UN MARE DI PLASTICA

The project, which started in August 2016 and it is still in progress, is entirely led by European Research Institute. Its purpose is to spread, in Piedmont – and, in general, in Italy – a correct information about the so-called “plastic islands”, those huge plastic mass accumulations that, due to the entrainment of the currents, create aggregates and variable size and density that infest the seas of the world (in 2014 there were more than 5.25 trillion of pieces, about 269 thousands tons). Among the negative effects of plastic accumulation, the most serious concern:

  • The impairment of the local biogeochemical cycle, with obvious consequences on a global scale: in fact, the plastic mass can be transported over thousands of kilometers, upsetting the natural balance of the seas;
  • The elusiveness of the plastic mass that, reduced in billions of microscopic fragments, is mistaken for plankton by the fishes, which feed on them. The plastic is thus entering the food chain, reaching significant quantities in larger predators: tuna, swordfish and sharks. The effect is the damage, even  the death, of species such as turtles and birds.

The first phase of the project involved a journalist, contributor of the European Research Institute, who has followed the US research group 5GYRES in the expedition aimed to study and monitor, for the first time, the pollution from plastic islands in the Northwest Passage, the route that connects the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean in the Northern hemisphere, passing through the arctic archipelago of Canada. The Arctic region is also an area of strategic importance: in fact, it acts as a regulator of the Earth’s climate, and the European climate models.
The journalist gathered documentary and video-photographic material, which will be issued in different ways in the coming months, in order to inform the population and form the new generations on the environmental risk, assuming that wrong and repeated attitudes can have negative implications (including the alteration of the biosphere’s health) even if far from our perception.

  • The information and communication activities that are going to be implemented include:
  • the preparation of exhibitions in museums and public spaces;
  • the organization of a final conference, addressed to a specialized audience, although open to all;
  • the spread of a video-reportage;
  • the organization of educational workshops, addressed to the regional school circuit;
  • the distribution of informative and promotional material about the various initiatives;
  • the writing of a book that tells – in ways to be defined later – the research expedition.
LA GRANDE BELLEZIA

La Grande Bellezia is a municipal multi-purpose facility located in via Bellezia 19 (Turin, Italy) managed by the European Research Institute within the project “Oggi vinco io” from October 2014 to September 2015.
The facility was used to provide public utilities for all the Turin residents, especially for those living in the neighborhood.

Collaborating with various associations – including Asd Life Yoga Centre, Guitarre actuelle, Me.dia.re, Telehelp onlus and Comitato spontaneo Sereno Regis Torino Centro – ERI was able to ensure a diverse and broad cultural offer: musical events, meeting on sport and cinema, playground for children and moments of listening and sharing for people in distress. These activities were often free and open even on weekends and during the summer.

CHALLENGES OF CONTEMPORARY REDUCING REOFFENDING

The project, funded by the European Commission, took place from 2012 to 2015 and it is the result of an international partnership that aims to prevent crime and reduce the recidivism in Europe.
In addition to the European Research Institute, the partnership involved a set of institutions committed in the prevention of crime: the Knowsley Community Safety Partnership (UK), the Safety House Haaglanden of the municipality of Den Haag (Netherlands) and the Liverpool John Moores University (UK).
The methodology adopted by the project partners has been the action learning.
Working groups – real communities of practice composed by 5-7 people – were set up to discuss, twice a year, the methods and the most effective tools for tackling recidivism, sharing information and experiences and supporting each other.
By comparing different ideas, the need to develop flexible models able to adapt to different contexts came to light.

The action learning sessions showed that:

  • The partner countries – Italy, Britain and the Netherlands – despite different jurisdictions based on different parameters in terms of profiles of offenders and crime patterns, have similar recidivism rate;
  • Success of rehabilitation interventions depend largely on the support of the local community: when this is involved in the provision of services in favor of former prisoners (for instance, in the case of entrepreneurs or organizations offering jobs to those who are making progress) there is a greater chance that the recurrence of crime does not occur;
  • It is important to start from the young, by promoting educational activities in schools and sports centers and protecting them from the risk of engaging in illegal activity. Furthermore the use of web and social media would facilitate the sharing of information and the psychological support of the weakest.

ERI’s change life programme: how to tackle  recidivism in Grugliasco and Collegno

The project partners have developed different change life programmes, with the aim of reducing recidivism, which have been adapted to the specificities of the ex prisoners in their respective countries.
The one developed by the European Research Institute involved three groups of former   fresh released prisoners (each consisting of about 15 individuals) in the municipalities of Grugliasco and Collegno (Turin), thanks to the collaboration with the CISAP (intermunicipal consortium personal services). The basic idea was that by intervening immediately after their release, the ex prisoners would be accompanied and guided in a more structured way to freedom and job autonomy.

The first group of former detainees, other than working on values ​​and on the awareness of their mistakes, had the opportunity to make contact with some local companies, to observe that job from the outside.
The second group started with a news: the figure of the tutor. Two former detainees from the first group tutored the ex detainees from the second one. The members of the second group, many of which were entrepreneurs, decided to develop their own projects which had business opportunities. P.E.N.S.O. is one of these.

For the third group ERI worked in partnership with Turin’s District 1 and with the Office of External criminal enforcement (UEPE). The formation of this last group coincided with the opening of La grande bellezia, the multipurpose facility located in via Bellezia 19 that has been managed, from October 2014 to September 2015, by ERI within the project “Oggi vinco io”.

WASTECOSMART

The European project WASTECOSMART – Optimisation of Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategies for the Maximisation of Resource Efficiency – started in 2013 and involves six European countries (Sweden, England, Holland, Hungary, Cyprus and Italy) and three non-European partners: Brazil, Mexico and India.

The goal is defining innovative methods aimed to an efficient management of the waste cycle in the acceding countries, through cooperation, research and technological development in the field of waste disposal.

Given the waste in Europe of the 60% of 3 billion tonnes of garbage, which are landfilled or disposed through incineration, it is necessary to change strategy in order to save resources, limiting the impact on the climate and the environment.

That’s why it is important to spread, throughout the continent, the waste management approaches and good practices, but also to promote transnational cooperation and support to the most backward regions in waste management.

Chi Siamo

L’European Research Institute è un ente no-profit che si occupa di promuovere la ricerca e la sperimentazione per l’innovazione negli ambiti scientifici e sociali. Lavoriamo per migliorare le condizioni economiche e culturali dei cittadini europei, e non solo. Sosteniamo, attraverso le nostre attività, il rispetto per l’ambiente, il territorio e gli esseri viventi. Siamo un’Organizzazione che promuove tramite la ricerca scientifica la Solidarietà Sociale “Onlus”. “Essere cittadini del mondo” è la nostra visione. L’Idea Il nucleo che forma il gruppo di lavoro di E.R.I. è nato a Torino negli anni ’90. I fondatori dell’Istituto sono: Enrico Audenino, ‪Iskender Forioso‬, Federico…