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Hey there! My name is Jordi Jurado and I’ll be your curator this week.

I was born in Barcelona city in 1986, but soon moved out to Castelldefels, in the outskirts of the Catalan capital. I grew up there, studied telecommunications engineering and in 2011 I went on Erasmus to France where I stayed one year. Right after that I went to Romania to work, and exactly two years ago, I decided to leave everything behind and start a travel around the world that should take me about six or twelve months.

But as I’m writing this, I have to say that I couldn’t stop. Currently, after having been to more than 20 new countries for me, I find myself non-stop traveling the world while I write a travel blog called ‘Where You Now, Jordi?‘ and while I post my best shots on Instagram.

Last year I also started a new photography project that I’m launching now. It’s called Smile4Us and I share it with my partner, Eugenia, who has been traveling with me most of the time. We started thinking about this project when being in countries way poorer than western ones, we could see people smiling and facing life with much more positivism than we usually do. So we started capturing these moments so everybody could see beautiful smiles coming from all over the world. You can find the galleries here.

Right now I’m back in Europe because three months ago my first niece was born and I definitely had to be here! So lately I’ve been enjoying some quality time with my family and friends, and  I’ve been rediscovering the old continent while, of course, I plan the next trip, which is going to be in the end of this month and I’ll be going to Iran. And, of course, I invite you all to follow the adventure!

This week I will be tweeting about trips both inside and outside of Catalonia, photography and a bit of my daily life.

You will find me not only on my blog and Instagram account, but also on Facebook and Twitter as @whereUnowjordi.

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Hello, and welcome to my week on @CatalanVoices. It’s going to be a typical week in the life of a Scottish fifty-something man living between the countryside and the city, between Catalonia and Scotland, between rain and sun, laughter and tears, work and play.

Here’s the basics; I’m a fifty-something man, born in Glasgow, Scotland. I live in an old Catalan farmhouse – a ‘masia’ – that my partner and I have restored with the help of our friendly builder, with four donkeys, six Ripollesa sheep, dogs, chickens and bees. I work as a consultant and researcher in philanthropy and fundraising, with www.pallapupas.org, the Catalan hospital clown organisation, with www.factary.com, and as a teacher at the University of Barcelona, where I give part of the postgraduate certificate in fundraising (http://www.ubsce.ub.edu/es/postgrado/postgrado-captacion-fondos-fundraising.html).

I write and blog about Catalonia, Scotland and philanthropy. My latest book, “How Philanthropy is Changing in Europe” was published last month by Policy Press (http://policypress.co.uk/how-philanthropy-is-changing-in-europe). My blog on farming life is at http://croftingcatalunya.blogspot.com.es/, and on Scotland and politics at http://serosedseriocat.blogspot.com.es/.

I’m going to touch on some of the hot topics of the day – including the ironies of being Scottish, in Catalonia, during the Brexit debate – as well as the normal, warm, welcoming world of life here.

 

 

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I am Aureli Soria-Frisch (@aurelisofr), an applied researcher in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) passionate about bringing AI to the real-world, specially in the fields of neuroscience, health and neurotechnology. I have been working for 25 years at research institutions, academia, and industry. My personal interests include as well politics, social movements, psychology, and education. I am married and father of 2 kids, who I enjoy to accompany in their growing.

I was born and grown up in Barcelona, though I lived in Berlin for 11 years. So I feel myself coming from both cities. I used to play basketball and was basketball coach for more than 8 years. I studied Electrical Engineering degree at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia– UPC (1995), and received a PhD (2004) in Engineering Sciences from the Technical University in Berlin. After completing my doctoral studies I decided to move back to Barcelona. After working at the Pompeu Fabra University as Visiting Professor for a while, I decided to change to the private sector. I currently work as R&D Manager at the SME company Starlab Barcelona (http://www.starlab.es/), which develops Space Technologies and Neurotechnology devices and applications.

I am involved in Les Trementinaires de Vallcarca (https://trementinaires.wordpress.com/), a consumer organization, which targets to establish a direct relationship with food producers, to grow local self-organization and civic network, and to fight for Food Sovereignty. Besides this activity I am very interested in politics, although I have not managed yet to get actively involved in any particular movement. One of my further interests is education and all types of pedagogic currents that pledge for a renovation on how we educate our children and youth.

I am very happy to serve @CatalanVoices and hope you will enjoy my tweets this week.

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Hi everyone! My name is Marina Falco (@mbfalco) and I will be the Catalan Voices curator for this week.  I currently just moved to the lively and beautiful city of Barcelona after many years abroad. I was born and grew up in the Valles region although my family comes from all over Catalonia, from the fruit fields region of Lleida to the stunning coastline of the Costa Brava. Now, thanks to my husband, I have also added some Britishness to the family!

I have lived in 8 different countries all over the world and amongst many other things I consider myself a Londoner, where I lived for almost a decade and where I directed the Catalan Expat House in the United Kingdom, CatalansUK

As you might imagine my sense of identity is quite mixed up by now! This brought me to have a strong interest about intercultural communications and a real passion for getting people from diverse backgrounds to find common ground and understanding. Currently I make a living mainly in business diplomacy, advising and training international executives on the cultural and communications patterns they should be aware of when travelling or/and working in different countries.

This week I’ll be offering a glimpse of it all! But I will also put a special focus on the intricacies of Catalan culture, topic in which I did my Master’s dissertation at the Birkbeck University of London.

I look forward to reading your opinions and observations on the different topics I’ll bring up this week!

