Pigafetta, herbs and spices in Vicenza

On Tuesday 6th of July 2021, within the “Gruppo Scintilla” projects, locals had the occasion to jump into history and meet Antonio Pigafetta, a geographer and writer, who walked down the streets of Vicenza, back in the XV° century.  The association Pigafetta 500, together with ALDA, organised an event dedicated precisely to him. Being an “active citizen”,  more than 500 years ago, his actions positively affected the Italian history. Let’s find out why.

As recalled by Stefano Soprana – President of the association, this historic figure is still quite mysterious. Thanks to research and analysis, today we know that he took part in the first tour around the world, together with Magellano, with whom he had a strong and trustful relationship. More in detail, his  fame is related to the  journal he wrote during his adventure around the Earth, which still represents a milestone not only in history, but also in cuisine.

People from different generations gathered together in “Firenze street”, and let themselves be involved in this event

Hence, bringing back herbs and spices from his travel, Pigafetta brought innovation also in the daily routine of people. Inspired by this, the event was based on interaction with participants, who had to fill a world-picture, with different elements: from herbs to bark; from spices to sand. Kids, parents and grandparents, all together to play and get engaged in finding out more about this great traveller and writer.

People from different generations gathered together in “Firenze street”, and let themselves be involved in this event. Max, a guy living in this street, played music from his balcony; Igi, musician and storyteller, read some extracts from Pigafetta’s book. Storekeepers opened their shops, shared electricity and products with participants: everyone was there to join!

 The occasion also served as a moment of fundraising for the Scintilla Group, with which this event was related to.  After such a great day, ALDA looks forward to the next meetings which will take place on July 31st at 6 PM CET  at “Pampas – Il Giardino Inclusivo”. More information soon!

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To know more about “Pigafetta 500” visit the website

Take a look at the picture, and follow Gruppo Scintilla

On Tuesday 6th of July 2021, within the “Gruppo Scintilla” projects, locals had the occasion to jump into history and meet Antonio Pigafetta, a geographer and writer, who walked down the streets of Vicenza, back in the XV° century.  The association Pigafetta 500, together with ALDA, organised an event dedicated precisely to him. Being an “active citizen”,  more than 500 years ago, his actions positively affected the Italian history. Let’s find out why.

As recalled by Stefano Soprana – President of the association, this historic figure is still quite mysterious. Thanks to research and analysis, today we know that he took part in the first tour around the world, together with Magellano, with whom he had a strong and trustful relationship. More in detail, his  fame is related to the  journal he wrote during his adventure around the Earth, which still represents a milestone not only in history, but also in cuisine.

People from different generations gathered together in “Firenze street”, and let themselves be involved in this event

Hence, bringing back herbs and spices from his travel, Pigafetta brought innovation also in the daily routine of people. Inspired by this, the event was based on interaction with participants, who had to fill a world-picture, with different elements: from herbs to bark; from spices to sand. Kids, parents and grandparents, all together to play and get engaged in finding out more about this great traveller and writer.

People from different generations gathered together in “Firenze street”, and let themselves be involved in this event. Max, a guy living in this street, played music from his balcony; Igi, musician and storyteller, read some extracts from Pigafetta’s book. Storekeepers opened their shops, shared electricity and products with participants: everyone was there to join!

 The occasion also served as a moment of fundraising for the Scintilla Group, with which this event was related to.  After such a great day, ALDA looks forward to the next meetings which will take place on July 31st at 6 PM CET  at “Pampas – Il Giardino Inclusivo”. More information soon!

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To know more about “Pigafetta 500” visit the website

Take a look at the picture, and follow Gruppo Scintilla


The Rude Awakening project brings you back into history with a videogame

The Rude Awakening project brings you back into history!

Within the “Грубое пробуждение” project, a videogame has been developed so that to both bring the younger generation back to the museum; and to learn about history.

After more than a year, ALDA together with all the partner of the project is glad to announce that the main output of this project is now ready to use.

