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Una riflessione educativa sul valore del cibo per divenire capaci di apprezzarlo e di operare perché tutti ne possano disporre. Il gioco dello scautismo contiene in sé strumenti efficaci che vengono qui richiamati; altri potranno essere creati o perfezionati all’interno dello stesso gioco.
Nel mondo 165 milioni di bambini soffrono di denutrizione, con gravi conseguenze sulla salute e sul loro sviluppo. Ogni anno un milione e mezzo di bambini muoiono di fame. Ma la maggior parte della popolazione mondiale è ormai sovrappeso o obesa, e soffre di malattie collegate a quel- la condizione, come diabete, iperten- sione e malattie cardiovascolari che costituiscono anche la prima causa di morte a livello mondiale e comportano enormi costi economici e sociali. A differenza di quel che si pensa, oggi l’obesità è un problema che affligge anche i paesi poveri che soffrono dunque del cosiddetto “doppio carico di malattia”.
Due forme di malnutrizione sintomo della stessa causa: una società globalizzata, che ha sostituito i valori della solidarietà e della cooperazione con l’individualismo, e la competizione (leggi oltre)
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Care amiche e cari amici,
nella bella immagine di Edgar Morin siamo tutte/i equipaggio della navicella spaziale Terra, legate/i da un comune destino planetario. Non sembriamo pero renderci conto della fragilità di quella navicella e dell’insostenibilità di questa società della crescita e del consumo.
Il degrado ambientale e i disastri naturali cui assistiamo con crescente frequenza; le barbarie di vecchi e nuovi conflitti; le crescenti disuguaglianze sociali, malattie, morti e sofferenze evitabili di milioni di persone, corruzione, abusi e prevaricazione, sono in gran parte prodotto di una società che promuove la competizione, la massimizzazione del profitto e la mercificazione di ogni relazione umana.
Perché la navicella possa proseguire tranquilla il suo viaggio siderale, il mio augurio è a impegnarci per il bene comune e l’interesse collettivo. Facciamo prevalere la cooperazione sulla competizione; la qualità, sulla quantità; l’essere sull’apparire. Usiamo con parsimonia le risorse naturali ed evitiamo ogni spreco. Valorizziamo la cultura, il sapere, le bellezze naturali, contro ogni logica utilitarista.
Difendiamo, insieme e con coraggio, la Vita e il futuro della Madre Terra e di ogni sua/o abitante.
Youth, the challenge of transition to adulthood. Interview with the President of Indaba Network, Rhodes Forum 2014
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Conflitti e salute: il 90% delle vittime sono civili, la prevenzione sta nel ridurre le disugiaglianze
L’attenzione riservata dai mass media agli scout del’Agesci in questo agosto 2014 rappresenta un evento inusuale per chi segue la cronaca estiva delle manifestazioni e dei raduni, incontri sempre importanti e significativi per la comprensione del clima e dei sentimenti diffusi nel paese. Soprattutto chi guarda con apprensione e speranza agli umori della componente giovanile della società, ed in particolare a quelli dei gruppi giovanili di ambito cattolico, non può non essere stato colpito dalla nuova visibilità tributata al movimento scout nella stampa nazionale e nei principali canali televisivi in occasione della Route nazionale di San Rossore.
Non che lo scoutismo cattolico non abbia già avuto modo di guadagnare in passato stima e simpatie, per l’azione educativa che svolge nei confronti delle fasce giovanili dagli 8 anni in poi secondo un modello di formazione ed uno stile comunitario originali e completi. Dalle regole di vita della legge scout alla capacità di orientarsi e muoversi con sicurezza nella natura; dalla organizzazione in piccoli gruppi alla pratica del servizio a favore dei più deboli; dalla espressione di se’ attraverso il canto e la recitazione alla spiritualità; dallo sviluppo delle competenze individuali al cammino come scuola di vita. Fino ad oggi, però, quella stima e quella simpatia hanno trovato riconoscimento in una cerchia relativamente ristretta di ambienti sociali, mentre al di fuori di essi il movimento scout viene spesso visto come una sorta di curiosa anomalia, rispetto alle mode ed alla “normalità” della condizione giovanile nel sul complesso, un qualcosa da guardare con ammirazione ma anche con un po’ di sospettoso distacco. Perché mentre il mondo va verso l’individualismo consumistico, gli scout insegnano la comunità, la governance partecipativa e ferma e il valore della strada e del progresso per piccoli passi. Mentre i giovani sviluppano un desiderio per lo più scomposto di emozioni di facile e superficiale consumo, gli scout insegnano la riflessione, l’impegno, la spiritualità e la ricerca di se’. Mentre il mondo va verso un intellettualismo sterile e verso la fuga nel virtuale, gli scout insegnano la manualità, lo sforzo fisico, la vita nella natura. Mentre tutto sembra spingere verso un pessimismo cosmico, gli scout predicano l’ottimismo della volontà. Mentre le generazioni si allontanano e la trasmissione della vita e dei valori sembrano non interessare più, gli scout parlano di scambio intergenerazionale e di educazione attraverso l’esempio.
