“10 Tables for 100 Benches”, in dialogue with Elisa and Stefano Battiato between culture and education
As part of the project "100 benches for Rome", the coordinator of the Rebirth/Third Paradise ambassadors Francesco Saverio Teruzzi proposes a series of video interviews in the wake of the themes dealt with by the Rebirth Forum Rome. The fourth guests are Elisa and Stefano Battiato from Happy Coaching and Counseling Roma. "Investing in culture,” they said, “means investing in people's awareness".

It is an opportunity to talk about culture and active citizenship, as if we were at the tables of the Rebirth Forum” with these words Saverio Teruzzi presented the new cycle of interviews proposed in the context of 10 tables for 100 benches and the project 100 benches for Rome. As reported in our previous article, this is a participatory, socially useful and low-environmental-impact project, which involves the installation of one hundred benches made of recycled plastic in different areas of Rome; in this regard, we remind you that until 30th April it is possible to make a donation – of at least 10 euros – for the collective benches through the crowdfunding campaign on Produzioni dal Basso. With the series of interviews, Saverio gives voice to various actors involved in the Rebirth Forum in Rome and in the related working sites. After the first three episodes – which saw as protagonists the curator of the Museum of the Suburbs Giorgio de Finis, the Rebirth/Third Paradise ambassadress and founder of the startups M’AMA.SEEDS and Slow Flow Alessia Montani, and the writer, songwriter and lyricist Giulia Ananìa – we are now publishing the fourth interview. On this occasion, the guests are Elisa and Stefano Battiato from the social promotion association ‘Happy Coaching and Counseling Roma’.

Why invest in culture?
Elisa – Because culture is actually the way we socialize and live. If we don’t invest in culture, we don’t invest in the present or in the future, and we can’t then blame future generations for not having a culture aware of spending time together and valuing the common thing.
Stefano – Investing in culture means investing in people’s awareness.

A definition for Rome and three words for its future
Stefano – Rome is like a beautiful woman: everyone wants her, but no one looks after her or marries her.
Elisa – The three words, for me, are courage, sharing and participation.

What is the importance of informal education?
Stefano – Informal education is important because it makes the whole educating community participate in the education and training of the citizens, from the youngest to the oldest.
Elisa – It is important because it gives everyone a common purpose. We must be aware that we are always educating, in every situation.