Archive for the ‘2014’ Category

How well do you know Brazil

April 14, 2014

1.  Padlet site with FMC introduction

2. A little quiz from Christian Science Monitor on how well you know Brazil

3. And here is a good article about cultural differences between Brazilians and North Americans (in Portuguese)



Vila Olímpica (tentative schedule, May 21st)

April 1, 2014


Movimento Cultural Social:

View Files from canvas: vilas_olimpicas.pdf, diagnostico_versaoFinal.pdf


First off, I am glad to inform that members from the Barcelona Football Club Foundation, one of our partners, will be present that day as well which is excellent because you will get a chance to speak to them too. So,  I’d like to propose the following schedule for your visit:

  • 8:00 am: Meet at your hotel and leave by 8:30 to leave time for breakfast
  • 9:00 am: Arrive at Vila Olimpica Complexo Alemao
  • 9:00 – 10:00 am: Tour of the facilities. Students will get a chance to see great daily activities taking place, specifically judo classes, football training, swimming class, rhythmic gymnastics class, singing class, and taekwondo
  • 10:00 – 12:00 pm: Meetings, conversations, and insight sharing. Here you will get a chance to talk to three stakeholders: 1) Me and Gabi as the project leaders and consultants for the IDB 2) Representatives from Barcelona Football Club and 3) The managers of the Vila Olimpica, who work for the NGO that manages the vila. I think talking to us three will give your students a great and varied perspective on the different challenges that arise upon trying to implement, manage, and scale NGO related activities and projects in comunidades.
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch and Teleferico tour of the comunidade. So we will have lunch close to the Vila Olimpica at a pesujo so they get the “real deal” and then we will have enough time to take the bus to where the teleferico starts, and to an entire loop of the comunidades back and forth (this will cost around 5 reals per person). This will be a great experience.
  • 2:00: Depart for Vila Olimpica in Caju
  • 2:30 – 3:00: Tour of the facilities in Caju
  • 3:00 – 4:00: Meeting with key staff in Caju. So here we would meet with the people who manage the Vila Olimpica in Caju. This will be a great opportunity for students to compare and contrast management styles and realities faced in two different comunidades.
  • 4:00: Depart to hotel.

Now, in order to facilitate the conversations your team will be having with us and the others, I am attaching three documents that you can share with your team. Unfortunately, two of them are in portuguese so maybe you can make a summary of the main points and share those with them… In any case, the first document is the overview of our project so you are more familiar with the activities and scope. The other two documents are the result of an analysis that was conducted of the Vila Olimpica in Complexo Aleman.

This diagnostic analysis is the basis for our project because it was a full needs assessment and analysis of all challenges faced by the Vila Olimpica. As a result of that analysis, our project was formed to basically try to solve those issues. I am sharing these documents with you because I think it will help you and your team prepare questions for us, for the barcelona crew, and for the managers of the Vila Olimpica – questions that you think hearing the answer to will be rewarding for you based on your team’s interests. The idea is for these questions to guide the conversations we will have with the stakeholders.


This week in Brazil (April 1)

April 1, 2014

S&P downgrades Brazil

Emergency crash landing in Brasilia

When humans arrived in Brazil/South America

Rio asks for federal funds to help fight crime

Maré Takeover “ocupação” and Garbage Collection:

Ronaldo – excited for cup

Military “golpe” 50 years ago

Neymar and Guarana Antartica

Eu não mereço ser estuprada

Gráfico 24, Gráfico 25,

Facebook: #nãomereçoserestuprada


21212 Assignments

February 27, 2014

Here are the assignments for 21212 (POC=Mateus G)

Aentrópico (POC=Sebastian):

Verick, Ryan C., Kay, Justin, Gretchen, Aalap

GoBooks (POC=Mateus B.):

Kevin, Tim, Katie B. Jorge, David, Matt

WeDemand (POC=Tiago):

Sophia, Stephen, Ryan, Nikki, Emma, Bruce, Brandi

WeDoLogos (POC=Gustavo):

Sumeet, Christopher C., Chris H., Aditya

ZeroPaper (POC=Emmanuel):

Nicholas, Jae Wook, Eun Hee, Chae Myung, Amy, Rodrigo

Participants for 2014 Trip

November 14, 2013

IMG_2545OK, here we are, Global Connections 2014

Orlando R. Kelm – Faculty Lead
Paulo Barros – GRA
Rebecca Gutierrez – McCombs Staff

  1. Babera , Katie TEMBA
  2. Bishop, Nikki EMBA
  3. Blanco, Emma, EMBA
  4. Carrillo, Rodrigo TEMBA
  5. Cornett, Verick  1st
  6. Crawford, Ryan TEMBA
  7. Dean, Ryan EMBA
  8. Garrison, Bruce  TEMBA
  9. Hoffman, Gretchen TEMBA
  10. Hoover, Chris  TEMBA
  11. Hosford, Kevin  TEMBA
  12. Kear, Brandi  EMBA
  13. Khanna, Sumeet  EMBA
  14. Lai, Nicholas  TEMBA
  15. Lee, Eun Hee  1st
  16. Lim, Chael Myung  1st
  17. Lovell, James  TEMBA
  18. Miramontes, Jorge  TEMBA
  19. Moraczewski, Amy  TEMBA
  20. Nwodo, Stephen  EMBA
  21. Rose, Katherine  TEMBA
  22. Shah, Aalap, TEMBA
  23. Sheng, Christopher  TEMBA
  24. Sun, Yun (Sophia) 1st
  25. Traver, Tim TEMBA
  26. Wolf, Justin  TEMBA
  27. Yu, Jae Wook  1st