VOLABO – Voluntary Service Center of the province of Bologna, in collaboration with Antoniano Bologna and Euclid Network and with the patronage of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies, CSVnet – National Coordination of Volunteer Service Centers, Regional Coordination of Centers of Service for Volunteerism of Emilia Romagna, Regional Forum of the Third Sector, Provincial Forum of the Third Sector, organizes Monday 6 June 2011 at the Antoniano Theater in Bologna, the public debate “Tradition vs Innovation. What is the way to solve the problems of the society of the new millennium? “.

The meeting will focus on three themes: social enterprise, social innovation and social investments. In the face of increasingly complex global dynamics, the Third Sector at local, national and European level shares the same horizon of strong need for change: there is a growing awareness of being in the moment in which we can not stop, we must go forward together joining forces.

The debate on the development of the Third Sector and its methods of responding to the needs of citizens, in fact, is in full swing. In this framework, in addition to more traditional humanistic approaches such as sociological, pedagogical and psychological, the interests and competences of new disciplinary fields such as the economic-financial, commercial, informational, technological and not least political aspects intervene and converge.

In the last two years, therefore, thanks to the 2010 campaigns – European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion and 2011 – European Year of Volunteering, reflection is assuming new perspectives and tools for analysis, investment, collaboration, experimentation, evaluation, planning of social intervention by contacting and involving a wide and differentiated community of experts at national and international level.

The terms of discussion around social change are now moving between two poles, that of tradition and that of innovation that seek a balance and integration point to find new solutions to complex and differentiated social needs, to create together new paths for the development and well-being of the community.