Maria Raquel Sousa

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Maria Raquel Sousa
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agroecologist/geographer/eco urbanist/eco constructer/researcher/teacher-trainer/student/eco (digital also) artist/philosopher/politician/ associative person /mom/friend/partner/whatever
Localities: Alenquer, Portugal, Carcavelos, Sintra
User ID: mariavaiconosoutros

About Person page

A person profile is the first step for you, as a potentially transformative change-maker, to participate in the Regenerative Knowledge Commons.

The main section contains:

  • a few required fields, such as brief description, user name, email, and associated localities;
  • a summary of key relations and description of practice are provided here as well;
  • optionally, there is the ability to display multiple images, any relevant links (websites, social media, other affiliations), a longer description of oneself, motivation for participating in RKC;

Other tabs contain:

  • and, Playlists & More section that provides a space to organize:
    • frequently used patterns and interventions
    • narratives about oneself,
    • and essence entries of this Person from any RKC participant.
Person Profile for Maria Raquel Sousa
i am a researcher currently doing my PhD in urban agriculture that also founded a cooperative in local development that does training (I am a certified trainer and a teacher having thaught at Lusofona University Lisbon and UCTRA) in local development and agroecology combining it with alternative therapies and art and projects. The last one is Nutrimovere- Bairros Saudaveis, also included in my research, where through urban agriculture, nutrition art and participative eco urbanism we tried to perceive the knowledge and needs of that inhabitants of social housing neighbourhoods and improve their condition and opportunities. trough eco constructions, vertical gardening and gardens, water management, alternative therapies such as using gardening and art together - theatre, music. ecodigital ar, design etc, coming from suggestions and actions of the participants. Since long time i am studying commons and communities and wanting to belong to an eco village.
Motivation: i been interested in associative experiences, co housing, comunities, eco living, commons, participative strategies and living as a personal interest and a professional one also. I visited several such as Tamera and tried to start a small ecovillage with my friends but the interested was low so i am now trying to be included in a eco village already thought by others. My dream of living in an ecovillage is becoming real!


Initiatives: -none-
Comm. of Practice: -none-
Comm. of Place: -none-


Status: I am a(n) existing practitioner. I consider myself in regularly regenerative practice (more than 50% my work).
Geographic reach: Locality, Bioregion, Translocally, via Online Platform
Area(s) of work: Bio-physical, Psycho-spiritual, Socio-cultural
Expression of purpose: Activism/advocacy;Creative/artistic activity;Communications and information sharing;Events: congresses, meetings, summits;Events: online;Events: public (open days, tours, work parties);Events: talks and seminars;Learning: courses, workshops, trainings;Learning: facilitation, coaching, mentoring, developmental resourcing;Learning: demonstration;Learning: hands-on activities;Learning: immersive experiences;Learning: long-term study;Learning: practice-based;Organizational and group processes;Networking;Productive activity (harvest, grow, make, sell, serve, move);Project development and delivery;Provision of commoning/community services;Provision of skilled services;Provision of virtual infrastructure;Research
Stakeholder type(s): Team, Local community, Extended/Virtual community, Wider public
More about my practice: Pratice of agroecology combined with eco construction, ecotourism deep ecology therapies in the project Sitio located at Sintra (see link) mixing gardening with other arts, working in a cooperative about commons also included in a level of research. Already explained partially in self presentation talking about the project Nutrimovere.
My Idea of regenerative: Regenerative means

Playlists & More


About Patterns Tab...

The Patterns tab allows for the compilation of a personal playlist of frequently-used Patterns--practices, processes, frameworks, tools, capacities, livelihoods and any other elements of transformative action.

There are four types of Pattern:

  • Design patterns: basic, singular patterns that can stand on their own;
  • Guiding patterns: paradigm-related patterns, that can create an identifying context for--that is, serve to group--design patterns;
  • Process patterns: an assemblage of multiple patters, that can be applied randomly or sequentially to form an intervention (often referred to as a pattern language);
  • Meta patterns: systemic level patterns, that enable cross-over between different Communities of Practice and their Patterns.

Note: Currently, there is only one Pattern entity in RKC, these distinctions will be built into this entity, until such time it becomes necessary to individuate.

Pattern is a generative field, in that a new entry can prompt the creation of a new Pattern page, using a red link.

Pattern can be nested, which means it can be connected to other patterns via multiple levels of organization. By using the Parent field, any Pattern can be connected to the next higher-order Pattern it belongs to.


About Interventions Tab...

The Interventions tab allows for the compilation of a personal playlist of frequently-used Interventions--unique instances of potentially transformative actions.

Interventions derived from Patterns, stand a better chance to be transformative. The aim is for our Interventions to be well-conceived, context-specific and consciously applied.

Intervention is a generative field, in that a new entry can prompt the creation of a new Intervention page, using a red link.


About Narratives Tab...

The Narratives tab enables Persons to create relevant narrative elements about themselves, such as stories, descriptions, past experiences, and happenings.

Narrative elements created from Maria Raquel Sousa:


About Essence Tab...

The Essence tab allows for anyone in RKC (including oneself) to comment on what makes you unique along three different dimensions:
  • Aliveness: What energizes this being that really makes it come alive, beyond the functional of everyday existence.
  • Offering: The unique value a being offers in order to bring a higher-order of viability and vitality to, or evolve a particular system they are working to transform (this is context specific).
  • Potential: A tendency in a being that it is continually striving to manifest into existence.

Over time, this feature can offer deeper insights to what each individual brings to this co-creative space...

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