We believe that Creativity and Quality Education are key to producing positive change in society and driving our collective future.
We are committed to providing youth with unconventional educational tools and experiences that help foster critical thinking, creative doing and life-long learning, with a focus on communities affected by cultural and social deprivation.
To achieve this, we work at the intersection of three focus areas: innovative education, art and culture for social transformation, advocacy and cross-cultural sensitization.
With a special focus on Africa and its diaspora, the Foundation works closely with local organizations to fund, support and co-create a wide range of distinctive initiatives.
Together with our partners and grantees the Moleskine Foundation strives to catalyse systemic change through an open, participatory and cross-sectorial approach.
Projects and formats
We identify, develop and implement initiatives and we are open to partnerships with third-party organizations.
Grants and co-funding
We identify and support cultural organizations and projects that share the Foundation’s values and which are in line with its objectives.
The Foundation gathers and curates a wide variety of content. This might be informative, educational and/or cultural. We take part in research, documentation and communication activities – both independently and in partnership with other organizations.
The right to education is one of the basic human rights. But what kind of education? We believe in unconventional educational tools and initiatives that can be complementary to the institutional educational system, that is often limited and traps students within the boundaries of conformism.
We want to provide young people with different forms of learning and help them to think creatively and critically, to get out of their comfort zones, to be free to question their society. Over time many examples of alternative education have been created, and all have a common basis – breaking the rules, even if only temporarily.
Art and culture for social transformation
The Moleskine Foundation believes that art is an important lever for knowledge, exploration and experimentation. It supports the creative process as an amplifier of awareness and encouragement of critical thinking. Culture, in its broadest sense, is its playing field.
We are convinced that creativity has the power to transform society and produce positive, concrete change.
Advocacy and cross-cultural sensitization
As part of its mission the Moleskine Foundation is committed to inspiring and engainging in critical debate with international cultural protagonists from a vast array of fields. We want to contribute to shaping the international debate on quality education, art and culture for social transformation, cross cultural interaction and other contemporary topics
We aim to contribute to reversing the dominant North-South knowledge production paradigm, thus opening new geographical, cultural and sociological perspectives. We do this by curating and aggregating content online and through organizing seminars, discussions and panels on relevant topics as well as pursuing innovative research projects that challenge conventional approaches.
The team’s expertise is composed by an unconventional range of competences combining a unique 10-year experience of implementing projects.Meet Our Team →