ITKI FOUNDATION Initiatives

Sunset landscape with local vegetation in Arizona

HANDS AT WORK 2021

The goal of this project is to sustain the work of artists and artisans that live in a natural landscape of high cultural significance (the City of Carrara) and encourage them to become the drivers of a sustainable development of their territory.
Conceptually inspired by the book “Hands at Work: Carrara Marble”, the project is composed by 3 phases and centers onto a close collaboration between the artists and artisans, who live in the area and work with Carrara marble, and the local community.
The outputs of phase 1 consisted of nine videos (dedicated to 9 different artist and artisans) and one itinerary. Besides, all those artists use the Creative Knowledge Platform to narrate their experiences of working with marble.
The phase 2, which started on June 10th 2021, is open to all the artists and artisans that works in Carrara region and use the Creative Knowledge Platform to narrate their work and techniques, explain why they choose to work in Carrara, and which are the issues they face every day. Their answers will be useful to write the “Declaration of Carrara on the Role of Artists and Artisans”, a document that highlights the role of artists and artisans in the sustainable development of territories. Artists, artisans, local associations and no profit foundations contributed to this declaration, which was signed by the Italian UNESCO Creative Cities od Crafts and Folk Arts during the first Creativity Forum in Carrara (September 2021).
Phase 3 started during the “Creativity Forum: Carrara for the Creative Cities” (September 24-26) with an international call to all the UNESCO Creative Cities that share the traditional knowledge of stone working and techniques.
During the forum the Carrara Charter and the “Declaration of Carrara on the Role of Artists and Artisans” were officially presented. The first one contains guidelines and actions for the regeneration and sustainable development of urban centers; the second one, signed by the UNESCO Creative Cities of Fabriano, Biella and Carrara, focuses on the role of artists and artisans as engines in the regeneration and sustainable development of territories.

Landscape of Parrhasian Heritage Park (php)

In support of the
PARRHASIAN HERITAGE PARK (PHP)

“The goal of the proposed PARRHASIAN HERITAGE PARK (PHP), Greece is to sustain an area of cultural significance, outstanding natural beauty and rich archaeological site while encouraging local communities to continue living and working within the protected landscape”.
Together with local research centers, universities, non-profit organizations, the civil society and volunteers ITKI Foundation has joined the project and contributes to its effort with the Creative Knowledge Platform, which is used to describe the TK systems of the local communities within the area of Arcadia, Elis and Messenia.
Stories of the local Knowledge Keepers and their unique knowledge and expertise will be narrated through websites and multimedia platforms to engage park visitors and residents alike in understanding and appreciating the uniqueness of the area.

Wheels of cheese

Artisanal Cheese

For thousands of years, people living in the Orobic Valleys (shared between the Italian Provinces of Bergamo, Lecco and Sondrio) have based their economy on a sustainable use of their natural resources, agriculture and livestock, and have leveraged their unique Collective Intelligence to produce seven artisanal cheeses – the so-called “Principi Orobici” (Agrì Valtorta, Formaggio Tipico Branzi, Formaggio di Capra Orobica, Formai de Mut, Bitto Storico Ribelle, Stracchino all’Antica delle Valle Orobiche, Strachìtunt DOP).
By using the Creative Knowledge Platform to collect the stories of the Knowledge Keepers that play an essential role in the artisanal cheese value chain, ITKI Foundation has started the Artisanal Cheeses project that has completed Phase 1 with the publication of the interactive dual-language book “The Cheese Valleys. The Birthplace of the Orobic Cheesemaking Tradition”, the design of one cultural itinerary in the Cheese Valleys and seven booklets (one for each artisanal cheese) that have been the basis for the designation of Bergamo as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2019.
Currently, the project has moved to Phase 2 with an open invitation for all the artisanal cheesemakers that local experts have identified as “respectful of the tradition” in order to collect as many members of the Cheesemaking Value Chain as possible to include participants from the UNESCO Creative City Network and their surrounding territory.

ALEGRIA (Advancing Livelihoods in Equity by Growing Resilience in Agriculture) project

ALEGRIA 2030

ALEGRIA (Advancing Livelihoods in Equity by Growing Resilience in Agriculture) is a regional project in Tucson, Arizona and its aim is to shift the response to chronically under-resourced communities from safety nets to sustaining nets that are designed, built, and sustained by local families and organizations. Through codeveloped models, ALEGRIA advances work in five interlinked program areas which integrate: Racial & Gender Equity; Generational Approaches; Climate Resilience and Sustainability in an overarching framework. ALEGRIA addresses broken and unhealthy food systems by cocreating community-based approaches using a “zero barriers to access” strategy. With a broad group of BIPOC and low-income partners, ALEGRIA will share strategies and ideas that are rooted in deep cultural practices and knowledge while leveraging modern technology and expertise to feed body, mind, and spirit. ALEGRIA project’s team think that many of the solutions to the issues faced everyday by under-resourced communities lie with those individuals, organizations, and communities who represent those long-standing cultures and yet who live with food insecurity and racial inequities every day.

Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory in Naples

MED@Alp -Dialoghi nel Paesaggio degli Ingredienti, tra Dieta Mediterranea e Patrimonio Culturale Alimentare Alpino

In partnership with the Osservatorio UNESCO di Napoli and with the collaboration of teachers and students of the Hospitality High Schools of Napoli, Bergamo e Brescia, this project will highlight the strong bond that ties People, Products and Places and characterize a Landscape of Ingredients that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the Alps.
The Creative Knowledge Platform will be used as a digital hub for organizing the information that teacher and students will collect (virtually) during the school year 2020-21 and preparing dedicated websites, booklets and an e-book to present the results of the project.

spice market in Turkey

Voyage of Ingredients

Ingredients and spices, commonly used nowadays around the world, were only known locally until the 16th century. With mercantilism and the discovery of new routes, by land and sea, people started to exchange new ingredients and cross-pollinate recipes and techniques.
The Voyage of Ingredients project will collect historical and contemporary information about different ingredients from three continents (America, Asia, Europe) starting with three countries (Mexico, Turkey, Spain) that vastly experienced the exchange of food crops, and the fusion of ingredients and cooking techniques. Three UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy – Merida, Gaziantep and Denia – will use the Creative Knowledge Platform to collect all data in an open access digital resource library and share their stories, resources, traditional practices and knowledge about those ingredients.

craftsman working marble sculpture

Farmers, Ranchers And Gatherers Of The Southwest (FRGSW)

This project seeks to strengthen the economic sustainability of local food business enterprises of farmers, ranchers, gatherers and artisanal food makers in the Southwest of the United States by providing marketing strategies and resources to increase their presence in new and existing markets with a producer-to-consumer online marketing platform and mobile application.
Farmers, Ranchers, Gatherers and Food Artisans will use the Creative Knowledge Platform, a portal designed to reinforce the value chains associated with local food production.
Stories, videos, photos and interviews of Knowledge Keepers (Farmers, Ranchers, and Gatherers), Makers and Food Artisans will be collected in one “digital library hub” and made available online.

old mountain dwelling

HISTORIC LANDSCAPE AND SOIL SUSTAINABILITY

Historic agricultural practices have played a dominant role in shaping landscapes, creating a heritage that must be understood and preserved from a point of view of sustainable development.
A multidisciplinary approach that combines landscape archaeology, historical studies, geosciences, and computer-based geospatial analysis and modeling will be used to understand long-term landscape change.
ITKI Foundation will contribute to the efforts of this project with the Creative Knowledge Platform (CKP) – a software platform that focuses on the importance of traditions and culture to build a database of multimedia content (texts, videos, images, audio recordings) in one digital library hub.
The platform will be used to publish periodic updates of the project in plain language and to convey a message on the importance of environmental sustainability and awareness on heritage conservation to a broader general audience.

Landscape of Parrhasian Heritage Park (php)

In support of the
PARRHASIAN HERITAGE PARK (PHP)

“The goal of the proposed PARRHASIAN HERITAGE PARK (PHP), Greece is to sustain an area of cultural significance, outstanding natural beauty and rich archaeological site while encouraging local communities to continue living and working within the protected landscape”.
Together with local research centers, universities, non-profit organizations, the civil society and volunteers ITKI Foundation has joined the project and contributes to its effort with the Creative Knowledge Platform, which is used to describe the TK systems of the local communities within the area of Arcadia, Elis and Messenia.
Stories of the local Knowledge Keepers and their unique knowledge and expertise will be narrated through websites and multimedia platforms to engage park visitors and residents alike in understanding and appreciating the uniqueness of the area.

spice market in Turkey

Voyage of Ingredients

Ingredients and spices, commonly used nowadays around the world, were only known locally until the 16th century. With mercantilism and the discovery of new routes, by land and sea, people started to exchange new ingredients and cross-pollinate recipes and techniques.
The Voyage of Ingredients project will collect historical and contemporary information about different ingredients from three continents (America, Asia, Europe) starting with three countries (Mexico, Turkey, Spain) that vastly experienced the exchange of food crops, and the fusion of ingredients and cooking techniques. Three UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy – Merida, Gaziantep and Denia – will use the Creative Knowledge Platform to collect all data in an open access digital resource library and share their stories, resources, traditional practices and knowledge about those ingredients.

