A comunidade nos recebeu carinhosamente e nos emocionou ao apresentar seus preciosos talentos. Aprendemos a fazer trança de chapéu da palha do butiazeiro, farinha de mandioca, tarrafa… Uma cultura tradicional que estava timidamente escondida na modernidade foi se revelando.

Finalizamos a expedição com uma “Roda de Histórias” onde estavam presentes representantes de muitas gerações e de muitas tribos, formando assim nossa teia de memórias e saberes que continuará sendo tecida durante as próximas etapas o jogo.

Em outubro voltaremos à comunidade para realizar o Show de Talentos e encontrar sonhos. Enviaremos notícias! Se quiserem acompanhar e participar do OASIS CAPÃO, curta a página no Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OasisCapaoSc?skip_nax_wizard=true

Um grande abraço

Uma estreia Oasis no Reino Unido: em Newham não há nada que você não possa fazer

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Por Mara Verduin

“Vocês sabem o que é comunidade. Isso me lembrou de quando as docas eram uma comunidade real. Estou sem palavras “, diz Mick, 91 anos, um dos cidadãos que participaram ativamente na realização de uma ação para a renovação da comunidade  Centro Comunitário Asta em Londres Newham, durante a Mão na Massa no primeiro  Oasis Training já realizado na Inglaterra.

Uma equipe de facilitação única e diversa coordenou o Oasis Training em colaboração com a empresa global de cosméticos naturais LUSH e com a ONG local  The Momentum Project. De 28 agosto a 2 setembro de 2012, um grupo diverso de funcionários e clientes da LUSH, moradores de Newham e participantes da formação, junto com os cidadãos de Silvertown e Woolwich Norte, realizaram um sonho comum da comunidade e transformaram completamente o Centro Comunitário Asta Centro sob a facilitação de Rodrigo Rubido Alonso (Brasil), Niels Koldewijn (Holanda) e Conchi (Espanha).

Silvertown & North Woolwich

Uma comunidade jovem, vibrante e dinâmica é o reflexo do altíssimo grau de diversidade – 65% dos moradores é de origem não britânica e 1/3 da população tem idade inferior a 20 anos.  O que se vê na região hoje é fruto do processo histórico do lugar que, no passado, foi reconhecido por abrigar uma economia florescente graças à presença das Docas Reais e das muitas indústrias ali instaladas, que atraíram grande número de imigrantes.  Durante o século XX, com a modernização de processos e posterior retirada das Docas da área, a redução de empregos contribuiu para a degradação do bairro.  (fonte: http://momentumproject.tumblr.com).

Um Oasis  sustentável

Este Oasis foi realizado como parte da política de responsabilidade social da LUSH e, por isso, o grupo de participantes deste Oasis Traning aceitou um desafio adicional: realizar o jogo Oasis mais sustentável até agora e respeitar o meio ambiente, tanto quanto possível. Divididos em diferentes equipes, os participantes tiveram cuidados como gestão de energia, reduzindo o lixo através da reutilização e reciclagem de maneiras mais criativas e cuidado  com a alimentação, orgânica e quase sempre vegana.

Sonho compartilhado: os exemplos positivos e oportunidades para os jovens

Em conversas com os cidadãos jovens e mais velhos da área, surgiu uma imagem clara dos sonhos da comunidade: “centro comunitário aberto todos os dias”, “um lugar para as crianças brincarem em segurança”, “pessoas da comunidade doando seu tempo para ensinar habilidades  às crianças “, “uma comunidade pacífica e que se preocupa “. Os sonhos das crianças também apresentaram uma mensagem clara: “nós não precisamos de um campo de futebol novo, queremos ter um treinador para dividir as equipes e nos treinar.”

De todos os sonhos que foram compartilhados na comunidade, a ideia de renovar a área ao redor do centro comunitário,  ligando assim os cidadãos de todas as idades com o espaço, surgiu naturalmente. Participantes da formação e membros da comunidade, entre 3 e 91 anos de idade, trabalharam por dois dias para transformar o quintal do centro comunitário. O que até então era um espaço escuro não utilizado foi transformado em uma bela e agradável área para a comunidade com bancos, cadeiras e mesas para apreciar o jardim, um palco com espelho, uma caixa de área para os pequenos montada em uma banheira velha. A grama alta deu lugar a um belo jardim cheio de ervas e plantas de pequeno porte, doadas por vários moradores e, por último, também foram construídos um maravilhoso forno de barro e uma churrasqueira de pedra.

