Tuesday 18 August
Which are the forms and shapes taken by art today in order to explore the sublime? The path of many artists of our time is marked by an extremism expressing the desire to experience the beyond and shape it in a form capable of evoking it to oneself and the people of our time. It is an open road, even though characterized by the scars of many failures. This encounter is meant to be a journey through the works documenting these ongoing great attempts, made by living artists even in such a self-contained age.
Among others, speeches from: Enrico Giovannini, Spokeperson ASviS; Ermete Realacci Fondazione Symbola; Chiara Saraceno, Sociologist; Elisabetta Soglio, Managing Director “Buone Notizie” weekly journal from Corriere della Sera; Luciano Violante President Emeritus of Italian House of Representatives; Nadia Urbinati, Political Scientist, Columbia University. Introduced by Massimo Bernardini and Enrico Castelli.
Video production based on Mario Sala’s show “The dream of a ridiculous man”, produced by Teatro Out Off in Milan and translated by Fausto Malcovati. In collaboration with Tat’jana Kasatkina and Elena Mazzola, Scholé editors of the recent edition “The dream of a ridiculous man and other tales from A Writer’s Diary”. With the participation of students from Modena and Moscow who attended seminars about the work on the text organized by the association Il mondo parla. Introduction to the show by Tat’jana Kasatkina, Director of the Centre for research “Dostoevskij e la Cultura mondiale” (Dostoevskij and World Culture) at the Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Translation and dramaturgy by Fausto Malcovati and Mario Sala With Mario Sala Video direction by Lorenzo Loris and Stefano Sgarella Assistant director Davide Pinardi Screenplay by Daniela Gardinazzi Costumes Nicoletta Ceccolini Light and sound Luigi Chiaramonte Movement assistant Barbara Geiger Artistic intervention in the poster by Giovanni Franzi
Wednesday 19 August
Gian Carlo Blangiardo, President of ISTAT; Marco Ceresa, CEO of Randstad Italy; Marco Hannappel, President and CEO Philip Morris Italia; Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo; Marco Travaglia, Presidente and CEO of Nestlè italiana. Introduced by Michele Brambilla, Director of QN-Quotidiano Nazionale
In just a few days smart working has become extremely familiar and has radically changed the traditional way of working. Which have been the consequences? And more importantly, what mark will all this leave? Time optimization, reduction in mobility costs and its effects on the environment and on traffic congestion? These elements are potentially able to improve personal life, use of resources and environmental health. But what are going to be the consequences on professional relationships? How will work organization and company management change?
Giorgio Dieci, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Parma. Introduced by Tommaso Bellini, Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Milan.
The huge progress in biological sciences is revealing an extraordinary complex material organization that all living beings share, from unicellular bacteria to human beings. At the same time life is a state that we experience marked by a deeply relational nature. The meaning of metabolism, the many forms and functions of protein macromolecules, their production based on information and meanings can be perceived in a new light through just through the prism of drama and beauty of our being alive.
Patrick J. Deneen, Professor of Political Science at University of Notre Dame; Luciano Violante, Emeritus President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. Introduced by Andrea Simoncini, Vice President of the Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples Foundation, Full Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Florence.
Democratic systems find themselves confronted with a series of challenges that go beyond methodological questions, but concern substance. There exists a widespread accusation that, beyond appearances, politics is increasingly run by self-referential elites who exist in contrast with new models of representation. At the same time, there is a demand from growing segments of populations for more authoritative governments, endowed with greater powers to confront problems arising at the social and economic levels. These and several other trends are often contradictory to each other, but share the common denominator of a lack of faith in representative democracy as it was developed in the post-war period. A dialogue on the real and perceived problems and opportunities of representative democracy has become more necessary than ever.
Marco Brun, CEO Shell Italia; Massimo Bruno, Head of Sostenibility and Institutional Affairs Italy Enel; Ermete Realacci, President of Fondazione Symbola; Paolo Vestrucci, CEO Nier ingegneria spa. Introduced by Emmanuele Forlani, Director of the Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples Foundation.
“Facing the climate crisis with courage is not only necessary but it is also a great opportunity to bring our economy and our society to a more human scale and therefore to make them more future-oriented. It is a huge challenge requiring the contribution of the best technological, institutional, political, social and cultural energies. Everyone’s support is needed. In 2008 only specialized magazines talked about circular economy, today Italy is the European country with highest share of waste recycling (urban, industrial, etc.): 79%. In the Italian economy the use of secondary materials resulting from this recycling leads a potential saving of 21 million tons of oil equivalent and 58 million tons of CO2: equal to 12.5% of the domestic demand for energy and 14.6% of emissions”. (extract from the Symbola and Unioncamere Manifesto).
