The Improbables

Among the first experiences shared by many participants in the network of A Colorni-Hirschman International Institute were the activities surrounding the teaching of Economic Policy by Luca Meldolesi at the University of Naples in the ’80s and ’90s of last century. These activities were reported in a xeroxed publication called “Bollettino degli Improbabili” (The Improbables Newsletter).

The name “improbables” resonates with Hirschman’s possibilism: “He who looks for large-scale social change must be possessed, with Kierkegaard, by ‘the passion for what is possible’ rather than rely on what has been certified as probable by factor analysis” . While traditional thinking pushes for searching models and regularities, and making hypotheses about what is probable (which, however, is not certain, and could just be a repetition of something existing but not satisfying) whoever is looking for change must detect potentialities that exist even where not expected.

Hence, the “improbables” are those who, moving in the interval between the probable and the possible, offer an individual and collective contribution out of the box.

In subsequent years, with new experiences in public administration, firms, social cooperation, research and political activity many more “improbables” have gathered around that original group.

The Improbables 2017

  • Ciro Accetta – Public Manager
  • Alessandro Alaimo – Public Officer
  • Rosaria Amantea – Architect
  • Angela Arbitrio –Sector Manager,  Sviluppo
  • Aniello Ascolese – Private Teacher
  • Valeria Aniello – Evaluator
  • Maria Ariano – World Bank
  • Liliana Baculo – Past University Professor
  • Vito Belladonna – Training and Evaluation Consultant
  • Tito Bianchi – Prime Minister’s Office
  • Francesca Brancaccio – Entrepreneur
  • Rosaria Bruno – Doctor
  • Renato Bruno – Entrepreneur
  • Filippo Bucarelli – Entrepreneur
  • Daniela Caianiello – Public Finance General Manager
  • Nicola Campoli – Functionary Unione Industriali
  • Antimo Caputo – Entrepreneur
  • Nicola Caputo – Entrepreneur and Member of European Parliament
  • Paolo Caputo – Entrepreneur and business Consultant
  • Alberto Carzaniga – Manager and past-Undersecretary of State
  • Roberto Celentano – Researcher
  • Serafino Celano – Consultant
  • Silvia Celli – Teacher
  • Marco Chiauzzi – Public Finance General Manager
  • Brunella Chiodo – Manager
  • Giuliano Ciano – Manager of Cooperatives
  • Antonella Ciaramella – Member of Regional Council,  Regione Campania
  • Francesco Cicione – Entrepreneur
  • Franco Saverio Cioffi – Temporary manager and Business consultant
  • Vittorio Coda – University Professor
  • Alberto Cozzo – Public Manager
  • Giusi Crimi – Manager
  • Alberto Criscuolo – World Bank
  • Enzo de Bernardo – Director,  Federsolidarietà
  • Giusi De Capua Cioffi – Consultant
  • Anna De Caro – Collaborator European Commission
  • Giovanna del Gaudio – Researcher and Entrepreneur
  • Mariabrigida Del Monaco – Sector Manager,  Sviluppo Campania
  • Massimo d’Esposito – Entrepreneur
  • Gennaro di Cello – Manager and Social Entrepreneur
  • Amedeo Di Marco – Industrial Consultant
  • Tommaso di Nardo – Business Consultant
  • Paolo Di Nola – Director Invitalia
  • Leonida Di Salvo – Lawyer
  • Paolo di Virgilio – Public Administrator
  • Caterina Farao – University Teacher
  • Tania Fedeli – Activist
  • Alan Ferrari – Member of Italian Parliament
  • Rosalba Filosa, – Past University professor
  • Elena Girasella – Director Liaison office Università
  • Wendly Harcourt – University Professor,  the Hague
  • Alessandro La Grassa – Director CRESM,  Third Sector
  • Nicola Lamberti – Entrepreneur and Mayor
  • Massimo Leone – Entrepreneur
  • Veronica Lo Presti – University Teacher
  • Vincenzo Lorenzini – Public Consultant
  • Massimo Lucidi – Journalist
  • Irene Magistro – Lawyer,  Entrepreneur
  • Marco Marchese – OECD
  • Domenico Marino – University Professor
  • Vinni Marino – Director,– Conf-cooperative
  • Onofrio Maragò – Mayor
  • Mita Marra – University Professor
  • Patrizia Massano – Consultant
  • Francesco Messina – Entrepreneur and Business Consultant
  • Mario Minoia – University Professor
  • Gianni Molinari – Journalist
  • Anna Morrone – School Director Ministry of Education
  • Demetrio Naccari Carlizzi – Politician
  • Peppe Pagano – Manager of Cooperatves
  • Sebastiano Patti – University Teacher
  • Simmaco Perillo – Manager of Cooperatives
  • Remigio Picone – Researcher
  • Monica Romis – Consultant
  • Daniele Rossi – Confindustria
  • Claudio Sardoni – Universitry Professor
  • Adriano Scaletta – Functionary Anvur
  • Laura Tagle – Prime Minister’s Office
  • Giaccio Trabalzini – Cultural Organizer
  • Raffaele Trapasso – OECD
  • Agatina Verruso – Cultural Organizer
  • Maria Viscuso – Business Consultant
  • Fabio Zilberstein – Functionary European Commission
  • Giacomo Zuppolini – Entrepreneur

The Improbables - Some examples

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