The distinction between public and private is not only inadequate, but the public sector is bad, and vice versa. We want to dare to give the word “public” a renewed positive connotation, as found in the Italian Constitution, without emulating the entire private sector, but rather working together in unison, in search of the common good.
They are not conditional words, but values that have been harshly maintained after the bloody war of the early 1900s and ratified by a constitution that was, and still is today, for all Italians.
As for the future, it is necessary to improve the mechanisms of the government by renewing its engines: the political system and the administrative system. An government to function with an efficient public administration, an authoritative and modern institutional structure, a functioning political system – these are the prerequisites for achieving the economic and social progression of a country.
It is here that we concentrate most of our efforts, the one that is often called “innovation for social change”.
We believe that, as far as crises are concerned, we have passed in front of us, old-fashioned methods, such as the delegation of money to offer public services or philanthropy, are not the solution. “We liked to keep faith in many other experiences.” to try to intervene at the root of the crisis, acting on the decision-making mechanisms and the policies that cause these crises, at least, fail to solve them. In other words, we aim to work on institutions and management, not through a practical approach.
This may seem like an ambitious project but, in reality, it is something that is already underway in other countries like the United States and Great Britain, labeled as “innovation for social change”. It is clear that the basic work has been prepared appropriately to verify any change.
The foundation operates, unhindered, in the following areas:
– evaluate the performance and transparency of public administrations;
– monitor public spending, in particular that of local councils;
– ensuring social inclusion and promoting participation in society;
– social impact investment;
– reform of political parties and policies;
– restructuring of the institutional framework and its performance;
– modernizing the mechanisms of recruitment on merit and skills;
– responsibility for meetings in both the public and private sectors.
Ethics is our premise or means, a norm for public conduct: this is not any relationship with morality, but rather with the concept of responsibility and behavior within a community.
> Above: “Calendar-cake”, by Maria Letizia Cariello, donated to the Fondazione Etica.