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At the second “Grosseto Partecipa” meeting

In July I took part in the first meeting of the participatory process of the Grosseto Municipality for the definition of proposal for the use of the 400000 Euro deriving from the “tourist tax” (i.e. the small quota payed by tourists when they stay in Grosseto tourism facilities).

I published a summary of this event, since a strong interest was demonstrated for the BuioMetria Partecipativa project.

Having followed the first meeting in Roselle, I was re-invited in Roselle on Sep. 29 from 5PM to 7PM.

2015-09-29-roselle1Phase two of the process consisted in a first screening of the ideas collected in July, narrowing down the bunch of to three ideas using four coloured stickers for each participat to express a preference. Each of the three “leading” ideas was assigned to a “preliminary design” table, and the participants were invited to join one of the tables to further discuss the idea.

BuioMetria Partecipativa received only two preferences in this step. Considering the context and looking at it on the bright side, I might say it was a success to even have one preference in addition to myself! But -like in all the fairy tales- I was distracted at some point and did not take note of who was the other BMP supporter.

To follow the rules of the game I thus parked the “night sky issue” and decided to join the table of the idea ranked as #2 (or #3, I don’t remember), i.e. the planning of a series of cultura events in the suburbs of Grosseto.

2015-09-30-roselle2Here is my proposal in a nutshell:

  • Let’s exclude from the scope Grosseto city in itself and the Gorarella/Barbanella suburbs (not because I don’t like them, but because they are basically right next to a Grosseto)
  • Take one event per month in each suburb, excluding the June-July-August-September months, where too many things are happening all over Southern Tuscany
  • Assume a budget of 300 Euro for each event, and add to this property rights (if applicable), plus a 10% management/promotion  budget
  • Launch a national (make it international, if you will) call for subjects proposinng events, with no specific exclusions
  • Publish all proposals on the Municipality web site and vote them with some simple electronic system
  • Generate the calendar of events evaluating the results of the voting process

Rough estimate on a first pass of calculations: 42768 Euro (to be tuned).

Other points of interest I found

  • The input from other participants to my table. They recalled the importance of premises and subjects existing locally (even though I see the project more as an opportunity to bring in the suburbs some extra-Grosseto animation.
  • some observations on the methodology, which I shared with the organizers


…more news about the BuioMetria Partecipativa developments will follow!

Athens, September 2015

I really liked Athens. I felt at home. The language is not so alien (for an Italian who studied latin and has a basic knowledge of the Greek alphabet from engineering studies). If you listen carefully, and look sharply things will tend to more or less make sense after few days. Many Greek girls have a lot of traits in common with Greek icons (Maria Callas, Vanna Barba). Many Greek guys remind me of friend living in Rome or South of it, or of Anthony Quinn.

I took it from there…between the Balkan Light conference, covered in a previous articole, the closing of the political campaign and the Sunday elections, and some interesting strolls in the Exarchia neighbourhood and the Zografou area.

My only regret is to miss some shots of the concert which happened in some square West of Monastiraki with four bands (free jazz, swing, rock-blues, and finally surf). It ended almost at 1AM just because the generator was out of fuel. Then again, I don’t regret too much, because if you don’t take pictures you can bettern enjoy the groove.

Oh, by the way, yes…the Parthenon was there too, but feeling at home I was kind of less attracted to the key tourist points.