May 9 2021 – Googreen Biodiversity Market

On Sunday 9th May 2021, the #Googreen biodiversity market celebrates Mother Nature and all forms of love and care at Giardino Sambuy, which, like every second Sunday of the month, comes back to life to be a place of encounter, good practices and seasonal harvests.

  • From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Googreen producers selected by Giardino Forbito will be back, as always, to represent seasonal excellence.
  • This month’s “Spazio delle Idee” is dedicated to reciprocity and the ability to care. To celebrate this day dedicated to parenthood, guests in the garden will be the representatives of the municipal offices of the Casa dell’Affido (Foster Care Home), a valuable department of the Social Services of Turin which, this year too, has involved numerous families who have made their homes available, with love and generosity, to temporarily take in a child, and sometimes, even a baby with his or her mother.
  • Clown Ida, a foster father himself, will entertain young and old alike with the magic of his bubbles and tricks for the children.
  • Googreen producer Marzia Gullino will compose delicious rose wreaths for the children present and all families will be given a Googreen shopping bag.
  • In the afternoon, in the name of love for reading and for books to be saved, Stefania Bertola will present to the friends of Silent Book Torino “Il giardino di guerriglia” (The guerrilla garden), a year of happy battles between women and green.
  • Presentation of the project “DOTTA. L’Adozione Googreen”, the new Giardino forbito initiative aimed at rethinking adoption and the discovery of the animal world at a distance.
  • Giardino forbito continues to celebrate the birth of the first Association for the knowledge and protection of biodiversity and pollinators, supporting the collection of signatures promoted by the European Union: “save bees and farmers“.
  • The lowered shutters of the Sambuy gazebo continue to support the small precious exhibition curated by Giardino forbito and created by the apprentice Ciceroni of class 5E of the Regina Margherita High School in Turin for the “FAI parlare la città” project.

From data to knowledge: first I3S working table

On Friday 23 April, representatives from the world of social work worked with ICT companies and Torino Wireless to find new ideas to generate more effective processes and better services.

The first meeting, organised by the Torino Wireless Foundation, was attended by five ETS – AgrideaArcobalenoIl MargineP.G. FrassatiSan Donato – and five ICT companies – iMprontaInfotech SystemKoinè SistemimyDonor Società BenefitTc-Web. The dialogue was facilitated thanks to the guidance of an innovation manager from Confcooperative Piemonte Nord.

The aim of the collaborative design was first of all to understand how to make the best use of data to enable ETS to create efficiencies in internal processes, as well as to better understand what opportunities there are to create new services and enable decision-making on the basis of more accessible and understandable information.

The working methodology set up by the Links Foundation included the use of innovative tools, such as Mural, the design thinking platform, which allowed the team to use visual thinking to organise, share and develop new ideas, despite the people involved working remotely. Interactive notice boards and murals made up of images, writing and post-it notes were created on the virtual whiteboard, which provided many ideas for design solutions not yet available on the market.

The next event will be on Friday 30 April on the theme “The user at the centre: user-driven innovation”.

What is I3S – Innovation for the Third Sector?

The world of volunteering and social entrepreneurship is among the most affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The pandemic has brought to light the need and opportunity to invest in transforming the way in which most services are provided: what role can technology play?

Torino Wireless, together with TSI and the Chamber of Commerce of Turin, in the framework of the Tech4Good activities of the Torino Social Impact strategic plan, involved in the I3S Project – Digital Innovation for the Third Sector the representative bodies (Confcooperative, Lega COOP, VOL.TO) and 16 bodies of the third sector, including social cooperatives, networks and voluntary associations, to identify innovation needs and work together with ICT companies, first of all those of the Digital4Social Chain of the ICT Innovation Pole, to design and test new digital solutions.

The final objective of the I3S project is to create a programme to accelerate the digital and technological transformation of the third sector, with the strong involvement of its protagonists and specifically tailored to their specific needs, replicable and scalable to extend the initiative to more and more realities.

For further information: I3S Project.

First results for the Project Abito – Laboratory of social inclusion

The Project Abito, started in 2019, is a project of clothing exchange and inclusion activities to combat poverty and social exclusion and foster integration, which develops on the districts of the Quadrilateral and Porta Palazzo, marked by multiculturality and very evident social differences.

