Co-creating community projects in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, LEAD INTERNATIONAL, 01/08/2012

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 Leonardo Martins Dias and a helpful Complexo do Alemao inhabitant. Searching our event
Leonardo Martins Dias and a helpful Complexo do Alemao inhabitant. Searching our event

Commentary

Outlining the case studies presented at RIO+20. It's interesting to identify common community behaviours and engagement tools used in AfricaBrazil and Canada.

  • ‘The challenge was to have 150 people from the favelas employed in one year. In 5 months we had 80 people in employment. How did we do this? By working with local leaders who understand the community and its needs.’
  • ‘Look at the Riots in London last year – they cost the government and citizens more than half a billion pounds. The cost of not investing in the development of communities is very high.’

-Leonardo Martins Dias

  • People and place matter. You can’t uproot people and assume that they will be happy elsewhere.’
  • ‘If you take people out of informal settlements and move them to formal housing, they don’t suddenly become wealthy. They are still poor – they just have a house now.’

- Anton de Wit

  • ‘The key to putting people first is to create interesting and exciting events that break down barriers, encourage learning and relationship building and give citizens the opportunity to share their ideas.’
  • ‘Give citizens the opportunity to share their ideas where they are and when they want.’

- John Lewis