100 Thousand Poets for Change World Conference June 3 – June 8 2015 in Salerno, Italy!

We are happy to announce plans for the…

100 Thousand Poets for Change World Conference
June 3 – June 8 2015 in Salerno, Italy!

View video of Salerno created especially for the 100TPC World Conference!

100 TPC organizers from over 30 countries have contacted us to express their interest and enthusiasm in seeing this world conference happen. So, we are working very hard to make it happen!

The 100 Thousand Poets for Change World Conference is an amazing opportunity for us to come together. Finally, we will all be able to sit in one room and discuss our concerns and our dreams for the future of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, as well as share our poetry and activism with organizers from all over the world!

Terri Carrion and Michael Rothenberg co-founders of 100 TPC and regional organizers, 100 TPC Salerno and The Alfonso Gatto Foundation will be coordinating this 5 day conference consisting of meetings and gatherings for 100TPC organizers, dinners and poetry readings, music events, a day long festival of poetry, dance, art and more, public lectures and workshops, as well as a tour of historic Salerno and a day trip to Pompeii!

atrani_salerno_500Meetings and events will be held at the beautiful Monumental Complex of St. Sofia in the historic center of Salerno. Salerno is a small city in the Campania region (south-western Italy) and is the capital of the province of the same name. It is located on the Gulf of Salerno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Salerno is the main town close to the famous and beautiful Amalfi Coast.

Please take some time to review all the attached materials which provide preliminary information about the conference schedule, accommodations, travel, and the city of Salerno.

At this time we ask you to please confirm your participation in the 100TPC World Conference in Salerno, Italy, Wed. June 3rd – Mon. June 8th 2015, by filling out the enclosed short Application Form and submitting a $25 Participation Fee.   (Application can be found at the end of this letter.)

As you know, 100TPC is a completely grass roots, not for profit group. And we want to keep it that way! However, organizing and hosting a world conference does require some financial assistance.

We know with the current economy times are hard for all of us, so we are only asking that you contribute a small $25.00 (US dollar) Participant Fee to confirm your participation in the 100TPC World Conference.

This $25.00 Participant Fee will go directly towards conference costs, including participant materials, programs and posters, promotional expenses, refreshments, documentation, conference events and other costs directly related to making this amazing 100TPC World Conference possible!

So, if you are serious about attending and want to confirm your participation:

(1.) Please fill out the short Application Form attached to this email and return it via email to tere67@bigbridge.org.

(2.) Please send $25.00 US funds via paypal or by check via the 100TPC Donation page at: http://100tpc.org/?page_id=14104 (Mailing address can be found on the 100TPC Donation page)

Your Application and Participant Fee must be received by March 15 to confirm your participation. After March 15, the fee will increase to $35.

If you need to arrange another way to pay, please write to us directly at: walterblue@bigbridge.org to work out an alternative payment method.

This $25.00 fee will only be refunded if the conference is cancelled due to insufficient participants or for other unforeseen circumstances that are out of the control of 100TPC.
As the dates of the conference get closer we will create a special page on the 100TPC website where we will post exciting information and updates as they develop.

If you need an official letter from us about the conference to help facilitate your participation, please email walterblue@bigbridge.org and we will be happy to send you what you need.

Thank you so much for your support and passion for 100 TPC all these years! We hope this conference will not only bring our global community closer together, but also generate fresh ideas on how 100TPC can work better to create positive change in the world.

We hope to hear back from you soon! If you have any questions please email us directly.

Peace & Sustainability,

Michael Rothenberg & Terri Carrion

Please find attached below:

1. 100 TPC World Conference Participation Application

Download .pdf  APPLICATION In English
Download .pdf APPLICATION In Spanish
Download .pdf APPLICATION In Italian

2.  100TPC World Conference Information Kit including:
a. Tentative working schedule of conference.
b. List of hotels, B&B’s, etc., with links and map of Salerno.
c. Grand Hotel Salerno Reservation Form.
d. Information on the conference venue: Santa Sofia in the historic center of Salerno.
e. Information about our host and collaborator Fondazione Culturale Alfonso Gatto
f. Information on airports and trains in Italy.

