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Student Profile - Geno Lopez Morales

What had you been doing prior to beginning your PG course at Schumacher College?

I have been working in the Spanish Business Confederation for Social Economy for almost three years. It is the umbrella organisation in Spain that support all cooperatives, social enterprises, mutualities, etc. at a national level. My work was mainly at European Level, trying to make impact in public policies to recognise Social Economy as an important agent of social change.

After that I worked for an NGO for almos four years, based in Madrid and focus in Angola and Mozambique , working with projects of different types, but mainly local governance. I spent the last  year in Angola. The NGO was supporting the local government and local NGOs to be strong actors in angolan civil society.

I spent some time in California learning permaculture and in Mexico supporting the Zapatista cause in indigenous communities.

What was it that made you want to take the programme?

Schumacher College is known worldwide as one of the transformative colleges in the world. As I have been working in social economy and “development” for almost eight years, I knew Schumacher would give me a wider and deeper view of the new economics perspective.

Describe your time at the College?

Schumacher is a great platform to meet people from all over the world. Latin America, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Europe have been represented this year in the College. This has given me the chance to know many people all around the world and understand deeper their cultures and points of view.

The teachers and other proffessors are amazing intelectuals all over the world that have given me alternative insights about the economy. The spiritual and community life in the college is also very important. The whole experience is amazing.

What do you plan to do?

One of the learnings in the college is “go outside and try to live in another way”.  Here, I have learn to have short term goals. I will focus on my dissertation project about alternative financing (community currencies, microcredits, community banks, etc) and how useful they are to create a different economy. It is very exciting!

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