I am an economist and educator, born in Rio de Janeiro. Early in my
professional life I worked as a geologist (1965-1967). Then, I left my
profession and worked two years as a machine operator in metal factories in
São Paulo, helping educate and organize workers in the trade union. I spent
9 months in prison during the military dictatorship and, after being freed,
11 years in exile in the Washington DC and in Geneva (1971-1982).
I worked four years with Paulo Freire and the Institute of Cultural Action,
as consultants to the Ministries of Education of Guinea Bissau and Cape
Verde. I was an economic consultant for the World Council of Churches and
the International Group of NGOs on the World Bank in Geneva.
Back in Rio in 1982, I worked 4 years with IBASE, which I helped create
with Betinho and Carlos Afonso. I was a professor of Philosophy of
Education in the Institute of Upper Studies in Education, FGV in Rio de
Janeiro and I have been working with cooperatives and associations since I
was working as a consultant on development education to the Nicaraguan
Ministry of Education of Nicaragua in the 1980s. I created PACS - the
Institute of Alternative Policies for the Southern Cone in 1986 and have
been its general coordinator. I am a member of the Transnational Institute
in Amsterdam, since 1975.
I am a professor of the International Peace University in various campuses
I am a member of the Popular Cooperative Forum in Rio de Janeiro, the
Brazilian Network on a Solidarity Socioeconomy and of the Global Animation
Team of the WSSE-Alliance21.
I belong to the coordination of the Brazil Jubilee South Network and the
National Campaign against the Free Trade Area of the Americas.
I am a member of the Brazilian Workers’ Party and of the Movement Faith and
I have published books, essays and articles in Brazil and abroad. The most
recent book was just published in Brazilian, by Editora Vozes, with the
title "Humanize the Infra-Human: The Education of the Integral Human Being: Evolutionary Homo, Praxis and a Solidarity Economy". This is the first
book of a trilogy that focus on inter-relations between the emancipation of
human work, knowledge and creativity and the building of a Solidarity
Economy from the local to the global scale; and what education can
contribute to build the subjects of a national and global society based on
the values of cooperation and solidarity.
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