The project is carried out by the San Vincenzo de Paoli Association in collaboration with the Youth Team of the Green Cross Turin and aims to give greater dignity to people living in conditions of economic or social distress, stimulate participatory dynamics in society, reactivate relational networks, recover and regenerate used clothes.

In fact, Abito involves citizens (supporters, beneficiaries, volunteers) and local authorities, thus including all people who live or use the neighborhood. All the actors involved in the project come into synergy by creating a circular relationship where everyone contributes with their own resources.

The project develops mainly according to three axes:

  • The store: where the collection and distribution, through the Social Factory show room, of the clothes donated by the citizens takes place;
  • Reciprocity: the persons enrolled in the service can take free clothes and in return give back their time and skills to the service of the community;
  • Tailoring: where a part of the clothes that are not distributed become new ethical and sustainable fashion garments. Tailoring therefore also becomes a place of training, inclusion and job opportunities.

The heart of the Abito project is the circularity. The help received through the donation of clothes promotes the integration of people who, in turn, can offer time and skills at the disposal of the community.

One year after opening, about 1000 people joined the service and the impact on the neighborhood was important in terms of promoting volunteering and citizenship activities, thus encouraging the registration of new volunteers.

Collaborations have also been launched with associations in the neighborhood, with a fashion institute and with small businesses.

During the Covid 19 pandemic, the project was successful, thanks to the help of other local organizations, to provide a basic service to all members.

In these months many initiatives have flourished such as:

  • Collection of elegant clothes, then made available to anyone who was looking for work and needed a formal dress for an interview;
  • Launch of an online platform to foster community actions and volunteering;
  • In March ended the first course of tailoring;
  • In April, a crowfunding campaign to support tailoring courses has just ended.

The pandemic has made us much more aware of the impact that our systems of life have on the ecosystem,” says Giorgio Ceste, Project Coordinator.

The goal that Abito aims for the coming months is therefore to start courses and training that include the themes of sustainability together with those of social justice, elements which are closely interlinked and which, in addition to training participants, can also give them employment opportunities.

Watch the new video of the project to learn more.

Progetto Abito is part of the 15 generative welfare projects of Torino Social Factory program of the City of Turin, co-funded by the National Metropolitan City Operational Program and the European Union, European Social Fund, made as part of Torino Social Impact.

For more information on the Torino Social Factory program and the other 14 projects that are part of it go to this link.

The episode 10 of Bench-Mark starring LITA.co Italy is online

Giving anyone the chance, even with small investments, to set up projects to contribute to the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. LITA.co, a social impact crowdfunding platform, was founded in France in 2014 with this aim and, lately, has spread to Belgium and Italy too.

In the tenth episode of Bench-Mark, Stefano Rossi – Country Manager of LITA.co – explains the mission and vision of this reality, telling where their action on the territory starts from.

 

 

Impact Conference 2021 – 27-28 APRIL

The fourth edition of Impact Conference gathers the audiences of two European Interreg projects – Interreg being one of the goals of the EU Cohesion Policy in the 2014-2020 period: the DelFin project, promoting social entrepreneurship in rural regions across Germany, Hungary, Croatia and Italy, and CE Responsible -Empowering Social Business in Central Europe, which connects entrepreneurs with social entrepreneurs in nine EU countries, through a developed platform.

Like everyone else, so does this year’s Impact Conference move online where we continue to share experiences about what entrepreneurial and community impact means in 2021.

Apart from the newcomers, the event welcomes all other change-makers to sprout relationships, talk about burning challenges in the new normal, and develop ideas with the purpose of creating a meaningful social impact.

For more information: https://www.impactconference.net/

Torino Social Impact takes first place in the Mediastars Award for the category Public Communication – Internet section

The cycle of the Jury’s days for the evaluation of the 500 projects competing in the XXV edition of the Mediastars Advertising Technical Award has come to an end. 222 professionals from agencies and companies from all over Italy took part in the remote jury appointments and 12,987 voting mails were received, confirming the organisation as the most representative in the sector in terms of participation across the country, thanks to the continuous work carried out to seek out and reward Italian creative realities.

For the Internet & Multimedia competition area, Torino Social Impact won first place on the podium for the Public Communication category and a Special Start for Creative Direction.

