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My education is multidisciplinary: it started with an undergraduation in Psychology (Brazil), went on with my graduation as Ergonomist (France) and later on with a PhD in Public Health (Brazil). For ten years I have had an academic position as a professor, researcher and advisor at the Faculty of Public Health of the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

I have developed passion and expertise doing academic and private researches, consultancy work; being part of government committees; and chairing study groups for Brazilian standards related to social development.

My online advocacy is a relevant part of my daily life and as an online citizen. I moderate or manage several networking groups, mainly focusing on fair trade, eInclusion and universal design.

In these areas, I do believe I know quite well the needs, challenges, stakeholders and (some of the) best practises in policy design and implementation, in public, private and third sector stakeholder engagement - particularly in the Southeast region of Brazil.

Welll..., that´s for the official and published bio!

The personal and affective path seems hard to summarize and post in a dozen lines, but I will try! I started my career working with juv youth starting their first jobs in a public service; I moved on to working as a psychologist in a multidisciplinary team dealing with teenagers (ages 14-18) living in public institution due to minor felonies, some arrests and alike. These were very tiring and challenging times..., that gave me long-lasting experience and learning about how to implement well technical proposals, the challenges of team work, public policies regarding social welfare, social development, public safety, public administration. The next job was as a trainer of in-company courses focusing on health and safety at work. Very disappointed and shocked with the working conditions and enterprises´ policies about them, I refused to accept that reality as a not-changing one and looked for qualification abroad - as an Ergonomist. A few decades later, that move still marks my life and my career. In spite of great barriers (foreign language; living on a scholarship and abroad) it proved a game-changing step: where I learned I could and how to change existing conditions into better ones.

Since then I am a strong believer that one can choose better ways of doing one´s job, improve one´s life and career, and make a difference! No matter the size of it. It is not easy, that´s sure. But it is rewarding and inspiring. And, sometimes, we cannot but follow this path... And insist on it! More than schools, daily, long-life learning is a must. Joining efforts and gathering strenght from others´ experiences is a major breakthrough.

Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Your Journey and Vision.

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Dear frontierswoman, I am glad to have known you and your works here at WP. While yo might have found it difficult to write down your personal story, in the end as readers we are able to see how the two aspects of your life, the professional and personal, are intertwined, and the synthesis is a lovely fabric. I am specifically awed by your facility in moving into virtual spaces.

Blessings, libudsuroy

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

Your work is remarkable and I can only hope that you continue it for many years. I agree WP has given all of us an opportunity to contribute in one way or another. Your story is very similar to mine and when I read your story, I thought about myself. What I like about you is that you are very sincere in all your efforts. Thank you!

Kind Regards, Bina Patel hc Mediate, LLC www.hcmediate.com

Hello Ana Isabel,

Thank you so much for sharing. It is great to hear your personal story and I am so happy that you were brave enough to follow your own path. I would have also loved to hear how you found out about WorldPulse and why you chose to join this online community/how being a part of this program fits with your personal vision for the future. You are a wonderful writer.

Keep following your own path! :) Mila

I do not remember where I found out about WP... but is has been worthwhile to be here! As I have an online advocacy in several areas, I believed this platform could be another one. Also, the first step was an online course that has been very interesting to attend. The texts, approaches and topics are very, very good! In short, the whole idea of WP is innovative and exciting.

Kindest regards,

Ana Isabel

anaparaguay@gmail.com

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You bring a wealth of experience to your writing. I enjoyed reading your submission. I'd like to hear more about what you are doing now and what you imagine for the future. I also once worked in a residential facility for troubled adolescent girls. I think about those kids often. (They are not kids any longer!)I loved your summary at the end of your piece: No matter the size of it It is not easy, that´s sure. But it is rewarding and inspiring. And, sometimes, we cannot but follow this path... And insist on it! More than schools, daily, long-life learning is a must. Joining efforts and gathering strenght from others´ experiences is a major breakthrough.

Keep writing and posting. I look forward to hearing more from you!