Scroll down to view some information or for complete details…

…Download the complete preliminary kits:

100TPC World Conference Information Kit .pdf- In English

100TPC World Conference Information Kit .pdf- In Spanish

100TPC World Conference Information Kit .pdf– In Italian


100 TPC Conference Schedule 2015
Location: Salerno, Italy
Dates: Wednesday June 3rd – Monday June 8th 2015

This is a preliminary tentative and working schedule that will expand and change as we get closer to the conference dates. It is meant to give participants a sense of the conference format and event schedule

(All meetings and events, unless otherwise noted, will take place at the Santa Sofia Complex)

Day 1 / Wednesday June 3rd

Arrival of organizers and their guests throughout the day.

11:00am – 5:00pm Welcome to Salerno, Italy! Information and assistance provided at arrival at Salerno Station. Informal check in. Conference materials packet including participation name tag, conference schedule, and gift bag provided.

6:00pm – 9:00pm 100TPC casual mixer/meet and greet at restaurant. Music and appetizers. Venue TBA. Conference materials packet including participation name tag, conference schedule, and gift bag provided.

If you are arriving at a later time or another day, arrangements will be made to provide you with necessary information. Conference materials will be available at Santa Sofia as well during conference events and meetings.

Day 2 / Thursday June 4th

10:00am –12:00pm Closed meeting #1 for organizers. Introductions and orientation at Santa Sofia Complex. Location: Piazza Abate Conforti, historic center of Salerno.

1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch break. Suggestions for local restaurants, bars, will be provided.

2:00pm – 4:30pm Optional guided walking tour of historic center of Salerno by Salerno parla il cuore and visit to the house that the poet Alfonso Gatto lived in. Meet at Santa Sofia.

6:00pm –7:00pm Closed meeting #2 for organizers. Informal discussion of conference goals, Q & A.

8:00 –11:00pm Evening of music and poetry. Hosted by Fondazione Culturale Alfonso Gatto

Day 3 / Friday June 5th

11:00pm – 1:00pm Closed Meeting #3 Part 1,WHO WE ARE – 3 minute presentations by all organizers to introduce themselves and describe their local programs and community. Sign up to participate at entrance to the meeting room. More details to be developed.

1:00 – 3:00pm, Lunch Break

3:00pm – 5:00pm Part 2, WHO WE ARE continued.

7:00pm – 9:00pm Closed Meeting # 4 “Why We’re Here”. Round Table discussion.

9:00pm – 12:00pm “Welcome to Italy!” Italian poets and organizers from all over the country host panel and an evening of bilingual poetry, music, and more. Open to the public.

Day 4 / Saturday June 6th – Festival Day!

10:00am –12:00pm “What Does The Future Look Like For 100TPC?” Discussion on how to grow the movement. Open to the public. More details to be developed.

2:00pm – 12am Midnight: Festival Day! Mass poetry reading, music, mimes, dance, workshops and lectures ongoing throughout Santa Sofia venue.

All organizers and participants of conference will be involved in the day-long festival.

Global poem creation/performance and poetry installation in piazza. Poetry boats on the bay…

More details to be developed.

Day 5 / Sunday June 7th

10:00am Meet for optional trip to Pompeii. Admission FREE.

11:00am – 4:00pm Pompeii semi guided tour and exploration. Packed lunch.
Return to Santa Sofia by 5:00pm.

7:00pm –11:00pm Farewell dinner and party.

Day 6 / Monday June 8th

There will be an optional day trip to the Amalfi Coast via ferry and an evening gathering in Salerno for those who plan to stay past the official conference dates.

