• 5th Biennial Social, Economic, & Environmental Forum

    “To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

    ― R. Buckminster Fuller, Futurist


  • “The only limit (of a system) is in available information and the imagination of the designer."

    - Warren Brush, Regenerative Educator & Social Entrepreneur


  • Because a world that works, WORKS for 100% of Humanity.

    August 23-28, 2016
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


  • "Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun."

    Mary Lou Cook


  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ August 23-28, 2016

    YOUR Voice Matters.

    THE GLOBAL SUMMIT V: Empowering Humanity


  • 5th biennial Social, Economic, & Environmental Forum

    Be Part of It!

    August 23-28, 2016
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Stay tuned for The Global Summit VI Between Borders; there is a solution Amman, Jordan ~ Spring 2018

THE GLOBAL SUMMIT: Your Voice Matters!

THANKS TO EVERYONE who participated in
The Global Summit V ~August 23-26 in Rio de Janeiro! 

Advancing local solutions around Climate Economics; Whole Health; Education for All; and Thriving Cities, 
our fifth biennial was our most significant yet.  

Missed us in Rio?  See videos on our YouTube channel [here], photos on [Facebook], articles in our [Blog] and join the conversation! 

What's next: Tune into [Pulse of the Movement] webcasts and [contact us] for 2018 partner opportunities!

*The Global Summit™ (TGS) is an initiative of Empowerment WORKS, Inc. – a global sustainability think-tank in action registered 501c3 in the USA. Any and all event proceeds benefit locally-led sustainable community development initiatives and capacity building education.



Community identified goals, actions & impact needed for a thriving world:

- Climate Economics: Uprooting the root causes (Sustainable energy, ecosystems, regenerative business models)

- Education for All: Time to level the playing field (How to transform our education systems for an equitable future)

- Whole Health: From the inside out (Water, food, medicine & environmental impact--Designing conscious lifestyles)

- Thriving Cities: O Jeitinho & people of place (Urban permaculture, meaningful work, transforming crime to creativity)

Over three days of bridge-building, we’ll unite team genius, energy and action to move your work, and our movement forward around four INTERSECTION Challenges.  Each challenge is supported by expert co-chairs and facilitators across 7 breakout sessions - one for each of the 7 Stages to Sustainability framework

Through identifying the ”who, how & what” within this growing web, understanding the primary functions of each, and how they work in a whole-system, we foster coherence and transparency.


To create whole-system solutions, the summit invites participants across six diverse sectors, to work (and play harder!) together through a 7 step process over 7 workshop sessions in our three day program:

WHO: Partners in Empowerment = the unique roles we playPIE_l.Gatz_2016 - 1
HOW: 7 Stages to Sustainability = natural process we use to co-create

1. Build a Team
2. Assess Assets
3. Create Plan

4. Learn & Teach
5. Get Tools & Build
6. Market & Expand 
7. Regenerate Impact


Each Intersection Team is challenged to co-create three collaborative outcomes for the Social Innovation Awards (by the end of Day 3):

1) Public Policy with action plan 
2) Community-based initiative
3) On-line web or mobile app

Those selected (for highest impact and confidence in key leaders' ability to implement before the next summit) will go on to the 1PIE Hackathon!

Games we're playing - to ignite creativity, catalyze collaboration, and capture data!
  • Supporting the highest outcome of the whole in large group sessions (SEED Change Forum), the Cooperative Games (Projetocooperacao.com.br) with Edgard Goveia Jr & team, brings us into a playful journey to from win-lose to a "Pedagogy of Cooperation", where we all win!
  • Throughout the 7 stage sessions, each Intersection will have a dedicated Playmaster using the #Ajogada game board to help generate and capture key data. Learn more about our playmasters and application of game theories at#Ajogada.

Featured Voices

Our highly interactive program will unite a total of 200 cross-sector impact leaders--many of whom will be featured voices--selected to bring new ideas, earthly wisdom & vital inspiration in 2016!

