A WORLDVIEW TRANFORMATION CENTRE IN TUSCANY

We plan to renovate the existing structure with a 185m2 art and culture space, 132-seat conference room, simultaneous interpretation facilities, media production studio, offices, boardroom, 4-star accommodation for up to 65 guests, dining for 120, 6 staff homes, a sauna, swimming pool and terraces with panoramic views. Its idyllic location, antique history, slow food gastronomy — and charming architecture of linked private and communal spaces— form a uniquely convivial situation for mindful learning and conversation that make a difference.
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WHAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR
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  • Michael O’Callaghan helped renovate the ruined site in 1972.
  • Numerous site visits and documentation and discussions with extensive photography & videography, 1990-2010.
  • Celebrated the Global Vision's 25th anniversary party with 50 guests including foundation advisory board members and friends John Hurt, Garech a Brún, Paolo Tullio, Antonio Breschi, David Phillip, Marcello Palazzi, Pamela Lippe, Marc Halle, Philippa Heimann, Tim Nimmo and Willie Hitchock in 2002.
  • Site visit by expert renovation architect to confirm the basic structural integrity of the castle and houses in 2003.
  • Completed market research & business plan for the learning, culture and communications programmes..
  • Site visit by Global Vision Foundation trustees in 2012.
  • Study re. foreign acquisition & renovation of historic buildings.
  • 3D model showing existing structure of castle and houses, plus surrounding village and landscape (2007-2010).
  • 3D model analysis to understand exisiting structures re. space use optimisation, visual impact, and planning approval.
  • 3D model updated with reconstruction and renovations.
  • Selection of architect with site visit in 2013.
  • Ecological design: site visit & preliminary energy audit in 2013.
  • Evaluation of planning regulations.
  • Architectural design brief and costing.
  • Budget: estimate of reconstruction and renovation costs + preliminary iine-item cost calculation for the whole project.
  • Production of detailed funding proposal, available to compatible philanthropists and sponsor on a need-to-know basis.
The property includes a castle, 20 houses, a hanging garden, and terraces surrounded by olive groves and vineyards.
PHILANTHROPIST NEEDED
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Global Vision Foundation seeks a benefactor to enable us to establish a trans-disciplinary worldview transformation centre in a beautiful 1,000 year-old castle near Florence in Tuscany.  The centre is conceived as a situation to catalyse global learning, culture, communication, and creative system change for the non-violent transition to a sustainable future.
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Set amidst olive groves and vineyards on a secluded hilltop in the Chianti hills 20 minutes from  Siena, the castle comprises a 10th-century borgo (fortified hamlet) including twenty medieval houses and gardens. This gem of vernacular architecture is a symbol of sustainability. Probably occupied since Neolithic times, it was settled by the Etruscans in the 8th century BCE, then inhabited by Romans, and taken by Lombard invaders in the sixth century. First mentioned by Charlemagne in 850, it has belonged to the current owner since 1968. The venue is internationally renowned for its 50-year tradition of classical music and artistic events.

We seek financial support to purchase and renovate the property as a world-class venue for conferences, seminars, workshops, open space discussions, strategy coordination, conflict resolution, art happenings, musical concerts, and and media production. Our target clientele includes students and gobal leaders from the private sector, governments, and civil society.
A WORLD-CLASS PHILANTHROPIC OPPORTUNITY
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This project provides an historic opportunity for a like-minded philanthropist to (a) conserve a gem of medieval Tuscan vernacular architecture renowned for its art and music events, (b) create an inspirational setting for Global Vision Foundation to foster creative system change for a non-violent transition to a sustainable future, and (c) hang out in a spectacular setting with some of the most creative thought leaders on the planet.
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The estimated cost to buy and renovate the property and fund its running costs for the first 2 years of cultural activities ranges from CHF 11 to 17m (€10 -15m). We have already invested CHF 400k (€365k) for the design phase (see box left) including 3D site model, renovation plans, architect selection, architectural design brief, budget, and business plan to launch and operate the centre for its first two years of operation. To determine the final budget we need to complete the development phase (architectural and geological surveys, engineering and renewable energy plans, planning permission, and property acquisition deal). We now seek a donor who is willing and able to fund (a) the development phase and (b) the whole budget.
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To ensure neutrality and independence, our ideal donor is a discrete European philanthropist with a likeminded world-view. Funding through Global Vision Foundation can provide tax benefits for donors who pay tax in Switzerland.
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A confidential funding proposal is avaiable for prospective donors on a need-to-know-basis. Please let us know if you would like to participate.