The game retraces the life of soldiers during the First World War. Check it!

Realised by the Rome-based creative hub Centounopercento – 101% studios on the initiative of the Foundation Belvedere-Gschwent (Lavarone, Italy), the video game offers the possibility to undertake a multimedia journey to discover life “on the front line”, to find out more about how historic events have influenced everyday life. Besides, it allows us to also reflect on the present in which we are living in. More in details, the game retraces the life of soldiers during the First World War, and it will be soon available at Forte Belvedere in Lavarone (Italy) from 19 August and from September in all the museum sites of the European project partners in Austria, Slovenia, and North Macedonia.

Last but not least, the video presentation of the game “The Rude Awakening”, with Renzo Carbonera and Daniele Azara, respectively art and creative director of the project, is now available online.

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Take a look the video trailer in English

Read the press release

The Rude Awakening project brings you back into history!

Within the “Грубое пробуждение” project, a videogame has been developed so that to both bring the younger generation back to the museum; and to learn about history.

After more than a year, ALDA together with all the partner of the project is glad to announce that the main output of this project is now ready to use.

The game retraces the life of soldiers during the First World War. Check it!

Realised by the Rome-based creative hub Centounopercento – 101% studios on the initiative of the Foundation Belvedere-Gschwent (Lavarone, Italy), the video game offers the possibility to undertake a multimedia journey to discover life “on the front line”, to find out more about how historic events have influenced everyday life. Besides, it allows us to also reflect on the present in which we are living in. More in details, the game retraces the life of soldiers during the First World War, and it will be soon available at Forte Belvedere in Lavarone (Italy) from 19 August and from September in all the museum sites of the European project partners in Austria, Slovenia, and North Macedonia.

Last but not least, the video presentation of the game “The Rude Awakening”, with Renzo Carbonera and Daniele Azara, respectively art and creative director of the project, is now available online.

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Take a look the video trailer in English

Read the press release


ALDA within the Lands of Water Cultural Association

We are pleased to inform you that ALDA has recently entered the network of Paesi dell’Acqua (PDA) (Lands of Water) Cultural Association. In line with its commitment in support of sustainable and green policies at local level, joining the PDA network represents for ALDA a chance to engage on a debate with other CSOs and LAs focusing on creating awareness towards the sustainable management of such an important resource as water. 

PDA – was established in 2015 as a natural consequence of a process developed in collaboration with the Municipality of Sassinoro (BN), in conjunction with the World Water Day created by the United Nations.

Development and protection of water resources by developing a national and international network

It aims to address the issue of development and protection of water resources by developing a national and international network of professionals able to collect good practices, to respond effectively to environmental criticality, to promote studies and research in order to develop a lively debate that would also involve the communities, a debate that effectively boosts participation and implementation of best practices characterised by innovation and development.

The Association is looking for developing effective collaborations with Municipalities, Associations, and other Organisations to create an intangible network committed to the protection of environment and sustainable management of water resources. This network – RETE DEI PAESI DELL’ACQUA (PDA Network) – will aim to effectively respond to territorial challenges, to promote initiatives, studies and research and to encourage a constant debate through the exchange of good practices and trigger innovative processes. 

The network is growing faster and has been joined by several international organisations brought together by the common purpose of taking care of water resources. Last but not least, every year PDA organises the public event ‘Sassinoro Paese dell’Acqua’, a forum on best practices about water management and environmental sustainability, which celebrates its  13th edition! The latter will take place from August 19th to 24th, 2021 in Sassinoro – BN (Italy). 

ALDA is very much glad to be part of this network, and it looks forward to share its knowledge when it comes to water management and green. Together for the planet!

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To get more information about Paesi dell’Acqua, click ЗДЕСЬ.

We are pleased to inform you that ALDA has recently entered the network of Paesi dell’Acqua (PDA) (Lands of Water) Cultural Association. In line with its commitment in support of sustainable and green policies at local level, joining the PDA network represents for ALDA a chance to engage on a debate with other CSOs and LAs focusing on creating awareness towards the sustainable management of such an important resource as water. 