Edgard Gouveia Júnior

Edgard Gouveia Júnior

Play The Call Visionary and Mobilizer

At 6’7”, Edgard Gouveia, Jr. towers over most people. An early career in professional volleyball in Brazil, his native country, was soon exchanged for training at the University of Santos in Architecture and Urban Planning. Upon graduation, he and his colleagues co-founded the Elos Foundation, an architectural firm dedicated to community activism. Pursuing their social mandate, they founded the Warriors Without Weapons program in 2000, a bi-annual five week training for young entrepreneurs to learn the tools of effective collaboration through supporting communities to identify and implement their own dreams, resources and powers without relying on outside sources of funding.
The strength of this methodology soon led Edgard and his colleagues to develop the Oasis Games, a three- to ten-day activism model that uses the same tools in short term projects, including catastrophic situations. Edgard has been active internationally in teaching this process of this playful social methodology for over fifteen years, giving presentations at schools and universities and leading seminars on the streets worldwide. Hundreds of Oasis games have now been played on four continents.

Edgard has been actively engaged in the creation of PlayTheCall, a Global Game that merges the real and the virtual world to engage and connect young people around the world in local community activism projects. Drawing upon the passion of youth to use computer technology and to become engaged in their communities in play, PlayTheCall offers to players a series of hero- missions to be accomplished in the real world. PlayTheCall aims to activate 2 billion people around the world to save the biosphere for real.

The Beta 1 test version of PlayTheCall was created and launched Dec. 21, 2012 by an all-volunteer team, attracting the attention of educators and youth leaders around the world.

Edgard continues to travel and lecture widely to spread the awareness of the Global Game “PlayTheCall” and teach the tools of “playing for change” in a way that is fast, free, fun ---- and fantastic. He is both an Fellow Ashoka, Berkana and TRIP Transformer. Edgard lectures and leads cooperative games at schools, universities, businesses and community organizations around the world.


Bio-architect, Cooperative Games,
Youth & Community Empowerment

Architecture & Urban Designer and Cooperative Games

Ana Paula Silva

Ana Paula Silva

sócia - fundadora da Morada da Floresta

Ana Paula Silva, sócia - fundadora da Morada da Floresta, e empreendedora social dos projeto Ecologia Feminina e Bebês Ecológicos da Morada da Floresta, que visa inspirar o autocuidado natural e reduzir os impactos no meio ambiente.



Prof. José Pacheco

Prof. José Pacheco

Education Visionary / “Escola da Ponte” pioneer

We have the honour to host a very special guest: Prof. José Pacheco, a visionary, one of the pioneers of “Escola da Ponte”, a public school located in the north of Portugal which follows the principles of democratic education since 1976. At the moment, José Pacheco is living in Brazil where he supports the development of free schools like “Projeto Âncora”, in São Paulo.

Quotes of inspiration (From School Street Article)

"Social, existential and economic difficulties if they are resolved by themselves can not bear fruit and give the expected result.

Human design is collective project. When thinking of projects it is important that it involves the collective, because most often the problems can belong to a community.

The best defense is a good offense . It is very important that when we see a problem we solve soon. This means that the very attitude of zero the threat is an attack to avoid obstacles that may appear along the way.

It is very important to always ask the "Why" of everything. That always helps give an understanding of what is happening in the present moment. Ex: Why my school talks about live independently and is totally unlike in their day-to-day?

We have to look at the totality of human projects . This means that everything that is created must include the aesthetic, emotional, physical, spiritual human being.

Free school does not mean mess . We think it can be that, but the truth is that taking study is to take their own responsibility for the study. This means that you must have learning scripts, create projects, thus giving the opportunity for life and expansion towards a life of commitment to yourself and the world.

Tainá Cardoso

Tainá Cardoso

Technical Team at IBRE and volunteer at TETO Brasil

Tainá is a graduate student in International Relations at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Federal University of  Rio de Janeiro. She is part of the technical Team at the Brazilian Institute of Economics(IBRE) and volunteer at TETO, a non-profit organization that seeks to encourage community development in slums through the collaborative work of families living in extreme poverty with youth volunteers. Since 2015 she has been working in the field to develop a diagnosis and to enhance residents leadership by promoting organization, participation, and community co-responsibility in the whole process.

More about: www.teto.org.br

Cláudio Spínola

Cláudio Spínola

Sócio-Fundador e CEO da Morada da Floresta

Cláudio Spínola,  Sócio-Fundador e CEO da Morada da Floresta, realiza ações e projetos para visa estimular a prática da compostagem doméstica na cidade de São Paulo e no Brasil. Desenvolve projetos de educação ambiental e consultoria em gestão de resíduos. Idealizador e coordenador do projeto Composta São Paulo (www.compostasaopaulo.eco.br).

