Dear Federica, your Association - “Trepuntozero” - was founded in 2012, and it sets a goal to develop a new way of communication shifting from the version 2.0, which we all know already, to the version 3.0. What do you mean by that?
First of all, I have to say that I was not in the founding group. But indeed, “Trepuntozero” was founded by three people. And that is the first reason – three people standing for the communication 3.0. Those three people, who were working in communications, realised that a typical Italian situation was that a lot of non-profit associations did not have any professional people working in communications. That imposed a certain limitation for their work. “Trepuntozero” decided to switch in for two reasons. The first purpose was to provide communication services for other nonprofit organisations. The second one was to actually to carry on their own projects – mostly about story-telling and counter-story-telling. By that they were combining three communication channels - 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, i.e. the online and the offline communication as well as networking, current relations to other associations and projects.
As we know, “Trepuntozero” is also involved in migration issues. A couple of months ago, exactly in Torino, the new Forum’s Working Group on migration was established. Can you please elaborate more on that?
Yes, we were very lucky to be involved in this process. Since we are part of UNITED – a network against racism, we have been very closely working with other associations from Torino. We really want to make the difference regarding migration issues that are very urgent these days - both in Russia and in the European Union. Basically, the workshop in Torino was running for two full days. And we are happy that representatives from a lot of associations, which are parts of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, took their time to actually discuss the matters of migration in their home countries. We all had an opportunity - and it was really very interesting - to learn more about the migration issues in Russia, Eastern Europe, Italy and so on. Apart from the establishment of the Working Group, we wanted to decide on directions of our future work, as we needed to find a topic, which could be developed both by Russian and EU associations in order to make the difference and do something meaningful. We had some ideas. Soon, we will meet again at the Forum’s General Assembly in Helsinki. We still don’t know the exact idea we would like to elaborate on. But all the ideas were very interesting, and we really cannot wait to start working on those.