For the XXV edition of the Mediastars Award were evaluated Advertising campaigns (Print, Outdoor, TV, Radio), Internet sites, Advertising on Line campaigns, Viral, Social Media, Promotion campaigns, Social campaigns, Branded Content Entertainment, creation of PR Events, Corporate Identity projects, Direct Marketing and Packaging Design, Multimedia APP, Institutional Videos, Infographics, Signatures and Videoclips, socio-cultural campaigns, CSR, social ethics and No Profit.

Mediastars in this edition has received entries from agencies from twelve Italian regions with a representation of thirty-five provincial capitals.

In addition, great interest and participation was confirmed for all the Jury appointments, which featured professionals and delegates from companies and agencies from all over Italy, northern Europe and even overseas in Canada and Brazil.

The award ceremony will take place at the end of June.

The Torino Social Impact website has been developed by Tembo, whom we thank for the stimulating collaboration.

First results for the project Cuqù – la culla del Quartiere: an innovative experience of community welfare

36 activities were launched, followed by 200 users of which 15 were free to access.

Cuqù – la Culla del quartiere is a center of activities and services for girls, boys, mothers and dads open in the heart of the multi-ethnic district of San Salvario, where they live families in situations of social distress and precariousness, but also families in a situation of economic well-being.

Families today need space to socialize and find support, to reorganize their work or to look for it. Families are often lonely: parents without a family or community network, foreign mothers far from their family of origin, fragile families, single-parent families.

Cuqù, born from the collaboration of a team of 3 partners active in the social and cultural promotion of the District (Ass. Local Development Agency of San Salvario onlus, Coop. Soc. Atypica, Ass. Mondo di Joele onlus)It therefore chooses to invest in early childhood and parenthood, assuming that this is a long-term investment, which constitutes capital for the entire community.

36 activities have been launched, such as:

  • TANA cuqù: a baby parking with long and flexible hours;
  • TANA of the game: creative workshops for children with coworking space for parents;
  • A playroom for children and parents to play together;
  • Support activities “around birth” (obstetric counter, Doule counter, baby massage, etc.) and “around growth” (courses for nannies, yoga and children’s theatre, etc.);
  • Support and support services for mothers and fathers in difficulty (psychological support, educational counselling, etc.).

These activities and services were followed by data from 200 users of which 15 were able to access free of charge (provision is made for free or quiet access to all activities for those in economic difficulty).

In addition, the reception service, run by neighborhood mothers, welcomed 80 people who were accompanied to basic services and 16 other people who were accompanied more punctually and with a personalized path by neighborhood mothers.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the service was closed but the choice was to animate the community of Cuqù, which had been created in the meantime, primarily with online services, meetings and activities managed remotely by the operators of the center but also with some basic services for people in difficulty that have been carried out in the presence.

Watch the video of the project to learn more.

The Spaccio di Cultura – Portineria di Comunità is part of the 15 projects of generative welfare of Turin Social Factory program of the City of Turin, co-funded by the National Operational Program Metropolitan City and the European Union, European Social Fund, made within the framework of Torino Social Impact.

For more information on the Torino Social Factory program and the other 14 projects that are part of it, go to this link.

 

 

ARCI Torino is the protagonist of the ninth episode of Bench-Mark

ARCI is a well-known acronym in Italy. Founded near Florence at the end of the 1950s, its strong mutualistic and democratic vocation has contributed over the years to the construction of the country.

Today, the association promotes culture, sociality and solidarity through practices that focus on the protagonism of the member, their ability to participate, to decide and to network with others their skills and competences.

The Turin Territorial Committee, a partner of Torino Social Impact, plays a coordinating and networking role among the associations affiliated to it. Daniele Mandarano (vice-president of Arci Torino) and Elisabetta Bosio (collaborator for the #Fooding project) told us how Arci Torino is reacting to the great difficulties generated by the pandemic crisis that the socio-cultural sector is facing.

The Bench-Mark column is edited by Francesco Antonioli. All episodes on our YouTube channel and on our Facebook page.

 

Conversation Community: climate change and sustainability between theatre and technology

What are the community’s doubts about climate change?
From today they find space on Conversation Community, a digital platform where everyone can enter questions and concerns about climate change.

The first step of a project that combines theatre, digital media and journalism to improve the quality of the discussion about climate change.