Thiago Berto

Thiago Berto

founder, Cidade Escola Ayni

At the age of 30, Thiago sold all his belongings to explore the world, on a quest for self-discovery, and to find a purpose for the years to come. His first stop was Bhutan, a small country at the foot of the Himalayas, where he volunteered for the Royal Government. From there he continued his journey, and in September 2011, a year after starting his travels, he came across a primary school educational project in Cuzco, Peru. While there, he realized that he mission would finally come into action. After living and volunteering for 8 months in Cuzco, he gathered his things and went off once again, but this time with a sense of purpose, a clear goal: to visit alternative educational projects, learn and soak in these visionary concepts, and implement these methods in Brazil. In September 2013 he set off on a trip to Alaska, USA, and from there embarked on an 8-month motorcycle adventure throughout the Americas, visiting a total of 40 educational projects. Ayni School is the result of this thorough research, hours of volunteering, and knowledge exchange with educators from all over the globe.

More: www.fundacaoayni.org

Alice Meditsch

Alice Meditsch

Sócia e designer da Colibrii

Sócia e designer da Colibrii, negócio social de Porto Alegre que co-cria produtos com artesãs de comunidades locais através da reutilização de materiais têxteis. Graduada em Design de Produto pela Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, com estudos complementares na Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Terrassa, Barcelona. Participou de projetos de sustentabilidade e design social na Gráfica da UFRGS. Acredita na troca de experiências como forma de conhecimento para um processo co-criado, justo, de pessoas para pessoas. O “design assinado” por quem faz (a mão) como ferramenta para uma experiência mais empática.

David Miranda

David Miranda

campanha pelo asilo a Edward Snowden no Brasil

Carioca, 30 anos, estrategista de marketing e comunicação, e ativista do movimento LGBT; David Miranda é o coordenador e principal articulador da campanha pelo asilo a Edward Snowden no Brasil. Junto com seu marido e parceiro Glenn Greenwald é responsável por revelar as informações relativas à espionagem virtual realizada pelos governos dos EUA e da Inglaterra e seus parceiros.

Em 2013 ficou detido por mais de nove horas no aeroporto de Londres quando fazia conexão para voltar ao Brasil. Foi interrogado por oficiais ingleses e teve todo seu equipamento de trabalho apreendido por suspeitarem que ele poderia trazer consigo informações secretas.

É também um adorador de cachorros, e vive com 14 em sua casa.

Carta aberta aos brasileiros: http://goo.gl/Mq5gF5

Pablo Handl

Pablo Handl

Cofounder & Board member Impact Hub São Paulo

Pablo co-founded Impact Hub São Paulo in 2006 and is an invested board member of Impact Hub Florianopolis, Manaus and Belo Horizonte. He studied business administration, theatre pedagogy and mediation of conflicts in Austria and worked India and the Netherlands where he served as a strategist and designer of development processes. He was director of AIESEC International, responsible for strategic planning and change management for the global office in 2003. In 2015 co-founded VOA, a company that invests know-how and seed capital in people and ventures that prototype the future of business. He advises and speaks on innovation, networks, collaboration and future trends working with organizations such as Natura, Petrobras, Bradesco, Coca-Cola, Itaú-Unibanco, Airbus, BASF and Greenpeace. In the course of 2015 he worked with the Impact Hub global team focusing on growth strategy and development and a theory of change for resilient entrepreneurship. He recently moved from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro where he is working with a local team on an Impact Hub initiative.

Anne Koller

Anne Koller

Wellness Trainer/ Founder of TAPIN

Columbia grad and former corporate maven specializing in people and culture development using cutting-edge techniques in meditation, sleep, water, fitness and emotional awareness. +Featured in Huffington Post, Today Show, Tennis Channel, GOOD Magazine, Idealist, ReachMD, Yoga City NYC, Village Voice. Previously a project manager and development strategist for over 8 years at top organizations including ?What If!, Google, DoubleClick, and World Economic Forum. Fluent in English, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, Anne was a four-year scholar athlete on the Swimming & Diving Team the University of Minnesota.  More: annekoller.com

Stephan McGuire

Stephan McGuire

Creator, Cernunnos Media

Stephan is founder and director of Zürich, Switzerland-based Cernunnos Media and has been a producer with Los Angeles-based Tree Media since 1998.  He is Executive Director of Tree Media Foundation and has participated in panel discussions with numerous institutions including National Geographic and Earthwatch Institute.  With University of Massachusetts, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Sustainability and is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Creative and Critical Thinking in International Relations and lives most of the year in Rome, Italy.Stephan has been a producer with Tree Media since 1998 and served on the production team of Leonardo DiCaprio’s "The 11th Hour”, and Board Member of Empowerment WORKS since 2008.

