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I am Ute Craemer

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Born in 1938 in Germany, I pioneered Associação Comunitária Monte Azul, Alliance for Childhood in Brazil, and co-founded the World Social Initiative Forum. I stand up for upholding human dignity in all walks of life. …

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Japan: Do Epidemics have a Common Message to Convey

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Text: Daisuke Onuki [JP] | Photo: Max Anderson [@thepicnictree] As of June 25, a total of 18,110 cases and 968 deaths have been reported in Japan. Those are significantly low figures compared to European and American countries.…

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Brazil: Solidarity heals

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Text: Vanusa Coutinho, Patricia Dunker, Grace Caballi, Rogério Coutinho, Valéria Rückner (Coordinators Team, Associação Comunitária Monte Azul) The first COVID-19 case in Brazil was confirmed on the 26th of February, 2020 in São Paolo. By mid-March, the government…

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ÆTHER features the Social Initiative Forum and its International Network

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ÆTHER contributor and iconographer Sofia Lismont [CH] writes about the Social Initiative Forum, highlighting its worldwide network of grassroots initiatives and Forums that open spaces for individual unfolding, social encounters, and co-learning. (Full article in French. Some…

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Monte Azul Mini-Forum on Empathy

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Text: Nicole Asis [PH] | Based on Mini-Forum Report: Vanusa Coutinho [BR] | Photos: Monte Azul [BR] Monte Azul organized a Mini-Forum on Empathy “From Reflection to Action: How to Contribute to a Fairer Global…

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Ute Craemer on “World Citizenship” in WSIF Japan 2018

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Video: Juan Bottero [AR] & Osmer Productions [CH] “…the forum’s objective is to show young and old generations that we can actually be ‘world citizens’— to set free this inner spark of world citizenship for…

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Vanusa Coutinho from Monte Azul Community Association reviews “Knowing Self Through Others”

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Text: Vanusa Coutinho [BR] | Photo: Vanusa Coutinho [BR] Vanusa Coutinho grew up in the favela of Monte Azul, where she met Ute Cramer and some of her co-workers as a child. Years later, she…

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Monte Azul Culture Days 2018

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Monte Azul International e. V. invites you to Monte Azul Culture Days 2018! This year’s focus is on preparing a book release for the 40th anniversary of our parent organization in Brazil. We would like…

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Knowing Self Through Others: Empathy – A Path towards a Just and Fraternal Society

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Text: Andrea dela Cruz [ES] | Photos: The Social Initiative Forum [CH] At Easter, more than 300 people gathered at the 2018 Social Initiative Forum in Japan to attend a 5 day long event exploring…

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