PDA – was established in 2015 as a natural consequence of a process developed in collaboration with the Municipality of Sassinoro (BN), in conjunction with the World Water Day created by the United Nations.

Development and protection of water resources by developing a national and international network

It aims to address the issue of development and protection of water resources by developing a national and international network of professionals able to collect good practices, to respond effectively to environmental criticality, to promote studies and research in order to develop a lively debate that would also involve the communities, a debate that effectively boosts participation and implementation of best practices characterised by innovation and development.

The Association is looking for developing effective collaborations with Municipalities, Associations, and other Organisations to create an intangible network committed to the protection of environment and sustainable management of water resources. This network – RETE DEI PAESI DELL’ACQUA (PDA Network) – will aim to effectively respond to territorial challenges, to promote initiatives, studies and research and to encourage a constant debate through the exchange of good practices and trigger innovative processes. 

The network is growing faster and has been joined by several international organisations brought together by the common purpose of taking care of water resources. Last but not least, every year PDA organises the public event ‘Sassinoro Paese dell’Acqua’, a forum on best practices about water management and environmental sustainability, which celebrates its  13th edition! The latter will take place from August 19th to 24th, 2021 in Sassinoro – BN (Italy). 

ALDA is very much glad to be part of this network, and it looks forward to share its knowledge when it comes to water management and green. Together for the planet!

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To get more information about Paesi dell’Acqua, click ЗДЕСЬ.


AVATAR project and digitalisation: call for best practices

The AVATAR project (Alto Vicentino, Alleanza per Azioni in Rete) strongly believes in the importance of sharing and exchanging practices, activities and experiences with other organisations and networks whose projects are coherent with AVATAR objectives. To this end, we have launched a “Call for Best Practices on e-government and Open government” addressed to local authorities in the European Union and in the neighbouring countries.

Fill in the form to join the call

This initiative allows us to establish close relationships and contacts with new partners and projects, with the aim to promote collaboration among various local realities. From this it follows that, the overall goal is to foster greater coordination and harmonisation of activities and practices, benefitting both project, and the involvement of citizens of small realities in Italy and abroad.

Thanks also to the contribution and commitment of public administrators who strongly believe in digitalisation as a means to strengthen citizens’ participation in local self-government, by sharing and exchange of best practices we intend to increase the value of the AVATAR project itself.

Last but not least, digitalisation is an essential aspect when promoting a transparent and efficient relationship between citizens and public administrations.

Fill in the form to join the call

The AVATAR project (Alto Vicentino, Alleanza per Azioni in Rete) strongly believes in the importance of sharing and exchanging practices, activities and experiences with other organisations and networks whose projects are coherent with AVATAR objectives. To this end, we have launched a “Call for Best Practices on e-government and Open government” addressed to local authorities in the European Union and in the neighbouring countries.

Fill in the form to join the call

This initiative allows us to establish close relationships and contacts with new partners and projects, with the aim to promote collaboration among various local realities. From this it follows that, the overall goal is to foster greater coordination and harmonisation of activities and practices, benefitting both project, and the involvement of citizens of small realities in Italy and abroad.

Thanks also to the contribution and commitment of public administrators who strongly believe in digitalisation as a means to strengthen citizens’ participation in local self-government, by sharing and exchange of best practices we intend to increase the value of the AVATAR project itself.

Last but not least, digitalisation is an essential aspect when promoting a transparent and efficient relationship between citizens and public administrations.

Fill in the form to join the call


A fresh restart: back in presence from Ukraine

For the first time in recent history, something uncontrollable made us stop and think about the World in which we were living. During the long isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we all posed questions to ourselves on the reality in which we have been living, our lifestyle, and on the one we would like to live in, and build for our future. 

ALDA, as well, has been carrying on a deep and elaborated reflection aimed at ensuring the continuity of its activities and providing support to all its members and partners, even from a distance.

