Below is the list of questions we have been asked so far.
If you have any question about the Venetian Institute, its
mission and activites, please write to info(at)venezie.org
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Why the Name "Venetian
Institute" (Istituto Venezie)?
Venezie (a term which can be literally translated as "Venices")
is the name of the geographical area which the Institute aims
to target with its proposals and activities. This area, which
extends from the city of Bergamo to the island of Corfu, encompasses
the territories which in the past formed the Venetian Republic.
Currently, however, the Venetian Institutte (Istituto Venezie)
is dealing only with issues (institutional, social and
economic) affecting the Venices within the current borders
of Northern Italy i.e. the current italian regions of Venezia
Tridentina / Sud Tirol, Venezia Euganea, Friuli Venezia Giulia,
and the provinces of Bergamo, Brescia, Cremona (i.e. Venezia
Orobica) and Mantua.
Why the Motto "Pro Bono
We are not being driven by a quest for money or power. But
by a strong desire to bring about in the Venices institutional,
social and economic changes which will be for the common good
of society - i.e. pro bono publico.
Why Do You Use the Term "Venices"
rather than "Veneto"?
We prefer to use the term "Venices" - ("Venezie",
in italian) - rather than "Veneto" - and we are
campaigning for the adoption of the term "Venices"
(and "Venezie") - as the current italian region
whose name is Veneto (known also as Venezia Euganea)
constitutes only a very minor portion of the
territories which, for ethical and institutional affinities,
decided in the past to come together and undertake a common
journey under the banner of the "Serenissima" (the
Venetian "Most Serene" Republic).
Are You a Political Party?
No, we are not. Active participation in the consultation
process or in political campaigns is not how we operate. Nor
do we take a stand for or against any political party. On
the contrary, we are completely independent of political parties,
and religious or economic interest groups.
You Keep Mentioning "Traditional
Venetian Values". Are You Stuck in the Past?
No, we are not. Using an analogy, we are not driving a car
with our eyes stuck to the rearview mirror ... ... as this
would be the best recipe for an accident!
But, on the other hand, we believe it would be pure arrogance
and sheer blindness not to take heed of our country's past
experiences. Especially if the principles and values driving
the individuals who were at the helm - our Forefathers - were
such that our country was considered an exemplary model of
institutional and social virtue. Thus, we firmly believe that
our Forefathers' values and principles must be taken off the
shelves, dusted off, restudied and once again used as signposts
for our country's future.
As Ronald Reagan once said: "We want to go back to
the past way of facing the future!"
How Are You Funded Currently?
We accept contributions from individuals, businesses, and
foundations - both in the Venices and at international level.
We will not accept funds (wherever they may come from)
that might impair the independence of the organization to
pursue its mission, or that compromise its ability to address
issues freely, thoroughly and objectively. Currently, we rely
almost entirely on financial donations from our Directors.
These individuals believe so much in the Venetian Institute's
mission that they are willing to sacrifice their own families'
financial security to support the Institute's activities!
Do You Accept Government Funding?
No, we do not accept any government funding. As mentioned
above, we accept funding only from individuals, businesses
and foundations - and only as far as it carries no strings
attached to it.
What Support Are You Receiving
From Your Current Supporters?
Support may come in many forms: it may be financial, or it
may consist in the donation of equipment, or it may take the
form of a collaboration agreement. Currently we have several
collaboration agreements (publications, advice, translations,
research, conferences, etc.) with most of the international
organisations listed on the page "Current Supporters".
Why Are You Based in London?
You Cannot Save the Venices Being Based in a Foreign City.
There are several reasons why we decided to base the Venetian
- currently London is at the cross-roads of the world (as
Venice once was). Thus, the Institute has easier access
to a more international and much wider pool of knowledge,
talent, help and contacts than if it were based in the Venices;
- being based abroad allows the Institute to maintain a
detached involvement in the Venetian situation and gain
a better overall perspective of the situation;
- finally, being abroad, allows us to consider and put
forward drastic and painful reform proposals without being
swayed or pressured by local "party interests";
- our detachement does not mean however that we are out
of touch with the situation in the Venices. We possess a
wide local, grass-roots, network which allows us to keep
our finger on the pulse and provides us with a distribution
network for the Institute's proposals.