The field trip includes visits to the following social enterprises:
Confiscated assets the Agropoli cooperative has used to create a community group for people with disabilities of various kinds, giving citizens a place to meet by breaking down barriers. Today the cooperative focuses on social-health activities and many of the members and workers are people with mental or physical handicaps.
The Dedalus Social Cooperative manages social services and economic activities. The cooperative organizes tailor-made reintegration courses for underprivileged and marginalized categories by creating employment In particular the cooperative offers its service to immigrants and promotes cultural integration courses.
“N.C.O” Nuova Cucina Organizzata Restaurant
NCO – “Nuova Cucina Organizzata” or New Organized Cooking, is a real innovative enterprise, which develops ways to prepare and sell local produce grown on land confiscated from organized crime gangs. NCO runs a pizzeria restaurant which was a pioneer in a new approach based on solidarity. NCO offers work to young and old underprivileged people. NCO was set up to provide a necessary solution to hardship in the local territorial context, where an extreme form of individualism aims to keep people down.
Fuori di Zucca Social Farm
You’d have to be “fuori di zucca” (off your rocker) to set up a farm in a lunatic asylum, but then again you’d have to be off your rocker not to realize how great a need there is for these people to get back to “Mother Earth.” So could there have been a better place than an ex psychiatric hospital to exorcize the madness that devours our ecosystem and biodiversity? We’ll get a taste of the farm’s recipes, made with produce grown on lands confiscated from the Mafia.
Coop. La Paranza
We’ll visit the San Gennaro Catacombs, a site of historical interest for tourists managed by the “La Paranza” Social Cooperative working effectively to protect our cultural heritage. The cooperative helps young farmers start new businesses in the Rione Sanità in Neapolitan area in the belief that many dilapidated city districts have sufficient resources for self-development.
By promoting Rione Sanità, its history, art, culture, cooking and, last but not least, its religious faith, we can start a process of recovery to relaunch this area characterized by marked urban decay and significant socio-cultural differences.
The Chiku Restaurant is run by Italian and Romany women; here the cultural and culinary traditions of two peoples merge in an innovative as well as entrepreneurial context. Established by the Kumpania Social Enterprise, the restaurant promotes the active participation of citizens who can compare different cultural backgrounds to help them grow.