CE.S.I.E –European Centre of Studies and Initiatives – is a non-profit and independent European non-governmental organisation. It was founded in 2001, inspired by the work and methods of Danilo Dolci.

The organisation works towards the promotion of cultural, educational, scientific and economic development at both local and international levels through the employment of innovative and participative tools and methodologies.

CE.S.I.E has 6 operative offices and coordinates a global federation.

CE.S.I.E’s objectives are:

  • Promote intercultural dialogue
  • Support social inclusion and equal opportunities
  • Facilitate lifelong education and training
  • Foster responsible and supportive global development
  • Develop and support networking at local and international levels
  • Encourage international cooperation

CE.S.I.E constantly seeks out new methodologies, acting as a bridge between research and knowledge in both formal and non-formal educational spheres.

The Reciprocal Maieutic Approach and grassroots participatory planning methods developed by Danilo Dolci characterises CE.S.I.E’s work. Other methods employed include UNESCO’s Four Pillars of Education, Lateral Thinking and Learning by Doing.