Every week you will find an interview here. To begin this series, we have invited the thinker and writer João Roberto de Araújo. In his seventies, this daring visionary is seeking the global expansion of his experience as a social emotional educator.


He is the founder of 50-50 SEL Solutions which has the ambitious objective of reaching at least 50% of the world population with the foundations of Social Emotional Learning by 2050. This will only be possible with the participation of a network of complementary agents, with the intention of “being the bridge” between the many needs and possible responses. Teresa Magalhães, a writer and literature professor, was invited to interview him.

Teresa – Many people live on the margins of society, without support and without shelter. What is ethics and how does the notion of ethics relate with the reality of the people who are miserable and living on the streets? João Roberto – The Greek world created the ethos. The Greek poets used this word […]

Teresa – How do you define structural violence? Could you illustrate this concept? João Roberto – Structural violence results from a mechanism used by several forms of power that neglects and limits the access of part of the population to the basic rights to a have dignified life, which leads to social exclusion and can […]

Teresa – Violence is greater today than yesterday? João Roberto – The planet is filled with communication networks. Television, mobile phones and the internet provide us with information, especially with the sensationalist appeal of violence, which has transformed into the essential raw material of the media. We are submitted to a condition of spectators in […]

Teresa – Linear thinking on the complexity of the phenomena founded theories such as the positivism of Augusto Comte who did not value subjectivity and human imagination. How do you see the relationship of linear thinking with the production of violence? João Roberto– Subjectivity and imagination are the basis of everything. From subjectivity and imagination […]

Teresa – What are the roots of violence? João Roberto – Whentalking about the roots of violence, we should observe the complexity of the movements of our mind, which houses our thoughts and emotions. Our daily life is marked by emotional movements and we can easily distinguish two well-known feelings. The first is that of […]

Teresa – What is the importance of Mahatma Gandhi in the context of the construction of peace? João Roberto – Mahatma Gandhi believed in simple things like love your neighbor as you love yourself, which is a proverb responsible for significant changes in the human trajectory. The history of the independence of India, which lived […]

Jean-Paul Sartre – Existentialism Teresa – Considering the human condition, peaceful behavior and violent behavior are observed. Can it be argued that there are some humans beings predisposed to good and others to evil? João Roberto – Let us reflect on the human condition. From the point of view of science, man is simultaneously a […]

It is well-known that a long time ago you developed the work of Education for Peace, which is one of the pioneering actions worldwide in the creation of pedagogical material for Social Emotional Learning (SEL). What supported you in your struggle?

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