Culturability- Unipolis Foundation
The early years were characterized by the support of cultural projects located in complex territories, such as: the "Bibliocasa Aquila" after the earthquake in April 2009, the Library of children and teenagers "Le Balate" in the historic center of Palermo, territorial center "Mammoth" in the Scampia district of Naples. The Foundation has supported these initiatives not only from an economic point of view, but taken steps to a partnership that would allow the development of shared projects. Unipolis has made available resources and expertise, helping to networking. In this sense, the Foundation has sought to contribute (and still contribute) to experiment new ways of interaction between associations, cultural producers and potential partners.
Culturability is an open platform for cultural and social innovation projects that promote well-being and development in sustainable ways.
The initiative was conceived and promoted by Unipolis Foundation, the foundation of company Unipol Group. Culturability was born in 2009 with a first workshop of co-design, it has finally materialized the following year with a manifest. During the first years of consolidation, it mainly worked to promote an idea of culture as a factor of cohesion and social inclusion, promoting access to knowledge and education to younger generations and people who have been traditionally excluded.
Culturability combines at the same time reflection and concrete action. On one hand, it helps to promote reflection and debate through the organization of physical meetings and activities on its website. On the other hand, it develops a concrete commitment on the territory promoting and supporting cultural initiatives that are aimed at social and civil growth. The methodology is characterized by creation of strong partnerships. All this in a sustainable way by using the concept of individual empowerment (capability) developed by Nobel Prize Amartya Sen.
Culturability is, in fact, a neologism that comes from a combination of the terms "culture" and "capability". At the center of the idea of helping to build new real and virtual spaces in which the cultural theme of access can act as a channel for social cohesion and opportunities for promoting social and economic development.
Between 2011 and 2013 several musical and literary activities to support young artists under 35 have been done: Future Music Contest - sound identity in motion and Babelit - stories without borders.
In 2013 was promoted the first call for culturability “do together cooperatively”: 300,000 Euros and a support path to projects in the cultural and creative sector promoted by under 35 who wanted to open a cooperative venture.
The following year, end of 2014 and throughout 2015, the second call culturability “ social innovation space”: 360,000 Euros to support an incubation path / mentoring to culture and creativity projects in innovation and social cohesion, ability to promote networks and youth employment, with a focus on urban regeneration proposals.
Around 400.000 euro each year.