WHO EUMANS ARE

EUMANS ARE CITIZENS AND ACTIVISTS FROM ALL AROUND EUROPE ENGAGED IN A BOTTOM-UP POLITICAL MOBILIZATION FOR SOCIALLY AND DEMOCRATICALLY SUSTAINABLE EU POLICIES. THE IDEA TO JOIN EFFORTS AND ACT TOGETHER IS BY MARCO CAPPATO, A FORMER MEP AND A NONVIOLENT LEADER IN ITALY.

EUMANS is the movement of citizens for democracy and sustainability


We started our movement with the belief that citizens’ participation in shaping transnational, national and local policies cannot and shouldn’t be limited to “election days”.

Direct actions, nonviolent initiatives, participatory democracy instruments and citizens-led mobilisation can help the European Union, the EU Member States and the local administrations to achieve the change needed that are too often held hostage to the fight for electoral consensus.

Launched in 2019 by Italian political activist Marco Cappato, EUMANS exists thanks to the daily commitment of hundreds of activists and citizens that decide to put their time and energies into small and big actions. And to define together the mechanism of collaboration and action.

Our initiatives and the initiatives we support are based on the collaboration and cooperation with informal groups of citizens, local committees, grassroots movements and civil society organisations, as well as all the political parties’ representatives who share our goals:

- Measures for the protection of the rule of law and fundamental rights
- Carbon Pricing in the European Union and other sustainable policies based on the UN Sustainable Development goals, through the StopGlobalWarming.eu European Citizens Initiative
- Strengthening participatory democracy instruments, included sortition based citizens Assemblies starting from the Conference on the Future of Europe through our participation in the Citizens Take Over Europe Coalition
- Digital Rights, Science Freedom,Cannabis Legalisation, Political Rights
- Development of instruments of collaboration and deliberation


EUMANS meet every week on Thursday at 7PM CET (register here to join the weekly meetings). All our meetings are public and recorded. And you can find them on the EUMANS Youtube Channel.

EUMANS aims to develop and use instruments of collaboration, with the goal of creating a transparent and collaborative space where each citizen can get active on the issue that matters the most for him/her/they. 

Everyone can join EUMANS as a member with a fee of 72 Euros and / or can register as an activist for free on EUMANS Agora, subscribing the Activation Agreement.

EUMANS PRESIDENTS AND BOARD MEMBERS

CO-PRESIDENTS 

 

Marco Cappato

Marco Cappato is the founder and co-president of Eumans, a pan-European popular initiative movement, Treasurer of Associazione Luca Coscioni and Co-founder of Science for democracy and the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research, Promoter of the Legal Euthanasia campaign.

He has carried out civil disobedience actions - on drugs, sexual freedom and freedom of expression, scientific research and the end of life - which have led him to face trials, detentions and arrests, obtaining among other things the decriminalization of suicide aid in Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD 
 

 

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Marco Perduca
, former Italian Senator (2008 to 2013) served on the Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Human Rights committees. For 20 years, he has coordinated the activities of the Nonviolent Radical Party at the United Nations in New York, Geneva and Vienna and has organized high-level meetings to abolish the death penalty in Africa and Central Asia. Marco Perduca is an expert on UN mechanisms with an emphasis on drug policy reform. Marco Perduca has collaborated with British law firms and American foundations on ending human rights violations in Italy. His letters and opinions have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and Nature Italy. When in Parliament, he was often a guest on the BBC as a commentator on Italian politics. He has published three books and curated three. He has a blog on HuffingtonPost.it and just published a memoir, Farnesina Radicale. In February 2021 he was appointed Sherpa of the Values 20 Group.
 
