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On every internet… #NetNeutrality

Following my post at @NeelieKroesEU Blog (https://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/kroes/en/content/guest-blog-byeroamingcall-wake-call-strive-digital-rights) inviting young people to strive for digital rights, I met yesterday (18.02.14) with MEP Amelia Andersdotte @teirdes to have a chat about #NetNeutrality.

The meeting was a good opportunity to learn more about the current debate related wit the Connected Continent legislative package and digital rights. With our previous post on #ByeRoamingCalls we did not want to simplify the complex and wider debate on the pro and cons of Connected Continent.net-neutrality-100244574-large

Net Neutrality is the principle that “Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication”.

In 2012 the european youth forum published a Policy Paper on New Media and Internet arguing that “as long as no discrimination is applied by a private or governmental body regarding sender, recipient or type of transmitted data, every user has the right to access the same internet as everyone else.” In this sense, and according to Amelia some articles of the Connected Continent legislative package are being heavily discussed because of their potential impact on #NetNeutrality .

The Connected Continent package allows the providers of content, applications and services, and providers of providers of electronic communications to the public to continue to be free to conclude specialized services agreements on defined levels of quality of services. This means that content providers can negotiate with Internet providers about the quality of service levels, differentiating based on different factors.

So, is the principle of not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication being threaten?

As I stated on my previous post I strongly believe that young people and youth organisations need to be more aware about the relevance of digital rights on the field of youth work.

Furthermore legislative proposals and consultations to civil society around these issues need to be more open and meaningful. Ensuring reliable and fast access to the internet , privacy, data protection and freedom of expression are some of the conditions to engage long-term solutions to the most urgent problems of youth, such as the need for quality jobs, quality education and, overall, stronger autonomy and inclusion in their societies.

Renzi, Scout leaders,Tex Willer and Corto Maltese

Matteo Renzi will probably be the first Italian Prime Minister that instead of having been in a Party Political Youth Organisation or in the official Catholic Youth Movement (Azione Cattolica) received his non-formal education in the scout movement. Beyond the photos in short trousers that have been circulating in the past few years on newspapers, it could be useful to open a debate on how this non-formal learning experience can tell us something about the leadership style.

Within AGESCI (the scout association from where Renzi is coming from) there is a wide literature on the leaders/educators and on the evolution on the leadership style in the association in the past decades. The AGESCI documentation centre put together some time ago an interesting collection on the theme “An adult called leader”. An article wrote by Alessandro Alacevich pand published for one of the association magazines (R/S Servire) in 2003, catched my attention while analysing the methods used so far by the new potential Prime Minister.

renzi-scoutI will translate the entire article and leave the debate open without drawing conclusions (yet):

The images given by the revival of some Italian classic comics well represent how scout leaders “used to be” and how “they are now” (or how they perceive themselves).

Tex Willer, the Texas Ranger created by G. Bonelli and A. Galeppini, lives in the wild west and he is a “super hero”, a first actor. He manages all situations with a good dose of energy and a sense of humour. It is a sort of demiurge-leader that leads, intervenes, change with an act of force the reality and impose his personality (for a good cause) and therefore makes justice and good prevail without leaving any margin to the errors. It is a bit the way “we used to be”, or rather the way we are judged today, we, the scout leaders of yesterday, now parents or grandparents. It was a generation that tried to educate by examples, with strong proposals and clear vision. However, sometimes these leaders were accepted more because they were imposing rather than because genuinely shared by everyone.

Corto Maltese, the sailor draw by H. Pratt and set at the beginning of the XX Century, on the other hand, does not fill the scene, he creates situations, suggestions, leaves the space to other characters, and at the end he imposes himself because of his competences – of sailor, of real expert of the sea and of its rules – and because of his heart, for his skill to understand the people and pull out of them their better and real sides. He features the relations with the other with strong affection and empathy.

Beyond the methaphor, we can say that seen the society changes of those years the character of the scout leader lost the strong and rough features of Tex Willer and got enriched with the various shades of colors of Corto Maltese, i.e. more like a bigger brother, a characteristic already present in a lot of writings of the founder of scouting and more and more urgent and coherent with the style of the new generations.

Is Matteo Renzi more Tex Willer or Corto Maltese?

Renzi, Capi Scout, Tex Willer e Corto Maltese

Matteo Renzi sarà quindi il primo presidente del consiglio che invece di aver frequentato una giovanile di partito o l’azione cattolica si è formato nel movimento scout, in particolare nell’Agesci.

Al di là delle foto in pantaloncini corti apparse negli ultimi anni sui giornali, sarebbe utile fare una riflessione su come il percorso formativo di Matteo possa dirci qualcosa sul suo stile di leadership.

In Agesci esiste parecchia letteratura sul capo educatore e sull’evoluzione degli stili che I capi scout hanno avuto nel corso degli ultimi decenni. Il Centro di Documentazione Agesci aveva messo insieme qualche tempo fa un’interessante raccolta sul tema “Un Adulto Chiamato Capo”.

Nell’analizzare le metodologie usate fino ad ora dal nostro nuovo presidente in pectoris mi è balzato all’occhio un articolo contenuto in quella raccolta scritto da Alessandro Alacevich pubblicato su R/S Servire nel 2003.

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L’immagine che viene in mente grazie al revival di alcuni fumetti “classici” proposti in questi giorni da un importante quotidiano nazionale rappresenta bene il “come eravamo” ed il come sono oggi (o si percepiscono) i capi educatori. Tex Willer, il ranger del Texas inventato da G. Bonelli e A. Galeppini, vive nel West, è un “super eroe”, un primo attore. Affronta tutte le situazioni con la grinta del “dover essere” mista ad un buon senso di humour. E il capo-demiurgo, il capo- forgiatore, che guida, interviene, cambia con forza la realtà, impone la propria personalità, a fin di bene, e fa quindi prevalere la giustizia e il bene senza lasciar spazio ad errori. E un po’ il “come eravamo”, o meglio il come veniamo letti oggi, noi capi di ieri, oggi genitori, nonni; una generazione che ha cercato di educare con l’esempio, con la proposta forte e gli indirizzi chiari, anche se, qualche volta, accettati più perché “si deve” che perché del tutto autenticamente condivisi.

Corto Maltese, il marinaio uscito dalla penna di H. Pratt e ambientato agli inizi del ‘900, invece, non riempie la scena, crea situazioni, suggestioni, lascia molto spazio agli altri personaggi, e finisce per imporsi per la sua competenza – di marinaio, reale conoscitore del mare, o meglio dei mari, e delle sue regole- e per il suo cuore, la sua capacità di capire le persone, far emergere i loro lati più veri (spesso anche i migliori) caratterizzando sempre i suoi rapporti con gli altri con un proprio forte coinvolgimento affettivo. Fuor di metafora si può dire che, a fronte dei mutati scenari di questi anni, la figura del capo è andata perdendo alcune asprezze da Tex Willer e arricchendosi di tonalità da Corto Maltese, cioè più da fratello maggiore, peraltro già pienamente presenti negli scritti di B.-P. e oggi ancora più urgenti e coerenti con lo stile delle nuove generazioni.