Sarebbe interessante, ma lungo e complesso, interrogarsi sui motivi della nuova visibilità (la numerosità dei partecipanti, la presenza del presidente del Consiglio). Vale piuttosto la pena chiedersi cosa possiamo aspettarci da questa nuova visibilità o cosa ci auguriamo che avvenga. Le potenzialità dei media oggi sono una realtà di fatto, ma non sempre la connessione tra sociale vissuto ed amplificazione da parte dei mezzi di comunicazione di massa produce gli effetti desiderati, come si deduce da ciò che è accaduto con i Social network e con alcuni recenti movimenti di espressione sociale e politica (nucleare, ecologia, indignados, popoli viola, ecc.).
Sarebbe davvero un bel risultato se la maggiore visibilità e comprensione del movimento scout, da parte di gruppi sociali che poco lo conoscono, desse vita ad una riflessione meno scontata su tre aspetti centrali per la vita comunitaria. Innanzitutto l’importanza del lavoro da effettuare su se stessi, e quella dei cambiamenti che una educazione sana può facilitare dall’interno nella persona umana, ed il valore dell’educazione a differenza di forme di movimentismo strumentali alla conquista di posizioni di potere. In secondo luogo il valore della contaminazione con la diversità, sia che si tratti degli emarginati, che dei portatori di handicap o degli avversari politici. Infine il significato della reciprocità, come volano per una forza innovativa coraggiosa, quella che passa attraverso il riconoscimento delle competenze come base per la gestione di processi comunitari di sviluppo, da contrapporre a molte delle consuetudini regressive in uso delle organizzazioni del nostro tempo.
There is no future without memory. An appeal for democracy in the World Organization of the Scout Movement
In these days in Ljubljana, Slovenia, representative of National Scout Organizations are attending the 40th World Scout Conference. The Conference is the representative body of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and its highest decision-making body. It meets every three years. Many of the delegates have been participating in past editions but I am sure that for a good a number of younger participants this is the first time and I am not sure that they were informed about the events that led in 2007 (the “centennial year”) to the possibly deepest internal crisis in the whole history of that organization.
At the end of 2007 WOSM constitution was violated, and the World Scout Committee (the executive body of WOSM) was coerced to take the decision to dismiss the Secretary General that until that moment “enjoyed the solid support of the WSC during his tenure”.
Immediately after I launched “an appeal to all Scouts, to their national leaders, and to all those who believe in the values of legality and democracy, to reject this situation; to open a wide debate at all levels of WOSM allowing for the full knowledge of these regrettable facts; and to put every effort into restoring the respect for Scout values and the constitutional order of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Through this appeal we may also protect the integrity and the credibility of World Scouting, and allow our response to this unfortunate demonstration to become a memorable educational experience in world citizenship for all people in all societies.”
Until today an open debate, with the participation of all interested parties, was not allowed in WOSM and every possible effort was put in place to hide the history, as well as individual and collective responsibilities that lead WOSM away from the Scout values that it should serve and promote.
This is why in these days, also through the social media, I have been inviting all the participants to the WSC to read what I wrote for all of them in 2007 but that was possibly hidden to most of them. There is no future without memory.
The text follows of my open letter to: National Scout Organizations, Partners and Friends of Scouting (download pdf) :
Geneva, 4th of December 2007
To: National Scout Organizations, Partners and Friends of Scouting
Dear Sister and Brother Scouts and Friends,
I wish to share with all the National Scout Organizations (NSOs), as well as partner organizations and friends of scouts, some initial thoughts about the events that recently shook the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). I hope that sharing these thoughts in this way will allow for the recognition of the deceit that was aimed at discrediting the work of the constitutionally appointed World Scout Committee and the Secretary General. The deceitful words and actions were launched in an attempt to hide the responsibilities of those persons who occupy prominent leadership positions in Scout organizations, and who used their position to actively participate in destabilizing the entire Scout Movement.