Scholastica Sylvan Kimaryo

Scholastica Sylvan Kimaryo

Founder & CEO at Kilimanjaro Conscious Leadership Institute

After earning advanced degrees at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Scholastica served for three decades across Africa for the United Nations, UNDP, UNICEF, and is based back in her home country of Tanzania grooming Leaders with knowledge, Skills on How to Discover and Unleash the Greatness Within.

On her way to a silent meditation retreat with Deepak Chopra after her time in Rio, Scholastica also conducts customised TEAM-BUILDING THROUGH CONSCIOUS LEADERSHIP AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLES for Corporates, the Public Sector, Organs of Civil Society and other Clients -- based on this set of knowledge, skills and tools, with the following measurable results/outcomes: (1) Significant Reduction in Absenteeism, (2) Increased Productivity, (3) More Harmonious Relationships at Home and at the Workplace, as well as (4) Most Welcome Reduction in Expenditure on Medical Bills for Individuals as well as for their Employers.

Bebel Clark

Bebel Clark

Women's Empowerment and Holistic Therapist

In Brazil, my mission is to help women to reconnect with their feminine essences through Women's Circles and Retreats, holistic therapies and public speakings about Sacred Feminine.

I believe this feminine energy is most needed in men and women, because we are tired of living in fear and loneliness. It's more than time to start living the lives we want and need, spreading Love, sense of Community, Affection, Caring and Respect through each other and our relationships. We need to take care of ourselves, and to take care of our world. I'm working to make a difference everyday here.

Dominic Barter

Dominic Barter

Dialogue, social technology innovation, system building - Restorative Circles / Espaço Beta / Financial Coresponsibility / Systems of support / Nonviolent Communication

Dominic Barter develops social technologies that promote dialogue and partnership, focusing primarily in the fields of education, justice, culture and social change. In the mid-90s he collaborated in the development of Restorative Circles, a community-based and community-owned practice for dynamic engagement with conflict that grew from conversations with residents in gang-controlled shantytown favelas in Rio de Janeiro. He adapted the practice for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice's award-winning national projects in Restorative Justice and supports its application in a further 40 countries.

In 2015, after two decades of work as a teacher and consultant to government and community on education, he co-founded Espaço Beta, a public high school for student directed, prototype based research. Dominic was an apprentice and colleague of Marshall Rosenberg for 18 years, and served as president of the Board of Directors for the international Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Dominic's work is sustained by the gift economy and community distribution process he developed.

Theresa Williamson

Theresa Williamson

Editor-in-chief, RioOnWatch/ founder, Catalytic Communities (CatComm)

A serial award winning author, urban planner and citizen media champion, Williamson has worked extensively around forced evictions as Rio prepared for the World Cup and the Olympics. Theresa is widely published in Progressive Planning, Journal of Urban Technology, Cidadania.org, The New York Times, and quoted by The Guardian, the BBC World, Al Jazeera America, NPR, and more. Awards: 2005 Gill-Chin Lim Award, 2012 National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials' John D. Lange International Award, + . Raised in the Washington, D.C., Theresa is a dual Brazilian / British citizen, and lives with her daughter in Rio de Janeiro.  More: catcomm.org

Rodrigo Arantes

Rodrigo Arantes

Founder of #Ajogada / Playmaster

Rodrigo Arantes is an economist, administrator and designer of in-office games. Entrepreneur and enthusiast of startup and gamification movements, Rodrigo accumulates experiences in a sequence of projects of entrepreneurship empowerment and engagement. Author of book about game metaphysics, founded the #AJOGADA Association for Business Gamification and Ludocracy (Game based governance) where he advocates the shift from documents to board games as the tools for future human organizations. More: ajogada.com.br

Benjamin M. Betsalel

Benjamin M. Betsalel

Featured Artist In Action

Benjamin M. Betsalel is a nomadic artist who creates large-scale portraits, abstract paintings, and written communication to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and to build bridges of understanding between disparate groups. His work explores various themes including identity, shared experience, internal landscape, and sense of place. He is primarily interested in the role of art to celebrate the strength and courage of the human spirit, raise awareness and create dialogue among persons facing conflict or other situations of violence, suffering and loss. Most recently, Betsalel has lived and worked in Colombia, South America.

