The only Brazilian on the list was Andre Avorio (read Etribes and Blaz) , organizer of the first Barcamp Brazil and whom I am meeting on Monday for lunch as he lands in São Paulo and has some time between flights. I have created a Flickr set to document all the f2f meetings with people I first met online. Last Saturday, I spent a lovely cultural afternoon with Fernando Trevisan and his sister Sandra.
After listening to an interview with Niklas Zennstrom on the future of the internet , a discussion emerged on the list about how most Brazilians are prevented from leading a significant role in the Internet scene because they do not speak or understand English.
In the same way small businesses in non-English speaking countries are making their products available in many languages, Brazilians should understand that they have to make an effort to be more international and not expect everyone to speak Portuguese. Open up to the world!
Mono-linguals of any nationality (Brazilians, French, Spanish…or English-speaking only) represent a species in extinction and networking with people from different areas is a must to have a wider perspective of what is going on around you.