The first stop on the 1-year 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. 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 and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.