2022 in the eleven covers of VITA (that do not expire) (31/12/2022)

January22. COVID DONATIONS, HOW DID IT END?
he first issue of the year, by now a tradition, takes stock of the donations made by Italians, with our Italy Giving Report. At the beginning of 2022, it was an opportunity to understand how much of that enormous river of generosity (and money) that had poured into hospitals, local authorities and regions to fight Covid was actually spent. The conclusion? Millions ended up on a siding. Twelve months later, with Covid frightening again from China, the question is still unanswered, if it is true as it is true that the National Anti-Corruption Authority-ANAC has just called out the public administrations for the “generalized lack of publication of the reporting” of the donations received for the Covid-19: by the end of 2022 they will have to publish the reports. One more reason to go and re-read that investigation, waiting for the VIII Italy Giving Report which will arrive on VITA in 2023. The gem of the issue is the anthology on the gift edited by Luigino Bruniwhich then became a podcast, created for the Intesa Sanpaolo On Air podcasting platform.

February22. IN THE NAME OF THE SON
An evocative title, for a huge (but invisible) theme: the consequences of the pandemic for children and young people who don’t have a “perfect family”. In the world, Covid has orphaned many children and effectively blocked international adoptions at the same time. But even in Italy the protection activity was paralyzed in the first phase and in the most fragile families, already in difficulty, the long lockdown was a dramatic catalyst for problems. Fostering, national adoption and international adoption are the main tools we have at our disposal to respond to the family needs of many children and young people: but they too need to be innovated. A journey through innovative practices – from same-parent families as a resource to participatory fostering up to the fostering of unaccompanied migrant minors – to be taken up again at the end of a year which has seen a 20% increase in unaccompanied foreign minors present in Italy and the Commission for International Adoptions to present an initial national research which put pen to paper that 3% of international adoptions go into crisis. Timeless is the “Guide for those who want to welcome”which completes the February issue of VITA: an articulated “how to do it” which clarifies the itineraries, the interlocutors, the practical advice on what to do (or not to do) to approach hospitality.

March22. NGO, ITALY CALLED
The NGOs have shortened the distances: with immigration, with the economic and social crisis, with the spread of educational poverty, and also with the health emergency due to the Coronavirus, the NGOs “have returned home”. There are 132 who have responded “present” to the call to cover the needs of citizens living in Italy and if the country is holding it is also due to their contribution. The stories about the territories and the new professional profiles that NGOs need in Italy. To re-read why the rhetoric of the sea taxi is back, because with Qatargate we talk too easily of NGOs as a tool to cover money trafficking, because the last Council of Ministers in 2022 approved a new code of conduct for NGOs working at sea which for Silvia Stilli, spokeswoman for the Association of Italian Organizations for International Cooperation and Solidarity, “endangers humanitarian action”.

April22. THE DILEMMA OF PEACE
A dove with ruffled feathers, a little plucked, flying against the wind, perhaps in a storm. With an almost bare olive branch in its beak. This is the image of Gianluca Costantini for the cover of VITA in the aftermath of the return of war in Europe. An image that well expresses the “dilemma of peace”, with the “irritated people” crossed by a demanding reflection, sometimes even rough, on which pacifism is today appropriate for a war of aggression like the one unleashed by Vladimir Putin. There is the first story of the Italian mobilization to give aid in Ukraine (with Anna Spena and Riccardo Bonacina who went to the place) and in neighboring countries, as well as that unprecedented and spontaneous welcome, never seen before, which opened arms and homes to 171,000 Ukrainians. A generosity that has also changed the reception system. To be read again because the eight words to rethink peace and pacifism, chosen by eight intellectuals – from Erri De Luca to Franco Vaccari, from Maurizio Maggiani to Luigi Manconi – they generated thoughts but also a different perspective and action, the one that made the leap from pacifists to peacemakers.

May22. SOCIAL WORK, WORK TO CHANGE
An investigation that has left its mark, a story that has opened several debates. No one before had brought the shortage of professional educators or the level of burnout of the caring professions into the limelight with such force. Social work is experiencing a difficult and paradoxical season, squeezed between the growing wave of care and protection needs – also driven by the pandemic and war – and the very low level of public recognition, with a policy that struggles to recognize the importance of retraining the sector economically, shelving the lowest bids that characterize every public service. Worth re-reading because… the whole emergency is still there.

