Neotopia is a Think-Tank whose research and planning work is aimed at the establishment of a nonviolent society in Italy and the World at large.
Neotopia formally is a non-profit organization and has been established in 2009; its roots lie in the experience of Associazione Ariel of Gazzola (Piacenza, Italy). The reason behind the creation of a new subject is to be found in the Neotopia Project, launched in February 2008 with the publishing of the italian version of the “Democratic values” of Vinoba Bhave, the closest disciple of Mahatma Gandhi.
The work of Neotopia is developing along different paths: research teams are at work on Human Nature, Nonviolence in Education, Nonviolence in Medicine, Nonviolence in Legal professions; on the social side Neotopia offers the Nonviolent revolution in everyday life project to small communities and municipalities.
Every team works at producing innovative studies aimed at challenging what the norwegian sociologist and philosopher Johan Galtung has deemed the “structural violence” of our society.
The methodology is based on multidisciplinarity, as we are convinced that the nonviolent, prosperous and happy society that is our mission to help build will come only from the integration of different fields of knowledge and a profound reform of the praxis.
Neotopia also offers help to people and organizations willing to apply nonviolence in conflict resolution or in general life through trainings and other activities provided by Neotopia's members and friends, with impeccable professional standards in order to help achieving the goal of the Association: to free Society of structural violence and help everyone to express its own potential.