As all NSOs were informed in circular N.34/2007 (the relevant sentences are quoted below), I fully assumed my institutional responsibility and despite the coup that was raised against WOSM I did not resign, as was demanded by the organisers of the coup.
With calm firmness I defended the principles and the unity of the Scout Movement, which I consider to be the very first mission of the World Scout Committee and of the Secretary General.
The facts of this matter are known. On the 17th of October, without any warning or reason, the current national leaders of the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) informed the World Scout Committee of their “irrevocable decision” to suspend the payments of their annual fee and of any other contribution to the World Scout Bureau including its regional offices “until the current Secretary General is replaced”. With a suspiciously simultaneous action, the Swedish Scouts and the chairman of the Board of the World Scout Foundation did the same, influencing other National Scout Organisations (NSOs) to follow them.
The attack was consciously and premeditatedly launched at the beginning of the financial year of WOSM (October to September), when the World Scout Bureau (WSB) operates solely on the basis of those principal sources (the registration fees of other NSOs normally start to flow in around January). As a consequence, the payment of the WSB’s November salaries for the central and regional offices personnel was already at risk.
The participants in the coup did not leave any alternatives to the World Scout Committee but to surrender to their demands and dismiss the Secretary General. The reactions of many other NSOs who remain loyal to the democratic principles of the Movement were of no consequence. Those NSOs had requested to the World Scout Committee to delay any decision without first allowing an open and fully informed debate on the issue. The grandchildren of the Founder of our Movement, Baden-Powell, also wrote a dramatic appeal to the Word Scout Committee to prevent that insane decision, but their effort was in vain.
In an extraordinary meeting in Cairo on November 12th, the World Scout Committee decided: “…with deep regret and taking into account the decision of Eduardo Missoni not to resign, to negotiate with him his departure as Secretary General”. This included immediate transfer of executive power, and external representative functions from 30 November 2007.
Nevertheless, in the statement announcing the dismissal of the Secretary General, the WSC “deplored in the strongest terms the unilateral actions and demands that have been made by BSA and the Swedish Guide and Scout Council requesting the resignation of the Secretary General which have placed the future of the World Organization in jeopardy”. The WSC also implicitly admitted that there were no valid motivations for the dismissal other than economic coercion. In fact, the statement further reads: ”Eduardo Missoni is a devoted Scout who has committed himself fully to WOSM in his role as Secretary General and has enjoyed the solid support of the WSC during his tenure”.
The action aimed at sacking the Secretary General had been planned since long before, including the occasion of the recent World Scout Jamboree. While 40,000 Scouts were renewing their Promise and their commitment to the Scout values, a few were plotting to subvert WOSM and force the Scout Movement into its deepest crisis since its foundation.
The same subversive persons met in Patthaya, Thailand, at the beginning of October to orchestrate the combined attack that they launched a few days later. First they wrote an “open letter”—a formula never seen before in WOSM —presenting in a vague or outright erroneous manner some concerns related to financial decisions of the World Scout Committee. As a result of the active campaign developed in the lobbies of the Asia-Pacific Scout Conference (October 18-23) by the initiators of the “Patthaya group”, a few other NSOs added their names to the “open letter”. They were completely unaware, however, that their adhesion to that group would be used to reinforce the subversive aim, as I learned from some of the leaders of those NSOs when they confirmed their support of the Secretary General.
As a component of their premeditated coup, many of the “concerns” that were cited by the current leaders of the BSA and of the Swedish NSO were used as mere pretexts to justify their illicit action against WOSM, where they suspended payments and then pointed for the head of the Secretary General.
It was also very unfortunate that the Chairman of the World Scout Committee ultimately did not send out the Committee’s answer to the “open letter” that he announced on October 18th and that was prepared as soon as the “open letter” was received. The Committee’s response clarified, one-by-one, each of the concerns posed by the BSA and WSF letters. Every World Scout Committee member but one approved the response to be distributed. Some of them insisted with the Chairman to do so immediately in order to stop the confusion, yet he did not send it. Why not? What caused the Chairman to act against the will of the Committee?
