Elba 2035: Our Call to Action for the Future of the
A revolution which started from just one question: how would you
imagine Isola d'Elba in 2035? A question which seems simple only at
first. Indeed, it is not easy, especially in today's society, to
think over such a long term. An effort which somehow also
implicates rethinking ourselves, as well as our mentality, our
lifestyle, our habits, our economy and development strategies for
All under the guiding light of the same keyword: Sustainability.
An innovative project which started last year within the ambit of
the Sea Essence International Festival, the festival promoted by
Acqua dell'Elba in support of safeguarding the sea and its beauty,
and which this year expands, setting sail towards an ambitious
target: drafting the first Sustainability Manifesto for Isola
d'Elba, to contain high-level programmatic guidelines with the aim
of turning sustainability into the starting point of every
territorial development and marketing strategy on Elba.
Thus Acqua dell'Elba, promoting this project with the
prestigious collaboration of EY, a global professional management
consultancy network, chose to involve all of the most important
players from the worlds of politics, culture, the environment,
associations, education and technical experts, so that they may
contribute by sharing their own vision for the sustainable future
of Isola d'Elba. A participatory approach which has already
involved 12 "Visionaries", among which the renowned names of Luca
Mercalli, meteorologist and scientific populariser, Francesco
Petracchini, researcher at CNR (Italy's National Research Centre)
and scientific populariser, as well as Enrico Giovannini,
economist, academic and former Minister for Socio-Economic Policies
and president of ISTAT (Italy's National Statistics Centre).
Among the first participants of Elba2035, how could we omit
those who truly represent the future of the island: the youth? This
is the reason why the next Wednesday 12th of February,
approximately 100 students from the third classes of the Foresi
Institute in Portoferraio will be involved in two very stimulating
The first is a video contest, a real competition giving students
the opportunity to express their vision of the future through one
of their favourite media, a short video clip. Ten of the best ideas
may be selected as part of the work leading to the drafting of the
The second is a Hackathon, a marathon of ideas taking place on
the 23rd of March, during the week of World Water Day.
The proposals advanced by the students will then be shared and
evaluated during the following steps of the ongoing work, and will
be fundamental in the definition of the programmatic guidelines for
In the meantime, a first concrete step will be taken on the
20th of March, the date on which everyone involved in
the workshops will come together for the first time.
The plan is then to officially present the first Sustainability
Manifesto for Isola d'Elba on the 4th of July, during
the 3rd edition of SEIF.