The digital platform was created with a minimal template, specifically designed to minimize the energy demand and the ecological footprint of websites, responsible for 2% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

The doubts collected will be transformed into theatrical pills to arouse confrontation and discussions. A public debate from which will be created an interactive theatrical show and a multimedia e-book. The goal is to put the user in dialogue with the entire process of artistic creation and with the selection and use of scientific and journalistic sources.

Why all this? Because we firmly believe that critical thinking, supported by appropriate methods, can withstand the impact of disinformation and fake news.

We ask you to contribute by telling us your doubts about climate change!

If you don’t have it yet, you can learn more and be inspired by the collection of content to read, listen to and watch that we have selected for you.
“Dubium sapiantiae initium” said Descartes. Doubt is the origin of wisdom.

Conversation Community is a project of Mercato Circolare, Il Mutamento, Pop Economix in collaboration with Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana.

Conversation community is part of the MediaFutures project.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s framework Horizon 2020 for research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 951962.

 

Conversation Community: climate change and sustainability between theatre and technology

What are the community’s doubts about climate change?
From today they find space on Conversation Community, a digital platform where everyone can enter questions and concerns about climate change.

The first step of a project that combines theatre, digital media and journalism to improve the quality of the discussion about climate change.

The digital platform was created with a minimal template, specifically designed to minimize the energy demand and the ecological footprint of websites, responsible for 2% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

The doubts collected will be transformed into theatrical pills to arouse confrontation and discussions. A public debate from which will be created an interactive theatrical show and a multimedia e-book. The goal is to put the user in dialogue with the entire process of artistic creation and with the selection and use of scientific and journalistic sources.

Why all this? Because we firmly believe that critical thinking, supported by appropriate methods, can withstand the impact of disinformation and fake news.

We ask you to contribute by telling us your doubts about climate change!

If you don’t have it yet, you can learn more and be inspired by the collection of content to read, listen to and watch that we have selected for you.
“Dubium sapiantiae initium” said Descartes. Doubt is the origin of wisdom.

Conversation Community is a project of Mercato Circolare, Il Mutamento, Pop Economix in collaboration with Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana.

Conversation community is part of the MediaFutures project.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s framework Horizon 2020 for research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 951962.

 

Great success for the awareness campaign on trail etiquette in the park of Superga

The recent rediscovery by many users of the vast trail network a stone’s throw from the city center of Turin has certainly brought countless benefits to the citizens who can practice sports and relax in the outdoors just a few minutes from the city. In Turin a short walk of a few minutes is sometimes all it takes to go from the urban environment to enchanting paths immersed in the green of the hills.

This surge in user numbers however, has brought increasing pressure on the trails that after the first lock down were literally filled with sports and nature enthusiasts.

For this reason, the representatives of various groups of off-road cyclists have deemed necessary to anticipate the arise of any problems due to the massive increase in attendance in the Turin woods by promoting an initiative aimed at raising awareness among bikers to respect other users and the trails.

Thus, in the days preceding the weekend of Easter, the information panels of the “keyword: respect” campaign were installed on the notice boards along the panoramic road (Via dei Colli) that connects Superga to Pino Torinese. The initiative is promoted by CAI Section of Pino Torinese and IMBA Italy in collaboration with the Piedmontese Po Protected Areas Park Authority and the support of GS Sassi, Greentoso, SingleTrack Torino and Di Tutti i Sentieri.

The panels begin with a “Welcome on the Turin trails: do your part and respect these simple rules for the sustainable use of MTB in this beautiful place” and list the ten basic rules that every biker should respect for a good coexistence with all the other users of the trails and respect for nature:

  1. Respect nature
  2. Plan your rides
  3. Stay on the trail
  4. Don’t ride muddy trails
  5. Don’t modify the trails
  6. Ride carefully
  7. Respect other users
  8. Announce your arrival
  9. Give way
  10. Overtake safely

For those wishing to learn more about this topic, an article has been published on the IMBA Italia website that explains the birth of the project and the full trail etiquette (Italian only).

This campaign was enthusiastically welcomed by many two-wheel enthusiasts (and hikers too) who wrote to the various promoting associations supporting the initiative. Given the considerable success, we hope that the project will soon be extended to other areas characterized by a multi-user use of the trail network.

IMBA Italia is pleased to be one of the leading bodies of the project and wishes that the awareness campaign will help all trail users to enjoy the natural environment in harmony while minimizing their impact on it.

Googreen online shopping is now available!

