João Brites: Ecology Workshop – Transforming a Dull Lawn into a Tiny Little Forest

April 18 @ 9:00 12:00

Join us for a hands-on planting activity of a tiny forest at the Community Garden at Nova SBE with João Brites, the Spring 2024 Social Innovator-in-Residence invited by the ERA Chair in Social Innovation and the DESIS Lab at Nova SBE.

Economics and business students rarely get the chance to learn about ecology, anthropology, and nature – but this time will be different. If you want to roll-up your sleeves and get dirty on doing local, complex, yet beautiful, meaningful, and tangible work, join this hands-on workshop to partner with peers, faculty, and neighbors for 2 hours to transform a small lawn area adjacent to the campus into a thriving, biodiverse ‘tiny little forest’. We will start with a quick overview of the participatory process that led to this initiative and share the key nature-based principles that informed the design of this landscape. We will then spend most of the time digging, measuring, seeding, planting, and creating the womb of a ‘tiny little forest’ of 20 square meters. This workshop is right for you if you want to learn about ecology, nature, agroforestry, and anthropology by-doing, and if you want to have a good time outside with friends stewarding new life.

The workshop is organized by the DESIS Lab @ Nova SBEand it’ll take place at the Community Garden at Nova SBE.

It is open only to ALL!!!!!! And we have 3 slots for you to show up:

9am to 10am

10am to 11am

11am to 12pm

Or you can join for the whole activity 🙂

More about João Brites:

A regenerative dancer, economist and entrepreneur that has been championing sustainable development for more than 10 years across civil society, academia, nonprofit and the for profit sector. Currently, he is Director of Growth and Innovation at HowGood where he leads partnership design and implementation with top food and agriculture firms for sustainability reporting automation through HowGood’s SaaS platform and latis, and conducts research and workshops on various corporate sustainability topics. He’s also a Strategic Advisor for VERDE – Associação para a Conservação Integrada da Natureza and a Community Member and Resource at Carol Sanford Institute. Prior to this, João worked as Global Manager of Partnerships at AB InBev, he cofounded the Transformers Movement, taught econometrics at Nova School of Business and Economics, interned at the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation.