On Monday, December 7th, the first meeting of the Steering Committee of the Community Foundation was held via video conference, as required by the emergency situation we are experiencing. At this initial meeting, members of the Board of Directors and the Foundation’s staff also participated to facilitate mutual acquaintance and collaborative work.
The members of the committee, selected from individuals with significant experience in the fields of social entrepreneurship, professions, management, academia, or philanthropic activities, will contribute to the identification of the fundamental guidelines and social, cultural, and economic directions of the Foundation.
Here is the composition:
- Giacomo Anastasi: Director of the Giorgio La Pira Mediterranean Center and Social Project Manager at Coop. Fo.Co. Onlus
- Gregory Bongiorno: President of Sicindustria Trapani
- Gerry Camarda: General Manager of the Auxilium Foundation
- Virginia Colli: Civil Law Attorney
- Johnny Dotti: President of È-one abitare Generativo
- Martina Ferracane: President of the FabLab Western Sicily and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute
- Alessandro La Grassa: Director of the GAL Valle del Belice and President of CRESM
- Mauro Magatti: Full Professor at the Catholic University of Milan
- Viviana Rizzuto: Founder and President of the “Identità & Bellezza” Community Cooperative, which manages the Museo Diffuso dei 5 Sensi in Sciacca
- Florinda Saieva: General Manager of Farm Cultural Park
The meeting brought forth important reflections on the priority needs of the provinces of Agrigento and Trapani, as well as on more general social and economic challenges. The meeting also included the presentation of the social generativity paradigm, an approach chosen by the foundation to guide its community development work.
Social generativity was explained by Mauro Magatti, an economist and sociologist at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and a member of the Steering Committee: “Both in the South and in other parts of Italy, the logic that well-being for individuals and the country derives from consumption and consumerism has not worked. This logic destroys social bonds. In reality, before being consumers, we are generators. It’s about bringing common value into the world, connecting with reality, and taking care of it.”
During Johnny Dotti’s speech, a pedagogue and social entrepreneur who is also part of the Steering Committee, the same need emerged, namely, to break away from the rhetoric that “jobs must be created” in the South and change the paradigm to create value and jobs from there.
The Board of Directors and the Director of the Community Foundation commented during the meeting that “in managing complexity, we cannot do without people, and in this sense, we want each member of the Steering Committee to feel co-responsible for the development of the Foundation, but above all for the development of our territory. We welcome them and wish them good work.”
The next meeting in January will work on drafting the document that will contain the “common denominator” that the Committee will want to establish as the basis for its work, i.e., how to contribute to the development of the territory through the Community Foundation in the perspective of Social Generativity.