Björn Fältman, collaborator of Dianova in Sweden, left us in the morning of October 25th. Björn´s journey with Dianova started in one of the organization’s therapeutic communities in Sardinia (Italy), a place he always talked about with a lot of passion and where he had left his mark: he had taken the initiative to plant hundreds of trees in a place which is now remembered as “the Björn forest”.
The 13th European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC) conference was held from 20-23 September with more than 150 delegates representing most of the federation’s member organizations. This successful conference provided a unique opportunity to hear from various experts who discussed best practice and the evidence-based outcomes of the therapeutic community addiction treatment model. Cristina Lopes and Michele Bellasich, respectively representatives from Dianova in Portugal and Dianova in Sweden attended the event.
The lack of strong leadership is one of the biggest challenges facing nonprofits today – a which is going to get worse as the sector expands and baby boom executives retire. Nonprofit organizations – foundations, associations, NGOs, institutions, public and semi public agencies, joint ventures and even corporate foundations – depend on two resources to accomplish their missions. One of them is money. The other one, perhaps even more scarce, is leadership.
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The XIII Latin American Conference of Therapeutic Communities (TCs) will be held in Medellin (Columbia), October 20-22, while hosting the 25th anniversary of the Latin American Federation of Therapeutic Communities (FLACT). Dianova representatives will attend the event and participate in the numerous scheduled debates to build “the therapeutic community we dream about”.
On October 6, the Global Education Forum took place in Madrid; this international meeting gathered many education professionals to debate on the future of education. The purpose of the meeting was to propose to all social agents a “great conversation” about the necessity and urgency of creating a new educational model capable of providing responses to the deep transformations of our time.
On September 29, 2011, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously to uphold supervised injection site Insite’s legal exemption allowing some injecting drug users (IDUs) in the Downtown Eastside neighborhood of Vancouver to continue to inject their own drugs safely, with sterile equipment, without fearing police intervention.
Dianova’s educational activities in Nicaragua are partly financed out of the proceeds of hotel Europeo. This three star hotel is located downtown capital city, Managua, at the heart of a colorful, pittoresque natural environement. The hotel offers comfortable accomodations, a swimming pool and a delicious local cuisine.Watch video
Expressing concern over the slow rate of progress towards Education for All, UN representatives discussed how to scale up efforts to achieve the goals by 2015, during a private meeting hosted by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in New York on 18 September 2011.
On September 6, six social workers from Sweden paid a visit, both cultural and corporate, to Dianova in Portugal where they met with some of the Swedish people undergoing a treatment program in Quinta das Lapas therapeutic community.
Dianova in Portugal participates in visit studies funded by European Commission’s “Lifelong Learning Program“. With a budget of nearly €7 billion for 2007 to 2013, the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Program enables people at all stages of their lives to participate in stimulating learning experiences, as well as helping to develop the education and training sector throughout Europe.