Due to the pressure and discontent that many categories are facing today, the Googreen Biodiversity Market of April has been canceled.

Giardino Forbito does not stop and wants to support the virtuous realities of the territory with all its tools.

From today, a small platform with the producers of Googreen market will allow you to reach their e-commerce and their menus of the week, for a shopping at a distance, but still sustainable.

Clic HERE to visit the website and support them!

Gabriella Galli and Deborah Bianchi – Soil is the key to everything

SOIL IS KEY TO EVERYTHING. ONLY HEALTHY AND FERTILE SOIL CAN PROVIDE US WITH CLEAN, QUALITY FOOD.

What kind of agriculture can regenerate our soil? Deborah and Gabriele of Podere Bianchi Galli in Marena, near Parma, started their farm in the Apennines four years ago. They raise Cornigliese Sheep (Slow Food Presidium) as well as Ciuta sheep, pasture-raised hens and donkeys. They consider these allies in their work, and know how to rotate them on the pastures effectively: first the sheep, then the donkeys, and then the hens. This allows their soil to remain fertile, rich and productive.

They have horticultural gardens too and continue to practice their previous profession: training dogs, a job that’s as important as ever in this area in order to live alongside the wolves that have repopulated these mountains. It’s not a conventional farm, by any means, but an example of permaculture.

In this Food Talk, they tell us what it means to farm in this way, preserving the fertility of the land and producing high-quality meat in a beautiful environment. The soil is key to everything, and animals are powerful allies.

The Food Talks are a new and freely accessible format of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto: ten minutes for our guests to explore their thoughts on the world we live in, and the future we want for it!

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First results for the Project the Spaccio di Cultura

Over 250 residents involved, 120 young people “brought back” to DAD, an international recognition: these are some results of the Spaccio di Cultura one year after opening.

Initially started with the name of project Biagio, mainly aimed at listening and assistance to people at risk of social exclusion – the Biagi precisely -, thanks to the thrust and energy of the promoter, or the ITALIAN NETWORK OF POPULAR CULTURE, and its director Antonio Damasco, together with the collaboration with “NES Nessuno è straniero” and “Ufficio Pastorale Migranti”, the project has been realized in the Spaccio di Cultura – Portineria di Comunità.

The design of the initiative began at the end of 2018 through various instruments of listening and activation of communities, with specific meetings with the social actors of the place (Porta Palazzo, Aurora, Quadrilatero and Borgo Dora). The main detection tool was the Portale dei Saperi , where the narratives of over 250 dialogues with residents, traders, artisans, small and large businesses, Third Sector were inserted. These meetings were intended to collect the stories of the people who gravitate around the Concierge.

The initiative then found its physical location and its symbol in the former newsstand, now in disuse, taken and renovated and made beautiful, in the square of the most important multicultural market in Turin, at the corner of Via Milano and the exedra of Piazza della Repubblica and they called it the Spaccio di cultura, because the route is primarily cultural.

Culture is the table to which the rules of sharing can be played and which better square if not that of the history of immigration of this city: Piazza della Repubblica>>, Antonio Damasco, Director Network of Popular Culture.

During the Covid-19 pandemic (first lockdown 2020), the Concierge of Community promoted the first services related to the needs of daily life, dealing mainly with the supply of basic necessities such as medicines to people who had no means or possibilities.

Special attention was paid to children: along with some schools a project was built against the school leaving. In fact, more than 120 young people were mapped who no longer connected to DAD and managed to recover 70, who were involved in a Web Radio editorial staff. From then on, they moved closer to the studio thanks to the volunteer activity of many professors.

In October 2020 the European Social Fund website reported Lo Spaccio di Cultura – Portineria di Comunità di Torino as a good practice of innovation and social cohesion at European level, an important result brought home by the project.

In addition, the Spaccio di Cultura has not forgotten its first vocation towards people at risk of social exclusion and in January 2021 the faces of the migrants of the former Moi entered the project dealing with becoming the traveling concierge, with the informal group Ctrl Community and the City of Turin with which it was stipulated the collaboration pact for the management of common goods.

Today the concierge is a place to ask for any kind of service from the reception of packages to the translation of texts in various languages, from cleaning to craft repairs, to get to technological support services, practical processing and babysitting, but at the same time it is a relational place to build a community of proximity.