Wheels of cheese

Artisanal Cheese

For thousands of years, people living in the Orobic Valleys (shared between the Italian Provinces of Bergamo, Lecco and Sondrio) have based their economy on a sustainable use of their natural resources, agriculture and livestock, and have leveraged their unique Collective Intelligence to produce seven artisanal cheeses – the so-called “Principi Orobici” (Agrì Valtorta, Formaggio Tipico Branzi, Formaggio di Capra Orobica, Formai de Mut, Bitto Storico Ribelle, Stracchino all’Antica delle Valle Orobiche, Strachìtunt DOP).
By using the Creative Knowledge Platform to collect the stories of the Knowledge Keepers that play an essential role in the artisanal cheese value chain, ITKI Foundation has started the Artisanal Cheeses project that has completed Phase 1 with the publication of the interactive dual-language book “The Cheese Valleys. The Birthplace of the Orobic Cheesemaking Tradition”, the design of one cultural itinerary in the Cheese Valleys and seven booklets (one for each artisanal cheese) that have been the basis for the designation of Bergamo as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2019.
Currently, the project has moved to Phase 2 with an open invitation for all the artisanal cheesemakers that local experts have identified as “respectful of the tradition” in order to collect as many members of the Cheesemaking Value Chain as possible to include participants from the UNESCO Creative City Network and their surrounding territory.

craftsman working marble sculpture

FARMERS, RANCHERS AND GATHERERS OF THE SOUTHWEST (FRGSW)

This project seeks to strengthen the economic sustainability of local food business enterprises of farmers, ranchers, gatherers and artisanal food makers in the Southwest of the United States by providing marketing strategies and resources to increase their presence in new and existing markets with a producer-to-consumer online marketing platform and mobile application.
Farmers, Ranchers, Gatherers and Food Artisans will use the Creative Knowledge Platform, a portal designed to reinforce the value chains associated with local food production.
Stories, videos, photos and interviews of Knowledge Keepers (Farmers, Ranchers, and Gatherers), Makers and Food Artisans will be collected in one “digital library hub” and made available online.

ALEGRIA (Advancing Livelihoods in Equity by Growing Resilience in Agriculture) project

ALEGRIA 2030

ALEGRIA (Advancing Livelihoods in Equity by Growing Resilience in Agriculture) is a regional project in Tucson, Arizona and its aim is to shift the response to chronically under-resourced communities from safety nets to sustaining nets that are designed, built, and sustained by local families and organizations. Through codeveloped models, ALEGRIA advances work in five interlinked program areas which integrate: Racial & Gender Equity; Generational Approaches; Climate Resilience and Sustainability in an overarching framework. ALEGRIA addresses broken and unhealthy food systems by cocreating community-based approaches using a “zero barriers to access” strategy. With a broad group of BIPOC and low-income partners, ALEGRIA will share strategies and ideas that are rooted in deep cultural practices and knowledge while leveraging modern technology and expertise to feed body, mind, and spirit. ALEGRIA project’s team think that many of the solutions to the issues faced everyday by under-resourced communities lie with those individuals, organizations, and communities who represent those long-standing cultures and yet who live with food insecurity and racial inequities every day.

old mountain dwelling

HISTORIC LANDSCAPE AND SOIL SUSTAINABILITY

Historic agricultural practices have played a dominant role in shaping landscapes, creating a heritage that must be understood and preserved from a point of view of sustainable development.
A multidisciplinary approach that combines landscape archaeology, historical studies, geosciences, and computer-based geospatial analysis and modeling will be used to understand long-term landscape change.
ITKI Foundation will contribute to the efforts of this project with the Creative Knowledge Platform (CKP) – a software platform that focuses on the importance of traditions and culture to build a database of multimedia content (texts, videos, images, audio recordings) in one digital library hub.
The platform will be used to publish periodic updates of the project in plain language and to convey a message on the importance of environmental sustainability and awareness on heritage conservation to a broader general audience.

Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory in Naples

MED@Alp -Dialoghi nel Paesaggio degli Ingredienti, tra Dieta Mediterranea e Patrimonio Culturale Alimentare Alpino

In partnership with the Osservatorio UNESCO di Napoli and with the collaboration of teachers and students of the Hospitality High Schools of Napoli, Bergamo e Brescia, this project will highlight the strong bond that ties People, Products and Places and characterize a Landscape of Ingredients that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the Alps.
The Creative Knowledge Platform will be used as a digital hub for organizing the information that teacher and students will collect (virtually) during the school year 2020-21 and preparing dedicated websites, booklets and an e-book to present the results of the project.

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