Thus, after a long break, on the 4th of July, ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida flew to Ukraine to deliver a series of trainings  within the programme «Platform for Good Governance and Environmental Protection”, financed by UNDP in Ukraine. 


ALDA: working for the people and with the people


More in details, Ms. Valmorbida is leading seven interactive and participative trainings, from July 5th until July 14th, on the following topics:

  • Raising awareness of professional competencies of representatives of local authorities and public leaders of target communities;
  • Creativity and innovation in local governance;
  • Responsible local governance: publicity, transparency, innovation and partnership

These activities, carried out in presence, are essential aspects of the overall mission of ALDA: working for the people and with the people. If on the one hand the above-mentioned trainings mark a small, yet important step; on the other, this achievement would have not been possible without a constant commitment of ALDA throughout 2020. Thus, the association and its staff managed to re-designing its projects, not by changing its objectives; on the contrary by re-scheduling its activities, events and methods.

ALDA, guided by its experiences and vision, has been able to successfully overcome this intense year, turning challenges into opportunities, and opportunities in reality… and now is finally ready to meet again its partners and friends!

Stay tuned for further updates!


ENLARGE Gamebook

The ENLARGE Gamebook has been built on 31 real cases we collected and analyzed, and the chosen topic is a story about a local government that is attempting to formulate and implement an energy consumption reduction plan. The plan involves the location and construction of a new wind farm and the implementation of a series of interventions to improve energy efficiency in public and private buildings.

The book is intended to be a living tool for all communities wishing to kick off collaborative processes. Therefore, for two years beyond project completion, the book will be integrated with comments and suggestions by those who are using it.

Don’t miss the chance and embark on your own adventure in collaborative governance.

Gamebook

The ENLARGE Gamebook has been built on 31 real cases we collected and analyzed, and the chosen topic is a story about a local government that is attempting to formulate and implement an energy consumption reduction plan. The plan involves the location and construction of a new wind farm and the implementation of a series of interventions to improve energy efficiency in public and private buildings.

The book is intended to be a living tool for all communities wishing to kick off collaborative processes. Therefore, for two years beyond project completion, the book will be integrated with comments and suggestions by those who are using it.

Don’t miss the chance and embark on your own adventure in collaborative governance.

Gamebook

EU and the Western Balkans: Towards Renewed Trust

A great moment of share within ALDA project Regional Youth Compact for Europe (RYCE) in Western Balkans, which ended in May 2021.

The roads ahead of us are going to be difficult, but fundamentally speaking, we are optimistic for the future of Europe and the youth, and in the last conference under the Regional Youth Compact for Europe(RYCE) project, this was very clearly expressed by everyone, who has participated.

Европейское RYCE Final Project Conference was held on July 1, 2021, in the city of Belgrade, Serbia, at the Metropol Hotel. The conference conducted with a hybrid format, with 36 participants viewing from the Zoom platform. Together with ALDA, there was a great number of participants – be they networks and organisations, including 13 partners.

The Regional Youth Compact for Europe project lasted for 3 years, with the aim of empowering youth organisations and other civil society groups in the Western Balkans as well as Europe. More into details, the project took into account policy design, mobilisation of participation and better decision-making among the younger generations, and EU integration monitoring.

The conference showed great optimism for the future of Europe and of youth

The topic  of the first panel concerned the relationship between the Western Balkans and Europe, the second one was about youth expectations for outlooks of European integration alongside with a research presented on the matter, while the third and last panel had representatives from Local Democracy Agencies to discuss local democracy and civic initiatives.

Overall, the conference showed great optimism for the future of Europe and of youth, but also stressed the importance of investing in younger generations; by monitoring the function of democracy and by building trust. The approaches envisaged are largely bottom-up и pan-European, in order to achieve these kind of goals. Thus, youths effectively need to be mobilised for greater participation, they need to be provided with information about policy matters that concern them, while boosting on digital tools to enable them to get valuable news and knowledge within this realm.

