luglio 16, 2014
From May to October 2015 Milan will host the 34st Universal Exhibition. Less than a year before the event, many entrepreneurs in the Milan region or even in the whole of North Italy start to realize that this event might be an important opportunity to take a step forward after difficult years, amongst others caused by the economic. Even though the event seems to be far away, this is the right moment to take action and get ready for the tourists it will attract.
After having worked for years in the business, ZUP started a few years ago as Zuppa Urban Projects. One of the first events we organised were ZUPlabs in which the participants (re)discovered their neighbourhoods with the idea to revalue them and contribute to an upgrade. To explain the other participants how a specific person interpreted the area of discussion, the partakers were asked to write a recipe for a soup (zuppa in Italian) that for them represented their neighbourhood.
These workshops and the recipes resulted in what we called ZUPsouvenir: a tour through the neighbourhood in which stories from local entrepreneurs and inhabitants were explained and eaten (as we also served some of the soups). An alternative way of tourism was invented.
Thanks to the internet new forms of tourism have developed themselves at high speed. Think of AirBnB in which you will be hosted in a private persons ‘ spare room or Spotted by Locals, a platform where local inhabitants give up-to-date insiders tips on activities in their city. You can imagine that there is enough on offer for different kinds of tourism.
While traveling through the country and working on different locations – from big cities as Firenze or Bologna to picturesque valleys in the north of the country – ZUP The recipe for Change has discovered that not everyone is ready to receive the ‘new’ tourists. That’s a pity as you might imagine that an event like Expo Milan 2015 (get a speed course Expo in this document) will bring millions of people. Assuming that many visitors will come from far away and combine a visit to the event with a trip through Italy and even Europe.
To enable entrepreneurs, local governments, trip agents and other merchants involved to profit from these possible increase of tourism, ZUP propose a new kind of ZUP souvenir (name under construction). In this chapter of our menu you will find, amongst others, the possibility to participate to a series of 2 to 6 workshops (the length depends on the situation) that will help the groups named before to see the weaknesses and the strengths of their destination and develop, with the support of the ZUP method, a strategy to get ready for the nearby future.
Again ZUP will demonstrate that with a relatively small investment, both in time and money, we can help people to start a change and bring them to the next level in a positively way.
Are you interested in ZUPsouvenir or one of the other ZUPlabs, please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
luglio 2, 2014
After our blog of last week, we again like to share some experiences and numbers with you. It can’t be emphasize enough that with a relatively small investment required to host a ZUPlab, many results can be reached, not only in the short run but moreover in a longer period after the ZUPlab.
This time we will discuss the Giardino Carnevali, a garden (giardino in Italian) again in the Dergano/Bovisa area in Milan, Italy that until not long ago was used as an illegal waste dump. In March 2012, a year after the ZUPfest, we started the works on this garden that is situated in the middle of an housing area.
During the first event, a concert of percussionists attracted 150 persons that were – in a positive way – amazed, curious and perplex of the activities that suddenly took place on their doorstep. With a relatively simple intervention (a concert, that thanks to its noise make its own publicity), we reached our first goal: attract people that usually only complain but never undertake action to make things change.
As promised, we will treat you with some numbers that might give you a clearer idea of the output and outcome of this one activity. As the process is still ongoing, we will concentrate on the period between November 2012 and November 2013. In this year ZUP organized eight events of participation, was involved with the organization of the meetings and smaller activities, had a role as secretary and coordinated the group of volunteers. In total, we involved 600 people, with other good results of people that followed the process via the social networks (1500) and in the journals (600.000). Thanks to this publicity we were enabled to also open-up new networks interested in the ZUP projects.
But all these numbers do not mean anything if it was just temporary. To demonstrate the long term impact we like to share that until November 2013 there were 10 active volunteers, we involved 4 merchants that do business around the garden (on top off the 15 already involved during the ZUPfest of 2011) and also the network of entrepreneurs of the closeby Via Tartini, got the patronage of the local government, are connected to the network of associations and committees in Dergano and closeby neighbourhoods. As you might have understood, ZUP did not only have the intention to make in order the once dismissed garden. Even more importantly was (and still is) to generate possibilities and to progressively ‘feed’ people’s interest and their participation in order to involve them in the search for solutions for a transformation process that goes way behind the gates of the garden.
At this moment, a group of 10 volunteers and the network has already generated new activities. Soon it will have its own ‘brand’ (development coordinated by Giardino Carnevali, thanks to the collaboration of Annalinda de Rosa, designer at the Politecnico Milano) that will grow independently of the ZUP brand. In the coming months ZUP will slowly move away from the project and leave it all to the people that, thanks to the intervention of ZUP, discovered the potential they and the group they form part of, has to start and accompany a process of change.
This whole process we followed in Giardino Carnevali has resulted in a new item on our ZUP menu, namely ZUPcultivation, that…….. To find out more about the menu, consult the brochure that you can download here.
maggio 15, 2014
The Moleskine sketchbook is a place where appointments, projects, relations, reminders and memories, words, ideas, dreams, projects and stories are collected. Like in The HUB, a worldwide platform where persons exchange and develop ideas.
This blog tells you about these stories. As you can expect from ZUP, we will do that with the help of a recipe that – after mixing the ingredients together and do some cooking – becomes a soup: ZUP – ZUP the recipe for change activates the sharing and creation of new recipes of social and cultural innovation.
On a Monday evening 70 hubbers full of ideas and expectations started the workshop: in one hour they were asked to follow three steps to explain their own projects, ideas and wishes and translate these in recipes. For the occasion we collaborated with Moleskine that offered each participant a notebook that functioned as a platform to write down stories, appointments and creative inputs. ZUP was hosted by The HUB Milano with whom we have curated the workshop which at the same time was the launch of the Fly Your Moleskine Project.
The diversity of the projects, the will to share and explain, the willingness to play and to elaborate in a creative way helped the participants to put their ideas on the table. Or better: on the dinner table, as ZUP uses food as an instrument to get the participants going. If we want to assign tags or keywords to summarize the evening we define the words networking, sharing, opening-up, innovation, projecting and enthusiasm. And that is what characterizes a HUB and why we choose to propose a ZUPlab to them.
The result of just an hour of work are eight recipes with confusing names but with clear explanations: Freedom and Sangria, Subvert the relation (the sauce that was missing!), Hotchpotch Melting Pot, Happy Day, Risotto the Amaca Way, Spicy Chicory Spring Rolls, Velvet of Celery and Straws, HubblyBubbly – the aphrodisiac for creativity.
Down here you’ll find some impressions of the evening, while an overview of the atmosphere of the evening is on display on our facebook page.