Our Cities Network Seeks Founders

Hi! I am part of a movement in Brazil, the Our Cities Network, which is expanding around the world. They are looking for passionate people to start organizations aimed at using citizen participation to transforming cities into better places to live. I think you might be interested!

Check out the TED Talk by the founder, Alessandra Orofino, and the application to found a network here: http://www.nossascidades.org/en/founders.

The selected candidates will spend six weeks in residency at the Our Cities headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, and the Our Cities team will incubate each new network for up to one year. I thought of you when I saw this opportunity, please give it a look and share with anyone else you know that might be interested! Thanks so much

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Impacto 2014

Update (19 January 2015): Here is a direct video embed of my talk at the Impacto 2014 conference.

This Monday I had the honor of speaking at the Impacto 2014: Future of Business conference at Itaú Cultural in São Paulo, a free public event sponsored by Google and Itaú with assistance from Itaú Cultural and the Telefônica Brasil Foundation. I talked about the importance of historical and community-centered perspective in the process of creative problem-solving process. I then gave concrete examples through some of the current projects we are working on at Foossa and Purpose, including Wisdom Hackers, Happy Mango, and Catalyst.

My talk begins at around 3h19m (it’s all in English after a brief intro in Portuguese). Click here to view on YouTube at the exact start time.

New York Brazilians to Drown Their Sorrows and Raise Money for a Good Cause

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/8/14

Annette Miñoso
Afro Brazil Arts
(212) 677-2203
annette.minoso@gmail.com

Afro Brazil Arts’ Summer Party to Ease Brazil Fans’ Pain

New York, NY: Brazil’s National Soccer Team did not live up to expectations during their quarterfinal World Cup match. In the first half hour, the team was down by 5 points against Germany. This huge upset is heartbreaking for fans who see their team with national pride. Thankfully, Brazilians in New York City have an opportunity to support Capoeira, another Brazilian sport, help spread their culture and show their national pride.

Afro Brazil Arts, a non-profit youth organization that uses capoeira to teach children and young adults throughout New York City leadership skills, Brazilian culture and mindful physical fitness, will have their annual summer party on Wednesday July 9 at Leftfield’s, 87 Ludlow Street from 7:00pm – 9:30pm. The party will feature live drummers, a raffle for free capoeira and music lessons, and happy hour priced drinks. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

Capoeria, a martial art that combines dance, acrobatics and music, is Brazil’s true national sport[1]. It was developed in Brazil by African descendants in the 1700s and incorporates many native Brazilian influences.  Afro Brazil Arts has brought capoeira to public schools and community centers for the last 25 years as a means to inspire achievement and promote community in the Lower East Side and the East Village.

Proceeds from the Summer Party will benefit the Afro Brazil Arts’ new studio and Young Scholars program.

About Afro Brazil Arts: Afro Brazil Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire achievement, leadership and community through capoeira made accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Our programs include capoeira classes in schools and at the New York Capoeira Center, Brazilian dance and music performances, and training programs for teachers and teaching artists. For more information on Afro Brazil Arts, please go to http://www.afrobrazilarts.org/

Information on children’s and adult classes can be found at http://newyorkcapoeira.com/

Leftfield is located at 87 Ludlow Street between Broome St & Delancey St. (212) 677-1100

[1] Comment made by Brazilian president Getúlio Vargas (1951-1954)

Afro Brazil Arts Annual Summer Party

Is the World Cup making you crave some more Brazilian culture?

Come to Leftfield in the Lower East Side for the Afro Brazil Arts Annual Summer Party on Wednesday, July 9. Come early for a free capoeira lesson and demonstration starting at 7 pm, live music and a raffle for lessons and other prizes.

Happy hour drink specials will be available from 7 pm until 9:30 pm.

Proceeds will benefit the Afro Brazil Arts’ New York Capoeira Center Renovation Project and our Young Scholars program.

Leftfield NYC, 87 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
Wednesday, July 9, 7 pm-9:30 pm

Tickets: $10 admission or $20 admission + 4 raffle ticketsPurchase tickets online.

* The raffle will include capoeira gear, private lessons, and a custom beriambau cabaça by Solomon Ariranha Nadaf.

Join the event page on Facebook

Can’t attend the event? Please donate to our IndieGogo capital campaign for our new space.

The Power of a Brand to Transform A City

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From my latest article in GOOD:

How can we use the power of branding to strengthen a shared identity and spark positive change in the neighborhoods and cities where we live? An effective visual identity references the culture and history of a place’s people and reflects their hopes and aspirations. Logos, fonts, or color schemes, the most tangible parts of a brand identity, are not magical cure-alls for the financial, social, and cultural ills of a city, but they can be powerful symbols and rallying cries that galvanize people to action. Here are some stories and insights on how you can create a brand identity for change in your community:

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