Principle Coordinators:

Michael Rothenberg & Terri Carrion
Founders: 100 Thousand Poets for Change

Valeriano Forte
Organizer 100 Thousand Poets for Change Salerno, Italy
Events Coordinator: Fondazione Culturale Alfonso Gatto

Filippo Trotta
Founder: Fondazione Culturale Alfonso Gatto

Donatella D’Angelo
Member: 100 Thousand Poets for Change Milan, Italy



Here below is information on various accommodations in Salerno. Once you have made a reservation somewhere, please send a copy of your reservation information to tere67@bigbridge.org so we know where you are staying.



The Grand Hotel Salerno has offered us a discount rate for conference participants. To receive this discount, the hotel must have confirmation of your reservation by March 20th.









If you decide you want to take advantage of this deal, please complete the reservation form and send payment to the hotel directly along with all requested documents..

You can receive a full refund of your reservation if you cancel within 30 days of your check in date.

A reservation form for the Grand Hotel Salerno is included below.

The Grand Hotel Salerno is the result of a state-of-the-art project of the famous Italian architect Nicola Pagliara.  Conceived with a characteristic prow shape, it lays on the enchanting scenery of the Gulf of Salerno facing the divine Amalfi Coast.

Grand Hotel Salerno is located 1.3 miles/25 minute walk from Complesso Santa Sofia where 100TPC events will be held.…bus available from train station to historic city center.

See more about the Grand Hotel Salerno on their website: http://www.grandhotelsalerno.it

See hotel brochure:  http://www.grandhotelsalerno.it/dpl_web2.pdf




There is also Accommodation Salerno, a network of B & B’s that work together to provide affordable rooms and vacation rentals in Salerno.


About ASEAS – We are friends and owners of Bed and Breakfast and Holiday Homes in Salerno. Through the Tourist Association (ASEAS), we endeavor to improve the “local” hospitality.  If you really want to get in touch with the local culture, you are on the right website.

The Bed and Breakfast and Holiday Homes in Salerno have found that through ASEAS, it is the best way to improve this new kind of hospitality, which works by the sharing of ideas, proposals and experiences.


➢ Type of accommodation and price per room / night:

twin / double room with private bathroom for single use € 45.00; for stays of 3 nights € 40.00

twin / double room with private bathroom € 65.00; for stays of 3 nights € 60.00

triple room private bathroom € 80.00; for stays of 3 nights € 75.00

Services included:

•           Breakfast
•           tourist tax (1.00 € per person / night)
•           Wifi
•           Heating
•           Transfer to check in from the station or garage
•           T.V.
•           linen / towels
•           Courtesy set
•           Personal Keys
•           Information material

The above offer is subject to availability.

Booking conditions:

To complete the booking prepayment is required of the amount (in a manner to be agreed with each property). 

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations received 10 days before arrival will be reimbursed 70%. For cancellations after 10 days or in case of late check in or check out early, there is no refund.

For information about the location, descriptions, photographs and other services (air conditioning, refrigerator, lift, kitchen) you can consult http://accomodationsalerno.com/en/ and individual B & B sites listed below.

Please check individual B & B below for availability and location and to book a room as soon as possible:

B&B Salerno Centro, Piazza sedile di Portanova 10: www.salernocentro.it

B&B Salerno Antica, Via Masuccio Salernitano 8: www.salernoantica.com

B&B Salerno in Alto Mare, Piazza Sant’Agostino 16: www.salernoinaltomare.com

B&B Nonna Maria, Vicolo Giudaica 46: www.bbnonnamaria.com

Casa Vacanze Il Duomo, Via delle Botteghelle 55: www.casavacanzeilduomo.it

B&B La Terrazza 150, Via Mercanti 150: www.laterrazza150.it

B&B San Pietro a Corte, Vicolo Grimoaldo 11: www.sanpietroacorte.it

B&B Ai Bastioni, Via Bastioni 19: bebaibastioni@libero.it

B&B Sinforosa, Via Rafastia 5: www.sinforosasalerno.it

B&B Il Piccolo Principe, Via Antonio del Baglivo 11: www.piccoloprincipesalerno.it

Casa Vacanze Il Gelso, Via Gelso 51: www.casavacanze.it 

     See Gallery of B & B’s : http://www.salernocentro.it/en/bed-and-breakfast/



There is a Budget Hostel in Salerno as well

Ave Gratia Plena


Finally, you can…

Search AirBnB for shared rooms, private rooms, and complete apartments in Salerno


Google LIVE MAP of Salerno…Explore the city!


