“We need more circular processes, to produce and not squander our Earth’s resources, fairer ways of selling and distributing goods, and more responsible behavior when we consume.”
SLOTMOB THE ECONOMY OF FRANCESCO
In recent years, in Italy, a movement has come to life and has grown within civil society that calls for a radical change of direction on the current management of gambling, which is adhered to by associations, local authorities and ordinary citizens. The reason is clear and evident: the negative consequences of this phenomenon from an economic, social, health and urban planning point of view are there for all to see. Like all complex phenomena, the resolution of the gambling phenomenon calls for serious reflection to try to stop it, to identify the propulsive center of the entire system to try to seriously challenge it.
Usually, the rhetoric of illegal gambling is used to promote ‘legal’ gambling, leaving aside all attention to the consequences that such activity produces on a social and health level and in people’s lives. Gambling is not a game and it is never good. All gambling is pathological, toxic, addictive, captures the most fragile, consume the poor for profit, pollutes the land, makes the historic centers of our cities ugly, is turning the sport into a gambling den, and steals 88 billion euro a year from the economy of those who work honestly. Gambling is the enemy of the common good.
The non-partisan Slot Mob movement has launched the idea of organizing collective events of responsible and active citizenship, to reward those bars in our cities that have given up slot machines, VLTs and everything else: a strong no to gambling through celebration, sport as gratuitousness and a joyful encounter.
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INTO THE LABEL
This is a worldwide workshop to promote responsible consumption. An action that leads us to read between the lines, to go Into the LABel!
We want supermarkets to be the stage for a wallet vote because when we buy a product, we express a preference, we reward and support the work of a company!
Through “IntotheLABel,” citizens become the protagonists of an experiment in economic democracy. They learn to assess, in consumer choices, not only the price or the perceived quality of the product but also its social value. In connection, for example, with the characteristics of the supply chain, the environmental impact of production processes, the relations with suppliers, and the working conditions.
The workshop is conceived as an “election day” in which some products are submitted as candidates to vote through their purchase, on the basis of their different “programs,” i.e. the information gathered by the young organizers and shared (in a somewhat original way!) in relation to the event.