Joseph Weiler, University Professor at NYU Law School and Senior Fellow at the Center for European studies at Harvard. Introduced by Bernhard Scholz, President of the Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples Foundation.
The title of this year’s Meeting, “Devoid of wonder, we remain deaf to the sublime”, is a quote by the Jewish philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907 Warsaw 1907- New York 1972) who invites us to look at reality with an amazement that opens up the way for the research of the sublime, of the meaning of things, of the meaning of living. As we speak we want to encourage the very many people who are “devoid of wonder” right now, to follow up this invitation and let them be guided by Professor Joseph Weiler, who has already graciously joined the Meeting several times, sharing his thoughts about justice and freedom as well as his interpretations of the Bible and his insights on Hebraism.
In dialogue with him will be Brunori SAS, winner of the Targa Tenco 2020, Francesco Gabbani, winner of Sanremo 2016 (new artists) and 2017, and Malika Ayane, one of the most cultured and esteemed female voices of the last decade.
Alongside the three singer-songwriters, all artists on the album “Note di viaggio”, there will be contributions by Michele Brambilla, editorial director of the national newspaper Il Resto del carlino and Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna, for a tribute to Francesco Guccini on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Thursday 20 August
Ferruccio De Bortoli President of “Longanesi” Publisher and Association”Vidas”; Giorgio De Rita “CENSIS” General Secretary; Maria Stella Gelmini Head of Deputees of Forza Italia Party at Italian House of Representatives; Giancarlo Giorgetti Federal Under Secretary of “Lega” party, Deputy at Italian House of Representatives; Maurizio Lupi, President of Intergroup for Subsidiarity; Simona Malpezzi Undersecretary of State for Relatioships with Parliament PD-Democratic Party; Fabio Rampelli, Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Deputees; Gabriele Toccafondi Deputy at Italian House of Representatives, “Italia Viva” party. Introducing Tommaso Agasisti Professor of Public Management at “Politecnico di Milano”
Education and training have always been two sectors in which the intergroup for subsidiarity has been committed. In the last year, two legislative proposals have been presented. One for the experimentation of the teaching of non-cognitive skills in middle schools and one for the training of human capital by companies. The covid 19 emergency has (if it was still necessary) demonstrated the centrality of education and training for the life and development of a country. History showed that after the major crises, whether it was a war, an epidemic or a collapse of the economy, education and training were the investments that built a lasting reconstruction. It is not just about schools and their autonomy, it is about encouraging and supporting the free initiatives that are born in society at every level, because education is a permanent fact.
Emanuela Claudia Del Re, Viceminister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Alessandro Del Piero, Former Juventus and Italian national football team player, pundit for sky Sport Italia; Sara Gama, Captain of Italy's women soccer team; Giampaolo Silvestri, General Secretary of AVSI Foundation; Damiano Tommasi, AIC - Italian Footballers' Association; Simone Perrotta, AIC - Italian Footballers' Association. Introduced by Federico Ferri, Director of Sky Sport.
Cooperazione Italiana and AIC, with technical partner AVSI, come together to spread the values and principles of sport through football and cooperation. The “AIC educational model”–based on social inclusion and the correct (and happy) psychophysical growth of boys and girls, and already successfully trailed in Uganda with AVSI–has been exported to Jordan by Cooperazione Italiana. The protagonists of this journey speak of their work in the Cooperazione Italiana team to realize #ourgoals
Invited speaker Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for Economy. Participants: Luigi Gubitosi, CEO and General Manager of TIM; Ettore Prandini, National President of Coldiretti; Marco Sesana, CEO of Generali Italia. Introduced by Bernhard Scholz, President of the Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples Foundation.
The pandemic provoked an unprecedented economic slump in Europe. The initiatives of the European Central Bank and the European Commission are meant to support the recovery by looking at new generations. Which impact will these initiatives have on the economy of the EU in general and in particular on Italy, in the short, medium and long term? Will there be a recovery in line with the Green New Deal announced before Covid 19? The conversation with the EU Commissioner for Economic Affairs Paolo Gentiloni will be focused on one main big question: will a new, more sustainable and socially inclusive economy result from this crisis?
Gianfranco Battisti, CEO and General Manager of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Spa; Sergio Emidio Bini, Councillor for Productive Activities and Tourism of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region; Andrea Corsini, Councillor for mobility, transports, infrastructures, tourism and business of Emilia Romagna region; Paola De Micheli, Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport; Giorgio Palmucci, President of ENIT; Angelo Sticchi Damiani, President of ACI; Girolamo Turano, Councilor for Productive Activities of Siciliana Region. Introduced by Emmanuele Forlani, Director of the Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples Foundation.
