Democracy and participation, Community development, As human progress depends on individual initiative, competences as well as social networking and connections, this project on shared management of Commons will impact, affirmatively & sustainably, on the majority of above topics

MODERN DEMOCRACY in a MONASTERY of 3rd MILLENNIUM

Representative Democracy, a great conquest of modernity, can slide towards authoritarian sovereignty and populism, if not harmonized with Culture, Education and Participative Democracy

Creators

Who is behind this?

Alessandro DISTANTE

COMEPER – Comitato Mesagne Per la Ricerca

http://www.comeper.it

Italy

Who is joining forces?

ISBEM Impresa Sociale Scarl

http://www.isbem.it

Italy


LabTS_Laboratorio Terzo Settore

http://www.laboratorioterzosettore.it

Italy


LABSUS_Laboratorio per la Sussidiarietà

http://www.labsus.org

Italy


4. CSV Brindisi e Lecce: https://csvsalento.org/chi-siamo/ 5. Coro PARSIFAL: https://polifonicoparsifal.weebly.com/ N.B. COMEPER has already set up Collaboration Agreements with such Partners

Idea

Idea pitch

For better care & management of Common Goods (COMMONS) we will:
1. Promote awareness & knowledge about them at any age, starting from very early;
2. Provide vocation oriented education & training for specially-abled, poor and elderly;
3. Create a platform to detect & classify public &private spaces suitable to be COMMONS;
4. Get a liaison amongst public & private sectors to generate employment to manage them;
5. Acquire experience and best practices to be transferred to neighbouring cities.

Where will your project idea take place?

Starting from Mesagne and then to Carovigno, Ostuni & Brindisi, to all cities of the Puglia Region

What is the local challenge?

The project will take off in Mesagne and then extend to 3 close cities, considering that:
-Approximately 300.000 graduates abandoned the South in last 2 decades in search of future;
-Natural, historical, cultural and human resources are not optimally valued;
-Innovative communication models and cooperative behaviour are still lacking;
-Puglia region has per capita incomes 60% lower than North Italy;
-There are poor infrastructures and logistic integrations.
-To develop this territory, we need to reduce the exodus of resources by empowering the community with trustful & valuable relationships;
-We can enhance liaisons amongst corporate, public organisations and citizens, through participative democracy for better accomplishment of COMMONS management by social innovation & cohesion.

How does your idea strengthen democracy and active citizenship at a local and community level?

Italian history depicts that sustainable economic progress can only be achieved with strong association and participation amongst society, which holds true even now. Economic development is part and parcel of Democracy, so without the citizen`s involvement, the EU cohesion funds and Institutions will be incompetent. During 2013 and 2015, Puglia had 299.000 volunteers and 34.037 Non-Profit Institutions respectively. Specifically, Municipality of Mesagne has 3 Consulte which represent clusters of 103 associations which act as a bridge amongst these institutions. We will design a meta-model with potential and motto to bring synergistic relation between citizens and institutions for the COMMONS development, which may further be propagated and implemented abroad, hopefully, by Civic Europe.

Who are you doing it for?

Mesagne and the 3 involved cities have a rational “Regulation for sharing common goods”(https://www.labsus.org/i-regolamenti-per-lamministrazione-condivisa-dei-beni-comuni/). COMMONS differ from public goods since even institutional administrators cannot alienate COMMONS that are: water, air, forests, mountains but also public parks, health services, education, and archeologic sites as well. In order to elicit awareness, participation and a shared administration of COMMONS in these municipalities, we will involve in various activities a wide gamut of associations, schools, groups, quarters, parishes, media, etc. reaching out a sizeable number of Citizens close to 20.000 among students, workers, clerks, researchers, teachers, elders, housewives, artisans, professionals, leaders, etc.

How do you plan to get there?

The applied methodologies are the traditional one, but also unconventional methods, such as "World Cafè", used in meetings between youngsters, to "deliberative polling", as groups of citizens who meet to discuss a particular problem at the "Débate public", a method born in France to also involve the stakeholders. The methodology will be decided and refined by the way and will be constantly supported by a dialogue activity, in order to detect needs, summarize and start processes of knowledge and good practices.
At the end of each activity a final proposal will be drafted. Minutes, Reports etc. received will be published online and will be used to compose the Participated Proposal Document, to bring out the results. Finally, the DocPP, will be published through the communication channels.

What are the expected results?

Operating in synergy, we will have created a profound and remarkable impact as far as improvement in citizen`s awareness, participation, integration between citizen and organization for the COMMONS. In addition, the interaction with the 3 Clusters/Consulte (Environment & Social/Health Services, Volunteers & Culture, Sport & Recreation) will have generated an astounding gamut of networks equipped with ideologies, passion, motivations and leadership among the local communities, as several people will learn by doing. Furthermore, it will be an inspiring venture for the public sector and citizens to look up as it preaches and practices the ideology of mutual cooperation, harvesting not only an optimal utilization of COMMONS but also aiming to future plans, activities and interventions.

How does your initiative contribute to strengthening democracy in Europe?

In the past 2 centuries, there has been a significant incidence of critical cases of representative Democracy that, across Europe, is calling out for help! Having understood the depth and severity of the issue, we initiated this project despite the available economic resources. Our strategy not only generates exceptional social cohesion and cooperation amongst different communities but also gives to the citizens the opportunity to realize their power in changing their own lives by being active participants as well as responsible ones for the COMMONS. We do implement with efficiency, to bring profound and imperishable results in building a solid consciousness of Democracy in a peripheral area of Europe. This project creates a gamut of benefits both with respect to citizens and communities.

What is your story?

COMEPER & Partners intend to transform the former Cappuccini Convent into a Monastery of the 3rd Millennium, as a major contributor to Mesagne meta-model of participative democracy for the management of COMMONS.
COMEPER promotes Research & Education through summer & winter schools, libraries & multimedia labs, as well as networks of colleges, cultural hubs and also provides accommodation for students, researchers & teachers. It motivates citizens from multiple disciplines to contribute to achieving better management of COMMONS. It encourage locals to participate in national & international calls to enrich their knowledge of Democracy & civic responsibilities. It promotes Life Long Learning with seminars, conferences & Think Tanks on modern knowledge of frontline social &scientific issues.

€ 49000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

€ 60000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

A. MANAGEMENT: 5000
B. DESIGN & MONITORING: 2000€
C. TRAINING CHARGES; 5000€
D. SUPPLY SERVICES: 15000€
E. COMMUNICATION: 4000€
F. RENT, INSURANCE & PROCESSING: 12000€
G. PERISHABLE GOODS: 12000€
H. MATERIAL GOODS: 5000€

11000 € will be supported by partner ISBEM (private, no profit social enterprise) that cooperates with COMEPER in a structured dialogue since 16 years

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

CIVIC EUROPE may help proponents to implement ventures highly needed here! The Monastery of 3rd Millennium may attract people in search of education, research, cohesion, innovation, brootherhood, peace & Democracy. This community needs resources, expertise, guidance & long-lasting relationships.

Team

MONASTERO della DEMOCRAZIA

Antonio calabrese

Guido_Memo

Idea created on May 27, 2020
Last edit on May 27, 2020

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