Watch the video of the project to learn more

The Spaccio di Cultura – Portineria di Comunità is part of the 15 projects of generative welfare of Turin Social Factory program of the City of Turin, co-funded by the National Operational Program Metropolitan City and the European Union, European Social Fund, made within the framework of Torino Social Impact.

For more information on the Torino Social Factory program and the other 14 projects that are part of it, go to this link.

 

Torino Social Impact partner of the new European Cluster Platform

Starting from April 2021, the European Union’s European Cluster Platform, an EU hub dedicated to industrial clusters comprising more than 1000 partners and aimed at strengthening the European economic system through collaboration, has also included social economy clusters among its members. Torino Social Impact’s candidacy is one of the first to be approved, and so the Turin platform with its more than 100 partners becomes part of the European coordination.

For decades, the theme of technological and industrial clusters at the European level has been considered strategic for competitiveness and, borrowing this approach, in 2019 the European Commission has launched in-depth work on the role of clusters and other forms of territorial cooperation for the social economy, counting on introducing them into funding measures on an equal footing with other clusters. Hence the dedicated section of the European Cluster Platform, confirming the Commission’s plan to include the proximity and social economy among the Industrial Ecosystems for the Recovery.

In the dedicated section of the European Cluster Platform, the social economy is described as a significant portion of Europe’s economy that provides benefits for people other than investors and owners. In the new section, the social economy clusters or “Cluster of social and ecological innovation” are “Groups of social economy enterprises and other related supporting and economic actors that cooperate in a particular location to increase their joint social and ecologic impact by enhancing their cooperation, pooling resources and innovation capacity.“

Many of them are organised in a quadruple or quintuple model, meaning bringing together business (social economy and regular business), civil society, research and government. Moreover, they are usually cross-sectoral and they have usually other drivers than just improving the sectoral competitiveness.

A new chance for Torino Social Impact to get European visibility.

Torino Social Impact partner of the new European Cluster Platform

Starting from April 2021, the European Union’s European Cluster Platform, an EU hub dedicated to industrial clusters comprising more than 1000 partners and aimed at strengthening the European economic system through collaboration, has also included social economy clusters among its members. Torino Social Impact’s candidacy is one of the first to be approved, and so the Turin platform with its more than 100 partners becomes part of the European coordination.

For decades, the theme of technological and industrial clusters at the European level has been considered strategic for competitiveness and, borrowing this approach, in 2019 the European Commission has launched in-depth work on the role of clusters and other forms of territorial cooperation for the social economy, counting on introducing them into funding measures on an equal footing with other clusters. Hence the dedicated section of the European Cluster Platform, confirming the Commission’s plan to include the proximity and social economy among the Industrial Ecosystems for the Recovery.

In the dedicated section of the European Cluster Platform, the social economy is described as a significant portion of Europe’s economy that provides benefits for people other than investors and owners. In the new section, the social economy clusters or “Cluster of social and ecological innovation” are “Groups of social economy enterprises and other related supporting and economic actors that cooperate in a particular location to increase their joint social and ecologic impact by enhancing their cooperation, pooling resources and innovation capacity.“

Many of them are organised in a quadruple or quintuple model, meaning bringing together business (social economy and regular business), civil society, research and government. Moreover, they are usually cross-sectoral and they have usually other drivers than just improving the sectoral competitiveness.

A new chance for Torino Social Impact to get European visibility.

The eighth episode of Bench-Mark with Codex is now online

With Bench-Mark, we tell about the value that the different realities adhering to Torino Social Impact are giving in interpreting the impact economy.

This time, we sit on the bench with Rosalba La Grotteria and Francesca Vanzetti, members of Codex, a development agency, founded between 1987 and 1988 in cooperative form, which offers consultancy on issues relating to the European Union, local economic development, and labor policies.

Interview by Francesco Antonioli.

The eighth episode of Bench-Mark with CODEX is now online

With Bench-Mark, we tell about the value that the different realities adhering to Torino Social Impact are giving in interpreting the impact economy.

This time, we sit on the bench with Rosalba La Gratteria and Francesca Vanzetti, members of CODEX, a development agency, founded between 1987 and 1988 in cooperative form, which offers consultancy on issues relating to the European Union, local economic development, and labor policies.

Interview by Francesco Antonioli.