For the last few years the Meeting has been devoting a growing level of attention to mobility issues. Over the last decades unprecedented changes have occurred, both in terms of impact and of speed. The pandemic that has violently and strongly hit the planet has frozen mobility, as well as tourism. What kind of recovery will see the day? Which will be the future models for mobility and tourism? Will this be an opportunity to go back to local tourism? How will mobility "to and from" large cities will change? Will commuters travel by their own means or by public transport? How will public transport evolve?
SUBSIDIARITY AND… SUSTAINABLE FINANCE. Presentation of the annual report of the Foundation for Subsidiarity
Presentation of the report by: Alberto Brugnoli, University of Bergamo, Scientific Director of of the Foundation for Subsidiarity and Luca Erzegovesi, Professor of Banking and Corporate finance and Deputy Director at the Department of Economics and Management at the University of Trento. Participants: Giovanni Fosti, President of Fondazione Cariplo; Marco Morganti, head of management at Impact at Intesa Sanpaolo Group; Fabrizio Palermo, CEO and General Manager of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti; Fabio Pompei, CEO of Deloitte Italy.
How is finance reacting to the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic? Under pressure from this new crisis, the world of finance is called to consider the currents that led it to the great crisis of 2008. Today, more than ever, we must urgently understand how finance’s relationship with the real economy is changing, and what its contribution to sustainable development can be. Furthermore, we must consider its relationship to everyday basic realities, and how sensitive it is to a subsidiary culture. These are some of the topics to which the new Subsidiarity Foundation report is dedicated.
Participation of David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament. Greeting speech by Luca Beccari Secretary of Foreign Affairs, International Economic Cooperation and Telecommunications for San Marino Republic. Introduced by Bernhard Scholz, President of the Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples Foundation.
Among others, speeches from: Mario Abbadessa, CEO Hines Italy; Andrea Baccarelli Head department of Enviromental Health Sciences, Columbia University; Andrea Bellavia Researcher in Enviromental Statistics, Harvard University, Enrico Giovannini speaker ASviS; Carlin Petrini Founder of “Slow Food”; Ermete Realacci President of Fondazione Symbola; Filippo Santoro Archibishop of Taranto; Yasmin Von Schirnding, Professor of Enviromental Health Sciences, Columbia University. Introduced by Massimo Bernardini and Enrico Castelli.
It will be showed the results of the studies and research carried out by the professors of International Musical Friendship with more than 100 young musicians from Germany, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy.
Pierpaolo Bellini, curator of the Spirto Gentil series, guides viewers to discover two sonnets for piano by L.V Beethoven, “The Tempest” and “The Farewells”, performed by Master Giulio Giurato.
Friday 21 August
Enzo Tramontano, Professor of Microbiology and Virology at University of Cagliari. Introduced by Andrea Caprotti, Student of Physics at University of Milan.
Viruses are living entities that, upon entering a host cell, take possession of it and exploit it to replicate themselves, in some cases leading to the death of the infected cell and also of the entire host organism. But where do viruses come from? How can they be blocked? Do they play a role in the ecosystem of our planet? Did they evolve with us or did we evolve with them?
Paul Barach, Professor Wayne State University e Lecturer Thomas Jefferson University; Luis Eugenio de Souza, Professor of Puclic Health at University of Bahia; Walter Ricciardi, Vice President World Federation of Public Health Associations. Introduce Giorgio Vittadini, President of the Foundation for Subsidiarity. Moderated by Luigi Cammi, Meeting Salute.
The challenge posed to humanity by Covid-19 is still present. We seek a vaccine, or at least a cure which would limit the damage the disease can cause. In the meantime, a significant debate is underway on the future of different worldwide healthcare systems. How must they change to best protect their citizens? How can they be financed? How can their clinical and epidemiological components best be integrated? How should an international control room be configured? What are the respective roles of medicine and hospitals in any given area? These are some of the questions which will be considered in this debate between international experts in the field.
Gigi de Palo, President of Forum of Family Associations; Vito Grassi, Vice president of Confindutria; Roberto Gualtieri, Italian Ministers of Economy and Finance; Giorgio Merletti, President of Confartigianato; Luigi Sbarra, Deputy General Secretary of the Cisl Union. Introduced by Guido Bardelli, President of Cdo.
