Social Cohesion Days

Stories of social cohesion

To talk about social cohesion we started from its stories, mapping the best practices, projects and realities made up by people or institutions, that explain – sometimes better than numbers – what it means to create social cohesion in Italy. We tried to reveal them through interviews, articles, videos and images. This section is constantly updated.

Civico Sociale, the restaurant of lawfulness

Civico Sociale, the restaurant of lawfulness

Eating well and good
It has been reviewed on Tripadvisor as “Civico Sociale, the restaurant of legality”. This restaurant in Cassino (FR), and its good dishes, seems to be really enjoyable. There are many other reasons to appreciate this restaurant, though. Civico Sociale is indeed a business project, but also a laboratory of social projects looking, in all its aspects, to find the ethical…

It has been reviewed on Tripadvisor as “Civico Sociale, the restaurant of legality”. This restaurant in Cassino (FR), and its good dishes, seems to be really enjoyable. There are many other reasons to appreciate this restaurant, though.

Civico Sociale is indeed a business project, but also a laboratory of social projects looking, in all its aspects, to find the ethical way between affordability and impact on the community.

Their virtuousity starts with the staff, which supports the local welfare by employing disadvantaged individuals, thus making the dignity of work the starting point of a genuine process of social redemption. In the kitchen there are Simone and Alessandro. They grew up in family home and attended the Hospitality Institute. Finding a job wasn’t easy, almost impossible. Prejudices, fears. Then the social cooperative bet on them, and the result is this: a 50-seat restaurant, open at lunch and dinner, that from 2014 combines ethics and taste.

To make a long story short, the secret of their kitchen is that it’s good. Good hands kneading, good raw material, zero-mileage products coming from the territories confiscated to organized crime (Libera and NCO) and organic too.

If it’s important to know what you have in your dish, here there are high guarantees, because in addition to kitchen delicacies they support a virtuous project that, from people to products, endorsing an ethical path of labor exploitation, legality and environmental sustainability – all with a single dish!

Civico Sociale is a project of the Social Cooperative “I Naviganti”, a group of operators who for several years have been designing and conducting new ways of social intervention, which respond effectively to community needs, new ways of involvement and enhancement in particular disabled, drug addicts and minors.

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The District Tables

The District Tables

The District Tables are places of participation and planning nurtured by the contribution of several public and third sector social actors, thus with a mixed composition (social and healthcare service providers, citizens, voluntary associations, parishioners) and fluid (during a long journey there is who comes in, who goes out, who comes back), with substantial project autonomy and relevant consistency of…

The District Tables are places of participation and planning nurtured by the contribution of several public and third sector social actors, thus with a mixed composition (social and healthcare service providers, citizens, voluntary associations, parishioners) and fluid (during a long journey there is who comes in, who goes out, who comes back), with substantial project autonomy and relevant consistency of meetings (at least one meeting per month). They constitute a “territorial device” that makes of territoriality a choice of real closeness, where those who participate are confronted with the issues of that territory to identify new opportunities to support families and people in their life contexts.
Born in 2006 and promoted by the Poli territoriali di Servizio Sociale, they depart from re-designing the day centers for the elderly and have generated, in their early years, several initiatives for the elderly both not self-sufficient and of the so-called “middle area”. They work, then, right away, on the fight against the loneliness, isolation and creation of strong links around the elderly, to solve their problems, and make them a resource for the community. The positive results achieved thorough this experience have favored their diffusion, so much so that today the District Tables, understood as participatory planning sites, are active not only for the elderly sector, but also with respect to issues of parenting and disability. In their decade-long experience they have built and implemented over 50 projects, involving citizens and volunteers, with almost zero costs.
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Ginger

Ginger

Emilia Romagna female crowd-funding
It’s an all-female company the one launching the crowd-funding of Ginger. Other features? Territoriality: promoting projects that start and are made close to home it’s possible to better engage and motivate people, thus easily succeed to achieve economic objectives. The platform provides also advises and counseling, made by the five souls who thought, wanted and realized this project. It’s about…

It’s an all-female company the one launching the crowd-funding of Ginger. Other features? Territoriality: promoting projects that start and are made close to home it’s possible to better engage and motivate people, thus easily succeed to achieve economic objectives.

The platform provides also advises and counseling, made by the five souls who thought, wanted and realized this project. It’s about entrepreneurship on the web, where its gender characteristic it’s only a transitory feature, but not accidental; an additional element, but not the one essential to their success.

Besides realizing their vision, Agnese, Virginia, Martina, Nicole e Caterina realize the vision of associations, administrations and also private individuals who, starting from the bottom, want to find ways to make their project a reality.

Info: ginger@ideaginger.it 

 

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Building knowledge

Building knowledge

The revenge of work. From foreigners to entrepreneurs.
Born within the Diocese of Ragusa (Sicily) the project “Costruiamo Saperi” (Building Knowledge), funded by the Foundation with the South and intended to fifty foreigners – selected through a public call – coming from 14 countries and 4 continents, who will be trained to self-entrepreneurship. Since November 2015, when the training workshop have started, 30 men and 20 women are…

Born within the Diocese of Ragusa (Sicily) the project “Costruiamo Saperi” (Building Knowledge), funded by the Foundation with the South and intended to fifty foreigners – selected through a public call – coming from 14 countries and 4 continents, who will be trained to self-entrepreneurship. Since November 2015, when the training workshop have started, 30 men and 20 women are facing a year of preparation, followed by a period of scholarship, intended to give them the tools of knowledge required to create new agricultural cooperatives and construction industry.

The property of the Diocese support the project, the beautiful Tenuta Magni, a short walk distant from Ragusa, and 10 hectares of land that will become a testing ground for future entrepreneurs. A place that aims to be not only a source of beauty, but livelihood. The workshop in the historical center, meeting place and a temporary store, will support the project too.

Cooperation among foreign nationals and Italian citizens is the main tool for the enhancement of human dignity as well as for the professional growth of both parties. The proposed training, rather than being an answer to job search, is an investment in quality, having the ambition to train motivated and refined craft skills people. An example? The crops of saffron, “Cottoia” fava bean of Modica, “Cosaruciaro” bean of Scicli, the old cabbage of Rosolina, the chuckling vetch, the large fava bean and the black chickpea of Leonforte – all marked as Slow Food productions.

Part of the work will see participants engaged in the architectural redevelopment of Villa Magni, that step by step will grow its potential as a place of culture, dating, aggregation and knowledge.

 

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Welcome Refugees

Welcome Refugees

Reception for asylum seekers
The living conditions of people seeking asylum in a foreign country, fleeing war and persecution, is often dramatic and temporary. To take actively part in order to contribute to the improvement of their living conditions is possible and relatively simple. With Welcome Refugees is now possible to host a refugee as roommate. The host can be helped to bear the…

The living conditions of people seeking asylum in a foreign country, fleeing war and persecution, is often dramatic and temporary. To take actively part in order to contribute to the improvement of their living conditions is possible and relatively simple. With Welcome Refugees is now possible to host a refugee as roommate. The host can be helped to bear the costs through micro crow-funding projects and through specific public funding. In the meantime, refugees will be helped to settle into a more human reality made of relationships, activities, exchanges, in a fair coexistence that respects everyone’s dignity. The International Network Welcome Refugee was born in Berlin in 2014, arriving in Italy the following year, to spread foster homes for asylum seekers.

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