UNITERRA STAFF

Uniterra is made up of a team of professionals who are
committed to change on a cultural, social and ecological level.
They are experienced in the fields of education, community
resilience, ecological sustainability and economic sovereignty.

ÀNGELS CANADELL

Doctor of Philosophy (UB) Angels has been a professor in the Education Faculty at the UB; in the Unesco chair for Sustainability at the UPC; and also taught in the Architecture Faculty at the UdG, introducing world vision to technical studies. She has participated in various Masters programmes concerned with inter-religious dialogue (at the UAB and URV). Her area of research is the change of cosmovision and how that is reflected in the transformation of the educational paradigm, the culture of sustainability and intercultural dialogue. She is president and cofounder of the association of Filosofía de la Tierra y de las Culturas (2003) from where she explores the transformative potential of knowledge understood as wisdom and as a practice.

ÒSCAR GUSSINYER

Designer in Resilience and Regenerative systems, he holds a degree in Environmental Sciences (FDU), a postgrad in non-violence (UAB), a Masters in Sustainablity from the Unesco chair (UP), a postgrad in Design for Sustainability with Gaia Education (UOC) and an International Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. Founder and member of the Mas Franch Cooperative “centre for social and ecological transformation,” 33coop “design of sustainable human ecosystems” and the Iberian network of permaculture. He has taught and designed courses on sustainability and systems. Founding member of the cooperative, Resilience Earth. He is widely experienced in social organisation, systemic analysis, applied sustainability and non-violence.

ÈRICA ZÁRATE

Is qualified in Environmental Science (B.Sc.) and International Cooperation,(B.A) Adult Education (Masters) and Indigenous Education (teaching diploma). She has worked with indigenous communities and for women’s rights. She is part of the governing board of Peace Brigades International, and is a founding member of the Resilience Earth cooperative. She is member of the International Association of Facilitation (IAF) and of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEA).

ANNA VILASECA

Is qualified in Modern and Contemporary History (B.A.) and in Psychology (B.Sc) from the University of Barcelona. She is a psychomotricity therapist with the Escuela de Expresión y Psicomotricidad de Barcelona and also trained in psychoanalysis. She is currently coordinator and psychotherapist in “Drapaires d’Emmaús”, Sabadell, working with homeless people. Also psychotherapist in the Fundación Ferran Angulo, Barcelona.
After 30 years practicing psychotherapy her principal concern is that mind and body should be situated at the centre of life.

MAYA KUMAR

Maya Kumar Mitchell graduated in philosophy and environmental philosophy. She has worked for a variety of Environmental educational projects including Resurgence magazine (UK) and International Society for Ecology and Culture (UK. Maya works with dance and movement as a way of becoming more deeply aware of inner self.

Visiting teachers

ULISES

Facilitator and educator in issues related to social sustainability. Graduated in Mathematics and Philosophy. International Post grad. in Conflict Resolution and founder of Path of the Elder. Member of the International Institute of Facilitation and Change (IIFACE) and of Gaia Education, where he coordinates the postgraduate course in Design for Sustainability.

ANTONIO SCOTTI

Antonio Scotti is a Permaculture designer, educator and author. He has a diploma in Applied Permaculture in 2012 (Italian Academy of Permaculture). Cofounder of the Iberian Permaculture Network, and also of the association “Cambium Permacultura en Formacion”.
He is currently professor for the Masters course on Gaia Education Design for Sustainability (UOC); founding member of the association for responsible consumption, L’Aixada, and for Barcelona in Transition, the first transition hub in a Spanish state.

ANNA PUJOL

Graduated in Environmental sciences from UAB in 2005. Master in Sustainability from the Unesco chair, Polytechnic University of Terrassa: “Education for Sustainability” and “State of the World”. Since 2005 she has been working with social education in Catalonia and Latin America, combining her professional work with social education in marginalised and high-risk groups (especially young people and those with mental health issues) and research and training regarding group management. Currently she works with group facilitation, and especially conflict resolution under the paradigm of process work with the Cràcata association.

JOZO NOVAK

Mindfullness facilitator from the Engaged Mindfulness Institute USA, trained in dialogue circles at the Centre for Council. Member of the international community of Zen Peacemakers, he has participated and organised Bearing Witness retreats in Aushwitz, Bosnia, and South Dakota with American Indians, as well as street retreats. His focus is the integration of neuroscience and meditation, for a practice that is rooted, committed and connected with the body in constant renewal, creativity and experimentation.

ARCADI OLIVERES

Dr of Economics and professor of Applied Economics at the UAB. Ex-president of Justice and Peace, he is the president of the International University of Peace foundation and member of the Catalan Society for Economics and of the ATTAC. Currently he is one of the visible faces of the Procés Constituent and was a spokesperson and active participant of the movement 15M. With Angle Editions he has published 4 books; Contra la fam i la guerra, Un altre món, El meu camí cap a la utopia, Aturem la crisi i Diguem prou! He is the protoganist of a documentary Mai és tan fosc (It’s never too dark), (2014).