Torino Social Impact partner di GSG for the Impact Narrative Award 2021

Torino Social Impact, within the National Advisory Board Italy, has activated an important international collaboration as a promoter of the first edition of the Impact Narrative Award of GSG For Impact Investing aimed at selecting the best communication campaigns in the 32 countries of the international network.

The word “impact” is proliferating in marketing strategies, but an effective and compelling narrative about impact investing is still lacking. Impact investment means to optimise risk, return and impact to benefit people and the planet. Impact investment does so by setting specific social and environmental objectives alongside financial ones, and measuring their achievement.

As the impact investing movement continues to gain traction, the impact community remains fragmented and doesn’t speak with a unified voice about the impact opportunity and many people in finance and government aren’t aware about it yet. This all reduces awareness and slows the impact movement’s momentum and does not facilitate the adoption of impact investing to mainstream the solutions that drive a just and impact-led recovery as well as develop impact economies in the long term.
This will be achieved by creating a compelling impact narrative that is used by impact organisations (NABs, impact networks, etc.) to persuade two “powerbrokers”: the financial sector and governments.

An international award would improve understanding of impact investing and help raise awareness about its transformative power. This impact narrative award is aimed at recognising the best existing examples as well launching a new challenge to catalyse additional resources and competences.

The call will be issued in the spring and selection of the best campaigns will take place over the summer in order to be able to award the winners at the GSG Global Summit scheduled for October.

The GSG was established in August 2015 as a successor and complement to the work of the Task Force on Social Impact Investment established under the UK G8 Presidency. The GSG currently has over 30 countries plus the EU as members. Chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen, the GSG brings together leaders from the worlds of finance, business and philanthropy. Italy is one of the GSG members.

SmartCommunities Conference

SmartCommunities conference is the annual national meeting organised by the Italian SmartCommunities Cluster.

It will be held online on the 13th April 2021 from 9.00 to 17.00 and will be mainly in Italian, with the exception of some of the key speakers.

The Conference 2021 is focused on Digital Transformation and intends to propose a reflection and a comparison to look carefully at the Covid-19 changes, understand how the digital transition has changed and is changing our communities and their needs, and propose solutions to seize new opportunities from this “new normality”.

The conference will have an opening session and 3 thematic sessions presenting innovation projects for the management of urban and metropolitan areas, particularly in 3 topics:

  • Smart and collaborative mobility (intelligent mobility of goods and people).
  • Smart and secure living (urban security, protection of the territory and critical infrastructures, prevention of critical or risk events, IT security of data and their use)
  • Smart and inclusive government (relationship between public administrations and citizens, participation and social inclusion, processes and service management).

For further information and agenda, visit www.smartcommunitiestech.it/scc-2021/agenda/

11/4 – Mercato della Biodiversità Googreen

On Sunday 11 April 2021, with spring now in full swing, the #Googreen Biodiversity Market celebrates active nature and all its potential at Giardino Sambuy, which, like every second Sunday of the month, comes back to life to be a place for meeting, good practices, exchanges and seasonal stories.

  • From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Googreen producers selected by Giardino Forbito will be back, as always, to represent seasonal excellence.

This month’s Spazio delle Idee is dedicated, on the subject of active nature, to the knowledge and application of the plants and herbs most useful to our well-being.

  • 11 am: HEMP. An appointment with Maestro Bruno Tessa, hemp spinner from Coazze and a profound connoisseur of history, who will talk about this ancient craft and what an incredible plant hemp is. In collaboration with Ecomuseo di Coazze and live on Facebook.
  • 12pm: NATURAL DYES. An appointment with Claudio Vitali, the story of Passione Natura and the years dedicated to phytotherapeutic research, to the precious medicines distilled from cannabis, rosemary, thyme and the infinite range offered by nature. Live on Facebook.
  • 2 p.m.: ARTEMISIA. Appointment with Stefano Nervi, organic mugwort grower, who collects and dries the buds naturally to make infusions, tisanes and decoctions, oleoliths, mother tinctures, toothpastes, bitters and syrups, dream pads, smudges and cigars for moxa. Live on Facebook.
  • 4 pm: SAGE. An appointment with herb master Marco Gramaglia to discover what is much more than a kitchen herb, and whose name already contains the answer to its innumerable powers. Live on Facebook.