Against the majority of the World Scout Committee, the Chairman took heed to the pressure of a single dissenting member of the Committee who did not want to send that answer. It was the same Committee member that in his capacity of International Commissioner of the BSA had signed the letter requesting the replacement of the Secretary General. Serving as a World Scout Committee member but representing the interests of BSA was not only an open violation of WOSM’s Constitution (art. XII, 1), but also a failure to implement the Scout Promise and Scout Law that is expected of all Scouts and their leaders in the Movement.
It is probable that the coup would not have achieved its objective without the complicity of the chairman of the Board of the World Scout Foundation (WSF). The Chairman also suspended at once the annual grant of the Foundation to WOSM without having consulted the Foundation’s Board, so violating the rules established in the deed of that organization. In addition, the Chairman justified his move by pretending that he had some sort of “fiduciary responsibility” that allowed him to judge and even block the decisions of the World Scout Committee. The Foundation manages money collected in the name, with the systematic support of, and for the exclusive benefit of WOSM, and it was established decades ago, with the honorary chairmanship of HM the King of Sweden, specifically to defend WOSM from financial risks. This is why, besides being arbitrary, the action taken by the chairman of the WSF board is morally unacceptable.
Finally, it is also vital to restate the role of the World Scout Bureau and the Secretary General of WOSM within the operations of the Movement. According to the WOSM constitution (article XVI, 1), the World Scout Bureau (WSB) is the Secretariat of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), and its functions include the implementation of decisions taken by WOSM’s governing organ (art. XVIII, 1), being the World Scout Conference (art. VII, 1), and of its executive organ, the World Scout Committee (art. XII, 1). Few, if any, of the possible justifications cited in the BSA and WSF letters could affect the Secretary General without at the same time involve the responsibility of the World Scout Committee. As the Committee indicated in WOSM Circular 34/2007 that announced the dismissal of the Secretary General, they remarked that he: “has enjoyed the solid support of the WSC during his tenure”.
Much more than how I am personally affected, the present situation leaves the Scout Movement facing an historical crossroad. Who governs WOSM? To what extent will WOSM be consistent with its current values in the future if we maintain the current course?
The decision taken by the World Scout Committee under the economic coercion of a wealthy minority paves the way for the possibility that the policies and orientations of WOSM may be determined from now on by the threats of those who have strength to force their will into place. If this is accepted by the WOSM community, any future Secretary General will have no alternative but simply submit to the will of any overzealous aggressor.
BP once stated: “We are a Movement, not an organisation. We work through ‘love and legislation’.” I believe it is up to all of us to reaffirm BP’s stance and avoid allowing arrogance and blatant disregard for agreed rules to become the new way of governing WOSM.
Crisis may be the perfect opportunity for change and improvement. Thus, I hereby launch an appeal to all Scouts, to their national leaders, and to all those who believe in the values of legality and democracy, to reject this situation; to open a wide debate at all levels of WOSM allowing for the full knowledge of these regrettable facts; and to put every effort into restoring the respect for Scout values and the constitutional order of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Through this appeal we may also protect the integrity and the credibility of World Scouting, and allow our response to this unfortunate demonstration to become a memorable educational experience in world citizenship for all people in all societies.
On my side, I will continue to do my best to contribute to a Scout Movement that is loyal to the ideals of its founder; a Movement, that through the education of new generations to the values of the Scout Promise and Law, is capable of acting as a social force that contributes to building a culture of peace and of creating a better world.
Let me finally take this opportunity to whole-heartedly thank all those in Scouting, as well as those in partner organizations and institutions, those working at local, national, regional and world levels, those who dared to share their feelings joy and sadness, their projects and dreams, their frustrations and successes, their leisure and labor, and those who simply clasped my hand in a sign of sincere friendship and brotherhood. Your actions and gestures have changed my life for the better, and they will not be forgotten.
Let’s hope we will have more to share together as the dialogue unfolds. We have much work to do for our Movement!
Your friend and brother Scout,
In 2005 I visited Palestine as the Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. On the whiteboard in a Scout base of the Palestinian scouts I wrote a message of hope and solidarity with my scout sisters and brothers. Solidarity with that People that the State of Israel maintains into isolation and daily suffering.
I asked both the Israeli Scouts and their Palestinians scout brothers to engage for Peace. Today, once again I call them and all the Scouts of the world: Stop the massacre in Gaza! Stop the chain reaction! A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout. Scouts all over the world, if they are loyal to their Promise should now raise their voice to stop the massacre. Being a Scout is being a Peace Builder and Peace cannot be built through war. Stop the massacre in Gaza. If you want Peace build Peace.