“Hungarian touch was here” – interview with Davide Tonon

Did you have any expectations about this Tool Fair?

Davide Tonon: I expected to at least make clear that we would like to take the chance to cross the line in many aspects. For me it was not for sure that we would manage to pass this message to youth-workers, trainers and so on. My impression is that the message is passed.

What is the next line to cross?

Davide Tonon: For myself, I would like to see this thing going. To see that we are more and more aware: if we don’t move forward, if we’re not forcing things to happen, then we will be kicked off from reality. This is a line for me to cross and I would like to see that we’re becoming more and more conscious about our role in society as facilitators of the changes. I’d like to face the challenges that are coming – the ones that we see and the ones waiting behind the corner.

Are you optimistic about the future considering that non-formal education is getting closer to meet formal education.

Davide Tonon: I’m optimistic in a way that it’s a need, a necessity. If we’re able to move before problems are coming on us, it’s better. I think we have to do that because education is moving and not only because of the development of technology.

How long have you been taking part in organizing Tool Fair?

Davide Tonon: At first I was a participant in 2007, I enjoyed it as a participant. Then for a while I was not quite connected, then I was involved in organization in 2012. For me this is one of the best moments when we gather and have the time to work with our tools and to share our vision, because it’s about the vision, not only about tools.

How do you like this Tool Fair in particular? How did the place affect the atmosphere of the event?

Davide Tonon: We have very nice environment, to see what’s around us while we’re working, is a luxury. Hungarian touch was here – we were playing, singing, dancing in Hungarian ways. For me it is very relevant to talk about the social and political development. It is quite strong for me to be here and talk about the raising of racism and the relationship with the refugees who are coming. But in another way it’s very good to do it and to be here.