FIRENZE Una mostra fotografica dal nome “Archivio Appennino | R/esistenze – In/volti diffusi” ci ha portatə a scoprire un paese dell’Alto Mugello in una zona conosciuta come Romagna Toscana, poiché quest’area della provincia fiorentina si affaccia prevalentemente sul versante appenninico romagnolo. Il piccolo paese si chiama Palazzuolo sul Senio, si trova a poco meno di 70 km dalla città e 437 m. s.l.m.; conta circa 1.000 abitanti, in estate un po’ di più. Nel 2019, Palazzuolo ha iniziato un percorso di rigenerazione a base culturale e da allora, qui, molte cose stanno accadendo e cambiando. A partire dal codice postale che sempre più persone, in Italia e nel mondo, conoscono come nome di un’ex edicola diventata galleria d’arte contemporanea: E50035. Un’idea, tra le tante altre, della Cooperativa di Comunità La C.I.A. – Comunicazione Innovazione Ambiente, costituita da un gruppo eterogeneo di professionistə della cultura che, per varie ragioni personali, si sono ritrovatə a Palazzuolo dopo anni ed esperienze di vita e lavoro in diverse città italiane o all’estero, e hanno qui deciso di intraprendere insieme un’attività culturale per e con il loro paese. 

ITALY The main dictionaries (like for example Treccani) explain that “color carne” (flesh-coloured) is “a pale pink color, similar to that of human flesh”. Two communication professionals, co-founders of Bold Stories, have recently worked on this crazy but also common expression. Their reflection and research became an advocacy project to “change color to flesh color, from pink to all the colours of humanity.” We then thought of a poem, À mon frère blanc by Léopold Sédar Senghor, which demonstrates the absurdity of another “toubab” expression: person or population of colour. With words we think, we communicate, we create culture, we make politics, we build society. We must take extreme care of them. Long live those who question themselves, long live critical thinking which frees us from preconceptions, which helps us deconstruct the “norm”.

WORLD The world is not the frightening place told by the mass media. To demonstrate it, some communication and information professionals, in the field of creativity or journalism, have decided to take a radical position: to publish and share only good news! Together with Mauro Gatti, founder of The Happy Broadcast, we reflect on the reasons: from the inspirational power of good examples to mental health. But first let’s take a look at other “positive and constructive” editorial projects such as The Upside columns of The Guardian and Fixes by The New York Times, the pioneering Positive News magazine and the more recent Reasons to be Cheerful founded by artist and musician David Byrne. [Do you know any others? Comment the post!]

FIRENZE “Wine windows in Florence and Tuscany” is a book published in 2021 by two art historians, Diletta Corsini and Lucrezia Giordano. Here we interview Lucrezia to know how the idea of reviewing the approximately (to date) 300 Tuscan wine windows was born, dedicating them a book but even earlier (in 2015) a cultural association, a website, an Instagram account and a Facebook page, a programme of guided tours, exhibitions and more!

MONDO Covid-19 has also closed the Museums to the public but has released creativity and among the initiatives born on the web and social media for the “Cultural Resistance”, one in particular continues to entertain the world of Art, the challenge #BetweenArtAndQuarantine or – in Dutch, mother tongue of the project – #TussenKunstenQuarantaine.

WORLD Here are some tools collected in these days of #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd e #BlackLivesMatter, imagining a mini digital library for anti-racism – a page in progress, to update also with your contribution and which, given the global theme, collects resources especially but not only in English; a page made of links to information, essays, stories, books, podcasts, videos that help us to see the world from the other point of view.

E come tantissime altre persone, tutte quelle che credono che la felicità sia un diritto universale, il fine naturale e ultimo della specie umana. “Non so se vivrò abbastanza per poter verificare che l’umanità è riuscita ad arrivare alla pratica quotidiana, normale di questo diritto alla felicità, ma so e sono convinto che lo sforzo di tanti, anche il mio piccolo sforzo per spiegare, per definire, per individuare tutto quel che si frappone tra noi e il diritto supremo alla felicità, sia oggi il lavoro politico più importante che si può fare.” – Luis Sepúlveda

PISTOIA A few summers ago, while we were hosting the #CCTravellers in the Italian Capital of Culture 2017, we discovered a place that we fell in love with at the first encounter. Yes, with Castagno di Piteccio it was love at first sight. And among the Creative Curious Travellers, who came to Tuscany from various parts of the World, with whom we repeatedly visited this tiny #BorgoMuseo a few kilometers from the city, there’s even someone who told us: “it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen”.