Social Innovation: AID:Tech, digital services for refugees
During the High-Level Conference on Opening up to an era of Social Innovation that took place last year in Lisbon, Gianluca Misuraca, Senior Scientist at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS), announced the Winners of the IESI Award. AID: Tech won the first prize in the category "Most Promising Solution".
 
Philanthropy in Europe: interview with Professor Oonagh B. Breen
The Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) and the European Foundation Centre (EFC) have recently published the study "Enlarging the Space for European Philanthropy", that undertakes a scanning of the horizon of philanthropy's operating space. Percorsi di secondo welfare has interviewed the author, Oonagh B. Breen, Professor of Law at UCD Sutherland School of Law, about European philanthropy, the emerging trends and the potential impact on social innovation.
 
The birth of Nesta Italia, a Foundation devoted to social innovation
October 17th marked the official start for Nesta Italia, an innovation-driven private Foundation aiming to bring to the Italian Third Sector "a proper revolution in the tackling of social problems". This brand-new institution is the result of the collaboration between Nesta, the philanthropic Foundation based in London with global scope, and the Italian Compagnia di San Paolo, ranking amongst the biggest private foundations in Europe.
 
Warm up: Caritas and the Navy together for migrants first-hand assistance
In order to help the forces engaged in EUNAVFOR MED Mission - Operation Sophia, Caritas Italy is committed to furnish clothes and shoes to Operations command, that will redistribute them to refugees during rescue operations. The initiative Warm Up has been presented at the national conference of Caritas Italy. The latter will help Navys commands in the rescue of migrants.
 
Italian Mutual Aid Societies
Italian public healthcare cannot provide all services requested by a new society that is increasingly demanding, because of the social and cultural changes. Furthermore the long-lasting-economic crisis has exacerbated the situation by contributing to the impoverishment of Italian families and by increasing the number of people who fit in the grey slot and who do not have the means to access private healthcare. In this context, it is fundamental to start a fruitful collaboration between public and private actors in order to elaborate and strengthen health sector proposals directed at satisfying citizens needs.
 
Why should people in the US be interested in the Italian prison system?
The new working paper of 2WEL serie "Work and forgiveness behind bars. Giotto Cooperative in Due palazzi prison in Padua" reviews the over-twenty-year history of Giotto Cooperative, the various tasks it introduced into Padua prison and the best practices it developed to rehabilitate prisoners. This paper also reports outcomes from several interviews to prisoners who presently work in the Cooperative, which clearly reveal some peculiar aspects of the "Giotto model".