Lorenzo Mineo

Lorenzo Mineo (administrator)

Lorenzo Mineo graduated from Orientale University in Naples in political science and specialized in urban policy at SciencesPo (Paris). He coordinates the activities of the pan-European movement Eumans in Italy with a particular focus on political and democratic rights. He is the coordinator of the initiative "Cittadin3 per il Clima" and the coalition Politici Per Caso to promote at all levels the institutionalisation of sortition-based citizens assemblies.In the summer of 2021 he launched a hunger strike that led to the final adoption of the Digital Signature for referendum and bills of popular initiatives. The nonviolent action was the last step of a campaign promoted by EUMANS in support of Democrazia Radicale and Mario Staderini's long fight to simplify the access for citizens to instruments of participatory democracy in Italy. Lorenzo Mineo is also the Administrator of EUMANS.


AVY

Avy Candeli

Born in Genoa in 1978, he graduated from the Academy of Communication in Milan in 2000 and worked for 15 years as a copywriter in advertising agencies creating press, radio and TV campaigns, both national and international.
In 2015 he became creative director of Havas Pr Milan, where he takes care of strategy and creativity for profit and non-profit projects.
A supporter of the Luca Coscioni Association since its foundation, he started in 2012 to follow the communication supporting some of its most important initiatives, such as the "Liberi Fino Alla Fine" campaign created for the popular initiative bill.
In 2013, the video 'Vivere', made with Studio12 and the music of Vasco Rossi in support of the eutanasialegale.it bill, won an Award from the Italian Art Directors Club.
In 2014, the appeal of the video 'Il Parlamento si faccia vivo' was joined by over 70 sick people, doctors, nurses, citizens and personalities from the world of science, culture and entertainment.
In 2015 he helps the association 'AFDMD, Derecho a Morir Dignamente' to adapt the video in Spain with the motto 'Libres Hasta El Final'. Parliament passes a good law on medical aid to voluntary death in 2021.
After the virality of the video "Legalization illustrated to adults" made for the radical committee Cambiamo Noi in 2013, in 2016 with the artist Giovanni di Modica he curates the creativity in support of the bill "Legalizziamo".
In 2017 he curated with videomaker Anton Lucarelli Fabiano Antoniani's video appeal to the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, and together they accompanied Marco Cappato to Switzerland to narrate his civil disobedience.
The 'Fabo Libero' communication campaign received a special mention at that year's 'Grand Prix Relational Strategies'.
Also in 2017, he returned to Switzerland with Anton Lucarelli to tell the story of Mina Welby's civil disobedience with Davide Trentini, and they helped Andrea Curiazi tell "The battle of Irene", his wife, in a video appeal to Parliament launched in the aftermath of the Senate's approval of the biotesting law.
At the end of 2019 he decided to leave the agency and devote himself mainly to supervising the communication and creativity of campaigns promoted or supported by the Association.
In 2020 with Nobel Prize winners, scientists, politicians and activists he realised in Ethiopia the video appeal to the United Nations "Enjoy Science" for the right to enjoy the benefits of science and its progress, and supervised the main communication projects in support of StopGlobalWarming.Eu, the European Citizens' Initiative coordinated by Eumans! for a tax on CO2 emissions by reducing taxes on labour.



 

 

 

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Octavian Lazea
Born Romanian but raised Italian, Octavian is a young European currently living his EU experience in Brussels, between public affairs in the healthcare sector and transnational activism for democracy.
Passionate about geopolitics and EU public affairs, Octavian holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and public policy from the Free University of Brussels, with a final dissertation on the role of local institutional actors in the European Citizens Initiative StopGlobalWarming.eu led by Eumans. Intrigued by rising China, Octavian also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interpreting and Translation from the University of International Studies of Rome, with a final dissertation on the Sino-French relations in the new millenium and a deep-dive into the environmental question. Moreover, Octavian is curious about digital policy and the potential of digital technologies, from AI to blockchain. 
Octavian is currently building his career in Public Affairs at Evoke Incisive Health, an award-winning healthcare policy and communications consultancy, where he focuses on pharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital health, oncology and rare diseases. Before his agency life, Octavian worked at Science for Democracy and Eumans, where he was involved in transnational campaigns advocating for democracy, human rights, sustainability and evidence-based policymaking.
Octavian is fluent in Italian, Romanian, English and French, and has basic skills in Chinese.




