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    enduring trust is unlikely to result from engagement itself. It is prolonged engagements over many decisions that count in terms of raising and maintaining public trust. She concludes that official expectations that engagement will bestow public trust is something of a false hope. (researchgate) Coproduction Beyond Engagements and Participation: User and Community Coproduction of Public Services written by Tony Bovaird of the University of Birmingham presents a conceptual framework for understanding the breadth of user and community coproduction roles in local public services, differentiating between different forms of coproduction in a set of six case studies of radical local service initiatives. Case studies: Participatory Budgeting in Porto Alegre In 1989, the Partido dos Trabalhadores party came to power and with them they brought a public engagement budgeting process with them. The participatory budgeting process was called Orcamento Participativo (OP). Being involved in the process empowered the participants to challenge the city services in their area. An example of how the participants challenged one OP initiative: Technical stall proposed traditional small family housing for a shantytown but the residents wanted more densely packed two story houses. A compromise was reached, allowing for high density housing while also respecting technical norms. It was estimated that 50,000 people participated in the OP in 2002. Sure Start Initiative in Gateshead Sure Start is a…

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    cts throughout Brazil that incorporate the philosophy and principles of restorative justice (Sellmen, Cremin, and McCluskey, P.20)." One particular group is the Youth Justice System in Porto Alegre, which is "experimenting with conferencing for youth offenders (Sellmen, Cremin, and McCluskey, P.20)." According to the authors, "the Children and Adolescent Act of 1990 allows the presiding youth court judge to…

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    change in Porto Alegre and the catholic church as a whole, but overall there is still much stigma in many circumstances. In essence, being homosexual is viewed as an abnormality or a disease that needs curing. In a study conducted by the Institute of Psychology at the Universidade Federal, researchers uncovered unsurprisingly that homophobia was notably stronger in individuals who held strong moral convictions that it is wrong. The stigma against homosexuality is in large part due to the views…

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    decisions for millions of others. Currently, having only a few representatives deciding compared to having the millions it will be affecting, making the decisions, is much more accurate. Many citizens sent letters to their senator that never get responses or even read by the senator. With participatory democracy, that issue is no longer a problem. Any letters that would need to be written, the citizens just take care of it themselves with participatory democracy. Porto Alegre, Brazil switched…

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    Being Jewish Reflection

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    Being Jewish is the most important part of my identity, inasmuch as I have always being involved with communal activities since I was 2 years old. In this context, my interest reaches a variety of activities, including religion, language, Israeli dance, history and culture. Nowadays I am a member of the Consulting Board of a Hebrew cultural center, assisting the new president with my previous experience and knowledge. Being Jewish is the most important part of my identity, inasmuch I have…

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    This is a randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled trial of 19 male volunteers, aged 18 to 65 years, with a diagnosis of SZ established by the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-Axis I Disorders (SCID-I). The research participants followed a 1‐month resveratrol supplementation program which was covered by the Public Health Service at the Schizophrenia Program of Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre (HCPA), Brazil. All participants had been on a stable dose of atypical…

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    Photos of a dog that is buried in sand have surfaced online. The picture is of five individuals and on it, a dog is buried in sand with only its head not buried in sand. Some people are very callous. It beats logic trying to wind down on a beach by abusing an innocent dog that is defenceless. This cruel incident took place in Brazil on the sandy beaches of Porto Alegre. A group of people who were having quality time having fun on the beach decided to have more fun which was not funny even one…

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    Vitana Biehl Summary

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    In VITA: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment, João Biehl investigates life within Vita, an alternative community Porto Alegre, a region of southern Brazil where unwanted people find residence. Vita’s residents have typically been abandoned by their families due to poverty, mental illness, addiction, or physical disabilities. While Vita’s makeshift community seems to provide a solution for people who have nowhere else to turn, it lacks the necessary government funding and medical personnel to be…

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    One of them is the Ginga Social undertaking. Ginga Social is the aftereffect of participation between Adidas Brazil and the Brazilian non-legislative association Gol de Letra. Ginga Social is a game based after-school program actualized in five Brazilian urban areas. In each of the five urban communities (Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Salvador and Porto Alegre), Adidas accomplices with a neighborhood association to offer different group and individual games, constantly taking into…

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    democracy ) was emphasised as well as raised to high levels of importance ( Heller 2012 : 654 ). Brazil’s new constitution following 1989 emphasised participation in various societal mechanisms such as health,education and powers of local and national government ( Heller 2012 : 654 ). Considering that Brazil’s political sphere was dominated by elites , often these democratic participatory opportunities were non-existant with one exception : Partido dos Trabalhadores ( PT ) also known as the…

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