Partilho este resumo que escrevi para a fundação “Rainmaker Foundation”, através de que recebemos uma dádiva para apoiar a realização do projecto piloto em São Luís. Por enquanto só em inglês…

1/2AT started in February with a meetup dedicated to creating common ground, forming the group and identifying areas of development for each individually and the project teams. We started with 8 participants proposing 5 projects (see first report)
During the second meet-up, in April, participants explored all dimensions of their project ideas in a concrete way using a business canvas as guidance, with special attention for REconomy, social and environmental regeneration and discovering local resources.

Working on the business canvas | A trabalhar a tela de negócios

Working on the business canvas | A trabalhar a tela de negócios

Two of the five projects decided to stop their participation after this meet-up. One participant, an urban planner, discovered he could best do what he loves working in public service, for a municipality. Two others saw that their first priority was organising their family life in such a way that they would have time to dedicate to the development of their project idea. The concrete excercises of this meeting helped surfacing these choices.

The other three projects had the challenge to distill their next step, a “fractal”: an activity they would be able to realise right away carrying the essence of their idea or identifying a crucial element that they would need to test before taking on their bigger dream.

Our third and fourth meet-up merged and took place in July. Participants prepared and tested their “fractal” in a public event that was attended by 20 people. They also created a small exposition of highlights and key elements of their 1/2AT journey, sharing their harvest in a “guided tour” as a final celebration.

Carlota’s creative activity during the presentation of her book: fun and concentration finding figures in the stains | Carlota's actividade criativa durante a apresentação do livro dela: divertimento e concentração a encontrar figuras nas manchas

Carlota’s creative activity during the presentation of her book: fun and concentration finding figures in the stains | Carlota’s actividade criativa durante a apresentação do livro dela: divertimento e concentração a encontrar figuras nas manchas

The ethical catering project “RECOzinha” (RECOkitchen) has been present in four festivals during this summer. It helps to support Rita, Lucie and their helpers in their livelihood, significently increases the sales of products of members of the cooperative and is a great way of bringing possibilities for healthy, local, ethical food to a wider public. Patrícia, the third member of the RECO team, used tools she discovered during 1/2AT to organise and develop her work in such a way that she does not need to work abroad any more a period of the year.

The book “Menina das Manchas” (The Girl of the Stains) is almost ready to be printed, and Carlota has gained trust in her capacity to organise and facilitate events for children and adults to stimulate creativity and promote her book. With her newly aquired skills, she has also become more active and effective in her volunteer community functions.

Ana, who had a double role in 1/2AT as a facilitator and participant with “Casa SER”, a home that supports children of mothers in prison and re-creates families, has been able to structure how her current activities can be connected and developed to build the credibility and trust needed to open doors for her dream.

The RECO team in front of their exposition | A equipa RECO em frente da sua exposição Lucie-Rita-Patrícia

The RECO team in front of their exposition | A equipa RECO em frente da sua exposição
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Continuation

Although we would love to see a full version of 1YT Portugal, with paid facilitation and a mentor programme, we do not see this as our first step from here. We are small and want to grow sustainable, working with the resources we have available. We see the following possibilities to nourish the seeds of 1/2AT:

  • Continuing to support the 1/2AT projects “Menina das Manchas”, “RECOzinha” and “Casa SER”. This half year together has resulted in flourishing bonds and enthusiasm to keep collaborating.
  • Benefit from local work opportunities to develop the current 1/2AT projects and start supporting new ones:
    • Ana and Carlota are now paid to coordinate and run the summer programme for children for the municipality. Their collaboration is a result of 1/2AT. They are in a position to propose other activities that simultaneously support community regeneration and livelihood creation for young adults.
    • Sara and Ana (1/2AT facilitators) are working for the local municipality to accompany youth. They see possibilities to support some of these young people using the process we developed for 1/2AT, reusing modules we created.
  • We are working on our documentation, to allow other transition groups and the like to use our work (open source) in their local setting, offering our availability to support them where wanted. This is all done on a voluntary basis, so it will take its time.

Many times, we felt that this programme was too demanding to run as volunteer work. The financial support we received through Rainmaker Foundation was very welcome to cover meet-up, travel and communication expenses that were not covered by gifts of participants, local entities and friends of 1/2AT. The two-thirds that were left, were divided between us three facilitators. For us, receiving a small gift for our work was so precious… we felt this money was given with appreciation for our work and with an interest to help us flourish. We appreciate the direct contact with Pete Yeo and realise the value of being part of an international network, where Isabel Carlisle with her 1YT UK work has established the trust and continuity that we are benefiting from.