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My name is Artur Coll, @ArturColl on twitter, I was born in Barcelona almost 50 years ago, and I’m very proud to be the curator of @CatalanVoices this week.

I am Primary School Teacher and Computer Engineer. I work as a technical teacher assistant at Departament d’Ensenyament (the Ministry of Education of Catalonia).

I’m interested in the use of computer coding and educational robotics as tools for children to learn, in the sense of learning skills such as structuring ideas, learning strategies for solving problems, working in teams collaborating…

In this way, I am a Spanish Ambassador to the European Code Week (@CodeWeekEU – #codeEU), a grass-roots movement (with the support of the European Comission) that celebrates creating with code; and a National Coordinator for Spain to the European Robotics Week (#ERW2016), with the idea of bring robotics research and development closer to the public. Finally I belong to a community of parents called Vailets HackLab (@VailetsHackLab) whose main goal is children could be co-creators of their own future using technology, they can be digital creators, not only consumers.

In my spare time I do several activities. I belong, with my daughter, to Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia (@cvg_cat) where we build human towers (castells), a Catalan tradition included in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2010.

I like walking in the countryside. I share this passion with my wife, and some years ago we discovered Orienteering. Now it’s an activity I practice with my whole family, where we have to find several control points as quick as possible, using a topographical map and a compass. The FCOC is the federation for this kind of competition in Catalonia.

In the same way, I love travelling with my family, and discover new countries, new scenarios and new people as often as we can.

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Hello, dear friends of @catalanvoices. I’m Estanislau Fons i Solé, @estanislaufons since April 2010. I was born 50 years ago in Clariana de Cardener, a small village close to the very center of Catalonia, at Solsonès county. I grew up in an isolated country house, surrounded by pine tree woods and next to Cardener river, a small tributary to Llobregat river. A livestok farm of pigs and cattle, a family orchard and the agricultural activities around the year made up my days until I went to the university. Rural traditions as picking mushrooms in the forests, choose and cut our own Christmas tree, slaughter one or two pigs a year, and grow our own vegetables in the orchard shaped my childhood.

During those days I studied in Solsona, a small city (9000 inhabitants today) at both primary and secondary schools. Solsona is an amazing city, with a beautiful old town where city walls are clearly limiting a dense net of narrow streets, with nice stone buildings. It is famous for its massive, thrilling and somehow crazy Carnival, really worth visiting. Capital of Solsonès county, an extense and low-populated area where you can enjoy loneliness, great landscapes and the feeling of the wild, and practice lots of outdoor sports, from running and cycling to skiing.

I studied agricultural engineering in Lleida, the one and only big (or middle, depending on what you compare to) city inland of Catalonia, and since then I work at @ETSEA_UdL teaching Food Engineering, at @UdL_info. I also devote part of my time within a big research group on postharvest of fresh fruits, where my speciality is postharvest engineering, specially refrigeration systems and controlled atmosphere storage. Lleida has been my place for the last 30+ years; a city cast at a human scale, with an amazing old church and castle up a hill presiding the old town, and crossed by river Segre, which provides water for the extense fruit orchards that fill the plains surrounding the town. As a once newcomer to Lleida, I can’t get used to the winter fog that fully covers the city for weeks every year, and I am not very fond of eating “caragols a la llauna”, grilled snails, a dish that drives mad most of my fellows in the neighborhood.

In the past, I lead a few cooperation programs with Bosnia and Herzegovina universities from 1997 to 2003, and since 2003 to 2011 I spend some years in the political business, being for 4.5 years CEO at AGAUR, the Catalan agency for university and research grants. After that, I was also for two years head of presidency at Diputació de Lleida, a 2nd level local administration devoted to help municipalities in their current affairs. In that period I wrote a novel, “Canicula”, a story of love and death, sex and violence, located in Lleida and involving its peoples and institutions.

I am quite active on Twitter @estanislaufons, and on Facebook too. No time for other social media. I love reading science books and I feel deeply involved in the struggle for rational thinking and combatting pseudoscience. Lately I amb contributing an article on Science once a month, in the Sunday supplement of the local newspaper Segre.

But my best moments belong to my children Nil (17) and Martina (11), and my life mate Marta, plus an extense family spread all over.

During this week as @catalanvoices curator I will tweet about whatever I feel worth commenting with you.

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I’m Krzysztof Charamsa. I live in Catalonia since one year with my Catalan partner Eduard. I was born in Poland and I’m a gay Catholic priest. I have studied philosophy, theology and bioetics in Poland, Switzerland and Italy. I have worked for 12 years in the Congregation for the doctrine of the faith in Vatican, the former Inquisition. I was the second secretary of the Theologican International Commission. I have teached theology in two pontifical universities: Gregorian and Regina apostolorum in Rome. During that time I have published several books and articles. All that time has been important for me to understand Catholic Church’s homophobia and mature my own dignity as a Catholic gay man, and find the courage to come out. I came out on 3rd October 2015 before the Synod about family as my protest for Catholic discrimination of LGBTIQ persons.

Recently I have published my novel with autobiographical elements “La prima prietra” (Rizzoli, Milano 2016) -The first stone-. The book has been published in Portuguese and other translations in other languages are coming soon.

After liberation of ecclesial homophobia, I have become writer and speaker, activist and thinker in favor of human/person rights, specially LGBTIQ and feminist.

I am on Twitter (@KOCharamsa), Facebook (www.facebook.com/k.charamsa), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/krzysztof-charamsa-702388bb). I invite you to visit my homepage: www.kcharamsa.com, where you can find my books, my articles and inteviews, my blog and the way to contact with me.