Apesar de tudo isso, mais importante do que os resultados físicos é o que aconteceu socialmente. Pessoas que nunca tinham ouvido falar sobre o centro comunitário ou nunca haviam participado, apareceram e participaram da ação no fim de semana. Com muito entusiasmo, alguns comprometeram-se a doar um pouco do seu tempo compartilhando suas habilidades com as crianças da comunidade. Um dos jovens que cresceu no bairro e registrou a ação em vídeo, disse: “Eu cresci aqui e sei como é difícil sair da rua e não acabar na criminalidade. Esses jovens não têm muitos bons exemplos. Eu sou um exemplo de que é possível alcançar o que você sonha e, portanto, eu gostaria de doar uma noite por semana para ensinar estas crianças música e filmagem”.
E  as crianças? Além de participarem com entusiasmo na transformação física, iniciaram seu próprio projeto: sob a orientação da jovem Armina eles compuseram e apresentaram uma canção fabulosa sobre a vida em Newham: “Newham não há nada que você não pode fazer-ê”. De arrepiar! 

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Na página do Facebook Oasis Newham, você encontra muitas impressões e depoimentos sobre como foi viver e participar do evento. Nas próximas semanas, o vídeo oficial da formação será lançado no youtube.

Experiências – Fonte: http://momentumproject.tumblr.com/

Tracy, líder comunitaria em Silvertown

“Dizem que não existe coesão nesta comunidade. Mas quando isso começou, a novidade se espalhou. Pessoas que nunca souberam que havia um centro comunitário estavam aqui e trouxeram  seus amigos. Vieram pessoas de outros bairros. Ver os sorrisos nos rostos de todos me deixou muito orgulhosa. Eu tenho andado por aíagradecendo a todos”.

Saci Lloyd, co-fundador do Projeto Momentum

“Eu não estou surpreso com o que aconteceu neste fim de semana. Newham é um lugar muito estimulante para se estar agora, com muita coisa boa acontecendo: os Jogos Olímpicos, a nova zona de empreendimentos verdes… é o bairro mais jovem, mais vibrante e que mais cresce em Londres. Mas eu nunca tinha visto tanto burburinho. Este fim de semana pareceu que a comunidade finalmente está acordando.”

An Oasis premiere in the UK: Newham there is nothing you can’t do-o-o

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by Mara Verduin

‘You guys know what community is. It reminded me of when the docks was a real community. I’m speechless,’ says 91-year old Mick, one of the citizens that actively took part in the realisation of a dynamic face-lift for the Asta community centre in London Newham, during the first Oasis Game and training ever in England.

 

A unique and diverse international  facilitation team, hosted the first Oasis Training in England in cooperation with Global natural cosmetics company LUSH and the local NGO The Momentum Project. From August 28th to September 2nd 2012 a diverse group of LUSH-employees, LUSH-customers, Newham citizens and a few individual participants went trough the Oasis Training. Together with the citizens of Silvertown and North Woolwich they realised a common dream of the community and completely transformed the Asta Community Centre under the facilitation of  Rodrigo Rubido Alonso (Brasil), Niels Koldewijn (Holanda) e Conchi (Espanha).

 

Newham: Silvertown & North Woolwich

A young, vibrant and dynamic community reflects the unique composition of the population: 65 per cent is of non-English origin and there isn’t a dominant ethnic group, plus  almost one third is under twenty years old.  It’s a neighbourhood that once knew a flourishing economy thanks to the Royal Docks that were situated in this area; these docks were amongst the biggest in the world. The presence of the Docks attracted more industries to settle in the same area. Employment was high and also attracted many immigrants to settle. During the twentieth century, modernisation of processes and later also the withdrawal of the Docks from this area, led to a decline in employment and deprivation of the area. (source: http://momentumproject.tumblr.com)

Oasis and sustainability

Este Oasis foi realizado como parte da política de responsabilidade social da LUSH e, por isso, o grupo de participantes deste Oasis Traning aceitou um desafio adicional: realizar o jogo Oasis mais sustentável até agora e respeitar o meio ambiente, tanto quanto possível. Divididos em diferentes equipes, os participantes tiveram cuidados como gestão de energia, reduzindo o lixo através da reutilização e reciclagem de maneiras mais criativas e cuidado  com a alimentação, orgânica e quase sempre vegana.