Restarting the Italian economy is a demanding challenge especially considering not only the deep and still partially open wound left by the 2008 crisis, but also the very high public debt already existing before the beginning of the pandemic. How do companies, together with trade unions, face the challenges of this restart, with national and international markets that are even more uncertain and unpredictable? Is it possible to seize this opportunity to generate a more sustainable economy? Will the new ways of working, which have been accelerated during the lockdown months, months of COVID-19 lockdown, be used as an opportunity even for families? And more generally: is the economy we are rebuilding really at the service of families and of future generations?
Angelino Alfano, President of Gruppo San Donato; Roberto Bernabei, President of Gemelli a Casa; Claudio Cricelli, President of SIMG; Roberto Speranza, Italian Minister of Health; Marco Trivelli, General Director for Healthcare of Lombardy Region. Introduced by Mattia Altini, Health Director of Ausl Romagna.
One of the most controversial debates arisen during the Covid-19 emergency was about the role of private healthcare. It has been said that the contribution of private healthcare in helping to cope the emergency was minimal, that it focused mostly on more profitable services. As it is often the case the debate was extended to the much broader issue of a mixed public-private healthcare model, within the national healthcare service. Under what conditions might a mixed public-private healthcare model serve the common good? This topic will be discussed with managerial representatives of both the public and private sectors.
Among others, speeches from: Tommaso Agasisti Public management Professor, Politecnico di Milano; Enrico Giovannini, speaker ASviS; Giovanna Iannantuoni University Rector Milano-Bicocca; Adele Mucci, Silicon Valley Manager; Salvatore Rossi President of TIM; Andreas Schleicher Director of Education and Skill Department, OCSE; Antonella Sciarrone Alibrandi Deputy Rector and Professor of “Sacro Cuore” Catholic University; Francesco Seghezzi President of Fondazione Adapt. Introduced by Massimo Bernardini and Enrico Castelli.
Saturday 22 August
Invited speaker Sabino Cassese, Emeritus Judge of the Constitutional Court of Italy and Professor of Global Governance at the School of Government, LUISS Guido Carli. Stefano Bonaccini, President of Emilia-Romagna Region; Massimiliano Fedriga, President of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region; Maurizio Fugatti, President of the Autonomous Province of Trento; Jole Santelli, President of Calabria Region; Giovanni Toti, President of Liguria Region; Luca Zaia, President of Veneto Region. Introduced by Andrea Simoncini, Vice President of the Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples Foundation, Full Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Florence. Moderated by Fabio Vitale, Journalist for SkyTg24.
In recent months–particularly following the health emergency–macroscopic tensions have reemerged in the State-regions relationship which require reflection, beginning with Article 5 of the constitution: “The Republic is one and indivisible. It recognizes and promotes local autonomies, and implements the fullest measure of administrative decentralization in those services which depend on the State”. If there exists in all political systems a “physiological” dialectic between centralized power and local autonomy, it cannot escape careful observation that even 50 years after the establishment of the Regions, a completely convincing approach has not yet been found. Even the reform of Article V of the Constitution in 2001 remained unfulfilled and left a gray area between federalism and centralism, without producing a coherent architecture capable of effectively serving the common good.
Massimo Clementi, Full Professor of Microbiology and Virology at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University; Antonio Conti, Referente Sistema H4C; Alberto Deales, Chief Medical Officer of Policlinico Umberto I.
The clinical pathway and safety of hospitals, clinics and workplaces, and even the majority of public spaces, is influencing and radically changing our work and habits. What are the correct innovations and protocols that can grant us the possibility of not living in fear? Hospitals and companies are not changing perfectly, but are attempting to respond to a changing reality. A positive attempt, which can, and must be, the beginning of a journey.
Domenico Fanizza, Executive Director for Italy, Portugal, Greece, Malta, Albania, and San Marino at International Monetary Fund; Enrico Giovannini, Full Professor of Economic Statistics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" and Spokesman of ASviS (The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development); Stefano Zamagni, Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Bologna and President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Introduced by Giorgio Vittadini, President of the Foundation for Subsidiarity. Moderated by Elisabetta Soglio, Manager of Buone Notizie newspaper.
The ongoing debate on the limits of the neoliberal development model, made evident with the economic-financial crisis which exploded in 2008, led in 2015 to the creation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals contained in the UN 2030 Agenda. Sustainability, now also on the agendas of multinational companies, seeks to reconcile the economic and social-environmental spheres. The more we analyze the conditions needed for real social and environmental sustainability, the more it emerges that it cannot be decreed from above, but rather depends on individuals and intermediate bodies truly capable of creating and innovating. It is for this reason that the need to rediscover the link between development, sustainability and subsidiarity arises.
