PROJECT NEWS

The great change of Facebook

Facebook is the most known social network in the world. A huge number of enterprises and non-profit organizations are on it, through their own social page, in which they can share and post all the news about their own business. From there, each institution can update their friends, users, or simply “fan”, about their present and future activities. From this year on, things have changed: Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and the founder of Facebook, has chosen to make a change in the News Feed algorithm. In fact, it has been taken the decision to advantage contents like posts or pictures...
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04
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SYDIC new member of NDSAN

The Italian association SYDIC (acronym of System Dynamics Italian Chapter) has joined NDSAN as a new member in order to contribute to the development of the network. This association is also member since 1996 of SDS (System Dynamics Society), an international no-profit organization which aim is encouraging the development and use of System Dynamics and systems thinking around the world among researchers, educators, students, consultants in the academic, in the public and the private sector. System Dynamics is a computer-aided approach to policy analysis and design. It enquires to dynamic problems arising in complex social, managerial, economic, or ecological systems...
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04
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European Budget 2021-2027 proposed by the European Commission

On the last 2nd May, in a period full of challenges for the European Union’s future, principally the lack of United Kingdom as State Member, the European Commission presented his proposal for the European long-term budget 2021-2027. The budget proposed by the European Commission amounts to €1,135 billion over the period 2021-2027, that correspond to 1,11% of the EU27’s GNI (Gross National Income). One of the main innovation is related to the integration into the EU budget of the European Development Fund, the EU’s main tool for financing development cooperation with countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific. This tool...
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04
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NETFOOD awarded by FORUM PA

The last 23rd May the project “NETFOOD – Networking for Food Challenge” obtained a very important award. The project won the “PA SOSTENIBILE 2018” prize, received by the project leader “Istituto per la Famiglia (IPF) of Albano and Ariccia” for the category “circular economy, innovation and occupation”. The ceremony took place during the convention “Italy 2030: how to bring Italy on a path of sustainable development”, organised by Forum PA together with “ASVIS – Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development” in the frame of Sustainable Development Festival. Graziella Pazzano, VicePresident of IPF did not hide her great satisfaction for this significant...
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04
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A step closer for Arianna and Selene’s Olympic dream

Arianna Sacripante, an extraordinary synchronised swimming talent affected by the Down Syndrome, won the gold medal in 2016 at the Trisome Games in Florence with the Italian team. On 12-13th May 2018, thanks to the “Progetto Filippide”, she also competed in pair with the Italian World Swimmer Champion, Giorgio Minisini, at the 27th Para Synchronized Swimming Festival in Kyoto, in order to realize her dream to participate to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Arianna and Giorgio received the best score for their stunning performance, reaching in this way the top step of the podium. Selene, a special friend of Arianna...
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04
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2nd International Conference on Mental Health Care in Kiev

On the next 25-26th October, the 2nd International Conference dedicated to the “Global Challenges of XXI Century” related to Mental Health Care will take part in Kiev. The conference will be managed by a large number of scientific partners, among them the Kyiv Institute of Modern Psychology and Psychotherapy and NDSAN, with the aim of facing the problem of Mental Health Care (MHC) in the contemporary world. Nowadays, according to the World Health Organization, up to 25% of all people worldwide is affected in different periods of their lives by mental or behavioural disorders. The WHO affirms that in the...
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02
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The blockchain for non profit organisations

A growing number of non-profit organisations are discovering the blockchain technology because of its benefits: it guarantees fewer costs and risks of frauds and more transparency for fundraising activities or the protection of significant documents. The blockchain is a Distributed Ledger Technology that allows, through a second-level network of computing nodes interconnected, to validate and relay transaction of different types. It is used with cryptocurrencies as BitCoin, one of the many types of digital money, that is not linked to any central bank or government. It works as in the graphic below:   (Credits: https://cdn.chass.ncsu.edu/sites/news.chass.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/03/Block-Chain-Graphic.jpg?x72625 ) This type of technology...
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28
Apr

Circular Economy: new EU regulation

More ambitious targets and fixed deadlines in the new European Union legislation about the circular economy that has been approved the last 18th April by the European Union Parliament, with the purpose of boosting recycling and cutting landfilling. To enter into force, it needs now the EU Council approval. This package sets out binding targets at European level for recycling: for what concerns the share of municipal waste (from households and businesses) it will rise to 55% by 2025, from 44% of today and then it will increase again to 60% by 2030 and 65% by 2035. By the last...
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28
Apr

Welcoming Europe: more rights for migrants and refugees

The European Citizens Initiative (ECI) “Welcoming Europe” has been presented in Rome the last 19th April by some NGOs (as Oxfam, Actionaid, Legambiente and many others among them) with the aim to save migrants and refugees lives and to protect them from abuses and inequity. This proposal rests on three pillars: – Saving lives is not a crime – Freedom of welcoming refugees – Human rights are inviolable Saving life is not a crime Through “Welcoming Europe” these NGOs want to propose the reformation of the European Directive 2002/90/EC to prevent the criminalisation of humanitarian actions made by NGOs volunteers...
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28
Apr

