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509. A Cooperative Story N1: CASA DI ALICE, Italy

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Coop Name: Aroundtheworld.coop
City: Rome N° of Members: 6
Country: Italy Year of formation: 2018
Website: http://aroundtheworld.coop Twitter: Link
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Aroundtheworld.coop is a project dreamt and developed by Andrea and Sara, a married couple who decided to put together their passions and skills and embark on a thrilling experience of a lifetime: travelling around the world for one year, documenting different sorts of cooperatives on all the continents. We believe that cooperatives and other forms of member-based organizationsplay a crucial role in reassigning sovereignty over the use of resources to communities and building a sustainable economy for the benefit of the all humanity and our planet. Each cooperative is a unique ensemble of people and communities who have voluntarily engaged in collective actions to improve their lives, relying on their own shared visions, creativity, passion and innovative ideas. For this reason, aroundtheworld.coop is committed to meeting people from all continents, listening to their stories and learning from each unique experience. Follow the project to find out more about this exciting travel documenting how cooperatives can make the difference in promoting sustainable development worldwide while leaving no one behind. 15 countries, 5 continents, 12 months! A cooperative world is possible! Aroundtheworld.coop is a project supported by the ICA-EU partnership on cooperative development (#coops4dev)

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The first stop on the 1-year aroundtheworld.coop journey to visit cooperatives the world over is “Casa di Alice” (Alice’s home) and the ‘Altri Orizzonti – Jerry Essan Masslo’  cooperative in Castel Volturno in Southern Italy.

Watch the video and read the full story of this cultural transformation taking place in lands dominated by the mafia.

What can we bring out of the experience of ‘Casa di Alice’? Here is some food for thought:

  • even in the most difficult areas, controlled by organized crime, collective action can be the catalyst for a massive cultural transformation with a strong social, economic and environmental impact.
  • laws in support of collective action, like the one on confiscated properties, can be the lever for the development of experiences like the one of ‘Casa di Alice’, by fighting criminal economy with projects of social economy.
  • native people and migrants can live together, without exploitation, without preconceptions, working together for a more inclusive and fair society.


Aroundtheworld.coop is a project supported by the ICA-EU partnership on cooperative development (#coops4dev)

This video has been co-funded by the European Union. The content of this video is the sole responsibility of the International Cooperative Alliance and aroundtheworld.coop and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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