KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE NETWORKS
EVERYONE KNOWS SOMETHING
EVERYONE CAN TRANSMIT HIS OWN KNOWLEDGE
of knowledge exchange, of reciprocal learning and of joint
creation put people who want to learn some knowledge in touch
with those who offer this knowledge.
Were When How APRIRSi
The voluntary association APRIRSi (which means to open in
Italian) was born in Vicenza in November 2000. Its aim is
to promote the creation and circulation in Italy of the Reciprocal
Knowledge Exchange Networks among individuals, groups, associations,
public administration and private firms.
The association is recognized by the Italian Government as
a ONLUS (No Profit Social Utility Organization), and can therefore
ask for public funds for advertising, books translation, and
permanent learning of its members. All this is in order to
help the existing networks and to promote the creation of
new ones, giving the necessary material and allowing a coordination
among the different local networks. The volunteers of the
association APRIRSi are available to offer their competence
to any group or individual, interested in the creation of
a network in Italy.
- The first creation of a network was in may 2000 at the GET
(Local Educational Group) in Vicenza, via Maurisio. The exchanges
were made, above all, in the domain of theatre and bricolage.
Moreover a feast, called Scambilandia (Exchangeland), was
organized together with the inhabitants and the structures
of the neighbourhood.
- Another network was created in a class of the primary school
in Longare, during the year 2001. The pupils could experiment
the mutual help through the exchanges, concerning both school
and free time knowledge.
- A group of parents of nursery-school children in Sarmego
have done different exchanges: first concerning the school,
then domestic knowledge, exchanges of clothes, …
- Since last year, the association collaborate with the municipal
administration of Nanto (VI) in order to create a network
connecting the different local associations, spontaneous groups,
enterprises, in order to diffuse a new culture of participated
Immigrants of various ethnic populations, above all Africans,
have settled down in this territory. The exchanges among different
cultures have begun with the organisation of feasts, and then
computer courses. But the purpose of this year is to develop
exchanges, aiming at the integration of the immigrants in
the local community.
- An exchange network has been created in the public library
of Grisignano di Zocco. The aim of this network is to supply
some services, connecting the school, the public administration
and the citizens. At the beginning some school knowledge was
exchanged among the children of the primary school, then some
play knowledge was shared (chess, table games, etc…).
Moreover some physical handicapped people were introduced
in the work of the library: they used the computer facilities,
helping people to find the books.
It is enough to formulate an offer or a request of knowledge
and let it know to the nearest network.
We meet at Casa per la Pace in Vicenza every first Monday
of the month, from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm, from September until
February, and from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm, from March until June.
We publish a monthly bulletin, called aperture (openings),
in order to keep the relations between the different networks
and the association.
CHARTER OF RECIPROCAL KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE NETWORKS
This charter is the ethic reference for the Movement of the
Reciprocal Knowledge Exchange Networks
• The Reciprocal Knowledge Exchange Networks are constituted
by citizens, without any distinction of age, political or
religious faith, or cultural or social origin.
• The aim of the network is to allow people to transmit
and to receive some knowledge in a reciprocal exchange.
• The network works in open reciprocity: it is possible
to receive a knowledge from a different person from the one
to whom one teaches.
The networks promote the possibility to connect people. It
is possible to begin learning before beginning teaching (and
viceversa) and it is possible to take some time before arriving
to the essential reciprocity.
Exchanges without money
• The transmission of knowledge is done without any
financial compensation. The one who gives its own knowledge
does not loose its knowledge. The one who receives a knowledge
is invited to offer his own knowledge. No hierarchy or scale
is established to measure the value of the knowledge.
The contents of any exchange, the methods used and the practical
realization are decided by those who do the exchange. They
arrange freely the exchange, according to their desires, their
means, problems or availability. There is a connecting person,
helping those who exchange to better define the contents,
the methods and the evaluation criteria for any exchange.
Any member of a network takes care of helping anyone to identify
his own knowledge and means to transmit to the others…The
desire of the others’ success is necessary to depeen
one’s knowledge. This interaction among individuals
is a source for the self learning and for personal valorization
trough the others.
No legal arrangement is suggested. There is no common code
for the operation of a network, also regarding the financial
sources. The reciprocity is the essential criterion to examine
any project. Everyone should participate to the organization
of the network, included the information elaboration, the
decision power, the learning means and methods…
The personal valorization within the network is a school of
active citizenship. It is therefore important that the collective
creation remains one of the principal aims of the network.
• People with the following requirements can be recognized
as network animators:
- able to work in group with a common project for integration
of new people;
-taking part in a multiethnic, multicultural society, with
different ideologies, religions, …
-caring that the knowledge is exchanged in a tolerant environment…
In a movement
• The different networks will connect each other in
a network of networks, within a movement. In this movement,
any network is central for the others. The relation among
networks is an essential condition for the recognition of
any of them as a “Reciprocal Knowledge Exchange Networks”.