#CheerForPeaceEXPO videos

For 3 weeks the #CheerForPeaceEXPO happened at IBQP, the iCities node of Curitba, Brazil. During the first 2 weeks we created a dynamic side to the expo, building on the “windows of the future” section that was created, exploring problems and solutions to the things we investigated over the previous few months. What followed was a series of discussions with many people in many parts of the world, in different languages. The discussions happened both in our expo space / studio and also over skype. We broadcast the discussions live over the net TV channel we created on Bambuser. Later all the videos were uploaded to our CheerForPeace youtube channel and now here are all the videos together. The broadcast recordings happened over 9 days, by the end of day 7 we hit 2oo views on our channel, by the end of friday 15th, day 10 we were over 600.



#CheerForPeaceEXPO – day 5; FOOD – Eco Urban talk with Irish architect Duncan Crowley

ibqp talk poster

Irish eco architect Duncan Crowley will give his talk at 5pm (9pm Irish time) in IBQP, Curitiba, Brazil on Friday 8th of August 2014. The talk will be broadcast live on the  #CheerForPeaceEXPO NET TV  channel on Bambuser. The archive video will be made available after.

He is part of the ImpacTour team after getting involved with the #CheerForPeace campaign. He is an Irish architect living in Curitiba for a half year, he leads eco urban tours of Curitiba with Architecture Weekend.

Duncan lived previously in Barcelona for 7 years, where he helped set up the Barcelona Tranistion Towns HUB group, as well as many other projects for ecological and positive social change. He was part of an eco consultancy group EIG, with whom he submitted a paper on sustainable development for the Catalan region entitled “Towards a healthier, happier, eco-effective Barcelona“, he also was a finalist in an advanced architecture competition in Barcelona and his work  “A Permaculture and Transition Vision For Barcelona City“was published by IAAC.

In his hometown of Dublin he proposed an eco corridor for the city called “The Botanic Spine“,  was involved in setting up bike rides and also helped set up a few community gardens as well as planting native trees around the city. The remainder of this post focuses on those Dublin eco architecture and urban activities:


Brazilian students and world football fans create a cheer to make the World Cup greener and more socially inclusive (Press Release)

The international student movement #CheerForPeace was designed by Football For Kids Foundation in Brazil and college students of Junior enterprise of the Tourism department from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), with support from the Curitiba startup ImpacTour, and other companies such as tourist train operator Serra Verde Express.

With the mission of making mega sports events greener and more socially inclusive, the campaign is taking advantage of the fact that the World Cup is happening and shaking Brazilian cities with the arrival of people from various countries to enjoy the greatest show in the world. It is proposing another way to cheer where everyone can collaborate, leading to social inclusion and sustainability.

While there are protests and complaints about perceived problems happening around the Cup, we are celebrating small steps that will bring peace and harmony during the mega event”, says movemnt founder Paloma Pinheiro.

In the campaign people can collaborate in many ways: collecting donations of football shirts in their home countries, contributing financially via PayPal using your credit card and by participating in one of the Give & Game Fan Fest for the Rest events organized by the movement.

The actions that encompass this campaign are: the planting of native trees by SOS Mata Atlantica; a pioneer NGO in defense of the Atlantic coast rain forest; creating Give & Game Fan Fest for the Rest events, safe and fun events for social inclusion that the #CheerForPeace campaign is promoting.

Geared to football, the Give & Game Fan Fest for the Rest include the donation of meals and football jerseys for kids and youth in marginalized communities, with games, music and fun activities, making it so that everyone has the opportunity to be part of the World Cup and to be involved in this mega event.

The first Give & Game Fan Fest for the Rest event happened on June 15 in the Vila Torres community of Curitiba, marking the day before the first game of the World Cup in the history of the city. The event was hosted by the NGO Organization for the Development of Human Potential (ODPH- Organizacao de Desenvolvimento do Potencial Humano).

The second Give & Game Fan Fest for the Rest event is being organized in the Rocinha community of Rio de Janeiro on July 12, the day before the World Cup final in the Maracana. Rocinha community resident and founder of SPIN Rocinha, Zezinho, Renato da Silva, is hosting this event and has been an inspiration for the #CheerForPeace movement. ImpacTour and Football For Kids Foundation have already made an impact with the community with similar events in past months. On the day the movement hopes to receive hundreds of children who will benefit from the donations of soccer kits, music, fun and the celebration of inclusion in the crowd of the tournament.

The movement is counting on the contribution of fans, both Brazilians and foreigners, as well as companies that want to show how much they care about bringing peace and harmony to everyone in this moment, so that everyone can cheer and celebrate the Cup of Cups.

For more information about the #CheerForPeace movement, the event in Rocinha and how you can contribute, visit the website or contact the organizers. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite football team jerseys & other sports equipment to donate at the event.

