Meet Cesar Alves Ferragi
It is such powerful feedback to see how educators and learning designers use, hack and adapt an open-source methodology you created. Cesar, utilizes learning arches to visualise his already huge creative potential and skill to design powerful new programmes. We are proud that he is a Kaospilot learning design alumni and how he epitomize and shares our kaospilot philosophy to make (existing) content exciting, meaningful and transformational personally, practically and professionally.
Tell us a bit about yourself
After having gone through a BA in tourism at USP (University of São Paulo) and a BA administration at FGV (Fundação Getulio Vargas), both in Brazil, prof. Idid my master’s and doctorate in Organizational Theory in Japan. There I earned my nickname: from Cesar, I was called Sezare, Sezare- san and, finally, Zare. The nickname has become almost an official name, also because of the meaning of another international experience I had in Ethiopia, whose name Zare means “today”. My international experience and connection with tourism led me to academic work: I managed the internationalization area at ESPM, a renowned Marketing School in São Paulo, where I also taught; traveled dozens of countries in academic research; taught in other countries, such as Holland and France; finally, I took a course at Koaspilot in Denmark and learned more about experiential teaching focused on entrepreneurship pedagogy design. It was there that I learned one of my pedagogical tools: the learning archs, a way of organizing and planning classes and pedagogical programs in a cadenced way and connected to other spaces, such as parallel programs and models of * lifelong learning. *
What are you doing in your professional life?
I teach entrepreneurship in the undergraduate course of tourism at UFSCar (Federal University of São Carlos) and coordinate a postgraduate degree in innovation, the Master in Business Innovation – MBI UFSCar, both in Brazil.
What is important for you in your job?
How and why are you collaborating with Kaospilot?
Simon is a great, generous and relentless soul. I was inspired by his approach connecting education, design and LIFE. (Maybe I already answered part of the question above).
What major learnings would you point out from your experience that have shaped you as a leader and/or a learner?
I consider diversity as an important aspect for innovation. I seek to improve the diversity policies of our postgraduate program, attracting a variety of participants who enrich the processes as mandated by the theory – people with different backgrounds solve problems differently, and when put together, they are much more innovative.
What would would be an example of a learning or an experience from your time at Kaospilot that has been important to you?
How powerful it is when we can work with Character, allowing the emerging future to materialize.
What is your biggest source for inspiration right now?
Inspired by John Dewey, Kurt Lewin, David Kolb, Paulo Freire, Otto Scharmer and Jacques Lacan, prof. Zare is always attentive to the change that begins in contact with the individual purpose of each student. This reflects, for example, in the organization of the MBA program, or rather, MBI, of innovation, in which the professor has started to act in recent years as coordinator: with an audience interested in innovation (in the professor’s words, “an egregore of restless people, enthusiastic innovation professionals who listen to the call to position themselves in the world “), the program has three modules – corporate innovation, innovation via startups and self-innovation, a module focused on self-knowledge, non-violent communication, individual transformation, etc.
What is a piece of advice that you would like to give future leaders and Kaospilot graduates?
Brazilian universities still have very strict rules, not allowing new approaches. I am guided to do differently: to bring students into inner listening efforts. My advice is to promote self-awareness in students. The result? In addition to undergraduate students understanding that entrepreneurship can be for everyone, the MBI program, with its 7 years of existence, already has 24 companies generated, in addition to 30% of students formally reporting changes within companies, or jobs, even before the course ends. With effort and result, I try to show that entrepreneurship is possible, and starts from the inside.