June 2014, Year VI, n. 6
Social entrepreneurs. The new heroes.
Telos: You are the founder of Dynamo Camp, a pioneering philanthropic initiative, at least in Italy. Can you tell us how the idea came to you and why you thought of creating a therapeutic recreational camp for children in Italy, based on the American model? What have you achieved since its foundation, and how do you see the future shaping up?
Vincenzo Manes: The idea came to me when I met Paul Newman’s organisation, and right away it became part of a broader and more complex philanthropic and socially-oriented project that I had already embarked on. I was looking for a really good initiative in which to invest the funds of Fondazione Dynamo which I founded in 2003 to promote social ventures. I’ve always admired Anglo-Saxon culture and American philanthropy, so I was immediately captivated by the entrepreneurial matrix of Paul Newman’s project ... more
Vincenzo Manes sheds light on a sector that acts as a catalyst for economic growth, employment and social aggregation at a time when crisis, widespread unemployment and growing marginalisation are the flavour of the day. Leaving aside the rhetoric, to what extent does a social enterprise affect our country’s economic fabric? The National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) helps to provide an answer ... more