Initiated by LUSH as part of its social responsibility policy, this Oasis Training  group of participants accepted an additional challenge: to realise the most sustainable Oasis Game so far and respect the environment as much as possible. In different teams the participants took care of energy management, reducing trash by reusing, recycling and upcycling in the most creative, they also took care of the food: organic and mostly vegan.

 

Shared dream: Positive examples and opportunities for the youngsters

In the conversations with young and older citizens in the area a clear image of the dreams of the community showed: ‘The community centre will be open every day’, ‘a place for children to play and to be safe’, ‘people from the community donating their time to teach the children skills’, ‘a peaceful community that cares’. Even the dreams of the children showed a clear message: ‘we don’t need a new football field, we dream of having a coach that divides the teams and gives us training.’

Out of all the dreams that have been gathered from the community the idea of face-lifting the area surrounding the community centre and thereby linking citizens of all ages with the community centre, emerged naturally.

Participants and community members as young as 3 up to 91 years old worked for two days to transform the backyard of the community centre. What until then was a dark unused space, transformed in no-time into a beautiful, pleasant community area with benches, chairs and tables to meet and enjoy the garden, a podium with mirrors behind to practise and perform. A left behind bath tub transform into a sandbox for the little ones and the overgrown green patch has become a beautiful garden filled with herbs and small plants that have been donated by various citizens. And last but not least: the realisation of a wonderful clay-oven and a stone community barbeque.

Though maybe even more important than the physical results is what happened socially. Neighborhood citizens that hadn’t heard about the community center or never participated, showed up in the weekend and participated in realizing the face-lift Some became very enthusiastic and promised to donate some of their time to teach the children in the skills they have. One of the youngsters that grew up in this neighborhood and came to film, told: ‘I grew up here and I know how difficult it is to free yourself from the street culture and not to end up in criminality. These youngsters don’t have many good examples. I am an example that it is possible to achieve what you dream of and therefore I’d like to donate one evening per week to teach this children in music and filming.’

And the children? Besides participating enthusiastically in the physical transformation they also initiated their own project: Under the guidance of young citizen Armina they produced and performed a fabulous song about life in Newham: Newham there’s nothing you can’t do-o. Goosebumps. On the Oasis Newham facebook page you can already find an impression, the professional video will be on youtube somewhere the coming weeks.

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Experiences

Tracy, community links manager for Silvertown said: ‘It’s said there’s no community cohesion round here. But when this began, word got around. People who never even knew the community centre were here, brought along with their friends. We had people arriving from outside the area. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces made me so proud. I’ve been going round thanking everyone.” (source:http://momentumproject.tumblr.com/)

Saci Lloyd, co-founder of the Momentum Project: “I’m not surprised by what happened this weekend. Newham is a very exciting place to be right now: the Olympics, the new green enterprise zone, it’s the youngest, most vibrant and fastest-growing borough in London. But I’ve never felt such a buzz. This weekend it felt like it’s finally waking up. It’s real Olympic legacy.” (source: http://momentumproject.tumblr.com/)


120 x the best of worlds: will you take the challenge?

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by Tony Marlon*

 

30 days. 59 youths. 8 languages. 3 continents represented and over 300 hours of experiential activities uninterrupted. In Santos, coast of São Paulo state, where the 7th edition of the program took place, 3 communities and hundreds of residents were mobilized in joint efforts for transformation. Starting with the numbers, the Warriors Without Weapons program impresses. But it doesn’t stop there.

Since its first edition, held 12 years ago, 360 youth were trained by Instituto Elos. This vibrant and dynamic network of social entrepreneurs, have positively impacted more than 200 communities in 26 countries.

And it doesn’t stop here.

 

THE CHALLENGE

Between a hug and farewell, the last hours of The Warriors Without Weapons 2012 were all about talking and looking to the future. Plans drawn upon a challenge, more: an invitation to keep materializing together: to perform 120 OASIS worldwide.

 

The challenge was launched, and the Warriors started conversations on every corner, for the best strategies to make that happen. Glenda Barcarol and Clarissa Muller, however, already knew “the” how, the community and even how to invite people. It was just a matter of getting back to Curitiba, Paraná, to decrease in one, the challenge’s marker.

