Courses and Workshops

Advanced training courses


We recently conducted an ASCI (Agent for the Development of Cultures and Entrepreneurship) course that allowed students to obtain a “Technician for the Valorisation of Local Resources” designation. At the end of the training, our students were well-versed in occupational health and safety, environmental management, contracts, and tax issues. Fifteen students from four different countries attended lectures (240 hours) and were given an internship (360 hours).


Workshops and seminars


In September 2017 we organized workshops and round table events before the annual Human Development Association (HDCA) conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The primary objective was to explore the use of various participatory methods and instruments in to the fields of education, youth, and children. We coordinated the Thematic Groups on Children (Participatory Methods) workshop and helped coordinate the Group on Education.






We organized “The Sustainable Development Agenda and the measurement of well-being” seminar, together with Aiquav-Associazione Italiana per gli studi sulla Qualità della Vita, at the Sustainable Development Festival, which was held in Florence in May 2017 and promoted by “ASviS- Italian Alliance fot Sustainable Development.” The seminar focused on the implementation of the Agenda and measuring well-being at the local level. The discussion focused on both models of inclusive governance and new methods of measuring changes in well-being.





In November 2016 we organized a Round Table on ICF (International Classification of Functioning) with 43 social and health professionals from Florence, Prato, and Pistoia. The goal of the meeting was to create an evaluation form that could determine the employability of persons with disabilities. The form provided a holistic representation of the prospective employee and took into consideration the social aspects of his/her disability.




In November 2016 we organized and participated in the “Frontiers of Research Methods on Developmentworkshop in Florence. The workshop summoned professors, researchers, and professionals from all over Europe. Our activities focused on the measurement of sustainable development and the multidimensional index of human development. The event was organized by the School of Economics and Management at the University of Florence in collaboration with ARCO and cMET05.






In July 2016 we organized and conducted Training on ICF (International Classification of Functioning) for third sector professionals at Aforisma (Study and Training Centre) in Pisa. Among the topics addressed: the biopsychosocial approach to disability, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and the content, functioning, and application of the ICF. Participants took part in interactive activities that encouraged them to adopt new points of view on disability.





We organized and conducted the Social Business Workshop for the Adeo Group (Leroy Merlin, Kbane, and Bricoman) in Piacenza in June 2016. The two day workshop included an introduction to social business and social innovation and advice on drawing up social business proposals.








In May 2016 we presided over a seminar in Florence entitled “Regulation and TTIP: on the design of trade agreements” that explored the contents, negotiations, and implications of trade agreements.

The event was organized in collaboration with the School of Economics and Management at the University of Florence.







Immigrazione una questione umana

In April 2016 we organized a seminar entitled “Immigration: a question of humanity” in Florence. The seminar addressed several issues relating to migration and the reception of migrants.

The event was organized with “Percorso di Vita Onlus” and was paired with a course at the University of Florence entitled “Economic Development, International Social and Health Cooperation, and Conflict Resolution.”






lab session entitled “How to handle an economic-organizational crisis” was carried out with CESVOT in Tuscany in December 2015. The objective was to analyze the factors and channels through which economic crises spread and affect voluntary associations. We also sought to understand how this sector responds to economic crises.






We conducted a lab session entitled “Measuring well-being and sustainability on a local scale in order to orient policies.” A theoretical and interpretative framework for human development analysis at the local level was provided. Interactive activities and and practical exercises followed.