Fondazione Etica and Tuscany Region for the regeneration of public buildings


The Tuscany Region has a real estate asset of great value, which it manages on behalf of the citizens, real owners of those assets. Among them, buildings of historical and artistic value and land in areas of rare natural beauty.
It is not always possible to find sufficient financial resources to restore and maintain them. To avoid abandonment and degradation, the Region and Fondazione Etica have promoted the first social impact project.

It starts with the idea of recovering a disused public building for:
Redevelop an area of the Region:
– Respond to one or more social needs of the population – revitalize the area with civic, cultural and recreational activities
– Encourage the opening up of entrepreneurial activities and create job opportunities – enhance the area’s agricultural and naturalistic vocation

It also involves other actors, such as Caritas, banks, entrepreneurs, etc.
Starting from the regeneration of a disused building in southern Tuscany, the promoters have developed an innovative social project based on the Social Impact Innovation model.

A socially and economically sustainable development also passes by the full exploitation of:
TERRITORY: Which in Maremma is associated with agro-food richness (oil, meat, etc.) and naturalistic beauty (tourism).
TALENTS: ranging from music to poetry to ITC in adolescents and young people increasingly at risk of addictions.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP: which transmits entrepreneurial skills to the territory and talents and involves disadvantaged people on a par with those who are not.
COMMITMENT: civic engagement and global citizenship, understood as openness and comparison with the cultures and customs of other countries in a perspective of global challenges.

It is a new way of thinking about social and development policies, already tested in other Great Britain, United States, Canada: the goal is to enhance public assets and, at the same time, respond to the needs of the community, taking note of the inadequacy of social and development policies adopted to date, both in terms of public financial resources and planning capacity, in the face of exponential growth of incompressible social needs.