 

“During the program, Glenda and I decided the date of our collective effort: it would be 11 and 12 August,” said Clarissa, from Finland, where she is now, on a learning interchange. “I had my ticket (to Finland) booked and the Oasis had to happen before my trip.” And it did. A week after returning from the program, Clarissa and Glenda visited Jardim Parana, to chosen community to host the Oasis. And the crowd: Warriors Without Weapons from Brazil, India and Turkey went to Curitiba to offer their support. And a little more faith that everything would work out. And it did.

 

“Right when we thought no one would show up at the Talent Show, the room was filled with diversity and talent: children, youth and adults performed and were applauded,” said Clarissa. Take a look on everything that happened in Oasis Jardim Parana (only in Portuguese). A lot of learning to be shared emerged from experience, besides the physical transformations and relationships built on the process. This sharing is, by the way, the next challenge for Glenda who offers the opportunity for more people to meet and be positively impacted by OASIS Methodology, together with Cibele Dibiasi – Oasis Santa Catarina 2009. Clarissa, continues her journey as a Warrior publishing an e-book (http://issuu.com/clarissabm/docs/uma_jornada_de_transforma__o) to tell her experience in the WWW 2012 as a gift to those who financially supported her participation in the program, and she is already preparing her next steps: conversations with Finnish local organizations to perform on OASIS over there.

 

GOOD STORIES INSPIRE MORE GOOD STORIES

The good conversations have been one of the main strategy for the Warriors 2012 to inspire, engage and mobilize people in Brazil and worldwide. Back home Nuno Arcanjo participated in The Hub Escola -Belo Horizonte, leading a creative workshop named “how to transform reality with your own hands” to share the experience he lived in the Warriors Without Weapons 2012.

 

Meanwhile, 220km away, Mayra Temponi also accessed her good memories to inspire by example. She shared her experience with some young social entrepreneurs from CHOICE, co-workers and students. What is her direct contribution to meeting the collective goal? She is organizing an OASIS in a public school on Viçosa and it will happen soon – the conversations with the school already started. She is getting serious support to achieve so: colleagues from university, young people who live in communities and Gabriel Agrelli, Warrior Without Weapons 2009, who accomplished to realize dozens of Oasis in public schools in Campinas, São Paulo.

 

 

Connection. This word summarizes the stories we’re telling. It is all about people meeting people, and discovering friends, ideas and dreams in common. And so the connection happens. And the bonds are made. Transformation makes its way. That’s the case of the OASIS Berlin. Organized by a group that includes the Warrior Without Weapons 2011, Johanna Bachmann, it ended up receiving inspiration, in a recent conversation from Nola Bally, Warrior 2012. Two generations of participants offering their best to make real change happen in Germany. But those encounters are not exclusive from Berlin: João Henrique Arcalá learned about the OASIS Game last year, when he was in Rio de Janeiro for the OASIS Cidade de Deus and Raphael Polydoro (Warrior 2012) were there too. Now the two of them together are planning the OASIS – Gaia Sorocaba. On the other side of the ocean, the Kenyan Peninah and Grace had organized the  OASIS Youth Day in Kaswesha. Barbara Jota also published the photos of the Oasis

 

A date to mark on your agenda: the hands on of Oasis Aldeia- continuity of dreams, takes place on 29 and 30 September, with the direct participation of the Warrior of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Jamerson Mancio doing that together with Instituto Elos. (Follow here http://www.facebook.com/events/414281561962168/).

 

These numbers are likely to grow in the coming days since Kurt Schoop, Warrior Curacao, and Felipe Denz, Brazil are in the planning stages. At least seven new OASIS about to happen.

Whether through workshops or experiences. Good conversations or putting literally Hands On, youth are making dramatic changes happen in people, relationships and places.

And you, what is the way you change the world? Tell us.

 

Tony Marlon Warrior Without Weapons 2009, graduated in journalism from the University of Santo Amaro – UNISA, has been dedicated to research how Information and Communication Technologies, drive change and create real positive impact on society. Leading the Instituto Escola de Notícias since 2011, he has the dream to contribute to an education able to empower purposes, not to create professions. tony@escoladenoticias.org / www.escoladenoticias.org

 

 

“There is a time that is, perfectly, my learning in OASIS Garden Paraná. It was the day of Re-Evolution, when a lady turned to the church, responsible for the space we were using for meetings in the community, spoke to John (oasiano 8 years, our partner from start to finish): “Did you see John that cool what they did here in the community? “. then He turned to her and said,” No they were, we were. “Ai is a beautiful spot of light that we know will continue shining and illuminating Community Garden Paraná “. Clarissa Muller