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New online think tank tells Italian youth 'not to give up'

'Italia Viva' to launch December 21 with live stream

New online think tank tells Italian youth 'not to give up'

Rome, December 19 - A new online think tank called l'Italia Viva or Italy Alive (www.litaliaviva.net) driven by Italians under 40 years old is set to launch on December 21 in direct stream. More than 100 participants from around the country and all walks of life created the initiative to promote "a country that has not given up, is alive and not ready to surrender to the decline of our times," says the site's homepage. Youth unemployment in recession-hit Italy reached a record high of 36.5% in October, with some 639,000 15-24-year-olds looking for jobs, Italy's statistics agency Istat said recently. "We are the generation that has seen all the rules change on us. We have learned to rely only on ourselves," said the site. Among the many entrepreneurs, professionals and managers promoting the think tank, Italian Olympic fencer Diego Occhiuzzi has signed on. Themes that will be covered include how to cut through the country's stiffling bureaucracy, the green economy, innovation, governance and funding sources. "Despite all the difficulties we have forged ahead and today we want to tell the country not to throw in the towel," says the homepage message.

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