New Humanity Movement

Social Harmony and Art

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In a town in the Marche region of Italy, the whole community is enthusiastic about a project to make their city more beautiful - A journey began (in 2007) involving civil and religious authorities, but above all the young people and it’s going ahead today with its gaze fixed on the future.

For the whole community of Ascoli Piceno, the idea of working for a more united city and for a more united world has become an exciting aim.

The young people involved the whole city in social, artistic, sporting and media initiatives. Among their accomplishments were: a party involving families of nine nationalities and an after-schools project for foreign children; a booklet of stories and recipes compiled with the senior citizens in a nursing home; a coffee-concert, which has become a showcase for social organizations, and for amateur arts and crafts; a bike ride tour of the city and a volleyball tournament; a final show with more than 500 young people, animated by the town’s main art schools; a children's newsletter (5000 copies) to promote a culture of fraternity; posters and articles;

Then, we facilitated a week entitled "I love my city: moments of encounter aimed at the city we want" – a simple title that hid a great challenge.

During those days there were many initiatives, running concurrently, on all fronts: from a meeting between voluntary associations to a series of concerts around the town; from Run4Unity - a world relay race for global peace - to a conference for legal practitioners; from micro-actions of solidarity in the town to a classical ballet show.

“The City we want to have” was the title of an innovative round table discussion – a true “icon” of the entire week. It was held in the splendid hall of Savi di Palazzo dei Capitani. The mayor sat beside the bishop as they discussed the future of their city with a trade unionist, a director of industry, the president of the province, a manager from the Health Authority, a magistrate, a young graduate working in a department store, a pianist and a professor of political science … all listening attentively to each other and, with sensitivity and intelligence, trying to understand, what distinguishes the contribution of each one to promoting the common good.

Looking to the future now, we see various paths are opening up. For example, we feel that we can begin within the city, to give our answer to what is referred to as the "educational crisis".

We have shared this idea with a large group of associations, institutions, professionals and many citizens. From this has come the birth of a project to collect consolidated experiences from the past and proposals for the future of our city that reach out to as many as possible - open to all those who want to live for the common good and aiming at involving the new generations.

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