"Change the life one person and you will have changed the world."
Father of Lucca and Thomas and husband of Ana Lucia.
Professor at the Design Department and Design Post-graduate Program, Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), in the city of Curitiba, Brazil. Since 2003 he is the coordinator of the Design & Sustainability Research Center at UFPR.
Car Mechanic Technician – (SENAI/PR, 1984-1986), Civil Engineer (UFPR, 1988 – 1992); MSc on Civil Engineering (UFRGS, 1993 - 1995); PhD on Operations Management - University of Salford, England (1996 – 1999); Post-doctored on Sustainable Design – Politecnico di Milano (2008/ feb-2009).
Main research interests:
Sustainable design (focus on solutions for low-income families and on product-service systems) and Lean Production (reduction of waste and increase of value in production).
Editorial, referee and ad-hoc activities:
Editorial, referee and ad-hoc activities on journals such as Ambiente Construído (São Paulo), Construction Management & Economics, Design em Foco, Estudos em Design, Product (IGDP), Journal of Disaster Resilience on the Built Environment and Journal of Construction on Developing Countries. At CNPq (Brazilian Funding Agency) he has coordinated the high committee on Design. He is on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Maker Project (2013-2016), sponsored by the European Community.
Previous and ongoing projects:
His recent projects include: Leapfrogging the low-income consumer on energy and water consumption (funded by FINEP/CNPq) (2008-2013); product-service system for rainwater harvesting on low-income houses (funded by CNPq/Tigre – 2009-2011); Kits do-it-yourself for low income housing (funded by FINEP/CNPq - 2005–2008): Methodology for designing sustainable products for the electronics sector (funded by CNPq - 2004–2007); Methodology for designing sustainable products on cardboard (funded by Embrart/CNPq - 2004–2007); Methodology for designing sustainable products made of marble/granit (funded by TECPAR - 2002–2004); 1.0 House Project (funded by CITPAR – 2002-2003).
Research productivity scholarship (CNPq) since 2003; Academic Merit – UFPR – 2009; CAPES-Emerald Award (research project) - 2009; highly Commended Award (paper), Literati Club - Emerald (England) (2002); Visiting Scholar Placement, Glasgow Caledonian University - 2001; Research Fellowship, Salford University – 1999.
Organization of scientific events:
He has been the Chair of the 7th Brazilian Congress on Design Research & Development (2006); 1st International Symposium on Sustainable Design (Curitiba - 2007); 2nd International Symposium on Sustainable Design (São Paulo – 2009) and the 1st Symposium Paranaense de Design Sustentável.
He has been the external evaluator for the European Community on the Learning Network on Sustainability, a project coordinated by Politecnico di Milano along with 6 other universities of Asia and Europe. He has champion the the cooperation agreements between UFPR and Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Köln International School of Design (Germany) and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa).
Our home is where we feel safer. NETIncome consists of a Network of Income Generation Modules that enables women to work from their own home. It consists of physical modules easy to attach to low income houses, with properly designed working spaces.
I read the Om´s idea for transforming the situation of women in an area of Kathmandu. One particular aspect of that idea would be interesting to borrow to the NETIncome Idea: bringing women to share their knowledge, their stories. The NETIncome System does include training activities in order to enable women to add further value on their income generating activities. Inspired by Om´s idea we believe that we could integrate on the system a communication platform that enable women to share their experiences and stories. Even on the lown income families women is already used to web-based social networks (e.g. facebook). Thus, one possible scenario is a communication platform associated with the network of modules. This communication platform might require a communication device implemented in each module, enabling them to communicate in real time with other owners of NETIncome modules on the same region.
Regarding the steps to move forward with the envisioned idea we would need definetly to:
a) map the existing technical competenciess among women on the pilot community;
b) map potencial demands for orders on services and products on the same region;
c) to design a prototype of the NETIncome module: it has to consider the range of technical competencies required by the companies in the region and, also the range of existing competencies among women;
d) to design the services associated with the NETIncome modules;
d) to scale up the production of the NETIncome modules: this phase involves setting up a platform of communication to be added on the infrastructure of the NETIncome Modules..
The proposition consists of a Product-Service Sytem (PSS) that includes both the physical module, with a properly designed working space, and the services to enable income generation which includes training, communication, logistics and module maintenance. Hence, this PSS could be sold both a aervice directly to women or through companies, NGOs and government. It would specially be beneficial to those initiatives in the government to generate local employment among women. Orders from government, industry and society in general are agregated and distributed throughout the local network of NETIncome modules, enabling that even those women without the possibility of leaving their homes (e.g.: disability) to be able to get some extra income.
This is just a concept at this stage. I have discussed the idea with partners from industry, NGOs and government. The feedback has been quite positive. We also investigated if there is similar system elsewhere in the globe. We saw some ideas on working space modules, but none of them were directed to work as an interconnected net of modules on low income settings.
We have been working at the Design & Sustainability Research Center with low income families in the past 20 years in Brazil and this idea comes from the realization that despite that the majority of women do some income generation activity inside of their homes, that work is under valued. Due to that, they have to find jobs outside of their community. It is clear for us that solely providing physical modules for better working spaces will not solve the problem. We definetly need to design the services associated with that as well as co-designing it with the community throughout the entire process. We have already a low income community nearby Curitiba that are ready to be the pilot application of this concept.