Centre for Creative Development “Danilo Dolci” was established based on the experience of social and educational work carried out by Danilo Dolci and his collaborators, which started in Eastern Sicily back in 1952. The Centre stemmed from the need of offering the local communities a reality committed to practically solve the problems arisen during regular meetings held with people, and in 1958 it was renamed as Centre of Studies and Initiatives for Full Employment, with the purpose of promoting economic and social development of the local territory.
By means of non-violent struggles, fasting and marches for peace, regular denunciations of the mafia-nepotistic system and other revolutionary initiatives such as the so-called “reverse strike”, Radio Libera and the maieutic workshops, which involved thousands of people, a creative space was developed, fostering awareness and bottom-up planning, paving the way for a real change. The tangible results of the struggles promoted in those years are now visible in concrete works – the dam on the Jato river, the farming cooperatives, the Training Centre in the village of Trappeto, and the Experimental Educational Centre of Mirto in Partinico – as well as in the awareness and memory of the many people who participated in this experience. Additionally, the centre also received acknowledgement at international level and started a cooperation with a number of artists, scientists and educators of the likes of Aldo Capitini, Carlo Rubbia, Erich Fromm, Ernesto Treccani, Ervin Laszlo, Johan Galtung, Lamberto Borghi, Mario Luzi, Noam Chomsky.
In 1985 the Centre of Studies and initiatives is restructured in Centre for Creative Development, focusing more on non-violent education practices and contributing to the development of a methodology, the reciprocal maieutic, able to ease creative development at school and in the local territory. After the death of Danilo Dolci, in 1998, his name is given to the centre as a celebration of his strong inspirational impulse.
At present, the Centre for Creative Development “Danilo Dolci” is a non-profit association involving young people and adults, which mainly acts through projects in the educational field carried out in cooperation with schools, universities, institutions, associations and social groups both at local and international level.