Only a few weeks ago, we heard that a group of people from Brazil had been inspired to organize their own OuiShare Fest satellite event in Brazil. While we were at the Cabaret Sauvage in Paris enjoying Disco Soupe, Trade School and the Wikihouse on May 4, here’s what happened all the way in Porto Alegre:
80 people came together at Nós Coworking to learn about existing collaborative economy projects in Brazil as well as spread the values and culture of sharing and collaboration in their cities. Even before the event, the collaborative activities began with ride sharing and group bike ride to the venue.
Collaborative work spaces
The morning began with a session about collaboration in the workplace featuring Walker Mass of Nós coworking and Felipe Cabral of Casa Liberdade. The central topic of the conversation was how interaction among people from different professional areas and activities can generate value based on the complementary skills of people in these multi-disciplinary spaces. Attendees seemed to agree that bringing people together to share the same physical space only involves benefits for everyone.
In the second session of the day, Daniel Larusso and Leo Correa, both founders of the crowdlearning platform nos.vc, facilitated a barcamp style open session, in which participants proposed themes themselves they would like to discuss such as “the role of governments in the sharing economy” and “finding financial balance in collaborative projects”. During this session participants experienced how peer-to-peer learning is a key to building new models of education.
Crowdfunding & the music business
Hernán Efron, partner of Engage, also led a crowdfunding session inspired by Catarse, the largest crowdfunding platform in Brazil. After explaining how the platform operates he invited the musician Alexandre Kumpinski to talk about his crowdfunding campaign to fund his new album, which raised R$ 59k by 764 backers in Catarse. The musician also highlighted the fact that crowdfunding helps musicians create closer ties with their audience, making them feel more responsible for the work of the group. He also mentioned that fact that crowdfunding is enabling independent musicians to continue performing their job without being dependent on a label.
This session also became an opportunity for live crowdfunding among the event participants to help two projects (one connected to stuff sharing and the other related to neighborhood ties) raise funds for their prototypes. The projects managed to raise R$ 415 in this session, which was more than the amount pledged (R$ 300). The audience was also so interested in the projects that in addition to money, they offered them a variety of other types of assistance. This once again highlights on of the great strengths of crowdfunding: the ability to create and involve communities around projects.
Co-Creation and the “Global Jam”
Guilherme Lacerda and Victor Reimann also lead a session with the theme Co-Creation and presented the Global Jam, an ideation and prototyping event in which groups have 48 hours to test services and products. For this event, participants were divided into groups of 8 people to think about the theme “occupation of urban spaces.” Unlike a traditional Global Jam, at OuiShare Fest POA, groups were given only 48 minutes to work on the proposed theme. This showed the participants how effective group work can be if there is focus and cooperation among the team.
In the last session of Fest OuiShare Fest POA, Gabriel Gomes and Luciano Braga from Shoot the Shit presented the project Que Onibus Passa Aqui, which was born with an investment of only R$100 and has already spread to several cities in Brazil. After this the participants were divided into groups to come up with ideas to create projects with themes related to Porto Alegre, such as security, care of public spaces and World Cup. Each group was given R$ 100 at the end of the session to turn these projects into action within one week with this money. Thus the relationships that were created between people during this day and the impact of OuiShare Fest POA do not end on the day of the event, but continue afterwards in these projects!
We are very happy to see that this satellite event was such a success and look forward to growing the OuiShare community in South America! Big thank you to Victor and Guilherme for organizing this!