Public parks and transportation in Belém


We returned to the northeast this week to run a workshop in Belém do Pará with The Social Observatory of Belém. The group was fantastically diverse, including reps from the public prosecutor’s office, the secretary for the environment, the informal transportation collective, the community outreach initiative of the military police, architects  and urbanists, a statistician, and the leader a youth media collective from the periphery of the city.

We created campaigns to monitor maintenance of public parks in the historic part of the city center, citizen use of public parks, and formal and informal transportation stops.

We’ll be working with core members of the Observatory over the next few months to refine the trainer’s manual and prepare some example campaigns that can be replicated in cities throughout Brazil.