Cultural Change

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The foundation was not founded only for the purpose of publishing books or scheduling conferences, but rather to change public policies and involve the people.

This is why we do not communicate using an overly technical language, but one that is comprehensible to the general public.

Executing change to the public and political system first implies changing the society’s frame of mind, which we believe is the premise for each and every proposal.

The concept “lavoro culturale” (cultural transformation) stems from the 1957 novel “Il Lavoro Culturale” by Luciano Bianciardi, but it was the sound political parties of a bygone period that brought it first into practice. In a not-too-distant past (circa the 1970s), amid the various public departments (home, youth, etc.), a cultural office was instated with the title of Lavoro Culturale (Cultural Transformation), as if to underscore its purpose.

Our work germinates from this concept.

Our duty is translating complex concepts into plain language, both for explaining our projects and our work, as well as for getting involved in current affairs. We feel it is our role not only to work on middle to long-term solutions, but also to offer different points of view concerning topical issues.

Current Issues


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