The mission of the Association is to realize a positive clash of cultures by being a bridge between the worlds of ideas and creativity (young people) and the world of business; by promoting activities involving people from all around the world; and by fostering research, study, discussion, and collaboration among a full spectrum of individuals concerned with Sustainability, Culture and Knowledge at the global level.

Consistent with this mandate:

  • The Association brings the highest quality people to Florence to pursue projects in a place and atmosphere in which they interact with each other in a unique cultural environment.
  • The Association’s outreach emphasizes contacts between students, scholars and business people, and it extends their conversations worldwide through online communication.
  • The Association aims to be relevant. It brings in broad-ranging scholars and leading thinkers whose ideas, creativity and interest in cross-cultural activities can illuminate the key issues or identify overlooked or emerging issues.
  • The Association provides a forum for research and discourse through a number of programs and projects, with a particular strength in Sustainability and International Business, being intended to be a strong tool and advocacy of international understanding.
  • The Association is nonpartisan. It is not an advocacy think tank developing specific policy recommendations, but a nonpartisan center for advanced study, a neutral forum for free and open, serious, and informed discussion.
  • The Association tries to take a broader perspective to issues, putting them into their larger context, taking the systemic, holistic and sustainable view.
  • The Association aims to be an intellectually lively place. It bridge people to engage in a dialogue on current and future cultural challenges, with the confident hope that through such meetings and exchanges there will emerge better understanding and opportunities.

Providing a bridge between the worlds of learning and business, the Association is located in Florence, a city worldwide known to be a center and a place for peace, arts, business and culture. Her history and soul is our nurture.