LLUÍS PLANAS

Founding patron of the Vidabona foundation and initiator at the l’Alberg Centre d’Activitats El Negre. Both work to disseminate the knowledge and experience of philosophical legends and spiritual transformers such as Lluís Maria Xirinacs and Gandhi. He is promotor and guide on the Vidabona path, an inititation walk around the myths of the Ripolls surroundings. Lluís Planas explores new paths of innovation in participative democracy and spirituality in practice. He has facilitated process, and workshops on dialogue and consensus, citizen participation, global thinking, non-violence and fulfilment both individual and collective.

NÚRIA GAGO

Yoga teacher, dancer, relflexologist, trained in nutrition and design for sustainability. Her great passion and interest is knowing how to make optimum use of the body in our experience of life. This has taken her to different disciplines including, yoga, taoism, shamanism, 5 rhythms, Integral dance, Creative, Africana, Oriental, Katsugen and Authentic movement. From her practice and life experience “Inhabiting the Body” was created, an experiential practice where space is given to listen to the body’s wisdom, from a base of innocence, curiosity and respect, and where breathing is the basic axis which enables movement.

ALBA TEIXIDOR

Formada com a il·lustradora i dissenyadora gràfica a l’escola Massana i a l’escola Elisava, respectivament, treballa com a freelance en projectes diversos, on l’interès comú són les persones i busquen contribuïr per viure en un món més humà.
Trained as an illustrator and graphic designer at Massana art college and Elisava art college, she works freelance on diverse projects, whose common denominator is people who wish to contribute and live in a more human world. Her interest in education has brought her in contact with pioneering projects in Asia and South America. Hence her collaboration with social and educational projects such as Uniterra. www.albateixidor.com

JAUME BOTEY

Activist and master. Graduate in Theology, Doctor in Anthropology and Philosophy, he was professor of History of Culture and Social Movements from 1975 to 2015 in the UAB. He was the spirit of Stop the War platform, a Christian committed to interreligious dialogue, and member of the Centre of Studies for Christianity and Justice. He was president of the 21st Century Christianity association, and of the Casa de Solidaridad and the Olivera cooperative, project for social and ecological integration of persons with different capacities. The last Elder, inspiration and example also for Uniterra, he will continue to accompany us from the invisible side of reality.

Martí Olivella

He was part of the first group of Consciencious Obejectors to military service (1975-1977). Since then he has dedicated his life to the promotion of non-violence and to social innovation in diverse associations such as Nova, where he is director, International University of Peace, in San Cugat, and the Josep Vidal Llecha Association. Previously he worked at Joan Bardina Centre for Studies, and at EcoConcern.
Graduated in Communications, he is the author of The Power of Money: Monetica, factor of Political Change.” He was also an initiator of Fòrum Català for Rethinking Society, animator at Aliança, for a responsible world, and assessor at Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona 2004.

Álvaro Porro

Since 2015 he directs the area of local socio-economic development for Barcelona Activa (Barcelona City Council). He created Estarter, an initiative for group-entrepreneurship affiliated to the Institut de Govern i Polítiques Públiques (IGOP) in the University Autonoma de Barcelona. He is an activist in various areas such as sustainable consumerism, social economy and the process of participation, coordinator of the research project, Consume and Change global 2020-20-50 in the Fundació de la Universitat Complutense, Madrid. He founded the magazine, Opcions, specialised in consumption and lifestyle transformationActivista en diverses àrees com ara el consum sostenible, l'economia social i els processos de participació, va coordinar el projecte de recerca Consum i Canvi Global 2020-2050 de la Fundació de la Universitat Complutense de Madrid. Va fundar la revista OPCIONS, especialitzada en el consum i estils de vida transformadores.

PEREJAUME

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COUNCIL OF ELDERS

The Elders are people who are dedicated to both personal and collective transformation, and whose journey, work and moral authority have made them mentors for new generations. They support, understand and tend to the maturing of this project on a personal and group level.

RAÚL FORNET-BETANCOURT

To be intercultural means to
renounce the extension of
one’s own opinions. The
universal is not conquered
by extending outwards, it is
conquered by intensity.

SATISH KUMAR

Unless we are able to close
the gap between science
and spirituality and develop
a holistic view of life, peace
will remain a distant dream.

DAVID LOY

Human beings are
the Earth’s way to be
conscious of herself.

XAVIER MELLONI

Silence is not the absence
of sound, but rather
the absence of ego.

ARCADI OLIVERES

The world is interpreted,
not an objective reality.
Hence a reinterpretation
is needed for true social
transformation.

JOAN SUBIRATS

It’s equally important to
reinforce an individual’s
apacity to be autonomous
as it is to recognise that
the whole world is
interdependent.

RICHARD WADE

Permaculture is not
only about redesigning
agriculture, it’s also about
redesigning society.

JOSÉ ZÁRATE

According to prophecy,
the day the eagle and the
condor meet, humanity will
live in peace and harmony.

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