About - Genova che osa - non-profit association

Genova che osa (“Daring Genoa”) is a social and cultural progressive non-profit organisation, that takes care of politics. The organisation was born in 2017.

Genova che osa (“Daring Genoa”) is a social and cultural progressive non-profit organisation, that takes care of politics. The organisation was born in 2017.

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Robert Kennedy
We will ultimately be judged, will ultimately judge himself, on the effort he has contributed to building a new world society.

ROBERT KENNEDY

We are aware, as Robert Kennedy said, that each of us «will ultimately be judged—will ultimately judge himself—on the effort he has contributed to building a new world society and the extent to which his ideals and goals have shaped that effort». Hence, we think that politics is indispensable, idealism is essential.

We want to strive for a new progressive culture. We intend to enable to think of the future and to act today who will live it tomorrow, before being absorbed by it. We want to steer and direct change towards advancing justice according to our values, in the direction of a world marked by more equality and more solidarity.

We are committed to build Genoa’s future as a city founded on equality and solidarity, open and cosmopolitan, lively and dynamic, and inclusive and sustainable.

We shall dare. Courage and ambition are essential qualities of those who aim at changing the course of events through politics.

Educate yourselves because we will need all our intelligence, stir yourselves because we will need all our enthusiasm, organise yourselves because we will need all our strength.

Antonio Gramsci

We follow Antonio Gramsci’s appeal: «educate yourselves because we will need all our intelligence, stir yourselves because we will need all our enthusiasm, organise yourselves because we will need all our strength». Because of this, Genova che osa works along three lines—the centre for studies, social and political mobilisations, and community organising.

We believe that thought is a transformative force. To change the world, we need to understand it and to think outside boundaries of common sense. We think that politics has to always carry out criticism, and to build culture and develop new ideas to shape future.

We wrote our manifesto with more than two hundred people, and we are sharing it in our city. We researched the social, economic and demographic conditions of the neighbourhoods of the city. We highlighted our researches through publications and dossiers.

We think that people must be activated on current political issues, to strengthen our ideas and to act to change the common sense.

We build coalitions with other associations on ideas, we share our tools and experience to strengthen progressive causes. We organised various mobilisations to promote a city which is open, welcoming and founded on solidarity, and to oppose reactionary ideas of the right-wing. To support our ideas and proposals we collected thousands of signatures on numerous petitions.

We believe in the power of people that are organised around a common idea.

Our method is community organising. A strategy of political action that was born in the United States in the Forties, which founded Barack Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s successes, and the UK Labour Party’s rooting.

We have a global sight. Our commitment in Genoa is our contribution to make the difference.

 

Guerrilla Foundation

The Guerrilla Foundation supports and finances Genova che osa in 2020-2021. The aim is to help us in recruiting and training new organizes, so as to enlarge and diversify our staff and therefore scale up our activities and reach.

Thanks to Guerrilla’s support we can act along these lines: presenting a new political proposal; scouting for and training new organisers who have gotten involved thanks to the proposal; putting in place a pressure campaign on the proposal with the newly recruited and trained organisers.

The Guerrilla Foundation envisions a world where voices are not only heard, but listened to. Where speech is informed and informed people speak out. Where inequality becomes marginalised and the marginalised become equals. The Guerrilla Foundation envisions a deeply connected, sustainable, fair world.

The Guerrilla Foundation supports activists and grassroots movements working towards bringing about major systemic change across Europe. It sees citizen-movements as the vehicle for redirecting the global trajectory toward a socially equitable, culturally enriched, and ecologically resilient planetary civilization. It supports activism structures, social movements and urgent actions.

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Spinelli Prize 2019

The European Commission awarded the 2019 Spinelli Prize to Genova che osa in recognition of the initiative “Hope Fest”. Genova che osa organized Hope Fest with the Genoa chapter of the European Federalist Movement during the 2019 European elections.

Hope Fest promoted the idea of a more united and marked by more equality, solidarity, openness, greeness. The initiative was both an activism campaign, to mobilize electors, and a pressure campaign, to ask candidates to address the key issue of inequality. Hope Fest ran along three lines: door-to-door canvassing; a concert to generate enthusiasm; an appeal to pressure candidates. Hope Fest was part of a larger set of initiatives across Europe: “Not to hate, yet to change”, promoted by a network of civic, progressive organizations to oppose rising nationalisms.

The Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach celebrates outstanding works, activities and products which promote understanding of the European Union (EU) as an integration project and its values. It focuses in particular on initiatives which help young citizens to engage in the democratic processes that shape the future of the EU.

The summary of the evaluation for awarding the Prize reads that the activity proposed has directly fulfilled three of the objectives of the Spinelli Prize. The application has targeted and reached a high number of young European citizens. The transnational dimension and impact, involving actors is present in more than one EU Member States. The outreach to young people is ensured through the online communication of the project and also by the fact that the activity was part of the initiative “No hate, yet to change” campaign to promote the participation in the elections of the European Parliament. The campaign is suitable to be replicated in the future to raise attention to further topics connected to European integration.

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