I had the pleasure of meeting Fabrizio Barca and I did a short interview on the stewardship and # LOTE4. He spoke about the stewardship projects he is involved in Italy, others he know around the world, and what he expect from lote4 in Matera. It’s really interesting, take ten minutes and hear his words.
On stewardship experience
"We pick the areas of the country where the quality of services in education, health and social security, and access to railway stations (mobility) are particularly bad […] and now we are pushing for the creation of coalitions, coalitions involving municipalities in designing a project, a strategy first of all, these are areas of about 1000, 5000, up to 30 or 40000 inhabitants. These are areas where the state has failed to deliver.
The way we’re going about is by putting coalitions of public officials together, but also making sure that citizens have a chance to speak […] You have to go on the field, so what we do is bring a bunch of administrators from Rome, from Educational, Cultural Ministries, we go by bus to these areas, we sit down for four hours and discuss the issues, with numbers to avoid discussing rubbish  This is where the moral and cognitive competence of the people emerges. Sometimes these people know more than the public officials"
What does the concept of stewardship mean to you?
“When citizens feel that they have both the moral competence and capacity to play a role in delivery, design of public policies, and the use of what’s around, they become candidates for stewarding the process in their areas”
“Community stewardship is a reaction to a double failure. The failure of the state to provide services tailored to places; and the failure of the private sector when privatization became the new game in town, but turned out to be ineffective and unjust.”
On expectations from \#Lote4
“I’m looking forward because I expect to find there people different from me. I want to see the other side. At the moment we often have similar ideas but we speak different languages. However beautiful the exchange on Internet and twitter, 140 characters are not enough to understand your world”