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Marco Ernani

Mayor, Altinopolis (Brazil) and paediatrician

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Doctor in medicine specialized in pediatrics, Doctor in many hospitals, Municipal Clerk for health in Altinopolis (from 1991 to 1992 and 1997 to 2000), training and specialization in leadership at the University of Peace ( UNIPAZ, Brazil) from 1998 to 1999, coordinator of the program aiming at the promotion of health in rural areas in Sao Paulo state from 2005 to 2008, currently Mayor of Altinopolis for the fourth time.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

Presenting the education to peace as an education policy for children and young people according to the UNESCO recommendations, by including the professors, managers and other workers in a participative decision on educational project for each school. The method is based on the experience lived by professor when they were pupils turned into educative behavior then. The reference is the Manifesto of Trans-disciplinary by Basarab Nicolescu.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Altinopolis-SP Brazil, 16000 inhabitants, North-east of the Sao Paulo State

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

Impact of the action led in the Education to Peace program: Economical impact, training of entrepreneurs in the field of rural and ecological tourism, in communication and marketing, in trade, craft industries, music, plus better wages. Social impact: better employment rate, improvement of many families’ living, less violence, better communitarian relationships. Environmental impacts: recycling of domestic wastes, tree-expansion, control of water consumption, better alimentation.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

Utopia does not mean what is not feasible but what has not already been carried out. (Théodore Monod).