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A series of conversations with professionals around the world who are making positive change in society: the professional experiences; their academic research; and the challenges they face. A new journey every month.

Social Steps Luiz Guilherme N de Mello

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A series of conversations with professionals around the world who are making positive change in society: the professional experiences; their academic research; and the challenges they face. A new journey every month.

    Studying Law and Sociology Abroad, University of Geneva, Switzerland - Social Steps #Special Edition

    Studying Law and Sociology Abroad, University of Geneva, Switzerland - Social Steps #Special Edition

    How willing are you to pursue your dreams? André quit a good job in the name of a dream to study abroad and pursue an international career. Despite all the financial difficulties of living in Geneva, one of the most expensive cities in the world, André managed to get his Master's Degree at The Graduate Institute of International Studies in Switzerland and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the University of Geneva. We talk about his experiences in Switzerland (including the day when he met Dilma Rousseff, former president of Brazil), how to balance fatherhood and work, cultural aspects of the Swiss culture, advice for a perfect application to study in Switzerland, and more.

    Host:


    Luiz Guilherme Natalio de Mello, host 

    Guest:


    André Cardozo Sarli, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the Centre for Children's Rights Studies, University of Geneva and Master in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies 

    For suggestions, comments, and feedback you can email me at luizguilhermenm.socialsteps@gmail.com 

    Created and developed by: Luiz Guilherme Natalio de Mello - https://luizguilhermenmello.com/

    • 52 min
    Social Impact Professionals, Social Entrepreneur in Portugal - Social Steps #04

    Social Impact Professionals, Social Entrepreneur in Portugal - Social Steps #04

    Carolina Almeida Cruz is the Portuguese Tech Award Winner 2021 in the category Sustainability & Climate Change Activist. Her most recent social initiative, C-MORE, is aimed to support international organizations, companies, and NGOs in achieving their goals in creating sustainable impact from their activities.

    Carolina already worked with social initiatives in India, co-founded Sapana, an NGO in Portugal, and has won prestigious international awards. One of her main inspirations to follow social entrepreneurship is sitting, listen and share experiences with others.

    This episode is an interesting conversation to debate our substantial capacity to change the society for better and why social entrepreneurship matters.

    Host:


    Luiz Guilherme Natalio de Mello, host

    Guest:


    Carolina Almeida Cruz, co-founder of Sapana and entrepreneur at C-MORE. Recognized as Young Challenger by Muhammad Yunus Foundation. Portuguese Tech Award Winner 2021

    Carolina's recommendations:


    Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
    In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Park Yeon-mi
    Hadji Murat by Liev Tolstói
    A World of Three Zeros by Muhammad Yunus
    Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood

    Movie and TEDx mentioned by Luiz:


    In Time by Andrew Niccol
    We = Me by Carolina Cruz

    For suggestions, comments and feedback you can email me at luizguilhermenm.socialsteps@gmail.com

    Created and developed by: Luiz Guilherme Natalio de Mello - https://luizguilhermenmello.com/

    • 45 min
    Social Impact Professionals, Epidemiologist and Public Health Researcher in Singapore - Social Steps #03

    Social Impact Professionals, Epidemiologist and Public Health Researcher in Singapore - Social Steps #03

    Can you imagine a day in the life of an epidemiologist and public health researcher? Why are these professionals so crucial to address social inequities in health, especially among vulnerable populations? 

    This month I spoke with Aysha Farwin to reply to these and other questions. Aysha is an epidemiologist and public health researcher at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where she is currently pursuing her PhD degree. According to her own inspiring words, she is "passionate about tackling health disparities in vulnerable populations in the community". 

    Despite how pandemics can threaten us, it is an insightful conversation about our potential to build a better society. I am delighted to bring you a great perspective on the role of epidemiology and public health research can play in tackling social vulnerability.

    Important notice: Aysha views expressed do not represent the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health – National University of Singapore.

    Host:


    Luiz Guilherme Natalio de Mello, host

    Guest:


    Aysha Farwin, PhD candidate at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Master of Public Health (MPH) from the NUS, and Bachelor's Degree in Biological Studies from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

    Aysha's recommendations:


    Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
    Chasing Chaos: My Decade in and Out of Humanitarian Aid by Jessica Alexander
    Contagion (movie) by Steven Soderbergh
    edX and Coursera courses
    Epidemiology by Leon Gordis
    Medical Statistics by Michael J. Campbell

    Research and policy mentioned by Luiz:


    Whence the next pandemic? The intersecting global geography of the animal-human interface, poor health systems and air transit centrality reveals conduits for high-impact spillover published in the One Health
    Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS): Brazilian universal healthcare system

    For suggestions, comments and feedback you can email me at luizguilhermenm.socialsteps@gmail.com

    Created and developed by: Luiz Guilherme Natalio de Mello - https://luizguilhermenmello.com/

    • 52 min
    Studying Public Policy Abroad, Hertie School in Berlin, Germany - Social Steps #02

    Studying Public Policy Abroad, Hertie School in Berlin, Germany - Social Steps #02

    This month I catch up with Vincent Ramos, a Filipino economist who decided to study public policy at the Hertie School in Berlin, one of the most prestigious schools of governance in the world. We talk about how to get into Hertie School, life as an international student in Berlin, the German culture shocks as a Filipino, and more.

    Host:


    Luiz Guilherme Natalio de Mello, host

    Guest:


    Vincent Jerald Ramos, Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and Bachelor of Science in Economics (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines Diliman

    For suggestions, comments and feedback you can email me at luizguilhermenm.socialsteps@gmail.com 

    Created and developed by: https://luizguilhermenmello.com/

    • 36 min
    Social Impact Professionals, Research Analyst in the United Kingdom - Social Steps #01

    Social Impact Professionals, Research Analyst in the United Kingdom - Social Steps #01

    How to develop a technology career with a political science degree? Why academic skills are so important to make positive change? 

    In this episode, we talk to Francisca Sassetti, a research analyst whose work is focused on migration, modern slavery, and technology. After arriving in the United Kingdom to pursue her master's degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Francisca ended up learning coding skills to work in tech to pay for her studies. Francisca's background in political science and technology inspired her to investigate tech for good in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

    Host:


    Luiz Guilherme Natalio de Mello, host

    Guest:


    Francisca Sassetti, PhD candidate at the Royal Holloway, University of London, MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the United Kingdom, and BSc in Political Science from the Institute of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Former Research Assistant at the United Nations University Institute in Macau in the Migrant Tech project

    Francisca's book and documentary recommendations:


    Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China 
    The True Cost

    For suggestions, comments and feedback you can email me at luizguilhermenm.socialsteps@gmail.com

    Created and developed by: https://luizguilhermenmello.com/

    • 44 min

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