Adam Newman is dedicated to cultivating sustainable ecosystems of innovation and entrepreneurship in low-income communities throughout the world. I am a global citizen and as such sees his role to be a bridge-builder that connects complementary ecosystems, Scarcity –> Abundance, Students –> Teachers, Hate–> Love. After studying Business Entrepreneurship in the United States he made the bold move to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil… a country he had never been to, a language I didn’t speak, a land where I didn’t know anyone. 7 years later, 4 failed businesses, and an infinite amount of learning experiences Adam finds himself living in the favela community of Vidigal working to build a social impact tourism company Favela Experience and cultivate hubs of social innovation through his non-profit, Favela Inc. His goal is to create and support ecosystems of innovation within favelas, connected to city-wide, national and international-level networks of resources, expertise, and opportunities. You can find Adam in a waterfall, at the top of a mountain at the beach, or studying plant medicine, holistic healing, and shamanism.
The community in Yawarani have set out to immortalize their culture in film and virtual reality to create documentaries to educate their youth, as well as broadcast their beautiful, sustainable lifestyle to the outside world. Throughout the creation of this piece, we hosted workshops in Yawarani to teach indigenous creators all stages of the VR and film production process, including the screenwriting, camera operation, scene design, post production and editing. The end result is a virtual reality film made by indigenous creators to preserve and share their culture.