What We Do

The Institute implements and promotes research, training and awareness in order to publicize and foster the economic, social and political culture inspired by the work of Eugenio Colorni and Albert O. Hirschman, thereby deepening and disseminating their contributions to the development and emancipation of women and men through an international and multidisciplinary approach.

Building and Animating

Building and animating

Building and animating, with a democratic federalist approach, an international network of people who are inspired by the thought of E. Colorni and A. O. Hirschman, and who adopt the analogous operational methods in order to achieve integration of knowledge, skills and experiences, fostering engagement, dialogue and cooperation among the various parts of the world. Interactions among the members of this network will comprise shared projects, meetings, cultural comparisons, and other relevant interventions geared towards the same end.

Support concrete applications

Support concrete applications

Supporting concrete applications of these concepts through the validation of various experiences (cultural, economic, political etc.) that have been inspired by these ideals, and the articulation of associated know-how that they have repeatedly exercised.

Building multi-level networks

Building multi-level networks

Building multi-level networks of private, public and public-private experiences that are inspired by the Colorni-Hirschman perspective, and integrating their processes based on the principles of democracy, development and social justice.

Organizing the intellectual output

Organizing the intellectual output

Organizing the intellectual output and applications inspired by Luca Meldolesi, and employing in every sphere a well-known Colornian stratagem: the method of affection through which an intelligent generosity will develop. In fact, this method teaches individual giving and collective receiving.

Safeguarding the existing trove of documents

Safeguarding the existing trove of documents

Safeguarding the existing trove of documents, disseminating the results of research and interventions within the scientific community, creating opportunities for training and constituting a point of reference for the international network.

Fostering creativity and originality

Fostering creativity and originality

Fostering creativity and originality in the theoretical and practical undertakings of the new generation through scholarships and mentorship, linking them with this perspective.

In the pursuit of these goals, the initiatives launched and promoted by the Institute are inspired by freedom, social justice, economic development, democracy and federalism, with a special focus on the ‘South’ of Italy.

In particular, the Institute promotes the following activities:
- Research in the social sciences, with special attention to Hirschman’s tradition of ‘trespassing’;
- Support and development of economic and cultural initiatives;
- Provision of scholarships and research awards;
- Training (managed both directly and indirectly);

Expert technical assistance on national and international scales in the following areas:
- Development, modernization and social justice;
- Entrepreneurship and business development;
- Democratic processes in civil society and in local and national administration;
- International cultural and economic networks, both public and private.

Current Initiatives

2018

  • Organizing the Second Conference on Hirschman’s Legacy: A bias for hope held at World; Bank, Washington, DC, on October 25–26, 2018;
  • Publication of the e-book Beautiful Pages by Judith Tendler, edited by Nicoletta Stame, October 21, 2018;
  • Organizing the event Rhythm&Light-Montepulciano meets the Harvard Art Museums held in Montepulciano (Italy), on September 14, 2018;
  • Organizing the thematic meeting Challenges of reform and innovation in the Public Administration held in Rome (Italy), on July 9, 2018;
  • Organizing the First Italian Conference on Hirschman’s Legacy held in Naples (Italy), on April 9, 2018;
  • Publication of the book L'ultimo anno 1943-44, Genesi di una prospettiva (The last year 1943-44, Genesis of a perspective), edited by Luca Meldolesi, June, 2018;
  • Publication of the book I dialoghi di Ventotene (Ventotene's dialogues), edited by Luca Meldolesi, January, 2018;

2016

  • Preparing the second issue of “Long is the journey” on this website;
  • Launching of the book series “A Colorni-Hirschman International Institute” by the Rubbettino Publishing House. First books published: Eugenio Colorni: Microfondamenta. Passi scelti dall’epistolario (Micro-foundations. Selected pages from the epistolary), ed. by Luca Meldolesi, 2016;
  • Eugenio Colorni: La scoperta del possibile. Scritti politici(The discovery of the possible. Political writings), ed. by Luca Meldolesi, 2016;
  • Meeting the mini-prizes recipients for their continuing development and empowerment;
  • Participating in the Entrepreneurship Schools of Portici and Giugliano (Campania Region);
  • Participating in the Conference Cycle “Passi Avanti, passi da fare” (Steps forward, steps needed) at Ambrosianeum, Milan;
  • Co-organizing the seminar “Italiani svegliamoci e rammendiamo il mondo” (Italians, let’s wake up and mend the world), Naples, February 16;
  • Organizing the first “Scuola colorniana” (Colorni school), Montepulciano, March 18-20;
  • Participating in the seminar “Gestione imprenditoriale dei beni confiscate alla mafia” (Entrepreneurial management of the goods confiscated from mafia), Casal di Principe (Campania Region), November 4.

2017

  • Preparing the third issue of “Long is the Journey” for this websit;
  • Organizing the First conference on “Hirschman’s Legacy: theory and practice”, to be held at Boston University on October 6-7, 2017;
  • In the book series “A Colorni-Hirschman International Institute” by Rubbettino Publishing House: Luca Meldolesi: Alla scoperta del possibile. Il mondo sorprendente di Albert Hirschman (Discovering the Possible. The Surprising World of Albert Hirschman), II edition, 2017;
  • Eugenio Colorni: Critical Thinking in Action, ed. by Luca Meldolesi and Nicoletta Stame, 2017;
  • Organizing the Second “Scuola colorniana” (Colorni School), Rome, January 20;
  • Organizing the seminar “Ricordando Judith Tendler” (Remembering Judith Tendler), Rome, February 14;
  • Co-organizing the seminar “Sud, Amministrazione, Sviluppo” (South, Administration, Development) with the Regional Council of Campania, Naples, February 20;
  • Organizing the seminar “Attualita’ della lezione cattaneana e le aree metropolitane di Napoli e Milano” (Actuality of Cattaneo’s lessons and the metropolitan areas of Naples and Milan), Naples, March 6;
  • Co-organizing the seminar “Il percorso politico di Eugenio Colorni” (The political journey of Eugenio Colorni), Rome, May 19;
  • Participating at seminars by ISVI (Institute for Entrepreneurial Values), Milan, June.

