Georgia Nicolau is a Brazilian activist and researcher in the fields of culture, arts, politics and citizen innovation. She is the co-founder and co-director at the Procomum Institute, an organization based on the concept of "the Common”. Procomum offers workshops and lectures and promotes discussions on themes related to the common, such as alternative economies, cultural network production, free culture, and technology.
Between 2013 and 2016, Georgia was the Director of Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Brazilian National Ministry of Culture and deputy secretary of Creative Economy and Cultural Policies. Georgia was one of the articulators of House of Digital Culture, where she coordinated the research and interviews of the multimedia project Cultural Production in Brazil. She also served as coordinator of communication for the CulturaDigital.Br Festival in Rio de Janeiro and the PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam.
In 2013, as a fellow of the Alexander Rave Foundation, Georgia was part of the innovation team at the largest art and technology festival in Germany, the transmediale. Since 2013, she is part of the Global Innovation Gathering network, bringing together innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world, with a focus on the global South. In 2017 Georgia was selected as a global cultural leader by the European Union.
This conversation with Georgia expanded my cultural consciousness about how our global societies can interact effectively and with greater empowerment—and love. I think you’ll find her observations thought-provoking and inspiring.