ITKI FOUNDATION Initiatives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carrara Studi Aperti: Hands at work

The goal of this project is to sustain the work of artists 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 centers onto a close collaboration between the artists, who live in the area and work with Carrara marble, and the local community. Artists and artisans will use the Creative Knowledge Platform to narrate their experiences of working with marble and create an itinerary to visit their studios and look at their work.
After the initial phase that will include as many artists as possible living and working in Carrara, the project will be extended internationally with a call to all the cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities network that share the traditional knowledge of stone working and techniques.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carrara Studi Aperti: Hands at work

The goal of this project is to sustain the work of artists 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 centers onto a close collaboration between the artists, who live in the area and work with Carrara marble, and the local community. Artists and artisans will use the Creative Knowledge Platform to narrate their experiences of working with marble and create an itinerary to visit their studios and look at their work.
After the initial phase that will include as many artists as possible living and working in Carrara, the project will be extended internationally with a call to all the cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities network that share the traditional knowledge of stone working and techniques.

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.

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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