The Alfonso Gatto Foundation was founded in 2011 in Salerno as an initiative of the heir of the poet.

UntitledIts activities were initiated in 2006, the year of the thirtieth anniversary of the death of the Salerno poet, as cultural association, sponsored and supported by the City of Salerno.

The Foundation’s mission is to spread the work of Alfonso Gatto with a focus on literature, through collections of new materials; and the organization and presentation of cultural events dedicated to the work of the poet.

Over six years, the Foundation has edited and promoted initiatives in collaboration with organizations and public bodies. In particular: MINISTRY OF CULTURE, PROVINCE OF MILAN, Campania Region, PROVINCE AND TOWN OF SALERNO; CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE, UNIVERSITY OF PAVIA, UNIVERSITY OF SALERNO, INSTITUTE OF ITALIAN CULTURE SAN FRANCISCO, PRESIDENCY OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC. The Foundation is based in Salerno at the complex of the former Convent of San Lorenzo, in Via De Renzi, in premises provided by the Town Council.

In 2012, the Foundation has received recognition of legal personality from the Region of Campania.



Salerno parla il cuore

Salerno speaks the heart is an initiative to promote cultural tourism in Salerno and the Campania region.


Gatto on wall

Gradini Masaniello – Quartiere Fornelle
Historic Center- Salerno – Italy



100 TPC meetings, workshops and events will take in various rooms and spaces that are part of the historic…

Monumental Complex of St. Sophia.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The monumental complex of Santa Sofia, located in Salerno, in Piazza Abate Conforti, was created at the end of the tenth century as the first convent of the ‘ Benedictine Order dedicated to Santa Sofia , from which it takes its name. It is part of the former St. Sophia Church, also known as the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.

The church was built by the Jesuits in the early seventeenth century and, until 1868,    was dedicated to the Savior. This place of worship was built on the remains of an ancient church built around the year 853 by Bishop Bernard in honor “Domini et Salvatoris” and of a complex of houses and gardens while, for the construction of Piazza Abate Conforti, was the need ‘demolition of another church dedicated to San Grammazio. The construction works were very long so that the dome was completed only in 1716 . In a document of 1215 is called S.Salvatore de Coriariis and another of 1338 in S. Salvatore de Montis Plano. In 1592 the monastery of St. Sofia was occupied by the PP. the Society of Jesus called to Salerno to take over education of youth. With the suppression of the order in 1776 the church passed to the Carmelite fathers who gave it the new name of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. Reduced to a heap of ruins following the Napoleonic suppression, the church was completely restored neoclassical Archbishop Marino Paglia in 1850 before being returned to the Jesuits who held it until 1860 . In 1868 he was entrusted to the lay   confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows who is the current owner.


Current use: The complex, after a long period of neglect, has been restored and is now used as a venue for the realization of events, exhibitions and events. It has hosted exhibitions of painters and personalities of international importance, such as Picasso , Miro , Caravaggio , Warhol and Pierluigi Nervi . Every year there are also events, projects and exhibitions related to the various organizations and citizens to festivals such as the Festival of Young Culture On-Line Shadow, invites Salerno, the Fair of the Crucifix found.

 VIEW VIDEO OF VENUE: http://www.italiavirtualtour.it/dettaglio.php?id=94642



100TPC World Conference Information Kit .pdf- In English

100TPC World Conference Information Kit .pdf- In Spanish

100TPC World Conference Information Kit .pdf– In Italian

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