Anna Ascani Education Deputy Minister; Luca De Simoni Board Member of “La Zolla” Social Cooperative, Milano; Pier Eugenio Luchetta Head Theacher at Vittorio Veneto 2 “A.Zanzotto” Comprehensive Institute at Vittorio Veneto; Luca Pozzi Theacher at “Achille Mapelli” Technical Institute for Accountant and Surveyors at Monza Claudia Ventura theacher at “Dozza” Comprehensive Institute at Castel Guelfo. Introducing Carlo Di Michele, DIESSE President.
COVID-19 unforeseen drama generated in schools another unforeseen fact, the awakening of awareness and free and spontaneous initiative of people that got involved and discovered again and re-interpreted educative relationship. A way to face emergency that generated new experiences of meeting also at distance, new trails of educational research, new theachers and head theachers initiatives aimed at building formative opportunities, involving families in new ways of educative alliances. All this happens without neglecting to recognize the fatigue in involving students lacking of connecting instruments and those with learning or social problems, without neglecting also difficulties in re-thinking didactics and schools bewilderment in dealing with rules sometimes unclear. A general rehersal that revealed, as has happened never before, how school autonomy is a resource and an instrument suitable to support protagonism of individuals, that has to be sustained and enhanced not only in the perspective of the start of the new school year but also as occasion of renewal of public school system: state schools and state recognized schools.
Desi Anwar, Journalist and TV Anchor of CNN Indonesia; Aleksandr Archangel’skij, Cultural commentator and observer, novelist, and journalist, Russian; David Brooks, Columnist for The New York Times, USA; Christine Ockrent, Journalist, TV Anchor and writer, France; Ceferino Reato, Journalist and writer, Argentine. Introduced by Bernhard Scholz, President of the Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples Foundation in dialogue with Enrico Letta, President of the Jacques Delors Institute.
The fact that half of the worldwide population was lockdown at home and that the social and economic life was put on stand-by has been an unprecedented historical event. Millions of people started to look at their own life and relations in a new way. So what has changed and what is it going to change on the existential and social levels? What are going to be the consequences for politics and the economy? Is this the beginning of a new era for the world or are we going to go back to the past? Was this a fruitful crisis generating a new life approach or was it just a survival crisis now bringing us back to the previous world?
Seizing this special situation as an opportunity, this year’s Meeting final event will be performed by many friends met over the years and gathered together for an exceptional night. During this evening, more than 100 young musicians from Austria, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Russia and Italy will present the result of their educational and friendship experienced made during the summer thanks to the International Musical Friendship initiative. The comedian and director Gioele Dix will guide us through this journey with great mastery, talent and irony.
Sunday 23 August
Muhammad Yunus, Economist and Nobel Peace Prize 2006. Introduced by Andrea Simoncini, Vice President of the Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples Foundation, Full Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Florence and Mario Biggeri, Associate Professor in Development Economics at the Department of Economics and Management at the University of Florence.
Right now the whole world has to address a big question. It is not about how to get the economy running again. Luckily we know the answer. Our past experiences have helped us to develop a general prescription to revive the economy. The big question that we have to answer is: Do we take the world back to where it was before Coronavirus came? Or, we redesign the world? Decision is entirely ours (extract from the essay by Muhammad Yunus published on La Repubblica of April 16, 2020).
Andy Bow, Senior Partner at Foster+Partners; Andrea Gnassi, Mayor of Rimini; José Luis Martínez-Almeida, Mayor of Madrid; Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan. Moderated by Emmanuele Forlani, Director of the Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples Foundation.
In recent decades, many cities around the world, despite contradictions and open problems, have become increasingly attractive places. Spaces chosen to live, build, invest. Tourist and cultural destinations to visit, workshops to experiment with forms of sharing and social organization. However, the images of those same semi-deserted cities during the lockdown have left their mark and at the same time raised new questions about the type of urban development to strive for in order to respond to people's desire to live better and face the challenges of our time.
Among speakers: Giovanni Arletti vice President of Confindustria Modena and President of Chimar Group; Fausto Bertinotti politician; Massimo Folador business professor on ethics and sustainable development at LIUC University Cattaneo; Enrico Giovannini spokesman for ASviS; Mauro Prina manager at Silicon Valley; Lucia Sciacca Communication Director, General Sustainability Italia and Global Business Lines; Andrea Toselli CEO-PWC. Introduced by Massimo Bernardini and Enrico Castelli.
Stories of seemingly impossible hope. In a world devastated by the pandemic, pain, death, disease, hunger are not the last word. The encounter with witnesses of a new and different humanity within challenging circumstances: human awakening is possible, even within a tragic context. And this experience is possible for everyone.