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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.

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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Mammut Cultural Centre

Mammut Cultural Centre

From pedagogy, the educational experience growing by leaps and bounds
‘O Mammut is a strange and large porch with six columns in Piazza Giovanni Paolo II in Scampia, Naples. In 2007, from the experience of the Territorial Centre in Scampia together with Compare (social promotion association) the research center come to life. It’s a difficult territorial context, everybody knows that. But over the years, Mammut sought a new way of…

‘O Mammut is a strange and large porch with six columns in Piazza Giovanni Paolo II in Scampia, Naples. In 2007, from the experience of the Territorial Centre in Scampia together with Compare (social promotion association) the research center come to life. It’s a difficult territorial context, everybody knows that. But over the years, Mammut sought a new way of creating specific forms of sociability for all ages, combining educational research, zoning, theater and visual arts: from children’s workshops to educational support for teenagers, from the guidance center to the homeopathic medicine clinic, from the Ciclofficina to the Italian school for immigrants, always extending their knowledge and involving organizations of different regions, therefore leading to some editorial publications.

Mammut is also a training school which feeds social experimentation at school with ideas and stimuli, providing theoretical and practical tools. The social context of the city of Naples allowed to work on projects aimed to the involvement of migrants and rom, foreigners and Italians, in a very multicultural context, and hence highly stimulating as well as complicated.

The power of the pedagogical approach and the fierce desire to cultivate social relations, in a new and lasting way, has allowed the consolidation of an experience made up of people, but also of places. Streets and squares went back to the community.

Centro Territoriale Mammut -Piazza Giovanni Paolo II, 3/6, Napoli
www.mammutnapoli.org – 
aps.compare@gmail.com – Pagina Facebook

P’orto di Lampedusa (Lampedusa’s harbor-garden)

P’orto di Lampedusa (Lampedusa’s harbor-garden)

A new point of view. From the bottom.
The garden as symbol of the community: that’s how in Lampedusa people create places of research, experimentation and aggregation through the unifying factor of the land and its vital productivity. The creation of a community garden, whose lots are intended for islanders and of the Day Center of Lampedusa’s guests (people with physical and psycho-intellectual disability), will soon be repeated…

The garden as symbol of the community: that’s how in Lampedusa people create places of research, experimentation and aggregation through the unifying factor of the land and its vital productivity. The creation of a community garden, whose lots are intended for islanders and of the Day Center of Lampedusa’s guests (people with physical and psycho-intellectual disability), will soon be repeated with the creation of a second one, which will be built during the 2016 volunteering summer camp organized by Terra! Onlus.

“The image of the island – explains Silvia Cama, coordinator of the project – is too often linked to dramatic events, while the project of the gardens in Lampedusa intends to give back a positive and vital picture of this land, both externally and internally”.

The garden is therefore a path for individuals and communities to become aware, not only a way for environmental and landscaping regeneration. In partnership with the University and Legambiente, the association chose to select local seeds originating on the island, to activate low water impact crops, to construct two geodesic domes for the reception area and the “semenzario” (seeds nursery), thus creating a sustainable project in many ways: environmentally, economically and even aesthetically, as they are placed in the archaeological areas (in accordance with the local Authority). The project, started with Alleance Foundation’s funding, allowed the growth of a small local economy. A person, funded full-time, will follow the project on-site for two years. Thanks to the work of day care center guests, a collection door-to-door of organic waste from greengrocers is now active, in order to feed the garden compost. Personal and food self-sufficiency, dignity, environment, relationships are therefore the key words of this project which starts from the land to create a new vision.

#BeyondPerimeters

#BeyondPerimeters

The new welfare for the new poverty
The past few years have forced Italian society to deal with new forms of poverty, new hardships and therefore new demands of social intervention that existing structures couldn’t always support. “#BeyondPerimeters” is the project enabled by the special company Sercop of Rho that wants to get over traditional boundaries of social intervention – reaching those who are unable to ask…

The past few years have forced Italian society to deal with new forms of poverty, new hardships and therefore new demands of social intervention that existing structures couldn’t always support. “#BeyondPerimeters” is the project enabled by the special company Sercop of Rho that wants to get over traditional boundaries of social intervention – reaching those who are unable to ask for help due to sudden economic change – and propose specific solutions to these problems. After having identified some of the main strands, “Beyond perimeters” proposed a targeted project, built through research and the convergence of different partners. Through the identification of housing solutions with controlled rents, customized consulting solutions for the management of asset, family life and work, simplifying and directing the expansion of personal resources.

“Even meeting places needs to be reconsidered – says Oliviero Matta, head of the project – that’s why #opcafè are born as passageways, also for socializing and meeting and to answer some issues. The project, started in May 2015 and still in a consolidation phase, has already showed positive results, especially in terms of community consolidation over a sense of unity. We expect to develop a user base too, which can respond to home, family and work needs. The objective is to work on a welfare model that might be public and generative, cultivating resources to connect and nourish positive dynamics”.

The collaboration is bound among banking foundations, cooperatives and nine districts of Milan hinterland, through a constant fundraising and Sercop coordination, the special company of Roh Municipalities.

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