Posts tagged participatory democracy
Mark Wigley, the Dean of Architecture at New York City’s Columbia University, repeatedly advocated for more affordable housing in Rio de Janeiro in a debate with Mayor Eduardo Paes hosted by Columbia University at the Teatro Ipanema last Monday, October 28. Approximately 100 guests of Columbia University and the Mayor’s office attended the event, which was closed to the public but broadcast live online to an international audience.
Wigley opened the event with a presentation entitled “Generosity by Design,” emphasizing the need to create and promote generosity within the neighborhoods of cities. The mayor used the debate, organized by Columbia’s new More >
This post is a contribution to Blog Action Day 2013 in which bloggers around the world reflect on this year’s theme, Human Rights.
Over the last few years there have been many protests and social movements under the ‘Right to the city’ slogan, from residents of public housing projects in New Orleans wishing to reclaim their old neighborhoods to Berliners fighting against the demolition of the last remaining part of the Berlin wall in order to build luxury apartments, or in Rio de Janeiro, the struggles of residents resisting eviction in the lead up to next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. These issues are all More >
Over the past few years unprecedented large-scale movements have challenged states across the globe. From Tahrir Square in Cairo to Zuccotti Park in New York City, and most recently, the streets of Brazil. Common to all is the widespread use of social media in organizing and articulating protests. Through Twitter and Facebook, local movements now have the technological ability to transcend limits of space, time and resources. With its stark inequality and low quality public services, Brazil, given its hyper-connectivity, as the world’s second biggest user of both Twitter and Facebook, was a shoe-in for next-in-line.
How does the use of More >
Click here for the original editorial from Observatorio de Favelas, in Portuguese.
It’s been a long time since so many Brazilians have taken to the streets. In major cities more and more people are turning out. On June 17, Rio de Janeiro saw its second demonstration of more than 100,000 people. It looked like 1968 again on Avenida Rio Branco, with new banners and new faces. More than 300,000 people came out for the demonstration of June 20. The Observatorio de Favelas (Favelas Observatory) feels a part of this great autonomous people’s movement, which has mobilized more than a million people across Brazil.
The protests began More >
Protests Are Just the Beginning; Change Will Come to Brazil (NYT Brazil Protests Debate in-depth response)
June 19, 2013–CatComm Executive Director Theresa Williamson was invited to engage in a New York Times debate forum on the protests taking hold of Brazil. See original debate here with her response here. Full response follows:
Anyone comparing countries can quickly conclude there isn’t a direct fixed relationship between economic growth and quality public services. Per capita income can be terrible while total national income is high. Economic growth can be high yet maintain widespread inequality. This is not a sustainable way to run a country, yet this is how things are and have always been done in Brazil, the last country in the Americas to abolish More >