#CheerForPeaceEXPO EVENTO#4 – TED talks @ Favela

Tomorrow in Curitiba we will have our 4th event… TED talk about favela…


Regarding favelas, heres some thoughts from the earlier article, prior to our event in Vila Torres:

Some urbanists claim that as world trends continue, soon 1 in 4 people living on the planet will be living in such a settlement and that they are not “falling into poverty”, as is often the claim, but actually getting out of poverty by the fastest means possible. While many in the “West” or “North”, or even Brazil for that matter, view the favela in a totally negative light; a place of drugs, gangs, murder, crime, violence etc… Incredible things are also happening here, some of the most interesting and exciting ideas are coming from such worlds, especially in terms of design, recycling, micro business, women’s rights, grassroots political activism.. There is much for the world to learn yet. (For more on that I’d direct you to the research of Stewart Brand and Robert Neuwirth)

Stewart Brand: Why squatter cities are a good thing

TED LINK AT https://www.ted.com/talks/stewart_brand_on_squatter_cities

Robert Neuwirth: The “shadow cities” of the future

TED LINK AT https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_neuwirth_on_our_shadow_cities

From: For a greener and socially fair World Cup – #CheerForPeace working with all of Brazil



  1. Communicate with us at #CheerForPeaceEXPO

  2. post response on gringoes.com (brazil site) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/gringoes/permalink/10152576103390269/?comment_id=10152578286605269&offset=0&total_comments=34

    Heres a great guardian article about this topic by Nicole Froio in guardian UK, which we (#CHEERFORPEACE Crew curitiba) talked about during the cup and will be discussing over next 2 weeks, as we talk about stories from the favelas..

    “This week, a study by Amnesty International revealed that 80% of Brazilians are afraid of being tortured by their own police force on arrest. In a survey across 21 countries, Brazil was found to be the country where people feel most unsafe in the hands of authorities, almost twice the international average of 44%.”

    Brazil’s favelas are in big trouble, despite the World Cup marketing push

    she tweets at @NicoleFroio and her blog is http://t.co/2poMUuuoMB

    PS, today 2pm (brazil time – 18h GMT) we will have a talk with rocinha favela which will be broadcast live, if you have questions or comments use the hashtag #CheerForPeaceEXPO and we can add your questions and views into the dialogue.. more on that later.

  3. Robert Neuwirth resources:
    twitter: @RobertNeuwirth
    blog: http://stealthofnations.blogspot.com.br/

    His last post about Brazil: Brazil wages war against 20% of its population (Tuesday, April 29, 2014)

    How long can a country pretend to be a democracy and treat 1/5 of its population like criminals. That’s my thought after reading this article, about continuing violence in Rio’s favelas. Since when is supposed safety on the highways an excuse for moving tanks into a working class community? Since when should police not care that the drug dealers are a minority in these self-built communities that are home to more than 1 million people in Rio and tens of millions across the country?

    What would you feel if a major sporting event came to your city and, in preparation, the police moved tanks and guys with assault weapons in front of your home?

    Yes, the drug gangs are heavily rooted in the favelas. But they are an opportunistic infection. They made merry in the self-built squatter areas because the government pretended those communities didn’t exist and treated all the people there as lower than 2nd class citizens. The police are not people’s friends. In my time in Rio — a dozen years ago now — I was only harassed or threatened with guns by the cops. The police represent an alien unwanted occupying force doing no one no good.

    Even calling this program pacification is sick. There’s obviously nothing peaceful about it.

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