In 2014, Betsalel collaborated with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Columbia to create a series of portrait vignettes on the theme of "missing," entitled La Ausencia en la Presencia (ever present, ever absent). For this project Betsalel interviewed family members whose loved ones are missing due to the armed conflict to 1) discuss their experience, 2) select an object of importance or remembrance, and 3) paint their portrait on a large format 4 x 5 ft. canvas. The resulting series of 13 portrait vignettes was exhibited in conjunction with an ICRC media and stakeholder event on the needs of families of missing persons in Bogota.

Using a similar format, Betsalel completed a second series of portrait vignettes in collaboration with the ICRC in 2015, entitled Human Is Adentro y Afuera (Human Beings, Inside and Outside). For this project Betsalel was granted access to three prisons in Colombia where he taught self-portrait workshops and created a series of portrait vignettes of detainees, their family members, and a prison guard. The series was displayed at the National Museum in Bogota (which functioned as a former prison from 1874-1946) for an event that kicked off the ICRC's "100 years in prison" national campaign. A printed version of the portrait vignettes toured the country and 20,000 catalogs of the series were provided to the authorities, project participants, stakeholders, and general public.

Betsalel is currently based in Paris, France. Beginning in January 2017 he will be living and working in Dakar, Senegal.


Aline Satyan

Aline Satyan

Gaia Jovem Serrano, Txai Design de Experiências e Cena Tropifágica

Aline Satyan is graduated in Media Studies at Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil), master in Creative Industries at Université Paris 8 (France) and published in 2008 the book "Cultural production in Brazil: From Tropicalia to Points os Culture". She has experience in cultural policies and educational programs on culture, and has worked in different projects for government and universities. She has been dedicated a few years now to study collaborative processes and works as an educator, facilitator groups and management consultant in cultural organizations. She had her Ecovillage Design Education (Gaia Education) at the ecovillage Terra Una in 2014, specialized in Dragon Dreaming in 2015 and had the Permacultural Design Course certification at Pindorama Institute in 2016. She is one of the coordinators of Gaia Jovem Serrano Program, co-founder of Cena Tropifagica and Casa Txai Design de Experiências. Her main quest nowadays is for a life full of consciousness, creativity and cooperation.  Lean More: tropicaline.wordpress.com


Aline Satyan é formada em Estudos de Mídia pela Universidade Federal Fluminense, mestre em Indústrias Criativas pela Universidade Paris 8 e autora do livro “Produção de Cultura no Brasil: Da Tropicália aos Pontos de Cultura”. Com experiência em políticas culturais e programas de formação para a cultura, trabalhou em diferentes projetos na esfera governamental e universitária. Há alguns anos tem se dedicado a estudar processos de colaboração e atuar como educadora, facilitadora de grupos e consultora de gestão em organizações culturais.

Certificou-se em design para sustentabilidade no Programa Gaia Education na ecovila Terra Una (Liberdade, MG) em 2014, Aprofundamento em Dragon Dreaming na Pedra do Sabiá (Itacaré, BA) em 2015 e em Design Permacultural no Instituto Pindorama (Nova Friburgo, RJ) em 2016.

É coordenadora do programa Gaia Jovem Serrano,co-fundadora da Cena Tropifágica e da Txai Design de Experiências, e sua principal busca atualmente é por uma vida de consciência, criatividade e em cooperação.


Maria Claudia Canto Cabral (Aika Mariah)

Maria Claudia Canto Cabral (Aika Mariah)

Cozinha Sagrada & Family Constellation Therapist

#meditAction and #SacredCuisine as a #TakeCareofYourSelf practices to #AwakenLove are some of the activities Aika develops, based on experiences , research and studies either as self-taught as under the guidance of her teachers at Energy Dynamics School of Psyche (DEP) , Family Constellations (HellingerSciencia) , Learning Love Institute and Somatic Experience - SE for trauma solution and active meditation (Osho). She dedicates herself to the sacred free research in eating habits as a way of reconnecting with the great cycle of life and the planet. Holistic therapist, poet, actress, blogger , unpublished writer , lawyer, activist in human rights and cook lover.

