Opening today in Turin, with a lecture by the Governor of Banca d’Italia, Mario Draghi, and an evening show by Roberto Benigni, is the second edition of Biennale Democrazia, a cultural event with an international scope promoted by the City of Turin and coordinated by the chairman emeritus of the Constitutional Court Gustavo Zagrebelsky. Biennale Democrazia is supported by Intesa Sanpaolo.
All. Many. Few is the title chosen for this second edition offering five days of meetings, lectures, debates, forums, readings and shows, with one hundred and fifty protagonists of Italian and international culture to explore the central theme of the event: the relationship between the power of all, typical of democratic societies, and the powers of few, that is, the increasing influence exercised by oligarchies in the public life within the scope of power, knowledge and possessions.
The programme of Biennale Democrazia, which confirms its vocation as an educational tool aimed at raising awareness of a culture of democracy and democratic practices, includes debates on minorities and public awareness movements, on environmental sustainability and Italy on its 150th anniversary. A historical slant interweaving with the inspiring tone of the civil lesson given by Norberto Bobbio, which gives rise to the experience of Biennale Democrazia, aimed at the big picture of today's politics and open to a dialogue among people of all ages, especially young people from schools and universities, who are the preferred target audience of the event. Among the activities already underway as the event dates draw closer, there is a new and well-structured experience of informed discussion on a very current and relevant topic: federalism. Which federalism for Italy? is the title of this initiative of participated democracy, which, as from December 2010, has involved the citizens of Turin, Florence and Lamezia Terme as they gather in focus groups to discuss the topic and which will result in a final meeting on 16 April, during the event. New features of 2011 are the Great speeches on democracy - From Demosthenes to Obama, a series of readings with commentary starting from April until December.
In keeping with the tradition, the calendar of events will be held in the various Biennale Democrazia venues: Teatro Carignano, Circolo dei Lettori, Teatro Gobetti, Teatro Regio, Cavallerizza Reale, the University and the surrounding areas, Cinema Massimo, Intesa Sanpaolo’s Sala Congressi and the place which symbolises national Unity, the Chamber of the Senate, which housed the first Senate of Italy, completely restored in Palazzo Madama for the 150th anniversary celebrations.
Intesa Sanpaolo, which has always been closely involved with the world of sport and the values it represents, is participating as Top Sponsor in the XVIII Men's Volleyball World Championship, confirming its long tradition of commitment towards major sports events in Italy. The Men's Volleyball World Championship returns to Italy after more than 30 years. The 2010 edition involves 24 national Teams who - between 25 September and 10 October - will play 78 matches in 10 cities all over Italy: Milan, Turin, Trieste, Verona, Reggio Calabria, Modena, Ancona, Catania, Florence and Rome. In view of this territorial extension, the 2010 Volleyball World Championship also represents an excellent opportunity for visibility, not only for Intesa Sanpaolo, but also for the banks of the Banca dei Territori Division present in the competition venue cities. In effect Banca CR Firenze, Banco di Napoli, Banca dell'Adriatico, Carisbo, CR Veneto and CR Friuli Venezia Giulia are also involved in the sponsorship.
Intesa Sanpaolo sponsored the Festival of the Mind held in Sarzana on 4-6 September. The initiative, promoted by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio della Spezia and by the City of Sarzana, converged humanistic and scientific know-how on the topic of creative processes. Speakers, who counted both Italian and foreign authors, scientists and philosophers proposing original theories on the topic, interacted with the public in debates and performances that related to the creative process of the mind and the direct experience of the same. The Festival boasts an average audience of over 30,000 and arouses great interest of the media, also due to the original nature of the event. Participants in the 2009 Festival included Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza, Miriam Mafai, Gherardo Colombo, Luis Sepúlveda and Stefano Zecchi. The speech “Emotional and creative intelligence in corporate management” by Dr. Passera and Paolo Legrenzi on Sunday, 6th September at 11.30 am in Piazza Matteotti deserves special mention.
Once again Intesa Sanpaolo partnered the Festival of Economics on the theme "Identity and global crisis" with a five-day schedule of sessions open to the public to enlarge on key economic issues. Its simple, popular approach made the event accessible to the public at large. The event envisaged the participation of Nobel Prize winners James Heckman and George Akerlof, Prof. Roland J. Benabou, Princeton University, and Prof. Andrea Prat from the London School of Economics, besides entrepreneurs and managers, including Diego Della Valle and Vittorio Colao. In the event’s framework, Banca di Trento e Bolzano - the local bank and member of Intesa Sanpaolo Group - organised a workshop on the theme "Transborder economies and financial crisis" (Sunday, 31st May, 04.30 pm, Palazzo Bassetti). The bank will also participate in the event with a stand in Piazza del Duomo in Milan.