The first and second winner teams in the competition of social entrepreneurship ideas organized in the context of the project “Youth and Social Business: Becoming Agents of Change” – the training program carried on by the Yunus Social Business Centre University of Florence, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia and Fondazione Un Raggio Di Luce Onlus, within the Program “Pistoia Social Business City” – have been awarded a travel to Glasgow and Naples respectively with the opportunity to discover great local social enterprises.
“We draw many lessons from this experience” say the first place winners (Alessandro Filoni, Mattia Pelucchini, Marco Pascali, Edoardo Signori from the III C TE class of the Pacini Institute of Pistoia), who, accompanied by the staff of the Yunus Social Business Centre, flew to Glasgow to discover the most innovative social businesses of the city. “From the meeting with a Nobel Peace Prize laureate (in fact, the students had the opportunity to meet the advocate of the concept of Social Business, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2006 and founder of the Grameen Bank), to the discovery of the wonderful work that many social enterprises carry out to help growing a nation, from all points of view. ”
A different experience, but equally educational and exciting – according to the opinion of the participants – was those of the second place winners (Martina Valentino, Anna Ambartsoumian, Camilla Fibbi, Chiara Lippi of the III B class from the Social-Economic Salutati Institute of Montecatini Terme) from the competition, who won a trip to Napoli, where they were guests of the social cooperative La Paranza of the Rione Sanitá.
“A unique experience that everyone should gain once in a lifetime and that we will always remember. An incredible desire to live, to change and improve the places where they live, and to redeem the stereotyped imagine which others have of them, is what we immediately noted during the visit of the social businesses met in our trip”.
Two trips to very different destinations, but united by the desire to develop their territory, giving answers to the numerous – although extremely different – actual socio-environmental problems through social entrepreneurship.