In Portuguese:

Cozinha Sagrada e a Religação com o Ciclo da Vida e Terapeuta de Constelações Familiares

#meditAção e a #CozinhaSagrada como práticas de #CuidardeSi e de #DespertaroAmor são algumas das atividades que Aika desenvolve com base em vivências, pesquisa e estudos feitos ora como autodidata ora sob orientação de seus mestres da Escola Dinâmica Energética do Psiquismo (DEP), das Constelações Familiares (HellingerSciencia), Learning Love Institute e Somatic Experience – SE para a solução de traumas e das meditações ativas (Osho). Dedica-se à livre pesquisa dos hábitos alimentares sagrados como forma de religação com o grande ciclo da vida e do planeta. Terapeuta holística, poeta, atriz, blogueira, escritora inédita, advogada, ativista de direitos humanos e cozinheira amorosa.

Pedro Paulo Lins e Silva

Pedro Paulo Lins e Silva

Co-Chair, SEED Change Forum / Co-Founder, Welight

Bringing a decade of technology innovation and new business development, project management, and investor relations to the co-creation of Welight & the Welight Institute, Pedro is social entrepreneur, serving as both a guardian of eco-systems, and hands on leader of mission critical initiatives across Brazil.

"Welight is a global social enterprise, run by love driven people, that will deliver the best that technology can offer, so that having a very positive impact on the planet becomes very simple for everyone.

We dream of a world in which everyone can be a positive transformation agent, starting with just a few clicks and then feeling how good it is to make a difference.

We believe that simplifying ways for everybody to come together is the shortest path to create a world where people and nature can live in total harmony."

Stay tuned for the impact of welight.co

Elisabete Aparecida Dias da Silva  (Tia Bete)

Elisabete Aparecida Dias da Silva (Tia Bete)

Presidente do Centro Cultural Oca dos Curumins, Complexo do Alemão

Natural de Cruzeiro, estado de São Paulo, professora, assistente social, mais de vinte anos de trabalho em creche, pública e trabalhos sociais. Com 10 anos vim com minha família morar no Complexo do Alemão. Minha mãe viuva com seis filhos lavava roupa como fonte de renda. Eu e meu irmão vendiamos picolé ou flores feitas por uma tia para ajudar nos materiais escolares. Ao completar, 19 anos, casei e comecei a alfabetizar as crianças e moradores que necessitavam. Surgindo assim mais tarde o Centro Cultural Oca dos Curumins, mais conhecido como Escolinha da Tia Bete. Aos poucos incluimos outras atividades como: capoeira, dança, biblioteca, passeios teatro e outras.

Eduardo Boorhem

Eduardo Boorhem

cofundador do Clube Orgânico

Carioca, copywriter and TEDx speaker 2016, what moves Eduardo Boorhem to change the future of food is his son, Francisco. Lover of the food movement, he’s the cofounder of Clube Orgânico alongside Victor Piranda, his partner and long-time friend. Recognized as the first startup of its kind in Brazil – and granted for its innovation performance at Sustainable Brands 2015, in Rio, Clube Orgânico is a platform that helps people to create their own food hubs and connect them directly to organic farmers thru a new relationship, fair and sustainable for the whole chain and the planet as well.
Carioca, publicitário e palestrante no TEDx em 2016, o que move o Eduardo Boorhem a criar novos rumos para a alimentação é o seu filho, Francisco. Apaixonado pelo movimento da comida de verdade, ele é cofundador do Clube Orgânico, ao lado do seu sócio e amigo de infância, Victor Piranda. Reconhecida como a primeira startup do tipo no Brasil – e tendo sido inclusive premiada por sua inovação no Sustainable Brandis 2015, no Rio, o Clube Orgânico é uma plataforma online que ajuda pessoas a criarem grupos locais de consumo, conectando-os direto a produtores orgânicos através de uma nova relação de consumo, mais justa e sustentável para as pessoas e o planeta.

Jessica Glass

Jessica Glass

Mega Events & Thriving Cities

Jessica Glass has been doing research the impacts of mega-events on cities in Rio de Janeiro since 2013.

She initially traveled to Brazil to investigate changes occurring in the city due to upcoming mega-events, and how they were impacting local citizens. Through the years, she has come to understand the urgent nature of housing removals, which is the focus of her doctoral research.

She has been interviewed for the BBC radio program “Thinking Allowed,” and presented several papers on this research at conferences and symposia worldwide with topics specific to Brazil, including the impacts of mega-events on cities, ramifications of structural violence, and the criminalization of race and poverty.

