I ran into Herberto in an event organized by a mutual friend. He was shooting some photos, but it was another thing that grabbed my attention — he seemed fully present in the moment and fully absorbing the world around him. It was my clue.

I started talking with him, and we quickly realized that we both liked to help young people. I don’t remember how much time it took, but soon, through him and a friend who shoots videos of hip hop groups, I was discovering that Lisbon, the city where I was born and raised, had many more…

Fateme’s bio reads: a global business strategist, a poet, and a chemist, but I would add a lot more to her short bio with no effort, and we only met a couple of times.

Born from an Italian mother and an Iranian father, Fateme was multicultural from the get-go, but her life path would radically accentuate that reality. She has lived in 10 different countries on three different continents, and if you meet her, you’ll feel all this diversity included in a single human being.

In essence, Fateme is a polymath — one that doesn’t fit into society’s normative boxes…

Illustration: João Casaca

“Education is something that is done to you. Learning is something you do for yourself.”
— Joi Ito

We don’t have many straight lines anymore in this wicked world we live in. Uncertainty has certainly come to stay, and we all need to get used to it.

When it comes to learning, this context has a double meaning; on one side, the learning journey is not linear anymore, and on the other, it’s the key to continuously adapting to this ever-changing world.

Back in the day, if you lived in a wealthy country (and if you were part of a…

When I had the idea to create the reinvention.space project, Inês was one of the first people I asked for feedback. Why? She balances a sharp mind with an even sharper way to give “tough love” feedback. It’s handled with care but straight to the point and without sugar-coating.

It’s not rare to cross paths with people that Inês has inspired to create positive change. The impact of her projects is by itself astonishing for someone in their early thirties, and some of them generate ripples that contribute to systemic changes.

The Portuguese Women in Tech (PWIT) project is living…

Whenever I think about Nicholas I immediately “label” him in my head as my happy French friend. Every time we are together, I feel good about life.

Nicholas flows through life with kindness and an open heart in a very particular way. There is always something new to learn from him, both at the rational and emotional level.

Being the “experience guy” for many of my friends, some of them ask me about the best experiences I’ve had in life. I say, “the ones that stopped time”. Nicholas is a wizard who spontaneously “creates” those moments, like the one below.

After reading Chris’s answers to this interview, I thought it would be quite a challenge to write its introduction. On top of that, Chris dared me to pick her last answer as a prompt…

“If gravity is just a theory and the center of the earth is made of strawberry jam, how would that change the way you live your life?”

Strangely or not, that prompt made my mission a lot easier. Over the last year or so, I’ve had the privilege of crossing paths with people who turned my world upside down, like Chris, and created a sense of…

Illustration: João Casaca

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
— Socrates

In an uncertain world, full of complex problems, we need to constantly question what surrounds us. And you know what? There’s a method for that. It serves both seasoned critical thinkers as well as newbies, or any curious mind. It’s something pretty recent; its creator, Socrates, only died 2419 years ago…

Socrates lived in Athens, but he was far away from fitting the status quo. Where others had answers, he had questions.

While wandering through Athens’ streets, Socrates questioned people about their beliefs — and unsettled some of them by doing…

Illustration: Matilde Horta

“The challenge we all face is how to maintain the benefits of breadth, diverse experience, interdisciplinary thinking, and delayed concentration in a world that increasingly incentivizes, even demands, hyperspecialization.”
— David Epstein

You know the saying, “Jack of all trades, master of none”. What you (probably) don’t know is that the full phrase goes like this: “Jack of all trades, master of none is often times better than a master of one.” And it’s more true now than ever…

Although new takes on learning are popping up every day, the centuries-old outdated education system is still prevalent — and it…

Illustration: Matilde Horta

Why learning how to learn?

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
— Alvin Toffler

Everybody is talking about the skills you should learn, but the truth is that nobody can be sure about it.

We live in a complex society, full of wicked problems to tackle in a non-linear way. More than any specific skill, we’ll need to adapt, to reinvent ourselves, continuously.

In this environment, constant learning is the key. Yet, most people ignore that there are proven ways to improve exponentially their learning process.

The thing…

Illustrations: Matilde Horta

The name and the thing

“It is hardly possible to overrate the value… of placing human beings in contact with persons dissimilar to themselves, with modes of thought and action unlike those with which they are familiar.”
— John Stuart Mill

Designers love to coin new terms, especially when it comes to design approaches and processes. Either because they really feel the need for it or because they want to promote something we all have been doing for decades as the last coca-cola in the desert.

Collaborative processes are no exception — participatory design, co-design, cooperative design, or even collaborative design. It is not easy…

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Digital Products and Services, Systems, Workflows, and Learning Journeys.

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