Social Cohesion Days
II edition

26 - 27 - 28 May, 2016
Reggio Emilia

Events Schedule

Debates, exhibitions, shows and concerts

Events per day


Luca Vecchi e Raul Cavalli, Executive Committee 


Patrizio Bianchi, Councillor for the coordination of European policy for development, education, professional development, higher education, research and employment, Emilia Romagna Region




Happiness is a social issue, more than a psychological one.  This is the starting point of an emerging field of political economics known as ‘Happiness Economics’, according to which, at the foundation of happiness are objective conditions with economic, political and social aspects. The happiest populations are not those where one can achieve merely economic wealth, but those that can rely on a welfare system that guarantees social justice, social inclusion, access to health services and dignity. 

 Are we ready to review the production model that places GDP at the centre of growth, to move towards a model that revolves around human development, in line with the teachings of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum?  How can we examine public policies from a perspective that sees reforms aimed at supporting the weaker groups of the population, the integration of immigrants, and the development of services as essential in restoring a more cohesive society and thus, a happier society?

 Benjamin Radcliff, American political scientist and one of the most renowned voices in the field of Happiness Economics, together with the academic Alexander Pacek, whose research focuses on the connection between life satisfaction and politics, will speak about how social policy contributes to the creation of relations able to guarantee wellbeing in society, allowing citizens to have a dignified and responsible life plan.


Benjamin Radcliff and Alexander Pacek  “The politics of happiness”.


Ferruccio De Bortoli 


The second edition of Social Cohesion Days launches the activities of the International Observatory for Social Cohesion and Inclusion.

At the event, the first analytical work produced by the International Observatory will be presented: a map which identifies the Italian reality of solidarity and social cohesion and that enables the obtainment of useful data to be used for comparison, positioning Italy in an international context. 

To realise the map, a composite index was created which considered several indicators: social relations, economy, gender equality (in parliament), culture, social inclusion and non-discrimination, environment and trust in government – each a fundamental element characteristic of social cohesion.  

The event will be introduced by an overview of social cohesion policies in Europe, curated by the European Council Department for Social Cohesion.

“Social cohesion in Europe”
Annachiara Cerri, Council of Europe, The European Social Charter

“Measuring social cohesion: a comparison of Italian regions”
Paolo R. Graziano, Università degli Studi di Padova and International Observatory on Social Cohesion and Inclusion (OCIS)

Interview with Giuliano Poletti, Minister of Labour and Social Policy.

Host: Ferruccio De Bortoli


The Care Allowance represents one of the most important results obtained in the field of severe disability and nursing care in Italy in almost forty years.  

The growing number of recipients in these decades, their distribution by age group, and transfer amount indicate how this scheme, initially thought of in the 1980s as a supplementary instrument for the support of young people and adults with disabilities, in a network of public services of a varying nature has now reached a vast and diverse plateau of needs and recipients. 

The resources invested in this programme are not insignificant and consistently exceed 10 billion euro.  Now is the time to consider joined-up thinking to improve the efficiency of the system, guaranteeing a greater integration between this instrument and the network of services. 

Emmanuele Pavolini, OCIS and Università degli Studi di Macerata

Massimo Campedelli, Università Sant’Anna di Pisa and member of Easy Care Foundation Scientific Committee
Nina Daita, Department for Disability Policies, CGIL Nazionale
Vincenzo Falabella, President of FISH Onlus
Marco Ghersevich, Director of Civil Department, INPS
Luca Vecchi, Mayor of Reggio Emilia Municipality and ANCI representative for Welfare and Social Policies

Facilitator: Augusto Battaglia

28.3% of individuals and 32.1% of children under the age of 18 are at risk of poverty and social exclusion. Those figures place Italy in eighth and seventh position among the EU28 countries with the highest incidence of poverty. This situation is the dramatic result of the combination of the Great Recession, the chronic “lack of work” in some areas of the country, as well as the weakness of policies to combat poverty, within which it stands out the absence of a national minimum income scheme.
At the sub-national level, however, the last decade saw some regions launching experimental schemes of Minimum Income to meet emergency and material deprivation rates which range between 26% in Sicily and 2.8% in the Province of Trento. Also, some alliances among different social actors emerged – trade unions, associations of the Catholic world, third sector organizations – which have launched major campaigns for the introduction of a minimum safety net against poverty and social exclusion.
Indeed, the enforcement of the redistributive measures against poverty and material deprivation is today an imperative not only to boost consumption and support economic growth, but it also appears as an indispensable choice of civilization for the societies with the highest economic development.
But how the schemes of minimum income introduced in the Italian regions work? Who benefits from them and what effects do they produce? How can be avoided that beneficiaries are being “trapped” in poverty? What are the challenges in terms of governance and coordination between regional initiatives, anti-poverty measures recently introduced by the government and the traditional municipal programs? What role is it conceivable, in this sector, for the associations and organizations of the Third Sector?


Screening of the documentary “Social Cohesion Tour 2016

Matteo Jessoula, OCIS and Università degli Studi di Milano


Giuseppe De Marzo, “Miseria Ladra” campaign spokesperson, LIBERA
Titti De Simone, Counselor to the President, Puglia Region
Ileana Olivo, Director of Social Policies Dept., Trentino Alto Adige Region
Elena Granaglia,
OCIS and Università degli Studi di Roma Tre
Vincenzo Colla, Regional Secretary, CGIL Emilia Romagna

Marcello Natili, Università degli Studi di Milano

Facilitator: Luca Mattiucci 

(*) The event is valid for school credits of the Order of Social Workers. For the recognition of credits you need to register at the info point.


Theatrical performance “Potevo Essere io” by Renata Ciaravino, with Arianna Scommegna

A show dedicated to the children we were and we’ll never stop being; a show dedicated to those who survived childhood.

Children with southerner parents who played in the yard throwing balloons filled with blades; mothers who cleaned hospitals; feet that got tangled in peep toe tennis shoes – homemade cut to transform them into sandals and save money. Guys who spit into each other’s face at the park, after having pulled their hair at a city pool, who drove the wrong way down the highway on a bet, who made love in empty supermarket parking lots. Those children then grew: each one of them going blind trying to save themselves. But what will save us? How many times we said: “It could be me, but then, it wasn’t.”

“It could be me” is the tale of a girl and a boy who from the same yard will grow up together. Same departure, but different ending and life in between.

The storyteller, Arianna Scommegna, is that girl who tries to understand – together with the audience – what were these two stories. With the help of the video “It could be me”, she tells a story without being a pure storytelling show, a show that looks for lightness, where comedy breaks into tragedy.



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