2015

In the first year of its activity, AC-HII has concentrated its efforts on:

  • A meeting of the Board of the Institute with operatives and leaders of two generations in Montepulciano di Siena (May 15–17, 2015);
  • Financing two full scholarships and one partial scholarship to the Global Village of Future Leaders (Lehigh University, PE), a Summer Business School started by Lee Iacocca;
  • Connecting friends all over the world and launching this website;
  • Developing cultural work and initiatives according to the point of view espressed under “Our Classics” and in “Long is the Journey”;
  • Upgrading and enhancing practical work in various Italian regions, with special reference to the Italian South;
  • Awarding mini-prizes for young intellectuals.
Long Is The Journey - Montepulciano di Siena (2015)

Montepulciano di Siena (May 15–17, 2015)

2018

  • Organizing the Second Conference on Hirschman’s Legacy: A bias for hope held at World; Bank, Washington, DC, on October 25–26, 2018;
  • Publication of the e-book Beautiful Pages by Judith Tendler, edited by Nicoletta Stame, October 21, 2018;
  • Organizing the event Rhythm&Light-Montepulciano meets the Harvard Art Museums held in Montepulciano (Italy), on September 14, 2018;
  • Organizing the thematic meeting Challenges of reform and innovation in the Public Administration held in Rome (Italy), on July 9, 2018;
  • Organizing the First Italian Conference on Hirschman’s Legacy held in Naples (Italy), on April 9, 2018;
  • Publication of the book L'ultimo anno 1943-44, Genesi di una prospettiva (The last year 1943-44, Genesis of a perspective), edited by Luca Meldolesi, June, 2018;
  • Publication of the book I dialoghi di Ventotene (Ventotene's dialogues), edited by Luca Meldolesi, January, 2018;

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2017

  • Preparing the third issue of “Long is the Journey” for this websit;
  • Organizing the First conference on “Hirschman’s Legacy: theory and practice”, to be held at Boston University on October 6-7, 2017;
  • In the book series “A Colorni-Hirschman International Institute” by Rubbettino Publishing House: Luca Meldolesi: Alla scoperta del possibile. Il mondo sorprendente di Albert Hirschman (Discovering the Possible. The Surprising World of Albert Hirschman), II edition, 2017;
  • Eugenio Colorni: Critical Thinking in Action, ed. by Luca Meldolesi and Nicoletta Stame, 2017;
  • Organizing the Second “Scuola colorniana” (Colorni School), Rome, January 20;
  • Organizing the seminar “Ricordando Judith Tendler” (Remembering Judith Tendler), Rome, February 14;
  • Co-organizing the seminar “Sud, Amministrazione, Sviluppo” (South, Administration, Development) with the Regional Council of Campania, Naples, February 20;
  • Organizing the seminar “Attualita’ della lezione cattaneana e le aree metropolitane di Napoli e Milano” (Actuality of Cattaneo’s lessons and the metropolitan areas of Naples and Milan), Naples, March 6;
  • Co-organizing the seminar “Il percorso politico di Eugenio Colorni” (The political journey of Eugenio Colorni), Rome, May 19;
  • Participating at seminars by ISVI (Institute for Entrepreneurial Values), Milan, June.

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2016

  • Preparing the second issue of “Long is the journey” on this website;
  • Launching of the book series “A Colorni-Hirschman International Institute” by the Rubbettino Publishing House. First books published: Eugenio Colorni: Microfondamenta. Passi scelti dall’epistolario (Micro-foundations. Selected pages from the epistolary), ed. by Luca Meldolesi, 2016;
  • Eugenio Colorni: La scoperta del possibile. Scritti politici(The discovery of the possible. Political writings), ed. by Luca Meldolesi, 2016;
  • Meeting the mini-prizes recipients for their continuing development and empowerment;
  • Participating in the Entrepreneurship Schools of Portici and Giugliano (Campania Region);
  • Participating in the Conference Cycle “Passi Avanti, passi da fare” (Steps forward, steps needed) at Ambrosianeum, Milan;
  • Co-organizing the seminar “Italiani svegliamoci e rammendiamo il mondo” (Italians, let’s wake up and mend the world), Naples, February 16;
  • Organizing the first “Scuola colorniana” (Colorni school), Montepulciano, March 18-20;
  • Participating in the seminar “Gestione imprenditoriale dei beni confiscate alla mafia” (Entrepreneurial management of the goods confiscated from mafia), Casal di Principe (Campania Region), November 4.

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2015

In the first year of its activity, AC-HII has concentrated its efforts on:

  • A meeting of the Board of the Institute with operatives and leaders of two generations in Montepulciano di Siena (May 15–17, 2015);
  • Financing two full scholarships and one partial scholarship to the Global Village of Future Leaders (Lehigh University, PE), a Summer Business School started by Lee Iacocca;
  • Connecting friends all over the world and launching this website;
  • Developing cultural work and initiatives according to the point of view espressed under “Our Classics” and in “Long is the Journey”;
  • Upgrading and enhancing practical work in various Italian regions, with special reference to the Italian South;
  • Awarding mini-prizes for young intellectuals.
Long Is The Journey - Montepulciano di Siena (2015)

Montepulciano di Siena (May 15–17, 2015)

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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 2018

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