28 - 31 August 2013
Torino, Italy

Social Responsibility

The Local Organizing Committee of this 11th edition of the Conference has operated according to specific social and environmental priorities, aiming at:

  • reducing as much as possible the environmental impact of such an event
  • maximizing the social returns at the local level in terms, for example, of promoting labor market integration of disadvantaged workers.

On the one hand, we aim to reduce the environmental impact that this event will have by utilizing –whenever possible– recycled materials, encouraging the use of public transports, choosing local products and suppliers, actively promoting the use of tap water instead of bottled water (to this end we will also distribute compostable water bottles to be used throughout the Conference and beyond), reducing the printed material (all informative material will be available mostly in digital form), and by managing the garbage disposal.

On the other hand, we aim to make of this Conference an event with a high social impact, not only in terms of the knowledge advanced and disseminated at the conference itself, but also with respect to the returns on the local society. When choosing our suppliers we have taken into account the environmental and social impact, next to the economic convenience, aiming at creating new job opportunities for disadvantaged groups, such as people with disabilities or convicted. We also though of this as a concrete opportunity to promote a deeper knowledge of our territory and its specificities, through offering you a ‘taste’ of its locally grown food and seasonal products, its history, people and neighborhoods.

 

YOUR BAGS

The Conference bag that you will receive at the registration desk is produced in Italy, made of natural fibre (cotton 100%) and hand-printed by the Cooperative “Il Margine” (Arealab), which employs men and women with psychological disabilities.

In this video you can see them working for you!

 

Arealab was born in 2002 in Torino with the aim of training disadvantaged people, and promoting their professional integration.

We decided to support this Project because we believe this is a concrete way to include disadvantaged people into the labour market (they do directly earn their own money through their work) and to give them the opportunity to gain professional expertise. If you are interested in this Project you can visit their website.

(Unfortunately the website is only available in Italian, but you can see some pictures of the team, of how they work, and of their most recent products, as well as to get an idea of what there is behind the bag you will be wearing)

 

YOUR MEALS

Please beware that, being holiday time in Italy, the provision of alternative options for lunch will be more scant than usual in the surrounding area.

 

We are doing our best in order to match your gastronomic expectations as well. The high reputation of the Italian cuisine constitutes a real challenge for us and we thus hope you will appreciate our selection.

Our choices concerning food and catering, beside letting you taste the richest, locally produced, seasonal offerings of our Region, are likewise aimed at maximizing the social returns at the local level by promoting labor market integration of disadvantaged workers.

The coffee-breaks, the lunch boxes, and the Welcome Reception will be prepared by “Liberamensa”.

We decided to support the Project “Liberamensa”, which trains (under the guidance of expert chefs) and employs some of Torino prison’s inmates, delivering all meals to the convicted as well as being renowned for its high quality catering services outside.

The creation of real working opportunities represents a possibility for the convicted to have an income, thus supporting their families and relatives, and to participate in an on-the-job training program that offers valuable skills. This could lead to concrete possibilities of work outside, making them leading individuals of a changing path. Currently, Liberamensa employs 34 inmates. This program represents an effective instrument of social re-integration and recidivism reduction.

Furthermore, particular attention is devoted to ingredients, chosen from local selected producers and certified according to the EU rules. Liberamensa food is generally hand- and freshly-made rather than mass-produced and it does not contain any artificial products such as pigments, preservatives, thickeners, etc..

If you are interested in the Project you can visit their website.

(Unfortunately also this website is available only in Italian, but you can have a glance at the pictures and videos to see what they are doing and consult their future Projects.)

All your lunches will be prepared by Liberamensa and delivered in a handy lunch box that will be distributed at the Campus. The lunch box will allow you to visit the city, have a resting stroll along the river, enjoy chats with the colleagues in the surroundings, or attend the Mid-day Special sessions during your lunch break. 

In addition, we paid attention to the packaging trying to reduce as much as possible the wastes.

All your meals will be hermetically sealed in “mater-bi”, a compostable bio-plastic.

Please find below the menus and prices (where applicable):

Coffee Breaks

Lunch Box – classic menu

Lunch  Box –  vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menu

 

A possible alternative to the lunch box, few minutes walk away, is the Caffe’ Basaglia (which could offer up to 100 buffet lunches/day for the cost of 10 Euro plus beverages). This Caffe’ aims at offering a physical and moral space in which to promote values such as solidarity, reciprocity and inclusion. To this aim, they employ four people in charge of the psychiatric services as waiters and kitchen staff, enabling them to restore their dignity and sense of citizenship.

Here how to get to Cafe’ Basaglia:

 

You will also be able to purcahse sandwiches at the Campus bar.

 

YOUR ENTERTAINMENT: Pequeñas Huellas

At the Opening Ceremony you will be welcomed with a short concert given by 40 to 50 children from Pequeñas Huellas at the Teatro Regio. Pequeñas Huellas (Little FootPrint) is a cultural development project intended for children all over the world, in particular children suffering from disease, famine, war, abuse, and discrimination. It is a project started in 2003 by the violinist, and teacher at the Conservatory of Music in Torino, Sabina Colonna-Preti. ESA2013 will contribute to this Project by donating violins for musing training of small children of one class in a kindergarden of a disadvantaged neighborhood in the city.

The Project aims at building a solidarity chain among children and at promoting children’s rights. The cornerstone consists of organizing training courses and laboratories for young musicians to increase respect among different cultures, solidarity and cooperation among children, and interest in local music and traditions.

If you are interested in the Project please visit their website

 

EASY ESA for Children

ESA Torino 2013 is particularly aware of the hard time parents meet during school vacation time. Thus, we are glad to offer  the opportunity to mothers and fathers who have decided to come to Torino with their children to make their time in the city as smooth as possible.

We have provided the conference with a flexible childcare services for the younger (aged 1-5)  and with entertainment and playgroup for the older (6-13).

Three different types of services will be available:

1) A nursery for babies (aged 1-3) and a kindergarten for children (aged 3-6) with possibilities to organize play group and various entertainments.

 2) Trips to the main parks of the city for children (6-10 up to13 years old)

 3) Baby-sitting and childminders services can be provided for the “ESA social dinner”

For further information and for booking a place please send an email to Cooperativa “Terre Mondo”: <coopterremondo@gmail.com>

On the basis of the number of requests we will provide more information on: opening hours, location and prices.

YOUR ENTERTAINMENT: Pequenyas Huellas

At the Opening Ceremony you will be welcomed with a short concert given by 40 to 50 children from Pequeñas Huellas at the Teatro Regio. Pequeñas Huellas (Little FootPrint) is a cultural development project intended for children all over the world, in particular children suffering from disease, famine, war, abuse, and discrimination. It was a project started in 2003 by the violinist, and teacher at the Conservatory of Music in Torino, Sabina Colonna-Preto. ESA2013 will contribute to this Project by donating violins for musing training of small children of one class in a kindergarden of a disadvantaged neighborhood in the city.

The Project aims at building a solidarity chain among children and at promoting children’s rights. The cornerstone consists of organizing training courses and laboratories for young musicians to increase respect among different cultures, solidarity and cooperation among children, and interest in local music and traditions.

If you are interested in the Project please visit their website


Thank you very much to all participants for making esa torino an outstanding conference.