Derek Gallo

Derek Gallo

Sócio TCP Latam / co-founder, Integral Foundation

(Impact) investment banker (partner at TCP Latam), impact angel investor, co-founder of Plug (co-working co), 2015 Tony Robbins Platinum Partner and vocational Dharma & Integral human development enthusiast, Derek is launching a fund to pioneer the "Green Recap", a new model of transforming traditional companies by investing in and then injecting sustainable technologies and conscious leadership, seeking to create "the most profitable & sustainable companies of the future", capable of fostering "an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet."

He is an investor in Impact Republic, Welight, Nuttzo, several Fintech startups and recently co-founded Integral Foundation, focused on promoting philanthropy and Integral human development of social entrepreneurs. In 2002 he left his Associate position at JP Morgan in NY to launch a Brazilian impact fund focused on clean energy SMEs. Derek also invested in a rural energy co that pioneered the use of PV to bring clean drinking water to over 200 indigenous communities, as other clean energy enterprises. He is on the fiscal board for Associação Dobem, has led symposiums for the Pachamama Alliance in Brazil, raised money for permaculture NGO Agencia Mandalla, worked with Aga Khan Foundation in Mozambique and is presently actively engaged at a local ashram.

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Melanie St.James

Melanie St.James

Convener & founder of Empowerment WORKS

Ever rising to the challenge of co-creating a thriving world, Melanie is the passionate social architect behind The Global Summit series and founder of facilitating organization, Empowerment WORKS, which supports year round impact.

Vincent ValetuttI

Vincent ValetuttI

Nuclear Engineer turned Ecological Policy Strategist

Vinny, as he is called by friends, has graduated from Aerospace and Nuclear engineer to environmental policy strategist and world traveler (Photo: Harare Zimbabwe July 2015).

In his engineering career he worked on the design of the 747, F-14, A-10 including computer programming, as well as the design of nuclear piping systems including computer programming & earthquake analysis.  As a building systems engineer-worked on HVAC & Architectural design and troubleshooting, including economic analysis.  Also did forensic analysis-working for lawyers as an expert witness on accident cases. Building management-worked managing a 1.5 million square foot office building. Bridge engineer-worked on bridges & managed the movable bridge section for NYC. Vinny holds a patent for GPS control of outside lighting.

Turning his meticulous capacities towards a greener future, Vinny developed the Virgin Material Conservation Program, a unique tax shift program to help reduce usage of non-renewable resources. He also has a unique banking system reform idea which will surely come out in Climate Economics conversations as well.

Bruno Rodrigues

Bruno Rodrigues

CEO of Go Good

Bruno is a social entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Go Good (social impact network), graduated in Stanford GSB Ignite Program and former karate professional athlete, who loves sports, social impact and his son Rafa.

WHAT'S HAPPENING  (Click Sessions & Voices links below!)

  • Cultural Reception
    Aug 23 5-8pm: art, music and celebration -

  • Our 5th Summit / #RIO2016
    Aug 24 - 26 ~ 9:00 am to 6:00pm

  • 1PIE Hackathon
    Aug 27 & 28 ~ ground up innovation

What past Summit participants have to say

What a few of our participants have to say

I feel lucky to be a part of this amazing group of people. Participating was transformational for me in that I finally saw myself as a visionary too. I am eager to bring all a can to this project.

Angela Ginsburg
Angela Ginsburg
A Fork Full of Earth Organic Catering

Thank you for a wonderful and successful summit – I am left feeling hopeful, energized and ready to take action to move our agenda forward.

Bruce Dear
Bruce Dear
CEO/ Owner, Pure Bamboo

We succeeded. There’s always more – yet we moved the ball forward in a big way.

Greg Wendt
Greg Wendt
Sustainable Assets Advisor/ Manager

You assembled an amazing group of people. It was a pleasure to be there and I look forward to hearing about the next Summit.

Kim Weichel
Kim Weichel
Pres. UN Association San Francisco

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

More questions? We’d love to hear from you! Email us directly.

Do delegates (general participants) need to speak english?

Content will be in both English and Portuguese. 

To bridge the language gap for our local & global community, we plan to offer simultaneous interpretation in the main SEED Change Forum, yet can not promise it in all sessions.

While not required, having a moderate level of english would be for the benefit of all involved.  

While recruiting more interpreters, this is our first time producing a bi-lingual event, so want to be transparent about our current limitations, and ask for support as a volunteer team.

