The Role of Universities in Developing a Sustainable Economic Model Based on Solidarity
International Journal of Sustainable and Green Energy
Volume 4, Issue 2, March 2015, Pages: 22-29
Received: Jan. 15, 2015; Accepted: Feb. 8, 2015; Published: Feb. 28, 2015
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Matarazzo-Neuberger Waverli Maia, Sustainability Center at the Methodist University of São Paulo, Methodist University, São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
Alves Luiz Roberto, Sustainability Center at the Methodist University of São Paulo, Methodist University, São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
Bernardes Marco Aurélio, Sustainability Center at the Methodist University of São Paulo, Methodist University, São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
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Abstract
The Methodist University of São Paulo, a confessional institution with three campuses in São Bernardo do Campo, in the São Paulo Metropolitan Region, which has 1,600 employees and 25,000 undergraduate students and postgraduate students, adopted in 2008 Sustainability as a transversal theme in its Institutional Educational Project. In 2009, started the Methodist Sustainable Program with the goal to mainstream sustainability in all undergraduate programs, in a co-creative process that included staff, professors and directors. Theory U and other similar methodologies were used in order to connect with new perspectives and attitudes that could arouse a co-creation field and a process able to reveal the connections of all expertises and knowledge produced with the sustainability area. The expectation is that this methodology continues to expand, involving university sectors and participants and oriented by educational purposes, research and community outreach. The expansion of the program led to the development of Actions Research Projects as reported in the present work, designed to consolidate a network of regional solidarity economy. The experiment enrolled 12 professors and lecturers, 20 students and 11 social enterprises linked with Solidarity Economy Network of the populous neighborhood of Montanhão in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. The development of the project and the results accomplished created concrete actions of the University that benefit peripheral areas of the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo and could be used for promoting emergence and organization of individual and collective enterprises in other six nearby cities, that together with São Bernardo do Campo forms the Great ABC region, home to 2,500,000 inhabitants. Collective training of entrepreneurs in technology, human reasoning and political citizenship in the urban world were the axis of project. The results obtained can engage other groups and nearby cities, strengthening the social consciousness and regional identity.
Keywords
Solidarity Economy, Regional Identify, Theory U, Peripheral Areas, Education for Sustainability
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Matarazzo-Neuberger Waverli Maia, Alves Luiz Roberto, Bernardes Marco Aurélio, The Role of Universities in Developing a Sustainable Economic Model Based on Solidarity, International Journal of Sustainable and Green Energy. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2015, pp. 22-29. doi: 10.11648/j.ijrse.20150402.11
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