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Paul Blokker
Paul Blokker is a European citizen, and has been working at universities in the Netherlands, the UK, the Czech Republic. He is currently working as a political sociologist at the University of Bologna, Italy. His research focusses on democratic participation, the deepening of democracy, political engagement and dissidence, political and legal mobilization, social imaginaries, constitutionalism and human rights. He believes democracy needs to be re-imagined in a way that takes the individual and collective autonomy of human beings seriously. He is an active member of the transnational civil society coalition Citizens Take over Europe (CTOE).

 


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Mrs Valerja Korosec, Ph.D., has been employed at the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) of the Slovenian Government since 2001. She is engaged in analyzing the European social policy and data on poverty, inequality, material deprivation, social exclusion and gender equality, as well as Sustainable Development Goals and different synthetic development indicators, such as the Human Development Index, Social Progress Index, Prosperity index, etc.

Besides working for IMAD, she is an independent researcher of a new, zaUTD social policy approach, which integrates the unconditional uniform universal system with the ‘Trade’ and ‘Democratic’ system and so upgrades the concept of social market system. Upon this conceptual approach she has built some political pragmatic proposals. In 2010 she published an algorithm for a budget neutral introduction of basic income in Slovenia and started to develop the idea of universal job guarantee coupled with the idea of shorter working week. She is regularly invited to present her work at different meetings and workshops in Slovenia or to international organizations. She presented this three-dimensional system at the conference “Slovenia 2030” – Change for an efficient social state, organised by Borut Pahor, President of the RS, in 2015 (“Slovenia 2030” – Change for efficient social state organized by the president of RS, Borut Pahor in 2015).  She presented the MEFISTO, EUROMOD microsimulation of this approach in the field of child benefits, at the Universal Child Grant conference in Geneva organised by UNICEF and ILO in 2019.

Mrs Valerija KOROŠEC holds a PhD in Postmodern Sociology from the University of Maribor, MSc in European Social Policy (MESPA program organized by the EU and the University of Ljubljana) and a degree in Moral Education, Faculty of Education, University of Maribor. She is a representative of Slovenia in the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) and the European Network for the Fair Sharing of Working Time.



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Francesca Capuozzo
Born in Naples in 1985 she moved to North Italy and grew up in Emilia-Romagna. She discovered the EU dimension at high school thanks to the Model European Parliament project and started travelling and enjoying experiences around Europe. She graduated at University of Bologna with a thesis in comparative public law and EU law on the margin of appreciation of the European Court of Human Rights. She took part to One Young World Summit and to many other young leaders event on the future of Europe. She is currently a lawyer and mother of two kids. After an intense experience as council member in her home town, she joined the referendum campaign on Legal Euthanasia in Italy and then became board member in the coalition Politici per Caso to promote at all levels the institutionalisation of sortition-based citizens assemblies. She strongly supported the project of the electoral list Referendum e Democrazia con Marco Cappato, aiming to denounce the effort of collecting signatures for new political parties and movements and the lack of access through digital instruments. Approaching Eumans in 2022, she immediately felt comfortable with its values and goals. Francesca can't hide her passion and commitment to participative democracy, respect of rule of law, non-discrimination and promotion of human and civil rights. 
Andrea Salimbeni
Andrea Salimbeni

Born in 1987 in the province of Florence, i’ve always had a deep interest in the political and social issues. Graduated in energetic engineering, since 2011 I’m doing research activities on renewable energy and bioproduct extraction technologies. To date i’m still doing research working as head of unit on “raw materials and carbon recyling” at RE-CORD. The information collected during studies on raw materials and energy sources increased my sensitivity about the major issues of our economic system: the climate change, and the unbalanced exploitation of natural resources.  At the same time, i am convinced about the need of actively participating to the policy making with a bottom-up approach, making citizens aware about their role, their responsibility, and their power as EU citizens to foster disruptive, courageous, urgent policy measures.

 

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