Tools for a new world

A courageous Italian social reformer reflects on the universality of lessons taught by his own efforts to bring change to a violent and stagnant society.

By Danilo Dolci

Until the age of fifteen, I made no particular effort to learn anything. I lived in a middle-class family and went to school year after year, paying rather more attention to the subjects taught by teacher I liked and less to the rest. I adored music, enjoyed reading, and was delighted when it began to snow and equally delighted when the weather turned warm and I could go swimming. Читать дальше

Danilo Dolci

Danilo Dolci was born near Trieste, northern Italy 1927, son a devout Slav mother and a sceptical Italian father who worked for the railways and become a station –master.

Danilo originally studied architecture in Rome, Milan, Switzerland, and also trained as an engineer. As a student he published works on the science of construction and the theory of reinforced concrete.He was hailed as a man with a brillant future. Читать дальше

“Inventing the future” website

A courageous Italian social reformer reflects on the universality of lessons taught by his own efforts to bring change to a violent and stagnant society.

By Danilo Dolci

Until the age of fifteen, I made no particular effort to learn anything. I lived in a middle-class family and went to school year after year, paying rather more attention to the subjects taught by teacher I liked and less to the rest. I adored music, enjoyed reading, and was delighted when it began to snow and equally delighted when the weather turned warm and I could go swimming. Читать дальше

The tarrylown letter

Introduction

The proposed research will be based on a critical analysis of a participatory approach to working towards social change with groups of people. The particular approach to be studied is the ‘reciprocal maieutic approach’ (RMA) (Dolci, 1996) developed by the Italian activist, Danilo Dolci. Читать дальше

International Conference of Toronto

I – THE REASON FOR NON – VIOLENT CONFLICT ACCORDING TO GANDHI

The way of connecting, of structurally communicating, pertains to more ample problems: from suceeding to knowing, considering how much is ascertainable and verifiable as “open work”, up to attempting to guarantee world peace on a “supernational “ basis. Читать дальше

Jamnalal Bajaj

Often called “the Gandhi of Sicily”, 65 – years old Mr. Dolci is one of the most renowned social activists in the world. With a promising future in architecture ahead of him in Northern Italy, he chose to get involved, in his own words, in “work more essential than urban planning or builing design for the rich”, and proceeded to Trappeto, in Werstern Sicily, an extremely poor town of peasants and fishermen. It was also the heart of Mafia activity. Dolci was struck first by Sicily’s poverty and decided to dedicate his life for its eradication. He worked with the peasants and firshermen, and, indeed, lived their situation. Читать дальше

Feeding Hungry Minds

Feeding Hungry Minds

I hesitaded before accepting the invitation to write about our latest experiment at the education center at Mirto in Sicily.During the last six years we have held many seminars to look at the various aspects of the experimental work we are now engaged in at the center .But it was only at the beginning of 1975 that we managed to develop our enterprise on a more permanent and organic basic.I want here to show what the major difficulties were,and how we are seeking to overcome them.(In writing about the center I want to make a distinction between the words “to educate”-from the Latin, educere –and “to teach”-from the Old English, taecan,to make a mark or sign). Читать дальше