Rise of learning disabilities in Italy

More than 250,000 students in Italy have a certified Learning Disability: it is almost the 3% of the total amount of Italian pupils, according to a report presented by the Italian Department of Education and Research (MIUR), referred to the school year 2016-2017. Dyslexia is the more common disability among them: the 42,5% of the students with Learning Disabilities are dyslexic. The 20,8% have dysorthography; the 19,3% have dyscalculia and the 17,4% dysgraphia. Another aspect underlined by this report is the frequency of Learning Disabilities among the pupils of the first grade of secondary schools, between 11 and 13 years...
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23
Apr

The “R.E.New. Al. Skills” project has started

The “kick-off” meeting of the project “R.E. New. Al. Skills” (acronym of “Real Estate New Alternative Skills”) has taken place in the Economy Faculty of the “Sapienza” University in Rome, the last 5th February. This project, supported by the “Erasmus Plus” EU Programme, is led by the Business School “Mands – Masterandskills” and it includes 12 participant members coming from different parts of European Union. Among them, three legal subjects are also part of the NDSAN international network.   The purpose of this project is the redefinition and the promotion of a new set of knowledge and skills in the...
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30
Mar

Napoli City Piano 2018: high notes for Naples

Let’s imagine about Naples: a magic city, that shines for history, culture and, obviously, for music. Here, the “Neapolitan School” has been an important reference point since the XVI century for a great number of musicians and composers. Saverio Mercadante, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi or Domenico Scarlatti, are such big names for the fans of the Opera: with the latter, for example, the Opera as we know it has seen the light. To honour this huge musical tradition, the last 23, 24 and 25th March the magical sounds of pianos have echoed in more than 60 public places in Naples: in...
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30
Mar

The crowdfunding opportunity for non-profit organizations

Crowdfunding has become a great instrument to finance a lot of different projects: books, travels, films, that are supported by a “crowd” of people who would find worth funding a determined idea. A growing number of charity organizations have also succeeded in their goal to raise money for their own project depending on the help of their online and offline supporters. How to do it? First of all, as the word “Crowdfunding” is self-explaining, the supporters of a non-profit organization play a key role in the transition of an idea into something real or, however, feasible. To reach the highest...
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28
Mar

The ‘good’ side of Facebook

Facebook is the most crowded “virtual” square in the world: here, a huge number of people use to share their opinions, videos, photos with their friends or fan all over the world. In few years, Facebook has become an important part of millions of people lives, linked each one in a network – a “social” network – where a simple “thumbs up” (or “like”) put about a content posted by others on this social media, or sharing it on our Facebook profile, could show something new to other people, or influence their points of view. To be on Facebook, through...
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28
Mar

An “Help Network” against poverty

Help Net work project aimed for “help and support towards the social stratum in poverty” has been running from June 2017 . It is led by the charity “Istituto per la Famiglia Onlus – Albano e Ariccia” and supported by Regione Lazio. It has the advocacy of three municipalities situated near Rome: Albano Laziale, Grottaferrata and Ariccia. Help Network represents a great example of collaboration for a social action between different voluntary bodies: volunteering organizations, social promotion entity, social cooperative, Catholic Church and Evangelical Church operating in different areas of the southern province of Rome. Among them: NDSAN Network, Maendeleo for...
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02
Mar

The European Project “R.e.New.a.l. Skills” started

Last February 5th took place in Sapienza University of Rome the kick-off meeting of the project R.e.New.a.l. Skills – Real Estate New Alternative Skills , co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme. This innovative project, led by the Italian Business School “Mands – Master and Skills” aims to overcome the traditional buying & selling logic and increase the influence of managerial culture in the sector, integrating VET (Vocational and Education Training) with the fundamentals for developing an integrated management of profitable assets. The main purpose of R.e.new.a.l. Skills project is the definition and the promotion of a new set of knowledge,...
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02
Mar

A “REMEDY” for European memory

Today, February 28th is the last day of Remedy project, co-funded by the Europe For Citizens programme. Among the 10 participants across Europe, there was the Albanian partner of NDSAN, the association “Shoqata Shqiptare e Ambjentalisteve Industriale”. This important project, led by the Municipality of Geraci Siculo (Italy) and coordinated by “EProjectConsult – Istituto Europeo di Formazione e Ricerca” (Italy), had the purpose to underline the importance of remembering the past, its totalitarian regime victims and in the same time recognizing the present times. All the partners who participated in REMEDY Project (The Voice from the Past – Recalling Memories...
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02
Mar

Marche Music College: new prospective on music and teaching

Marche Music College is a music school consortium fulfilling the need of new expressive and working paths for musicians and music teachers. The digital, scientific and technological revolution has determined huge changes on the musical scene: computer and software become the main instrument for the sound all over the world. YouTube and social media are the main diffusion channels and they demonstrated the power of music plus image combination, characterised by a unique grammar and a whole new expressive language. The gap between the generation that grew up with records and live concert and “the millennials”, raised up in a...
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