Talking about digitalisation, it was also highlighted that as of July 1, roaming agreements were put into place in the Balkans with the help of the European Union. 18 million people among Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia will know have the possibility to “roam like at home”, meaning that no extra money to spend when using their phones when travelling within the region. Regional integration a key to make steps forward. The latter, in fact, continues to be a topic of great importance.

Going back to the overall Final Conference, time was also given to present results of surveys for the youth done at this time of the year in 2020. From a general perspective, it can be said that this meeting proved to be a productive dialogue, showing the accomplishments of the last 3 years of the Regional Youth Compact for Europe project. Nonetheless, youth mobilisation, as well as European integration benchmarks are still very much something that needs to be further sustained.

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This Final Conference is in the framework of the project “Regional youth compact for Europe” implemented by the Centar for Democracy Foundation (lead partner), Balkan Network for Local Democracy, CRTA, Youth Act and Sodem. This project is funded by the European Union.

A great moment of share within ALDA projects Regional Youth Compact for Europe (RYCE) in Western Balkans, which ended in May 2021.

The roads ahead of us are going to be difficult, but fundamentally speaking, we are optimistic for the future of Europe and the youth, and in the last conference under the Regional Youth Compact for Europe (RYCE) project, this was very clearly expressed by everyone, who has participated.

The RYCE Final Project Conference was held on July 1, 2021, in the city of Belgrade, Serbia, at the Metropol Hotel. The conference conducted with a hybrid format, with 36 participants viewing from the Zoom platform. Together with ALDA, there was a great number of participants – be they networks and organisations, including 13 partners.

Европейское Regional Youth Compact for Europe project lasted for 3 years, with the aim of empowering youth organisations and other civil society groups in the Western Balkans (WB) as well as Europe. More into details, the project took into account policy design, mobilisation of participation and better decision-making among the younger generations, and EU integration monitoring.

The conference showed great optimism for the future of Europe and of youth

The topic  of the first panel concerned the relationship between the WB and the Europe, the second one was about youth expectations for outlooks of European integration alongside with a research presented on the matter, while the third and last panel had representatives from Local Democracy Agencies to discuss local democracy and civic initiatives.

Overall, the conference showed great optimism for the future of Europe and of youth, but also stressed the importance of investing in younger generations; by monitoring the function of democracy and by building trust. The approaches envisaged are largely bottom-up и pan-European, in order to achieve these kind of goals. Thus, youths effectively need to be mobilised for greater participation, they need to be provided with information about policy matters that concern them, while boosting on digital tools to enable them to get valuable news and knowledge within this realm.

Talking about digitalisation, it was also highlighted that as of July 1, roaming agreements were put into place in the Balkans with the help of the European Union. 18 million people among Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia will know have the possibility to “roam like at home”, meaning that no extra money to spend when using their phones when travelling within the region. Regional integration a key to make steps forward. The latter, in fact, continues to be a topic of great importance.

Going back to the overall Final Conference, time was also given to present results of surveys for the youth done at this time of the year in 2020. From a general perspective, it can be said that this meeting proved to be a productive dialogue, showing the accomplishments of the last 3 years of the Regional Youth Compact for Europe project. Nonetheless, youth mobilisation, as well as European integration benchmarks are still very much something that needs to be further sustained.

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This Final Conference is in the framework of the project “Regional youth compact for Europe” implemented by the Centar for Democracy Foundation (lead partner), Balkan Network for Local Democracy, CRTA, Youth Act and Sodem. This project is funded by the European Union.


7 July: Save the date for the Open Day of Mysea project

Next Wednesday July 7th 2021, save the date for the Open Day of the Project MYSEA: a unique occasion for all Italian stakeholders interested in the labour inclusion of young people, NEETs and women in the blue and green economy sectors.

The event, organised by CIES Onlus и University of Palermo – Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Sciences, is meant to be the launch of the MYSEA project – Mediterranean Youth, NEETs and Women advancing Skills, Employment and Awareness in the blue and green economy in Italy, with a special focus for the Lazio and Sicily Regions.


