SOUTH WORKING POSSIBLE
addresses the issue of social innovation in the South and in the internal areas through coworking spaces, start-ups and municipalities that take action to improve the attractiveness of the territories.
Andrea Paoletti is an architect from Biella who moved to Basilicata more than eight years ago. In 2012, with Mariella Stella he founded Casa Netural in Matera, a space for coworking, coliving and incubator of business ideas. And 30 kilometers from there, in a small village, he created Wonder Grottole, a social enterprise committed to the recovery and rehabilitation of the historic center.
In the heart of Palermo we discovered a coworking space that is much more than what one would expect at first sight.
Beppe welcomed us in the courtyard of Palazzo Castrofilippo in via Alloro and explained the project of "Neu [nói] - Spazio al lavoro" (@neunoi_palermo), based on the values of sharing, sustainability, continuous learning and well-being of all involved.
Between a coffee mocha, a library of things and a chat in the shared space, we listened to the vision of Beppe and Michelangelo and confirmed that #southworking is already possible.
UP2GO is an innovative startup in the world of sustainable mobility. The team has been working completely remotely for years to offer services such as corporate carpooling and environmental footprint certification of home-work trips by bike or on foot.
Their latest novelty: Smart2Work! You work from home and certify your environmental impact.
Mariangela graduated in economics and business in Bologna, but she decided to build her future in the south, in her land.
Now that the return has become a necessity for some people, a more or less imposed choice, Mariangela has chosen to be an active part of this change, making her professionalism available and hosting not only tourists, but also her fellow citizens.
So, after the long tiring months of lockdown, she reopened one of her family's hotels in a new guise, transforming the hall and restaurant into a coworking space, ready to welcome digital nomads, students, smartworkers in short, the South Worker of the future.
Thus was born "AriaeCoworking", in San Giovanni Rotondo, in Puglia.
Everyday, Mariangela meets new smart workers who have left the south and who are thinking of returning today, and she hopes to be able to welcome all those who have remained here, imagining building new paths together.
Her is therefore that Ariaecoworking will become all of this: a container for stories and people, a creative community, a fertile place to experiment.
Working from the south also for the south will be the next goal.
Doing it together, meeting, getting to know each other, confronting each other is her idea of coworking and for a possible South Working.
Nomadigitali's mission is to transform the way digital nomads live and work, creating communities where they can live peacefully away from the urban jungle and the stress it causes.
The idea is of spaces not only to work but to live in beautiful and stimulating places for mind and body, where you can increase the quality of life and be able to make the most of your time. The sites will be designed to be environmentally friendly and to meet the needs of digital workers between 25 and 36 years old. The Proof of Concept will be launched in Sardinia.
They appeal to the 16 million Gen Z and Millennials, who work in technology companies, who have the ability to work anywhere in the world, supported only by an internet connection.
They believe house prices in major cities have risen disproportionately. The major metropolitan cities, where the best companies are based, are in fact too expensive for Generation Z and millennials. Instead of considering to purchase or rent a house, the mandatory choice therefore becomes renting a room, often a shared one.
At the same time, technology today allows some workers to be able to work anywhere and therefore not be tied to a specific city.
The proposed solution is to create affordable housing and co-working and training spaces in high-quality locations.
Inspired by the concept of coworking and shared study, Flavio and Sere have decided to create a space to meet the needs of all those who are looking for their own physical and conceptual dimension and don't know where to find it.
MyRoom - your free space, was conceived as a real “room outside the walls of the house ” where everyone can create their own space. The continuously changing employment dynamics impose the need to create occasional spaces for personal and exclusive use where to build ideas, grow professionally, do business, meet people and, at the same time, succeed in thinking outside the box.
The main feature of their project is represented by the concept of “personalization”, because whoever chooses MyRoom has the possibility to rent the space for the time and days you prefer.
Among the many services offered, we find MyBook, a social innovation initiative aimed at the rediscovery of reading. Thanks to the collaboration with the National Network for the Recovery and Sharing of books, in fact, MyRoom has created a shared library: a space where those who want, can bring one or more books that they don't like or have read
too many times and swap them with those in their library. It will be possible to read them using the comfortable armchairs or take them home and keep them for as much time as needed. The life of a book does not belong to the hands of a single but to the collective mind.
Flavio and Sere believe that people, their ideas, their actions can represent the first step to regain possession of something that we are slowly losing and it is very important for them to indicate a way in the hope that the "freedom" of each individual returns to be the basis on which to build the future.
For the #southworkingpossibile collection, we are happy to tell you how to transform a municipality into a smart working village.
As reported by several users of our Facebook Community, it seems, in fact, that the Municipality of Santa Fiora , in Tuscany, is preparing to issue vouchers for those who will relocate for at least two months within the municipal area.
A beautiful initiative that we will closely look at, in the hope that other Italian municipalities can also replicate this experiment in their own territories, thus creating optimal working environments for those who wish to perform their jobs away from the chaos of the city.
Born from an initiative of the Municipality, in collaboration with local operators, this project marries the philosophy of the widespread office and invites smart working workers to go to Otranto to work and benefit from numerous perks dedicated to them. A real network that has brought together hotels, businesses, clubs and many other realities in the area with a single purpose: to offer an ideal environment to combine productivity and well-being. The beating heart of the project is the "Le Fabbriche" library: a space conceived as a square and public space to be shared.
An ambitious idea that was born in the Municipality of Pratovecchio-Stia and which aims to become the engine of a new business development model based on the specific characteristics of this mountain area. Particular opportunities, which are often considered as limits for starting up entrepreneurial activities, today become the central protagonists, as well as characterizing and rewarding elements. The workshops offer a training for both local companies and students of various sectors of expertise, consisting of specialization courses, short courses and masters. In particular, through the gradual recovery of two different properties by the Administration and thanks to the many public and private partners involved in the project, two different spaces will be created: the first intended for training and research activities; the second, instead, dedicated to the processing of typical materials of the area with all the necessary machinery for learning the different skills and craftsmanship.
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