Social Cohesion Days
II edition

26 - 27 - 28 May, 2016
Reggio Emilia

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Debates, exhibitions, shows and concerts

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Every day hundreds of people work at the “production” of social cohesion through the engagement with migrants, the elderly, children, families. What numbers and statistics do not tell are stories, everyday gestures, minimal choices that build relationships, deal with problems and develop solutions. The Social Cohesion Days are also a showcase of stories of which several have been collected:  from North to South Italy, from the large cooperative reality to the small association of volunteers, from those who look at traditions and those who invest on innovation. We will reason on those aspects starting from the stories to find connections and investigate the complex fabric of the Italian social cohesion.


– Silvia CamaTerra!Onlus, Manager of “P’orto di Lampedusa” Project
– Flaviano Zandonai
, IRIS Network 
Gino Mazzoli, Coordinator of Spazio Comune project
Luigi Moraschi,
Community relations officer, CAUTO
Oliviero Motta,
Manager of “Oltre i Perimetri” Project
Germana Corradini,
Director of Welfare Dept., Reggio Emilia Municipality
Fabiana Musicco,
Co-Founder of “Refugees Welcome” Italy
In collaboration with AltrEconomia

Facilitator: Pietro Raitano

Can the story of a glass jar tell how important is to know how to communicate? Joe Barba will try to tell us the secrets of the story and the extent to which loyalty, transparency and honesty can make a difference in our history.

Stefano Bellumat, aka (Joe Barba), is a visual storyteller. His main focus is in particular on video communication related to social issues.
Since several years he has travelled the world to tell stories. It does so with a core belief: revising  the rules following which the media tell the actuality nowadays. Indulging in pain, violence, horror can not be the way.
Joe Barba tells stories: with a glass jar he will accompany us in his journeys, from Mozambique to Krakow, from the mountains of Trentino to the refugees shelter centers to explain us how storytelling can change the world.
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The refugee crisis is a global phenomenon which keeps unfortunately growing because of wars – in particular the case of Syria – but also because of strong economic disparities and environmental disaster caused by climate change. Since 1999, when the Amsterdam Treaty came into force, the European Union signed an agreement to adopt a common asylum system. However, cohesion among states has been modest in front of the constant flow of forced migrants – in particular last year when more than 320,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe through Mediterranean routes. In fact, in a succession of feelings of compassion and repressive measures, during the last year there has been a proliferation of rules and regulations which often are not fully coherent and with some ambiguity. From this scenario, this session will mainly address to three issues: the issue of relocation in the Member States of asylum seekers, presented in May 2015 in the European Agenda document on migration; the controversial EU agreement with the Turkey of Erdogan regarding the management of asylum seekers flows; the specific case of Italy where refugees pass from excellent SPRAR centers ( (protection systems for asylum seekers and refugees) to housing and labor autonomy.

Screening of the documentary  Social Cohesion Tour 2016


Francesca Campomori, OCIS and Università Cà Foscari di Venezia


– Ugo Ascoli, Università Politecnica delle Marche
– Fabiana Musicco, Co-Founder of Refugees Welcome Italy
– Ferruccio Pastore, Director of FIERI
– Chiara Peri, Fondazione Centro Astalli

Facilitator: Riccardo Iacona

(*) 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.

Economic and political debate is continuously focused on the theme of inequality of income and standards of living of individuals and families.  

A large amount of empirical evidence has demonstrated that, from the 1980s onwards the distribution of income in the majority of developed countries has become more unequal and even more concentrated in favour of some privileged groups.  During the crisis in many developed countries, notable increases in inequality of market revenues (gross wage and property income, without taking into account taxation and transfer of welfare services ) were apparent.  Furthermore, a growing amount of research underlines how excessive inequality negatively impacts economic growth and social cohesion (for example, restricting opportunities for the most disadvantaged to invest in the education of their children) and how a heavily uneven concentration of income can reduce the wellbeing of a large portion of individuals, once again undermining social cohesion and the existence of a universal welfare state.

Closing the second edition of Social Cohesion Days are two special guests, Romano Prodi and Francois Bourguignon who – moderated by Riccardo Iacona – will go through the causes of growing world inequality, the connection with technological progress and globalisation, and the strategies capable of reducing the phenomenon. 

Keynote dialogue between Romano Prodi and François Bourguignon

Facilitator: Riccardo Iacona


Screening of the documentary film “ Lampedusa in Winter” with Nela Märki

Lampedusa in Winter A, I, CH 2015 | 93 min. | color | 5.1 surround sound | screening ra<o 1:1.85
It is winter. Lampedusa, “the island of the refugees,” looks desolate. The tourists are gone and immigrants who are still there struggle to be transferred to the Continent. Since the old ferry boat  that connected the island with the mainland has gone burned, the mayor Giusi Nicolini and fishermen are seeking another boat. The transportation of the refugees finally takes place by air, while the fishermen occupy the port in protest. Lampedusa is now isolated. The island is running out of food supplies and the protesters start fighting each other. A small community on the borders of Europe and its strenuous struggle for solidarity with African refugees.

Introduces: Sandra Campanini, Manager of the Cinema Office of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia

In collaboration with Cinema Al Corso

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