PDF: Rocinha- Press Realease (English)


On the eve of World Cup in Curitiba, Opera came to the favela of Vila Torres

An amazing day happened on Sunday 15th of June 2014 in Vila Torres, Curitiba, the day before the city saw its first of four world cup games. Vila Torres is the most central and oldest of the many underprivileged Favelas of the city. Its a tough existence here, people with next to nothing do what they can, despite all the challenges that face them on a day to day existence.

Like all of the city and the country, people love their football. But unlike the more well to do parts of society, the community here had no means to get in on the excitement of the world cup. So the Brazilian student led movement #CheerForPeace decided to change that, to try to bring a little bit of the magic here too. What unfolded was weeks of building a movement, working with the community and pulling together whatever was available or possible to make a truly special day for ALL the football loving fans there. Huge thanks to all who supported, donated, came and shared in the day, hopefully all enjoyed the event. This was just the first of many more events. Huge respect must be given to the extraordinary women behind the local school, the Organização de Desenvolvimento do Potencial Humano (ODPH): Valdimê, Kauann and all the gang… With leadership, strength and love like these remarkably strong and resilient women have, the future will indeed be feminine!

The event was a great success, about 200 kids came, played, made juices from the peddle powered bike machine / juice maker, ate organic vegan food, played football, danced, got their faces painted… And a whole lot more, see the photos below and you will get an idea just how special a day it was.

Canadian students from Alberta and their teacher Nick arrived and donated a whole load of green tops, boots and footballs. Read their reports here: From Canada to the Vila Torres Favela. Also a coach from the local football ground Parana FC kindly came and gave a free training class to anyone who wanted, some great little players in the barrio, both boys and girls.

Equating healthy eating with a party… that’s a first for Vila Torres. A “Great Event with Great Food” (not Junk food) provided generously by the Organic Growers Association of the Mercado Municipal De Curitiba – ASCESME. Special thanks to the amazing chef Igor Oliveira and the man responsible for sorting all the great organic food for the event: Sebastiao Martins Coelho. Although some kids were not too happy, maybe preferring Cola and hot dogs, hopefully the event opened a wider debate about healthy eating, local markets and wider issues of a healthier local economy.

Although word was sent to a host of both local and international media, many of which said they would come to report the event in the favela, only 1 did come to cover the story. Subsequently there has been no reports of any the local or international media. The only communications with the wider world about the goings on, coming from a few brief blog reports by some small groups and individuals. The following day Irish radio did cover the story for 5 minutes on RTE’s Joe Duffy show Liveline.

The unprecedented #CheerForPeace Give&Game Fan Fest for the Rest in Vila Torres, Curitiba closed on a high-note withe beautiful Opera from English-Brazilian artist Penelope belting out a few tunes, Albert hall it mightnt be, but all there felt it was a perfect end to a very special day. 

While this event will not “change the world“, hopefully it might lead to connections, processes and movements that will.

#CheerForPeace Give&Game fan Fest – Vila Torres


PHOTOS: #CheerForPeace Give&Game fan Fest – Vila Torres (658 photos) + Eventos (Via Organização de Desenvolvimento do Potencial Humano) + Evento – Cheer for Peace (via Tático – Futebol de Tabuleiro) VIDS: Opera comes to the Vila Torres Favela, Curitiba, Brazil during #WorldCup2014 + Opera in Vila Torres  Supporting Groups:  Football for kidsBalls of GloryBATERIAC7RPC TV  NEXT EVENT: ROCINHA, Rio de Janeiro EVENT INFO: Vila Torres CheerForPeace infos: Brazil + For a greener and socially fair World Cup – #CheerForPeace working with all of Brazil :: TWITTER TAGS: #CWB #worldcup #brazil #brasil #curitiba #everybodyPlays #WorldsFavoriteGame #TodoMundoJoga #futeboldetabuleiro  #cheerforpeace #ongODPH


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

The eyes of the world focus on Brazil

Tomorrow the 2014 FIFA World Cup will begin in Brazil, who knows how it will go. Will it be a success, or not? Will they have the stadiums finished in time, or not? Will it be interrupted by violent protests, or not? Will it be a positive thing for the country, or not?

We already have, what has quick become, an iconic image of where much of the feelings in Brazil rest at present. Brazilian artist Paulo Ito posted this mural on the doors of a schoolhouse in São Paulo’s Pompeia a few weeks ago.


Paulo Ito’s mural in São Paulo


#CheerForPeace Starting 11

Thanks to the #CheerForPeace Starting 11 (1st supporters of our IndieGoGo #crowdfunding challenge), we’re gaining momentum & have already passed the $500 mark!


Now it’s off to the races towards $10k for a greener & more fair #WorldCup http://igg.me/at/cheerforpeace — with Janos Molnar, Ana Lucia Münzner, Veyastar Freydooni, Sheridan Tatsuno, Sintia Maria Sanches Oliveira, Arman Nejati, Martin Seggewiss, Thiago Batista, Fariba Eghaneyan and Ghazaleh Raar in Curitiba.

Image posted on Football for Kids Foundation here