And then, like every Sunday, let’s protect biodiversity by supporting the collection of signatures promoted by the European Union: “Let’s save bees and farmers” and the lowered shutters of the Sambuy gazebo will remain in support of the small precious exhibition for the “FAI parlare la città” project.

First results for Vallette al Centro: project of social inclusion within the prison between technology and creativity.

Vallette al Centro, project of the cooperative Eta Beta Scs active in Turin since 1987, together with Consorzio Soc. Abel Lavoro, comes to life at the “Casa Circondariale G. Lorusso e L. Cutugno” in Turin to involve the whole territory of Circumscription 5, its library, its schools and its services.

But the goal of the project is even wider: to produce publishing and gaming products, along with inclusion and innovation activities that start from prison and expand first to Circumscription 5 and then within the city.

Three main strands of the activities promoted by the cooperative: training, information and related to the field of work, with actions that develop both inside the prison to train prisoners and prepare them for the resumption of the working activities, both externally for family members with information activities, and to raise awareness of the territory.

Among the awareness-raising activities, the project was presented at the 2019 Book Fair and so far two digital magazines have been published, one of them also on paper, 1 e-book and 4 video pills.

In the course of 2020-2021, despite the health emergency due to the pandemic from Covid-19, information activities continued and an online desk was activated for the families of the detainees. The training activities inside the prison also continued, with the start of the production by the prisoners of gaming products, products that will allow design sustainability beyond the period of public funding.

To date, the actions in prison have involved:

  • 25 candidates for the Vallette al Centro project;
  • 6 people participating in an in-depth training;
  • 4 persons in training
  • 3 recruitments;
  • 12 informative and accompanying paths.

While those between prison and territory have involved the passage of 80 people at the Information Desk, of which 8 accompanied to work, in addition to the provision of 10 interviews to those who have carried out positive placement and involvement in the activities of 2 classes IV of the Institute of Higher Education Romolo Zerboni.

Among the products related to gaming, two games have just been launched:

  1. The Bus: a textual adventure that illustrates the stories of three characters and shows episodes of life of those who are inside a prison. In this game the prison becomes the central theater of the events of the people who live there, thus shedding new light on the contradictions, efforts, failures and successes that take place every day inside these buildings. Discover the game.
  2. Le Galeotte: a creative deck of cards to play, but also a deck of cards to unleash the imagination. A booklet has also been created that accompanies the cards, where in 20 pages are shown the interpretative suggestions of the words combined with the individual cards. Go to the dedicated page.

Watch the new video of the project to learn more.

Vallette al Centro is part of the 15 projects of generative welfare of Turin Social Factory program of the City of Turin, co-funded by the National Operational Program Metropolitan City and the European Union, European Social Fund, made within the framework of Torino Social Impact.

For more information on the Torino Social Factory program and the other 14 projects that are part of it, go to this link.

Online the seventh episode of Bench-Mark with Giardino Forbito

Giardino Forbito is a cultural association that crosses biodiversity, attention to green and urban regeneration, with the aim of giving new life to abandoned places.

In the Sambuy gardens of Piazza Carlo Felice, every second Sunday of the month is organized Googreen, a market of biosustainability with producers of excellence.
Right here we met the president of Giardino Forbito Antonella Giani, who told us the story of this reality partner of Torino Social Impact.

The interview is by Francesco Antonioli.

 

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TSI Ecosystem in Action – Mapping for social innovation

To encourage the strengthening of the ecosystem and the collective dimension, a path has been started to enable the involvement and the protagonism of the partners.

On November 25, 2020, during the Assembly of Torino Social Impact, it was started four working groups: Innovation Mapping, Impact Finance, Tech4Good, Internationalization. The aim of these groups is to give space to the emerging planning in these areas, to integrate and update the masterplan of Torino Social Impact and to define planning.

From an initial analysis of the needs of the 25 partners who took part in the working group on mapping for social innovation, there emerged a clear need to establish a profitable relationship between the local market and the third sector, which are still struggling to cooperate, but also an internal network within the third sector that facilitates networking. There is also a strong need for external representation.

There are 3 tracks that the group follows to arrive at the mapping proposal:

  • Knowing. What is the purpose of mapping?
  • Disseminate. How is Torino Social Impact perceived from the outside?
  • Interact. How can Torino Social Impact actors improve their internal communication?

The working group is coordinated by TSI partners Hackability, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini, Open Incet and Torino Urban Lab.