June22. ITALIAN SOCIAL TOUR
A guide in 70 stages to discover the “social country” made in Italy. An Italy full of opportunities not only for those looking for the sea, art, relaxation but also for those who want to enjoy their holidays by having an experience with strong social features, meeting the most beautiful experiences of solidarity and proximity. Social becomes a pop, cool, beautiful place to discover and experience. To be read again during these holidays, if you are already planning your next trip: 2023 is a year full of bridges, you will certainly find the right destination for you.

July/August22. SOCIAL ON SOCIAL
The selection of seven areas and 35 influencers with a strong social vocation, to be followed on social networks: from Sirio and the tetrabonds to talk about disabilities with a new language to the tiktoker Muriel De Gennaro committed to body positivity, from Elena Stoppioni who talks with great freshness about sustainability to start-apper Camilla Colucci to enter the world of the circular economy, up to Leila Belhaidj who talks about migrations to over 50 thousand Istagram followers. The best practices of the non-profit could not be missing, which is certainly not at year zero: the strategies, the changes, the new positionings, with the performance ranking on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube of the major 100 organizations of the Third sector. To be re-read because new languages ​​are needed: the future is there.

September22. LET’S BRING THEM BACK TO CLASS
Every year in Italy 100,000 children drop out of school. A sensational figure, which however has ceased to make a fuss. And it is only one piece of the puzzle of early school leaving: then there are the kids who are enrolled in school, but never go there, with the unpublished figure of 82,000 upper secondary school students who in June 2022 were not admitted to the ballots because they had so many absences that their school year was not valid. Then there are those who reach the end of their school career, thirteen years on the benches, with skills equivalent to those of the eighth grade: they are the kids that Invalsi defines as “implicit dispersion” and they are 9.7% of fifth grade students . What are the causes? What are the ways to change course? How should the school change? A large fresco of fifty experiences, articulated on eight strategic levers and the stories of outgoing professors and masters, that those kids go back to picking them up one by one. To be re-read at a time when we have resources to spend (well) for 1.5 billion euros allocated by the Pnrr for the fight against early school leaving and the overcoming of territorial differences. While the minister Valditara seems to want to turn the whole school on the merits.

October22. THE SHORT “ESS”.
Environment, Social and Governance, or ESG: these are the criteria that increasingly guide corporate social responsibility, so powerfully at the center of corporate communication. In reality however, the Esse of the social area is worryingly weak. A number that tries to draw the contours of the phenomenon, with authoritative and documented voices, and that pokes its nose into the social impact documents of the top 20 companies listed on the Ftse Mib in Milan. An insight into the theme of the measurability of social performance (and its usefulness), reflections on the risk of social washing and the story of eight banking and pharmaceutical realities that instead have committed themselves to Esse. No alibi: you can, indeed you must, make that “esse” grow. And it’s worth it.

November22. NEW ENERGY
A dossier on the energy crisis, which starts from the alarm raised by various sectors, of hospitality for the elderly. A number that also reflects on feasible solutions: from activists who invite us to accelerate on renewables, to the managers of large manufacturing companies who tell us what they are already doing in clean energy. In the background, the energy communities show an Italy that could come, one built on a true democracy of resources. A road that has just begun: in Italy today there are only 100 energy communities, compared to 7,000 in Europe which bring together 7 million people. We describe eight of them in detail, from Magliano (Cuneo) to Gubbio, from Bologna to Biccari (Fg), from Grezzana (Vr) and Berchidda (Ss), from San Giovanni a Teduccio (Na) to Ferla (Sr), which involve municipalities , foundations, cooperatives. However, the crisis also challenges every citizen, as the founder of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini recalls: «It is time», he writes, «to become promoters of a real paradigm shift driven from below, adopting virtuous behaviors which, if shared by millions of people, can not only move politicians to take tangible decisions». To be re-read because it is the challenge of the present and the future.

December 22. ELDERLY, A WHOLE ANOTHER LIFE
In the oldest country in Europe, with 14 million over 65s, old age is ignored. Chronicity and long-term care are something we will all have to deal with for at least twenty years of our lives, but there is no planning either at an individual level or at a public policy level. The country can no longer turn a blind eye. Demography speaks for itself, as does the fragmentation and inadequacy of current services. The urgency of a reform of care for non self-sufficient elderly people is all here, in this paradox. To be read again because the next few months will be crucial, because the reform of non-self-sufficiency will have to be completed. What are the cornerstones of the scheme presented and the points to still work on? What are the best experiences to disseminate in the country? And what are the words to offer not only assistance plans but projects of existence?

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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