The Cooperative Rio Terà dei Pensieri, which is responsible for all the Malefatte products, supports several local and national networks and collaborates with institutions and people. It believes that creating networks is the only way to spread and promote social justice.


Founded in 2016, it is the first national network that joins social enterprises that work within the prison economy.


The Federation which represents the social enterprises and companies belonging to Confcooperative on an institutional, political and union-based level.


Starting in 2008, its aim is to develop a network in the economy that is local and ethical, and build an alternative economic district that is rooted in methods of alternative employment, cooperation and democratic participation of local institutions, producers, financial professionals and consumers.

Consorzio Sociale Unitario Zorzetto

It supports and endorses the work of the associated cooperatives in the province of Venice, promoting cooperation as a model for development in the territory.

Mark Bradford:

The artist who represents the United States at the 2017 Venice Biennial. He supports our cooperative through a project called “Process Collettivo”.


The Social Cooperative Rio Terà dei Pensieri was established in 1994 and includes both prisoners and free people as its members. The work activities began in order to offer prisoners an alternative to the cell, focusing primarily on re-socialization and drawing on volunteer resources.

Over time, it has developed two main focuses: professional training and work. It considers them the main instruments to start the path to empowerment and social integration.
Currently the work occurs within two Correctional Facilities in Venice and in the domain of criminal judgment. The work activities were started based on the characteristics of the places where they were located, paying special attention to the relationship with the surrounding territory: the City of Venice.

Today the prisoners, who are also working members of the cooperative, and assisted by instructors, collaborators and volunteers, produce silkscreen items, as well as bags and accessories in recycled PVC, create cosmetics lines, and grow organic produce. Their work is sold through retail outlets, and public and private commissions