THEY ENRICH OUR CIVILIZATION, ENRICH OUR TIME, AND ENRICH OUR CITIES
I don’t want to sacrifice humanity for speed. It’s all about well-being for all inhabitants in terms of quality of life. Specialty and particularity are our wealth. They enrich our civilization, they enrich our time and they enrich our cities. We need to defend them. Cities and towns are becoming all uniform; they are losing their identity, their soul.
FOUNDER OF CITTASLOW (SLOW CITIES)
Global Movement Leader, Civic Leader, Slow Urbanist & Temporal Revolutionary
Paolo Saturnini is former Mayor of Greve in Chianti, a little town of Tuscany. Inspired by the Slow Food organization, Cittaslow was founded in Italy in October 1999, following a meeting organised by Saturnini in Tuscany. Cittaslow’s goals include improving the quality of life in towns by slowing down its overall pace, especially in a city’s use of spaces and the flow of life and traffic through them. The new thinking of a different way of urban development, based on the improving of life quality, moved him to spread his thoughts all over the country. His ideals were endorsed by Mayors of towns of Bra (Francesco Guida), Orvieto (Stefano Cimicchi), and Positano (Domenico Marrone). A 54-point charter was developed, encouraging high quality local food and drink, general conviviality and the opposition to cultural standardisation. In 2001, 28 Italian towns were signed up to the pledge, certified by trained operatives of Cittaslow.
It expanded broadly beyond Italy and, by 2006, national Cittaslow networks existed in Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom. By mid-2009, fourteen countries had at least one officially accredited Cittaslow community. In July 2009, the small seaside village of Cowichan Bay in Canada became the North American continent’s first Cittaslow town. Today, Cittaslow networks has 192 cities in 30 countries around the world. Municipalities which join the association are motivated by curious people of a recovered time, where man is still protagonist of the slow and healthy succession of seasons, respectful of citizens’ health, the authenticity of products and good food, rich of fascinating craft traditions of valuable works of art, squares, theaters, shops, cafés, restaurants, places of the spirit and unspoiled landscapes, characterized by spontaneity of religious rites, respect of traditions through the joy of a slow and quiet living.