There are Skills We Don’t Use

By: René Muhindo (Democratic Republic of Congo) We see a lot in our society: concepts and doctrines, theories and practices coming out of debates where the “weakest” are excluded.  Fortunately, everyone has the freedom to take a position that coincides with their own reality and situation. To give just one example, in Bukavo, in the…

The House Without Dignity

“Chiapas has a large indigenous population.  78% of its people are considered poor, and 30% live in extreme poverty.  The Millennium Development Goals are incorporated into the constitution of the state of Chiapas. “In 2013, Participate documented the views of indigenous people on how the Millennium Development Goals have affected their lives.” Video reproduced courtesy…

Transitioning to a Just Future

By Dave Meyer (United States) In 2012 my wife and I had the chance to travel in Latin America filming grassroots environmental initiatives.  We saw many amazing projects, but none so inspiring as the last ones, the Brazilian Transition Towns. The first Brazilian transition town we visited was in Granja Viana, a wealthy suburb of…

Seeds of Hope

By: YouthFX (United States) Seeds of Hope is a short documentary film about a mother determined to turn tragedy into hope and her struggle to bring positive change to her neighborhood in the South End of Albany, NY. The film was produced as part of the 2010 Youth FX summer film program in Albany, NY,…

Awêre para Kisile

By Mariana Guerra (Brazil). (This post originally appeared on Participate2015.org) Awêre para Kisile – “That everything goes well for those who don’t have a name yet” What do we have in common? We, caboclos, ribeirinhos (riverside-dwellers), people of African descendants, youth, slum-dwellers, Indians, men and women, human beings, assembled at the Tijuca Forest, in the month…