Let's understand and address the issue of skill mismatch that hinders labour inclusion and gender equity


The project is co-funded by the European Union in the framework of the ENI CBC MED Programme 2014-2020 and aims at promoting the socio-occupational inclusion in the Mediterranean area of people disadvantaged in entering the labour market such as young people, women and NEETs (Not in Emplyment, Education and Training), who could take advantage of new opportunities and new professional profiles that may arise from the emerging sectors of the blue and green economy.

Европейское Open Day will be organised online and will be animated by different speakers and stakeholders, thus being a space for reflection on the objectives, priorities, methodologies and strategies to be implemented within the MYSEA project. Research activities will be promoted focusing on the centrality of training in order to promote the labour inclusion of young people, NEETs and women in the blue and green economy sectors.

A key feature of the discussion will be the need to understand and address the issue of skill mismatch that hinders the process of labour inclusion and gender equity.

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Event’s agenda

Register to the event

Learn more on Проект MYSEA


Project Manager (France)

ALDA is looking for a Менеджер проекта for its office in Страсбург (France). He/she will work under the supervision of ALDA’s Secretary General and of the Head of the Project Management Unit. Among main tasks: planning and/or implementing the action plan of the projects, organising events and other initiatives described in the programme; following and accompanying the partnership and the group involved in the projects; and communicating about the project with the support of the communication office of ALDA.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English (including 3 names and contacts of professional references) by 16th July 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Application – Project Manager

ALDA is looking for a Менеджер проекта for its office in Страсбург (France). He/she will work under the supervision of ALDA’s Secretary General and of the Head of the Project Management Unit. Among main tasks: planning and/or implementing the action plan of the projects, organising events and other initiatives described in the programme; following and accompanying the partnership and the group involved in the projects; and communicating about the project with the support of the communication office of ALDA.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English (including 3 names and contacts of professional references) by 16th July 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Application – Project Manager


Antonella Valmorbida reappointed as Chair of the European Partnership for Democracy

We are delighted to announce that on June 30th – at the General Assembly of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) – Антонелла Вальморбида has been reappointed as Chair of the organisation, for the upcoming 2 years. Together with Ms. Valmorbida, Anthony Smith, executive director Westminster Foundation of Democracy, has been appointed as treasurer; and Thijs Berman, Executive director of Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), as Vice- President.

Antonella Valmorbida has been reappointed as Chair of the organisation, for the upcoming 2 years

Besides elections, in lights of its role as a key player on EU democracy support, both vis-à-vis the EU Institutions and the member states, as well as the wider democracy support community, this year’s meeting had several key topics on the agenda, reflecting on the role of EPD in the near future.

With its seventeen civil and political society organisations as members from many states around the world, it comes with itself that the role of EPD is essential when stimulating citizens’ participation; social engagements and dialogue among different stakeholders.

ALDA staff is very much glad to hear this great news, and wish to all the Board of Directors, and colleagues at EPD the very best for its future.

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To know more: EPD website

We are delighted to announce that on June 30th – at the General Assembly of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) – Антонелла Вальморбида has been reappointed as Chair of the organisation, for the upcoming 2 years. Together with Ms. Valmorbida, Anthony Smith, executive director Westminster Foundation of Democracy, has been appointed as treasurer; and Thijs Berman, Executive director of Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), as Vice- President.

Antonella Valmorbida has been reappointed as Chair of the organisation, for the upcoming 2 years

Besides elections, in lights of its role as a key player on EU democracy support, both vis-à-vis the EU Institutions and the member states, as well as the wider democracy support community, this year’s meeting had several key topics on the agenda, reflecting on the role of EPD in the near future.

With its seventeen civil and political society organisations as members from many states around the world, it comes with itself that the role of EPD is essential when stimulating citizens’ participation; social engagements and dialogue among different stakeholders.

ALDA staff is very much glad to hear this great news, and wish to all the Board of Directors, and colleagues at EPD the very best for its future.

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To know more: EPD website