With all that said, only a small percentage of the brain processes verbal communication (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonverbal_communication), so to all who feel called to collaborate here: welcome!

What do you mean by Global?

Global perspective

Considering the world, including its human inhabitants, from OUTSIDE or BEYOND the limits defined by national borders, language constructs, cultural training or “realities”.

Global context

Accounts for and allows for all human perspectives, and relates to every human being from the same place. Relates to language, culture, politics, customs, (also age, gender, physicality, economic status, etc.). as circumstances, similar to clothing — sometimes useful, sometimes limiting, and always changeable and ever expandable.


“We’re all in this together,” shifting, expanding, and transforming–in the natural flow of life. There is no “them”.

From where do you receive your funding?

Most of our funds come through registrations and individual contributions.

That said, our #1 resource is our creativity -- as we work to keep costs down, keep doors open to a diverse audience, give as many well deserved scholarships possible, and co-create a world class high impact experience.

Thanks to a volunteer-driven team and the support of many pro-bono partnerships, the majority our production needs are covered in-kind.

All featured voices contribute their time as volunteers as well. They are normally are in a position to pay their own way and contribute financially as well. 

Our collaboration in producing the event is really part of the program.

Throughout the year, The Global Summit facilitating organization Empowerment WORKS is almost entirely self-funded through program fees from its Fiscal Sponsorship program (providing legal, technical and network support to about 60 incredible social entrepreneur led initiatives).

Empowerment WORKS annual revenues are made available to the public via it’s profile at Guidestar.org

What's the Summit's policy on sponsorship?

While we accept and recognize no-strings-attached-to-program donations from values-aligned Supporting Partners, The Global Summit does not sell sponsorships.  

Our mission is to ensure all voices are heard, so while we do need and appreciate funding, we are committed to ensuring that our platform remains neutral, and that the content and voices represented are not unduly compromised.

Why do you call it “The” Global Summit? Mighty ambitious...

1) After assessing the massive, round the world, multi-sector, diverse program vision, nothing else seemed to fit.

2) THE Global Summit is a call to action inviting 100% of humanity to be part of the solution, with the understanding that we are all inextricably linked, inter-connected and that real change takes all of us.

3)Building a better world is up to all of us- not waiting for star-studded heroes. If we do not make “THE Global Summit” happen, who will, and when? The time is now.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead

Are you trying to replace the United Nations?

(Who, us?) Consider The Global Summit a think-tank in action. With its small, decentralized and flexible structure, The Global Summit serves to crowd source what’s working, innovate, experiment and re-design a few out-dated policy, philanthropy and technology systems. Through concrete, evidence based outcomes from each Summit that can inform the development of new approaches and policy systems, and by sourcing input from communities who do not have direct input into global policy making systems (other than through their governments), The Global Summit Initiative is dedicated to provide relevant information to support the UN mission and improve its structures, but not to replace or be any kind of alternative.

I understand it's a collaboration, but who leads it and how?

The Global Summit is a collaborative initiative, and core program of Empowerment WORKS (EW), a catalyst for community-led solutions since 2001, with its overall approach sourced from locally-led projects in Zimbabwe.

EW's founder conceived of the Summit in 2007 as an evolution of EW's ecologically inspired collaboration approach (7SS/ 1PIE). Since it's ground-breaking summit in 2008, EW has been the lead producer of each summit and continues to steward the Summit's founding mission to unite social, economic, and environmental movements for a sustainable world.

Smaller than many of the Partners in Empowerment (PIE) involved, EW facilitates and advances a collaborative structure and process, harnessing the unique strengths of each Partner to co-create something none can do alone.  Empowerment WORKS and The Global Summit organizing partners are guided by principles and methods of Dynamic Self-Governance or Sociocracy.  Learn more at Empowerment WORKS' self-governance webpage here.

Empowerment WORKS is a registered 501c3 for-impact organization in the USA, and has a legal nonprofit headquarters in Switzerland as a program of Cernunnos Media.

Learn more at EmpowermentWORKS.org

Thanks to our Partners who bring each summit to life, and catalyze impact throughout the year!



Museu de Ciências da Terra
Av. Pasteur, 404 
Urca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
CEP 22290-255

Aug 24th-26th, 2016

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Supporting Partnerships

General Inquiries

Global Headquarters
c/o Empowerment WORKS - Oakland, CA
+1 (415) 967-1711



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