• The NEW RioOnWatch is up to you.

    It’s time to tell us what you think. As you know, we’ve decided to keep RioOnWatch going and evolving after the 2016 Olympic Games, which was the original milestone for the site under its original set of objectives–to document the [...]
  • RioOnWatch’s New Editorial Line

    In May 2010, CatComm launched Rio Olympics Neighborhood Watch (RioOnWatch), a program to bring visibility to favela community voices in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympics, to be held in Rio de Janeiro. From 2010 to 2016 this news site, [...]
  • Humans of New York Publishes CatComm View on Favelas

    On March 9, 2017, Catalytic Communities’ Executive Director Theresa Williamson was quoted on the world-famous Humans of New York Facebook and Instagram feeds, which received 96,000 likes and 1,100 comments in just four hours: “Rio was the [...]
  • Children playing soccer in Morro da Providência

    Our Plans for 2017

    From 2010 through 2016, Catalytic Communities’ mandate was to harness the global Olympic media spotlight on Rio to build nuance and accuracy in reporting on favelas. We wanted to address the lazy, counterproductive and inaccurate narrative [...]